| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:48 PM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea on Thursday for all nations to work for an ambitious U.N. deal next year to fight climate change, saying time was running out to reverse a course "leading to tragedy."
He also took aim at...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:52 PM
Recent commitments by the world's major polluters to cut emissions have added fresh momentum to international climate talks, but foot-dragging persists among the next tier of polluters, including India, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
| Dec 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
What's the world's most polluted city?
If you guessed Beijing, you're wrong. It's New Delhi, according to a World Health Organization study released this year. India disputes the results, claiming New Delhi's air is no dirtier than Beijing's (and much...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:13 AM
On Sunday, four days into my monthlong vegan diet, I went to dinner with dear friends – 10 people who’d planned for many weeks to share a Chinese seafood feast.
Could I make an exception (a.k.a. cheat)? my son asked. I cannot say that wasn&...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 5:31 PM
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, is wrapping up Friday after 12 days of negotiations on global carbon emissions.
Yet, even as we work through the complexities of an international agreement, it would be a mistake to miss the...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 3:41 PM
I offer my predictions for the new year. Some are serious, some are whimsical, most are heartfelt. They are not listed in order of importance.
•With the help of U.S.-led coalition attacks on Islamic State, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad will...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Evanston city officials are looking at working with the Chicago Transit Authority on a pilot program in 2015 extending the hours of the Purple Line Express service – a need which arose in a number of comments in a recent city survey of local transit...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Utilities this year are bracing for proposed cuts in emissions of carbon dioxide, a pollutant blamed for global warming. What it means for consumers — some say it could hike electric bills — is so far unclear.
The U.S. Environmental...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 6:30 AM
The political clash over climate change has entered new territory that does not involve a massive oil pipeline or a subsidy for renewable energy, but a quaint federal chart that tries to nudge Americans toward a healthy diet.
The food pyramid, that 3-...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 6:40 PM
International negotiators in Peru agreed early Sunday on some essential building blocks for a global accord to address climate change, most notably an unprecedented agreement that all countries commit to cutting heat-trapping emissions.
| Dec 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
More and more studies reveal that the best diet for the environment -- and for you -- is one packed with plants and light on animal foods. This is intuitive, as it takes fewer resources -- water, fossil fuel, acreage -- to cultivate plant foods, such as...