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The notion that nature itself will act as a check on the atmospheric excesses of humanity has long held a fair amount of appeal, not least because it draws on a nugget of high-school science that most people can quickly comprehend. Plants inhale carbon dioxide, after all — they need it to grow. Add more CO2 to the air, as human civilization has been doing in copious...

A federal judge was asked Tuesday to approve a pair of deals between the Obama administration and wildlife advocates that would require the government to consider greater protections for hundreds of imperiled animals and plants. Federal officials signed the latest of the two agreements earlier in the day with the Center for Biological Diversity. A similar deal encompassing...

The 15 million wasp eggs scattered across neighborhoods in Sacramento and San Luis Obispo counties represent a rare return to historical methods of pest control. Deployed last week, the eggs will soon give rise to tiny wasps (Trichogramma platneri), each no larger than a grain of rice. The stingerless species is naturally inclined to lay its eggs inside light brown apple...

American Electric Power Co. said Thursday it was putting a hold on its plans for a commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage project in West Virginia because of uncertainty surrounding U.S. climate policy and what the company described as a weak economy. Continuing to build the system at the utility’s coal-fired Mountaineer power plant in New Haven, W.Va.,...

Performer Martin Luther sings to the familiar tune of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” as he swoops in to “bag it up” — the artist’s hand shielded by a plastic doggie bag, of course. “Dog Doogity”, the new music video created by the Seattle-based Puget Sound Starts Here is a fresh approach to persuade people to pick up after...

LAUREL, Mont. — Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday that it plans to use vacuum trucks to suck any remaining oil from a failed pipeline near Laurel that spilled an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River. Geoff Craft, the company’s incident commander on the spill, said the use of the vacuum trucks should prevent any more oil from polluting...