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Food

American meat labeling laws bolstered; Canadians indignant

You're about to get a whole lot of information about where your meat came from. Which displeases the Canadians, who say Americans discriminate against their livestock.

Food

Chemical creep: Farmers return to pesticides as GMO corn loses bug resistance

As the crop-ravaging rootworm grows immune to Monsanto's Bt corn, farmers go back to spraying pesticides to protect their crops.

Food

Connecticut Senate passes GMO-labeling bill

A similar bill is advancing in Maine. But the states are moving cautiously, afraid of triggering lawsuits from the food and ag industry.

Climate & Energy

New Energy Secretary Moniz is all about energy efficiency

Efficiency needs to move "way, way up in our priorities," Moniz said in his first speech as secretary. He's also been meeting with lawmakers to advance energy-efficiency legislation.

Business & Technology

Federal officials hampering Texas fertilizer explosion investigation

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is trying to figure out why a fertilizer plant exploded last month, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is getting in the way.

Politics

House votes to take Keystone decision out of Obama’s hands

The GOP-dominated House has passed yet another bill to speed up approval of the Keystone XL pipeline -- but it'll never become law.

Climate & Energy

Could a Chinese carbon cap pave the way for a global climate deal?

China has proposed firm limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, seriously weakening one of the U.S.’s go-to excuses for climate inaction.

Politics

Climate activists to protest at Obama group’s climate events

Organizing for Action, the president's advocacy group, should be doing more on climate change, activists say. Fighting Keystone XL would be a good start.

Climate & Energy

Gulf Coast refineries accidentally belch out a lot of chemical pollution

Inadvertent releases from oil and chemical facilities pose scary health threats to locals, according to a recent investigation. ExxonMobil and BP are big offenders.

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