Ciara O'Rourke

environment

Voters in This Oregon County Blocked Nestlé's Plan to Bottle Its Spring Water

The project would have generated 50 new jobs an estimated $2 million annually for the city of Cascade Locks, but county residents weren't sold on the economic benefits of handing over their water to Nestlé.
Ciara O'Rourke
5.18.16
environment

Beano for Bovines: Here's How Researchers Are Cutting Methane Emissions From Cows

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and researchers around the world are finding innovative ways to cut the amount of the gas emitted by cows raised for meat and dairy production.
Ciara O'Rourke
5.17.16
environment

Twenty Percent of the World's Plants Could Go Extinct — And It's Not Just From Climate Change

Climate change, invasive species, and agricultural production are among the factors putting one-fifth of the world's plants at risk of extinction, according to new research by the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens.
Ciara O'Rourke
5.10.16
Flint Water Crisis

Obama Says It Will Be Two Years Before Flint's Pipes Are Fixed

Speaking in Flint, Michigan, the president also urged parents to make sure their children were tested for lead poisoning.
Ciara O'Rourke
5.4.16
environment

The World's Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund Says ExxonMobil and Chevron Must Do More About Climate Change

Norway's sovereign wealth fund is backing shareholder resolutions that would require the fossil fuel companies to report on the risks of climate change and how emissions regulations might impact profits.
Ciara O'Rourke
5.4.16
California

California Drought Restrictions Save Enough Water to Supply 6 Million Residents

Over 90 percent of the state remains under drought conditions and some conservationists say it's time to cultivate a more water-conscious culture.
Ciara O'Rourke
4.5.16
tipping point

ExxonMobil Is Increasingly Being Singled Out for Its Role in Climate Change Deceit

A growing number of attorneys general are investigating the company, as the Rockefeller Family Fund announces it is divesting from fossil fuels.
Ciara O'Rourke
4.1.16
environment

Oklahoma's Getting Even More Fracking Restrictions as Earthquakes Continue to Rattle the State

The state has asked drillers to drastically reduce the amount of fracking wastewater they are injecting below ground — an activity that is linked to an increasing number of earthquakes in the state.
Ciara O'Rourke
3.8.16
environment

This Bizarre Video About Nose Hair Is a Call to Action on China's Air Pollution

A conservation group is urging — by way of a dystopic depiction of China — residents to ride more bicycles in an effort to get a handle on the nation's notoriously bad air quality.
Ciara O'Rourke
3.1.16