Volkswagen CEO Resigns Amid Backlash Over Test-Rigging

September 23, 2015
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn attends the company's annual press conference on March 13, 2014 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Winterkorn announced on September 23, 2015 that he will step down following the diesel emissions scandal that Volkswagen has admitted could affect up to 11 million VW cars. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn announced he is stepping down after the company falsified emissions tests for its cars.

Sage Grouse Will Not Get Endangered Status

September 22, 2015
The Interior Department said today that it will not list the greater sage grouse as endangered or threatened. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

The Interior Department announced today that the greater sage grouse does not qualify for federal protection.

How Tech Is Fighting Wildfires

September 22, 2015
A firefighting plane drops a load of fire retardant over a smoldering hillside on Sept. 15, 2015, in Middletown, California. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

With wildfires raging in an era, and a region, where innovation is booming, many are looking to Silicon Valley for faster and safer solutions.

Goats Are The New Green Landscapers

September 21, 2015
A goat grazes along the perimeter of the historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, August 7, 2013. A herd of "eco-goats" will graze 24 hours a day for six days, working to eliminate vines, poison ivy and ground cover while fertilizing the ground alongside the cemetery. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Described as “eco-goats,” these animals are offering a greener alternative to the typical lawn-mowing method of landscaping.

Grain Prices Down For First Time In Years

September 21, 2015
Keith Dittrich (left) and Loren Broberg farm in the same part of northeast Nebraska. This summer they've had the right amount of rain at the right time. Even though most of their fields are irrigated, they have hardley run the sprinklers. (Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

After some of the most lucrative years they’ve ever seen, some farmers could lose money on this year’s crop.

Farmers Turn To Drones For Field Operations

September 18, 2015
A hexacopter drone is flown in a demonstration at a farm and winery in Cordova, Maryland. The small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles could replace humans in a variety of ways around large farms, transmitting detailed information about crops, directing farmers to problem spots and cutting down on the amount of water and chemicals used. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Farmer and ranchers are starting to find ways to integrate drones — aircrafts that can fly without a pilot on board — into their work.

California Wildfires Destroy More Than 700 Homes

September 15, 2015
The ruins of homes that burned in the Valley Fire are seen on September 15, 2015 in Middletown, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

One of the worst fires, the Valley Fire, has burned hundreds of homes and is still only about 10 percent contained.

State Of Emergency Declared As California Fires Grow

September 14, 2015
A burned truck and structures are seen at the Butte Fire on September 13, 2015 near San Andreas, California. California governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Amador and Calaveras counties where the 100-square-mile wildfire has burned scores of structures so far and is threatening 6,400 in the historic Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The governor has declared a state of emergency for two counties in the northern part of the state.

National Geographic Changes Hands, Raising Questions About Coverage

September 11, 2015
Rupert Murdoch arrives to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)

The publication is a leader in environmental reporting, but 21st Century Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a climate change skeptic.

California Forests Face Triple Threat

September 9, 2015
Dead ponderosa pine trees on Al Anderson's property. (Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio)

Drought is not the only stressor killing California’s trees; they’re also falling victim to the pine beetle and wildfires.

Climate Change Reveals A Boon To Archaeologists

September 7, 2015
Ruins are shown in the ghost town of St. Thomas on August 3, 2015 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The town was founded in 1865 by Mormon pioneers at the site where the Muddy River flowed into the Colorado River and at one point had about 500 settlers. The town was abandoned in 1938 after the construction of the Hoover Dam caused the Colorado River to rise. The area was once submerged in 60 feet of water but became entirely exposed to the air as a severe drought in the Western United States over the last 15 years has caused Lake Mead to drop to historic low levels. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

As lakes dry up and glaciers melt, thousands of new artifacts are being uncovered by archaeologists.

Claims On The Arctic Heat Up With The Climate

September 2, 2015
A U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaker is docked at a village off Alaska's northern coast above the Arctic Circle, in this undated photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

As ice melts in the Arctic Ocean, who has access to what in this increasingly accessible part of the world?

In Alaska, Obama Calls For Urgent Action On Climate Change

September 1, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in the Denaina Civic and Convention Center on August 31, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking at an international Arctic conference, President Obama said the world is not acting fast enough to address climate change.

Should Taxpayers Receive More Mining Royalties From Coal Companies?

August 31, 2015
A sign hangs at the "Stop New Energy Taxes" rally. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

The Bureau of Land Management says it wants to ensure that American taxpayers receive a fair return on mining on federal lands.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Hiking The Appalachian Trail

August 31, 2015
A hiker climbs up Mount Katahdin with the wilderness of Baxter State Park in Maine in the background, Aug. 27, 2014. Katahdin is nearly a mile high, the tallest mountain in Maine, and its peak is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. (Beth J. Harpaz/AP)

Warren Doyle of the Appalachian Trail Institute describes what’s it like to hike all 2,189 miles of the trail, from Georgia to Maine.

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