Fukushima Daiichi, the Japanese nuclear reactor damaged in 2011 by a record-breaking earthquake and tsunami, is the subject of much controversy related to fear of nuclear power and fallout, fears based on misconceptions about the safety of atomic energy and the linear no-threshold model.

A White House news release on March 19 announced that the Obama administration is launching the Climate Data Initiative, a key part of which is a new government website to make access to the administration’s selective data on climate change more readily available.

Thanks to the success of U.S. oil companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — a process used to extract oil trapped in shale formations — the United States will soon pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Both Saudi Arabia and the United States passed Russia for the top spot in recent years.

The House of Representatives has approved a bill to block President Obama’s climate plan that aimed at regulating so-called carbon pollution from new power plants. The bill passed by a vote of 229 to 183, with 10 Democrats voting with Republicans and three Republicans opposed.

New EPA rules limiting airborne particulate emissions could virtually end the burning of wood for heat or cooking in the United States.

U.S. Navy sailors are suing the Fukushima utility TEPCO for exposing them to nuclear radiation during Operation Tomodachi, the humanitarian mission to aid victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

The Supreme Court on Monday will hear challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's application of limits on greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants.

Competing responses of praise and criticism were heard in the release of the latest Keystone XL pipeline report.

A new environmental analysis on the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to irk environmentalists and opponents of the proposed project. 

Recent e-mails reveal that the EPA was plotting with environmental groups to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

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