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Can Houseplants Really Clean the World's Smoggiest City?
On the roof of an office building in India's capital, the world's smoggiest city, Kamal Meattle has a unique tactic for cleaning the air: a greenhouse with 400 common plants, including mother-in-law's tongue. Meattle, the CEO of Paharpur Business Centre, has 800 other plants spread throughout the building's lower six floors, greening each room and hallway. Their job: remove soot and...
Dec 30, 2014 12:30 PM ET
In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India
India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.   "On a full moon night, if street lights are put off for two, three hours, will it not be service to the environment? Won't you enjoy the full moon night?" Narendra Modi said in September,...
Nov 26, 2014 9:20 AM ET
A Slew of Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life—With Gas
Old U.S. coal-fired power plants, the target of new anti-pollution rules, aren't necessarily shutting down. Many are getting a second life as they're "repowered" with natural gas.   Decisions to keep running these plants—which are often more than 40 years old—have sparked court battles in New York and are raising questions about how much should be done to retain legacy...
Nov 21, 2014 9:05 AM ET
6 Questions About What's Next for Keystone XL as U.S. Senate Votes
  A U.S. Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, slated for Tuesday, won't resolve the seemingly endless pipeline saga that has engulfed Barack Obama's presidency.   Even if the Senate passes a bill to force approval of the $8 billion U.S.-Canadian pipeline, as the U.S. House of Representatives did for the ninth time last week, that won't end debate and...
Nov 18, 2014 2:30 PM ET
Tiny Batteries Could Revolutionize Green Energy
Tiny is big in the quest to build batteries that store more energy for cars, buildings, and personal electronics.   Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair represent a promising new front. They could advance the use of electric vehicles, now limited by short driving ranges, and of renewable energy, which needs storage for times when the wind...
Nov 17, 2014 12:40 PM ET