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Politics

Here’s how the Koch brothers retaliate against journalists they don’t like

One reporter looked into the Kochs' interests in the Canadian oil industry and soon found himself under attack in Facebook and Google ads.

Food

Positive buzz: One bumblebee species makes a comeback

In a hopeful sign for bee fans, the once-common Western bumblebee has been glimpsed in Washington state for the first time since the mid-90s.

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.

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