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Climate & Energy

Train explosion in Quebec stokes debate about oil transport

The deadly accident in Lac-Megantic has some people arguing that pipelines are safer than rail for transporting oil. The argument misses the point.

Climate & Energy

Solar-powered sedan hits Dutch streets

Stella is a solar-powered prototype car with a range of 270 miles, room for four plus luggage -- and a steering wheel that swells and shrinks.

Climate & Energy

U.K. throws party for world’s biggest offshore wind farm

In the Thames Estuary, 175 turbines are providing enough electricity to power nearly 500,000 homes.

Climate & Energy

Biofuel program could invite giant grass invasion

American farmers can now start growing humongous 20-foot-tall grasses to produce biofuel under a federal clean energy program.

Food

Pepsi: Cancer for a new generation?

Pepsi still contains caramel coloring that has been shown to cause cancer in rats, more than a year after it promised a national phaseout.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could be leading to more El Ninos

El Niño events appear to have become more commonplace as the globe has warmed, a new study finds. Meanwhile, another study could make El Niños easier to predict.

Climate & Energy

Volcanic rock may be used as giant wind-energy battery

Surplus power from wind turbines could be stored in underground porous rocks produced by volcanic eruptions, say scientists in the Northwest.

Climate & Energy

Nothing to sneeze at: Climate change is making your allergies worse

Allergy doctors across the country report an uptick in patient visits, and scientists are straightforward about the climate connection.

Climate & Energy

Climate change threatens Maine’s lobsters

Lobsters have been abundant in the Gulf of Maine in recent years, but scientists warn that climate change might yet sicken some and drive others away.

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