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Food

FDA moves to keep arsenic out of your apple juice

The agency is proposing new limits on the amount of cancer-causing arsenic allowed in apple juice. Arsenic contamination can be caused by pesticides.

Climate & Energy

Campaign to roll back state renewable programs is a flop so far

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council has been pushing state bills to undermine renewable portfolio standards -- and losing.

Politics

Good news for penguins: World’s largest marine reserve could be established around Antarctica

Major nations are considering proposals to protect more than 1.5 million square miles of ocean. But will Russia and skeptical countries go along?

Climate & Energy

Seas may rise 10 yards during centuries ahead

Even if the world manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, the seas will rise five yards, scientists report in a new study.

Climate & Energy

Tea Partiers fight over solar power in Georgia, and the solar fans win

A Koch-backed group didn't want a new solar mandate, but another set of Tea Partiers thinks energy diversity is a smart idea.

Climate & Energy

Fracking industry cleanup workers exposed to benzene in Colorado, feds allege

Workers sent to clean up natural-gas liquid spilled by a plant that processes fracked gas near Parachute Creek, Colo., were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.

Climate & Energy

Solar installations soar in California

California utility customers installed a record-breaking 391 megawatts of solar power systems last year, thanks to a successful rebate program.

Climate & Energy

Illinois town bans stripping because of fracking

Fairfield, Ill., is outlawing nude and exotic dancing in order to head off any trouble that might accompany an influx of fracking workers.

Climate & Energy

You can look forward to more blackouts in a climate-changed world

The Energy Department says climate change is threatening the nation's power plants and other energy infrastructure, making it harder to keep the lights on.

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