| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:16 AM
The cost of Oak Park's all-renewable energy is expected to rise about 20 percent in June when the village will start a new contract under its Community Choice Aggregation energy program.
The existing contract with energy supplier Integrys expires in...
| Feb 23, 2014
PARIS — Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future." With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered...
| Mar 26, 2014
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Name: PowerPot V
What it is: A thermoelectric cooking pot that produces as much as 5 watts of power to charge smartphones, iPods, GPS devices, etc., when heating water. The kit comes with the power-producing pot and a smaller pan, plus an electrical...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.
But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in New York, where firefighters were battling a five-alarm blaze caused by a suspected explosion at a building in East Harlem....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:02 PM
Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. In the Ukraine, the arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who once again fear they will be unwelcome in their homeland. This time, however, some are...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 10:49 AM
Matt Kumpar paid $622 for the electricity his auto shop used in January, so he thought the February charge — a whopping $3,192 — was a mistake.
It wasn't. The rate for his electric supply skyrocketed, a shift his provider blamed on...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Who says it’s not easy being green?
When it comes to installing and operating a swimming pool, there are plenty of options that will allow consumers to have the pool of their dreams while protecting and preserving the environment.
It is more...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:23 PM
WASHINGTON — In an effort to deliver on President Obama's pledge last summer to tackle emissions that drive climate change, the White House announced a strategy to limit releases of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.
The methane strategy,...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Plants are an engineering marvel of nature. Fueled by sunlight, they recycle our carbon dioxide waste into fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Plus, they make the world prettier. But, with a little help from us humans, can they be coaxed to do even more?...