| Nov 14, 2014
| 5:55 PM
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources published on its website Friday rules that regulate fracking, ending one chapter of a bitter and hard-fought multiyear battle by environmentalists who lobbied to block the rules from going into effect.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 1:24 PM
Countering its image as the state's water waster, Southern California rallied during the summer and dramatically cut its water use, new state numbers show.
The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday announced that Californians sharply cut their...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
For a city slicker or a nature lover, a wildlife encounter can be alarming. Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League (www.savebears.org), a Lake Tahoe-based nonprofit whose name stands for Bear Education, Aversion, Response, fields about 25 calls...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 2:00 PM
In one of the hottest, driest places on Earth, velvety sand dunes surround dry lake beds that, with luck, fill with spring rains. Hidden waterways attract a profusion of wildlife and birds; submerged desert rivers periodically erupt in a riot of green....
| Nov 10, 2014
| 10:42 AM
The world has changed since the National Garden Clubs Inc., a St. Louis-based association, was in its prime: From 1957 to 1959, the group had about 475,000 members, said Kathleen Romine, administrative assistant with the group. Today the group has about...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Haul out the oil rigs, fracking can begin in Illinois.
An obscure arm of state government cleared the way Thursday for oil and gas drillers to apply for permits to begin fracking in Illinois, which could find itself the center of an oil boom by next fall...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 6:44 AM
Welcome to Freebie Friday, where everything is free.
PHANTASMAGORIA props, costumes, puppets and more give an inside look into the "Phantasmagoria" theatrical production. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Monday-Oct. 10 (reception 4-5 p....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:32 PM
After more than two years of hearings, protests and public outcry, the fate of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois comes down to a meeting Thursday of an obscure, stodgy and largely unwatched committee called the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules....
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Californians continued to use less water in September, but the reductions were more modest than in the summer months, and water use varied greatly by community, officials said Tuesday.
This marked the first time that state officials released data on...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 9:18 PM
In posh parts of northern San Diego County, residents on average used more than 580 gallons of water a day in September. During the same month, Angelenos in less-affluent East L.A. used an average of 48 gallons a day, according to data that state water...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Granted, it is difficult to capture nuances in a brief news article about a candidates night. Be that as it may, the account of an Orange County political event gave the unfortunate impression that "testing, accountability and choice" form an unholy...