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Climate & Energy

New rules aim to stop rash of oil train spills and explosions

Train wrecks have done more than $10 million in damage as of mid-May this year -- nearly triple the damage for all of 2013. The feds want to stop that.

Hop on the bus, Gus

Even rural America can have good public transportation

The area around Aspen, Colo., enjoys a great bus system and bikeshare program. Take that, big cities.

Living

People: Stop getting your panties in a wad about “fake” charity clothing bins

The donation boxes have been condemned as public nuisances, magnets for graffiti and crime, and fire hazards. In fact, they're a logical response to our overconsumption.

Knockout

How a town in Maine is blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline

The city council of South Portland has voted to block ExxonMobil's scheme to ship filthy Albertan oil out through the city's port.

The Bot Digest

Will drones save the rhinos? Some conservationists say it’s launch time

Drones send privacy advocates into a tizzy. But can camera-equipped bots help enforce environmental regs?

Climate & Energy

George Harrison memorial tree falls victim to climate-driven irony

The tree was killed by, you guessed it: beetles.

Climate & Energy

Earth crushes another temperature record; not getting much love from the stands

June marked the 352nd consecutive hotter-than-average month. It's a streak that would make Barry Bonds blush.

Food

Millions alive today would have to die before the paleo diet could take over

There's some sensible thinking behind the trendy diet, but it's fueled by a "press reset" mentality that distracts us from more realistic solutions to food problems.

Hatin' it

Good news: Mother jailed for sending daughter to playground is freed. Bad news: McDonald’s fires her

It is believed that Harrell let her daughter go to the playground alone because she couldn't afford childcare. But daycare will be even farther out of reach without a job.

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