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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.

Climate & Energy

Obama admin to lease New England waters for offshore wind

The U.S. still doesn't have a single offshore wind turbine. The Interior Department is trying to change that by auctioning wind leases off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Business & Technology

Huge proposed Alaska mine could be next big environmental controversy for Obama

Fishermen and native groups want EPA to block the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries and home to vast reserves of gold and copper.

Climate & Energy

National weather forecasters won’t be furloughed after all

After a tornado outbreak, NOAA dropped its plan to force employees to take unpaid days off to deal with the sequester. But budget cuts will still have to come from somewhere.

China’s plastic-bag ban turns five years old

Officials say the ban has spared the country 67 billion polluting plastic bags, though a study finds that many retailers are still ignoring the rules.

Climate & Energy

Warming oceans are killing baby puffins

Rising temperatures off the East Coast are driving away herring, which is making it hard for puffins to find food for their young.

Food

Vegetarians live longer, researchers find

A recent study found that vegetarians were 12 percent less likely to die over a six-year period than were meat eaters. Men in particular got a health boost from skipping meat.

Food

Connecticut will label GMOs if you do too

The Connecticut legislature has passed a law requiring labels on genetically modified foods, but it won't go into effect until at least four other states follow suit.

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