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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.

Cities

L.A. on a green streak: New mayor pledges allegiance to smart growth, bikes

L.A.'s newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti looks poised to follow in his predecessor's eco-friendly footsteps. So much for the city's rep as a bastion of auto-centric sprawl.

Food

Mold responsible for Irish potato famine may be gone for good

Scientists studied really old DNA to figure out what caused the famine in the 1840s. They still don't quite know, but they think the mold is now extinct. Phew.

Politics

Inhofe supports tornado aid, says it’s “totally different” from Hurricane Sandy aid

The Oklahoma senator opposed the Sandy aid bill, but says taxpayer assistance for tornado victims is a wholly worthy expenditure.

Climate & Energy

Canada’s government is spending millions to get you to like the Keystone pipeline

A big marketing campaign aims to convince Americans that Canada is a critical source of eco-friendly oil and that Keystone XL is a great idea.

Politics

Bill aims to tackle climate-caused health problems

Legislation in Congress tries to get the U.S. ready for an onslaught of climate-related maladies. It won't pass, but it's a nice effort.

Climate & Energy

Manhattan to see more killer heat waves

Climate change is expected to boost the number of deaths in New York City's most densely populated borough, a new study finds.

Business & Technology

More than 100,000 electric vehicles now on the roads in U.S.

Sales of the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S helped the industry reach this milestone. Meanwhile, Tesla plans to repay a government loan nine years early.

Food

Could the Monsanto Protection Act get repealed?

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is trying to roll back a provision that allows GMO crops to be planted even before they've been OK'd by the USDA.

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