Huffpost Green

Green News Of 2011: Environmental Stories In Review (PHOTOS)

Posted: Updated:

2011 was a big year for green news.

Several natural disasters dominated the headlines, with a tsunami in Japan, a hurricane that hit the U.S. East Coast and an earthquake that caused damage near the nation's capital.

In energy news, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands oil that it would deliver made news as environmentalists and residents of Nebraska spoke out against the pipeline. Fracking, a method of underground natural gas extraction, raised concerns from citizens worried about groundwater contamination near fracking operations in the western and northeastern U.S.

Animals also made the news, but often for tragic reasons. Police in Ohio were forced to shoot 48 rare and exotic animals after an exotic animal farm owner released them and committed suicide. Several gruesome animal attacks also showed how human intrusion into animal habitats can have deadly results.

Which news story will you most remember from 2011? Vote in the slideshow and share other news stories with us in the comments below.

Top 10 Green News Stories Of 2011
Share this
Current Slide

For more on the best of 2011, visit

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Top Google Green Searches Of 2011

Green Building Consultant Lists Top Ten Green Building MegaTrends for 2012

Best Green Cars, 2011 - Green Transportation ... - Mother Earth News

Top Ten Green News Stories of August 2011

Best Green Schools of 2011 | Blog | eClassroom News

Green news roundup: Durban, autumn statement and decoding ...

North America 300 Carbon Ranking 2011: Top 20 Countries | Green ...

Green Technology | Cleantech and Renewable Energy News and ...

Energy Department Recognizes Nation's Top Green Power ...

Top Ten Green News Stories of September 2011

From Our Partners