European Coal Mines Lose Subsidies

It has long been said of renewable energy sources that they cannot survive without subsides. But the dirty secret of fossil fuels is that they, too, receive tax payer support—even in environmentally friendly Europe.

On Wednesday, the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, announced that state subsidies for …

Report: Global Illegal Logging on Downswing

From the department of (mostly) good news, a major study released today by London-based NGO Chatham House offers one of those rare beasts in the jungle of environmental reports: improvement.

The report finds that the collective efforts of government, civil society and the private sector in 12 countries have yielded big …

Is a Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Smart?

Government lawyers will be in a federal appeals court in New Orleans today, fighting to reinstate a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. The temporary ban—put in place by President Obama after the BP spill to give a presidential commission time to reevaluate the safety of deepwater drilling—was overturned last month by a …

The Clean Air Act Gets Cleanerish

We’re all feeling the heat today on the East Coast. Some of us are even writing about it. But this week will also be marred by unusually bad air quality in the Eastern U.S.—several cities hit Code Orange or Code Red for air quality, due to dangerously high levels of ozone and other pollutants. (Check out the nationwide levels here.) In …

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