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Climate & Energy

Climate change could bring more hurricanes

New research suggests that cyclones and hurricanes will occur more frequently as the climate changes, challenging previous assumptions.

Climate & Energy

Explosion at West Virginia fracking site seriously injures four

The blast was just the latest fracking accident in the state, where the industry has a poor safety record.

Climate & Energy

Coal-burning slashed lifespans by five years in China, study finds

Residents of northern China lost an average of five years from their lives because the government handed out free coal from 1950 to 1980.

Climate & Energy

Extreme heat reveals extreme infrastructure challenges

Crazy weather puts all kinds of stress on the country's aging infrastructure. We'll have to invest in upgrades as we face a changing climate.

Climate & Energy

Quebec oil-train tragedy triggered oil spill that threatens water supplies

As emergency crews search for the dead in Lac-Mégantic, environmental officials are confronted with a 60-mile slick of crude on the Chaudière River.

Climate & Energy

Japan’s utilities clamor to fire up nuke plants

Two years after the Fukushima meltdown, Japan's government is moving toward allowing nuclear reactors to restart. Never mind that many Japanese citizens think that's a terrible idea.

Climate & Energy

Colorado’s oil and gas boom is polluting the state’s air

Drillers pump 600 tons of air pollution over Colorado every day, and three-quarters of the state's air pollution enforcement cases are linked to drilling.

Business & Technology

Solar plane completes cross-country trip despite torn wing

The Solar Impulse landed in New York late Saturday, finishing a historic, 3,500-mile stop-and-start journey across the U.S.

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.

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