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Climate & Energy

Huge tar-sands waste pile grows alongside Detroit River

Refining Canadian tar-sands oil creates mountains of filthy black waste, as the residents of Detroit are discovering. Other American communities can look forward to the same.

Food

California grocery chain turns food waste into electricity

Kroger has plans to feed food waste to bacteria, where it will be anaerobically digested in a vat to release methane to create energy.

Climate & Energy

Take a photo of a glacier — it’ll last longer

Glaciers contain a tiny share of the world's land ice, but their rapid melting is contributing to nearly one-third of the world's sea-level rise.

Climate & Energy

Draft fed rules would let frackers do whatever they want, but they’re still not happy

Environmentalists were dismayed by draft fracking rules released a year ago, but hoped the administration would tighten them up in the next round. The opposite happened.

Politics

Moniz confirmed as energy secretary, McCarthy’s EPA nomination advances

The Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as the new energy secretary, and Gina McCarthy's nomination as EPA administrator cleared a committee.

Food

Ag-gag bill chokes in Tennessee

Tennessee's Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have made it harder for animal activists to expose abuses by agricultural workers.

Politics

Heady Colo. farmers plowing ahead with hemp farming

One Colorado farmer has planted the nation's first big industrial hemp crop in 60 years. Yes, it's still illegal.

Climate & Energy

As climate change broils the Arctic, John Kerry apologizes

At Arctic Council meetings in Sweden, the secretary of state wants the world to know the U.S. is very sorry for all that it has done to destroy the ice.

Climate & Energy

California might borrow $500 million from its climate fund

California's governor saw $500 million sitting around, waiting to be spent on climate projects, and decided it should probably be spent in other ways.

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