Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.
Actor George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek — not to mention his wildly popular humor on Facebook. But before he became a star, he lived as an inmate in an internment camp and was forced into Asian stereotypes on screen.
The drive to build the Keystone XL pipeline and the deadly oil train wreck in Canada earlier this month have launched a lengthy discussion about how crude oil is moved around in this country. One critic says it should prompt a broad re-think of our use of fossil fuels.
More than 1300 different species of plants can be found in the ten different ecosystems in the Big Thicket in Texas.
Residents of Mayflower, Ark., want payment from ExxonMobil for the environmental damage done by an oil spill there in March. In fact, they're moving so fast they've forced the state and federal government to file suit against the company to seek fines and damages just a few months after the spill.
The pipeline that spilled in Mayflower, Arkansas was carrying diluted bitumen, which behaves differently that regular crude oil, but federal regulations don’t consider the difference. And until there are new regulations in place, petitioners want a moratorium on any new or expands pipelines for bitumen, including the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Hurricane Isaac was no match for New Orleans' newly reinforced flood control system. But outside the flood walls and pumping systems, Louisiana suffered. For one farmer in Plaquemines Parish, the rising waters killed 400 of his 500 cattle.