Business & Technology

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Forget aliens — these NASA drones track methane

The space agency is adapting technology used to test for life on Mars to help preserve it here on Earth.

Climate & Energy

The Exelon-Pepco merger: Big, nuke-heavy utility looking for new ratepayers to fleece

Giant utility company Exelon has a failing business model and a plan to prop it up. Both ratepayers and clean energy will get screwed in the process.

Business & Technology

Self-destruction genes could keep GMOs from spilling into the wild

Biotech researchers think they've found a way to keep modified genes from escaping into other organisms.

Politics

Obama’s trade agenda is a disaster for the environment, greens warn

The president wants to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals. Republicans are down with that. Democrats and enviros are not.

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When it comes to efficiency, U.S. military soldiers on

The military is trying to shift the habits, routines, and practices of individual service members.

Climate & Energy

How Citizens United paved the way for Big Oil’s bribes

It's been five years since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling, which cleared the way for a huge influx of dirty-energy money into politics.

Food

Big palm oil trader’s website begins to deliver on sustainability pledge

Wilmar International is posting information about its supply chain -- and taking complaints if it falls short on its forest-saving commitments.

Business & Technology

Pesticides just got a whole lot smaller. Is that a good thing?

Nanopesticides herald the extreme tinification of agricultural chemicals and could spark a farming revolution. Gulp?

Living

Where can I find the most eco-friendly surf gear?

A reader wonders if she can hang 10 without leaving the planet in the soup. Umbra steps into the green room.