'I've been really blown away by the power of the compassion of strangers,' Halber said of learning about the amateur detectives who are solving old mysteries.
The nuclear industry is lining up heavy hitters from past administrations to convince Congress and the public that nuclear power represents a solution to climate change. But safety fears post-Fukushima, along with concerns about high building costs and the lack of permanent storage for spent fuel rods, remain big hurdles.
The Washington lieutenant governor and Oregon governor have declared states of emergency. Congress is beginning to mull legislation that could help deal with wildfires.
Americans across the country are weighing the benefits and downsides of increased domestic energy production, and the controversial new technologies that come with it. Increasingly, they're also debating who gets to decide when and where fracking happens, or if it takes place at all.
California plans to impose $500 fines – daily – for anyone violating water bans, such as overwatering lawns. Such threats run against new thinking about water as abundantly renewable.