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Oilpocalypse Revisited

Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission

The presidential commission on the BP oil spill has issued several draft reports on contentious topics, from dispersants to oil-flow estimates.

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the noisy packaging.

Just Deserts

Obama administration approves first big solar projects to be built on federal land

The Obama administration just leased government land in the California desert for two huge solar power plants, and more solar leases are on the way.

Google this

Stanford student gives $100,000 to No on Prop 23 campaign

Lucy Southworth, Stanford doctoral student and wife of Google co-founder Larry Page, gave $100,000 to California's No on Prop 23 campaign.

Injust deserts

Would a Walmart solve West Oakland's and Nashville's food problems?

Getting fresh, healthy food into low-income urban areas known as "food deserts" isn't as simple as it appears. For example, should food-justice advocates be celebrating when Walmart is the one bringing an oasis of fresh groceries to these deserts?

Enthusiasm Gap

No on Prop 23 campaign takes in $5 million to oil industry's $10,000

The No on Prop 23 crowd is far outspending the Texans. In the past few days, the score is No forces $5 million, Yes men $10,000.

Up to old Twix

Obama taps food-industry exec for top ag-research post

Obama has nominated Catherine Woteki, an exec from the Mars candy corporation, to direct the U.S. government's entire agricultural research budget.

Black Market Baby

Eerie photos of power plants show dark, coal-dependent future [SLIDESHOW]

Photographer Michael Kenna has captured a series of photos of icons of industrial society: power stations.

Powering Up

California big solar binge continues with approval of more projects

Federal climate change legislation may be a distant dream, but California is bent on making renewable energy and solar power a reality in the state.

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