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Climate & Energy

Obama tweets it up on climate change and Arctic drilling

Obama's first significant act as @POTUS was to hold a chat on climate change.

Politics

Soda taxes bubbling up all over

Doctors support the idea of taxing sugary beverages, and the state budget could use the money, too.

Science

Conservationists are putting backpacks on owls — and it is so damn cute

This is about as adorable as it gets, folks.

Climate & Energy

Why are federal dollars financing this thirsty crop in Arizona?

The federal government is propping up cotton farming during the West's water crisis.

Climate & Energy

The Santa Barbara oil spill is already killing a lot of animals

The waters off Santa Barbara carry a mosaic of unusual species, all of which are at risk of being damaged by the oil spill.

Politics

EPA’s new rules on river pollution outrage the usual suspects

The agency reasserts its authority to regulate rivers in the wake of court decisions that reined in its powers. This rankles some politicians.

High Water Colors

How one N.Y. museum is already prepping for the next big flood

The new Whitney Museum on the Hudson offers a glimpse of architecture's future: It's built like a bunker to ride out assault by a warmer global climate.

Hive five

5 ways to tackle the mess that bees are in

You can spray 'em, breed 'em, even genetically engineer 'em. But the best way to fight bee mites might be to change the whole system.

Cricket game

In which I feed my children “land shrimp”

Crickets make a great sustainable protein source. But there are still some problems with the yum factor -- we lack a culinary tradition for bugs.