On Friday, illegal elephant ivory was put on display and then destroyed in the center of Times Square in New York City. Elephant poaching is soaring according to conservation groups, as a pound of ivory can fetch $1,500 on the black market. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Republicans controlling a powerful Senate committee moved Thursday to block Obama administration initiatives to curb global warming, issue new clean water rules and regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.
On his first day in office, President Obama ordered a freeze on all pending federal rules put forward by the Bush administration during its final days — including several controversial environmental regulations. Continue reading
In a landmark decision, a Washington state pollution board has ruled that flow of polluted storm water into local water systems must be reduced. Lee Hochberg reports on the ruling and controversy over the impact of new home developments on the problem. Continue reading
The Bush administration on Monday proposed a regulatory change that would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether construction projects such as roads and dams have the potential to harm endangered animals and plants. Continue reading
In a highly anticipated decision, the Interior Department on Wednesday declared the polar bear “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act because of shrinking Arctic ice due to global warming. Two analysts consider the impact of the decision. Continue reading
One year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took up a proposal to list the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act — a decision that enjoys public support but also stands to impact a range of players. Continue reading
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the polar bear — a species whose survival depends on the sea ice that is melting as the Earth’s temperature rises — as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading