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Food

Monsanto virtually gives up on growing GMO crops in Europe

The agro-giant dropped eight out of nine pending applications to sell GMO seeds in Europe, citing "political obstructionism."

Climate & Energy

Deepwater Horizon blamed for still more oil spills

Mysterious oil sheens spotted in recent months in the Gulf of Mexico have been traced back to the submerged wreckage of the rig, scientists stay.

Politics

The EPA gets a new boss — finally

Gina McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, after a record-breaking delay imposed by grouchy Republicans who don't like the EPA.

Climate & Energy

Ohio lawmakers who oppose fracking tax have gotten lots of money from frackers

Ohio's Republican governor wants the fracking industry to give something back, but GOP legislators keep rejecting his proposed fracking tax.

Climate & Energy

These conservatives like renewable energy

Farmers and other Republicans see profit potential and job opportunities in clean energy, so they're defending renewable requirements.

Climate & Energy

Wind power is a steal: Big deals in Midwest show wind’s affordability

New wind farms in the Upper Midwest are cheaper than natural-gas plants, so utility Xcel plans to boost its wind capacity by 33 percent.

Living

Disinfecting wipes are clogging the nation’s sewer systems

Bathroom wipes are being marketed as flushable, but once they reach the wastewater treatment plant they become a pain in the butt.

Climate & Energy

World Bank joins war on coal

The international lender says it won't support coal-fired power plants in most circumstances, opting instead to fund cleaner energy.

Cities

Have fun, stay single — it’s sustainable

People who live alone tend to live more sustainably, which is good news for cities.

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