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Climate & Energy

Fracking industry cleanup workers exposed to benzene in Colorado, feds allege

Workers sent to clean up natural-gas liquid spilled by a plant that processes fracked gas near Parachute Creek, Colo., were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.

Climate & Energy

Solar installations soar in California

California utility customers installed a record-breaking 391 megawatts of solar power systems last year, thanks to a successful rebate program.

Climate & Energy

Illinois town bans stripping because of fracking

Fairfield, Ill., is outlawing nude and exotic dancing in order to head off any trouble that might accompany an influx of fracking workers.

Climate & Energy

You can look forward to more blackouts in a climate-changed world

The Energy Department says climate change is threatening the nation's power plants and other energy infrastructure, making it harder to keep the lights on.

Climate & Energy

A Republican calls for climate action — and has to remain anonymous to keep job

A GOP House staffer has written a prizewinning piece advocating conservative action on climate change, but he’s afraid to reveal his name.

Food

Diet soda won’t save you from obesity or diabetes

"Sugar-free" does not mean "good for you." Research links diet soda to excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Climate & Energy

U.S. and China continue to play nice on climate

The two countries agreed this week on five new climate initiatives, including ones focused on carbon capture at power plants and building energy efficiency.

Climate & Energy

Arkansas tar-sands spill was an accident 60 years in the making

The oil pipeline that ruptured beneath Mayflower was defective when was laid in the 1940s. Why didn't Exxon know? Where else was the flawed piping used?

Climate & Energy

Look what the gas and oil industry did to the Gulf of Mexico — again

Efforts to plug a retired natural gas well off Louisiana's coastline went awry this week, triggering a leak. Now there's an ugly sheen covering several square miles.

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