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Food

Whole Foods opens in Detroit, threatening stereotypes everywhere

The opening of a Whole Foods in inner-city Detroit has caused more fanfare than possibly any grocery-store debut in history. Why all the hoopla?

Climate & Energy

Oklahoma’s cyclones were all kinds of freaky

Last week's flurry of tornadoes included the widest twister ever recorded in the U.S. and one tornado that spun backward.

Climate & Energy

Gulf oil wells have been leaking since 2004 hurricane

Oil has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico since a platform was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan -- and nobody's doing anything to stop it.

Food

Monsanto says opponents may be to blame for GMO wheat escape

Monsanto's investigation into a rogue GMO outbreak can be summarized thusly: “Nothing is wrong at our end and everybody's crops are safe. Maybe our opponents planted our freak wheat to try to hurt us.”

Climate & Energy

Arctic summers could be nearly ice-free in seven years

NOAA scientists used three methods to predict when summers in the Arctic will be almost ice-free. Looks like it will happen by 2040, and maybe by 2020.

Cities

Which U.S. city has the best park system?

Minneapolis took top honors in the Trust for Public Land's second-annual ParkScore Index, which ranks cities on the quality, quantity, and accessibility of their parks.

Climate & Energy

BP to pump $1 billion into its Alaska drilling efforts

After Alaskan leaders slashed the state's tax on oil companies, BP announced that it will ramp up investment and bring new oil rigs to the North Slope.

Climate & Energy

Airlines propose weak, vague climate plan

Major global airlines have agreed on a proposal for reducing carbon emissions -- but it lacks details, aims low, and would sit on the tarmac until 2020 or later.

Climate & Energy

Carbon pricing is catching on around the globe — just not in Washington, D.C.

More than 40 countries now have a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax, or will soon -- and China, Brazil, and other emerging economies might soon join the club.

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