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Climate & Energy

EPA chief: Stop saying environmental regs kill jobs

Gina McCarthy, in her first speech as EPA administrator, pushes home the point that curbing carbon pollution will spark business innovation.

Climate & Energy

Thai tourist paradise wrecked by oil spill

Idyllic beaches in Thailand have been deserted after an oil pipeline ruptured, coating the shorelines with crude.

Pesticides are blowing into California’s mountains, poisoning frogs

Agricultural chemicals are accumulating in frog tissue in the Sierra Nevadas -- the same kinds of chemicals that are sprayed over crops in California's Central Valley.

Gulf of Mexico dead zone is big, but not record-breaking big

A 5,800-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico is dead this year, starved of oxygen. That's terrible, but not as terrible as had been feared.

Climate & Energy

Leak-prone oil tankers to remain on American train tracks for now

The Obama administration has announced another delay in better regulating the type of disaster-prone rail cars that exploded in Quebec earlier this month.

Climate & Energy

Leaked EPA document raises questions about fracking pollution

The EPA doesn't seem very interested in finding out whether fracking pollutes groundwater, according to a report in the L.A. Times.

Climate & Energy

Anti-Keystone activists keep the heat on

Some marched 100 miles in a Walk for Our Grandchildren. Some got arrested protesting the Keystone pipeline. All are part of a big climate activism push this summer.

Food

Herbicides linked to farmer depression

A study of more than 700 French farmers and farmworkers found that those who used herbicides were more than twice as likely to suffer from depression.

Food

Feds want food importers to ramp up safety measures

The FDA says food purveyors should no longer be able to skirt U.S. food safety rules by producing their product abroad and then selling it to Americans.