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Climate & Energy

How suburban sprawl makes wildfires more deadly

Exurban development patterns not only worsen climate change, they also make residents more vulnerable to one of its effects.

Climate & Energy

Energy companies say releasing CO2 data would jeopardize trade secrets

The EPA wants to know how much CO2 energy companies are emitting, but the companies argue that they shouldn't have to spill such "trade secrets."

Politics

How the Koch brothers screwed over the climate even more than you know

More than 400 American politicians across all levels of government have signed the Kochs' "No Climate Tax Pledge." A two-year investigation into the Kochs reveals that fact and a lot more.

Politics

Energy Secretary Moniz says Obama is not waging war on coal

Ernest Moniz insists that fossil fuels, including coal, will remain a significant part of America's energy mix for quite some time.

Food

Hawaiians fight back against GMO experiments

Monsanto and other agro-giants use Hawaii as a testing ground for GMO crops and accompanying agricultural chemicals. Local lawmakers are trying to rein them in.

Climate & Energy

Oil trains and terminals could be coming to the Northwest

Plans are afoot to build the region's biggest oil shipping terminal in Vancouver, Wash. -- and that's just one of many proposals for moving more oil through the Northwest by rail and ship.

Climate & Energy

What’s up with Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the EPA?

Obama nominated her four months ago, but Republicans have been holding up the process. Might they finally be ready to let it proceed?

Food

Oregon bans some insecticides following bee deaths

After 50,000 bumblebees were wiped out by pesticide spraying, Oregon decided to outlaw use of the offending products for six months.

Climate & Energy

U.S. will help electrify Africa, but will the energy be clean or dirty?

President Obama has launched a new Power Africa initiative to bring more electricity to the continent, but the details are fuzzy.

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