U.S. carbon dioxide pollution declines
The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the Department of Energy said Monday. The only recent year with a bigger percentage drop — 7.1 percent — was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. Cars and factories spewed 5.83 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, down from 6.06 billion in 2011. Carbon dioxide is the chief man-made global warming gas. Department economist Perry Lindstrom said the carbon pollution reduction is due to warm winter weather, more efficient cars and a shift from coal power to natural gas to produce electricity.
$1M Jewish award goes to Bloomberg
Israel on Monday recognized New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize." The Genesis Prize Foundation said Bloomberg was honored for his long record of public service and philanthropy. Bloomberg, a billionaire, said he would donate the prize to a philanthropic cause. He beat out 200 other nominees for the prize, which the foundation said was established "to recognize exceptional human beings who, through their outstanding achievement, come to represent a fundamental value of the Jewish people — a commitment to the betterment of mankind."
2 Scout leaders ousted over rock
Two Boy Scout leaders who filmed themselves toppling an ancient rock formation in a Utah state park this month have been removed from their posts by the Boy Scouts of America and face possible criminal charges for their actions at Goblin Valley State Park. The Scouts said Dave Hall and Glenn Taylor violated the organization's "leave no trace" policy in the park.
By the numbers
Haitians still living in shelters following the 2010 earthquake, down from a peak of 1.5 million, according to the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.