Category: Environment


US push to turn farm manure into renewable energy draws concerns

AMES, IOWA – In a gathering that drew the attendance of both farmers and Wall Street financiers, US regulators joined with oil giant Chevron at a November conference here to promote what backers promise will be a monumental breakthrough – systemic changes that would turn

Mary Klipp, a retired medical social worker in San Francisco, considers cleaning up God’s Earth a form of prayer. Photo credit: Josh Klipp

Pope’s Environmental Stand Splits Catholics

The ecological concern Pope Francis has sparked among Catholics –and resistance to it– reflect how the faithful are split over the climate emergency, the role of capitalism, and where 1.3 billion global Catholics should put their money and clout. Powerful detractors say Pope Francis’s attention

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How Government and Private Firms Shaped California’s Devastating Floods

In a land gripped by its history of drought, the Central Valley has planned poorly for its floods, threatening the lives and livelihoods of thousands. A few days after the flooding in California’s Central Valley began in March, George Wurzel, the president and chief operating

Images showing water issues at the Terranova Ranch in Fresno County, California. (Courtesy California Department of Water Resources).

Historic Wet Year Highlights California’s Water Management Crossroads

Barriers to capturing and storing flood water may threaten the Golden State’s ability to adapt to a hotter, drier climate. Not so long ago, the dry western expanse of Madera County in California’s San Joaquin Valley was a prime example of shortsighted western water management.