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Climate & Energy

Monster ice sheets destroy homes, terrorize residents

The fast-moving ice was whipped up from melting lakes and pushed ashore by strong winds in Minnesota and Manitoba. See crazy video.

CO2 crosses dreaded 400 ppm milestone, and science is very disappointed in you

As predicted, human activities finally push carbon dioxide levels to a 3-million-year high. Climate scientists throw up their hands in exasperation.

Climate & Energy

$1.9 billion wind project coming to Iowa

One of Warren Buffet's companies has big plans to build turbines in Iowa, creating lots of jobs and lowering electricity bills.

Climate & Energy

Shell to drill world’s deepest offshore oil well in Gulf of Mexico

It will be about twice as deep as BP's Deepwater Horizon. But, hey, nothing to worry about.

Climate & Energy

America wants Kyoto Protocol replaced with peer-pressure campaign

Instead of nations agreeing on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the U.S. is pushing for each country to set its own goals.

Climate & Energy

Coal-export plans going off the rails in Pacific Northwest

Three of six proposed coal-export terminals in Washington and Oregon have been scrapped, and the remaining pieces of the region's coal scheme face challenges.

Climate & Energy

Tesla sedan gets best Consumer Reports auto review of all time

Tesla's all-electric Model S scored 99 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. Meanwhile, Nissan's all-electric Leaf got a top safety rating from another group.

Climate & Energy

Judge says EPA’s lax guidelines on dispersants can stand

Environmentalists sued EPA to force it to regulate oil dispersants more aggressively. With help from Big Oil attorneys, EPA won on a technicality.

Food

Strawberry fields, not forever: Workers ditch farm after it punishes them for fleeing wildfire

A farm fired workers for seeking shelter from wildfire smoke. After a media outcry, they were offered their jobs back, but most said "hell no."

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