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Cities

Seattle adopts plan for going carbon neutral — but will pot growers get in the way?

The city aims to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. But energy-sucking indoor marijuana operations could throw the effort off course.

Climate & Energy

Coal foes suffer setback in fight against exports

The Army Corps of Engineers says it won't review the climate-changing impacts of plans to export coal from Northwest ports, a blow to enviros and many political leaders in the region.

Climate & Energy

Obama in Berlin: “We have to get to work” on climate change

Climate change "is the global threat of our time," Obama said in a big speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Fitting, as the weather in Berlin was an unseasonably hot 92 degrees.

Food

Dead zone could break records in Gulf this year

Heavy farm runoff and heavy rainfall could lead to a New Jersey-sized dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The news for Chesapeake Bay is more upbeat.

Climate & Energy

China begins carbon trading

China took its first step toward a national carbon-trading system on Tuesday, launching a pilot project in the city of Shenzhen.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL won’t use state-of-the-art spill technology

TransCanada plans to stick with older spill-detection systems on the pipeline, ignoring EPA's recommendation that it upgrade to more advanced equipment.

Climate & Energy

Chinese science academy slaps down climate-denying Heartland Institute

Heartland claimed that Chinese scientists were subscribing to its skeptical climate views. The Chinese Academy of Sciences denounced that claim as "false."

Business & Technology

Indianapolis to get nation’s largest EV sharing program

A French company plans to bring 500 electric cars and 1,200 charging stations to Indiana's capital, starting next year.

Politics

Obama says a climate plan is coming next month, so climate hawks delay lawsuit

Ten states and three enviro groups were about to sue the administration over its delay of climate rules for new power plants. Now they're giving the president a short reprieve.

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