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Climate & Energy

Big Oil sued for destroying wetlands around Gulf of Mexico

A Louisiana flood control agency is seeking billions from BP, ExxonMobil, and other oil giants to fund restoration efforts.

Climate & Energy

Forget solar panels, here come building-integrated photovoltaics

A growing number of architects and builders are incorporating photovoltaics directly into walls, roofs, and windows.

Climate & Energy

Another drilling blowout in the Gulf, another explosion

A well off the Louisiana coast blew out on Tuesday, sending out a cloud of natural gas that exploded into a fire, engulfing the drilling platform.

Climate & Energy

Mink will be trapped to right the wrongs of Exxon Valdez

Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, pigeon guillemots are still not recovering. To help them out, the feds plan to trap some of their predators.

Climate & Energy

Alaska’s latest climate worries: Massive wildfires and gushing glaciers

Alaska faces more severe and frequent wildfires in the years to come. Meanwhile, its Mendenhall Glacier keeps releasing sudden surges of water.

Food

As citrus disease spreads, government cryopreserves tree roots

With a bacterial disease threatening the country's citrus industry, USDA scientists are flash-freezing tree roots in case they need to be regrown in the future.

Food

Historic lawsuit alleges ag-gag is unconstitutional

Ag-gag laws bar people from recording what happens at factory farms. Utah's ag-gag law is being challenged in the first lawsuit of its kind.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil subsidiary, with arm twisted behind back, agrees to treat fracking wastewater

XTO Energy will spend $20 million to treat wastewater from its fracking operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia after it was prosecuted for Clean Water Act violations.

Climate & Energy

Solar and wind surge, but dirty energy still dominates, as this nifty chart shows

Solar energy production in the U.S. jumped by 49 percent last year, and wind energy by 16 percent, but we still have a long way to go.