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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.

Oil spill stretches 10 miles down a river in Mississippi

More than 200 barrels of oil spewed out of a malfunctioning oil well in rural Mississippi, contaminating the Chickasawhay River.

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.

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