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Food

Beleaguered bees catch a break as E.U. bans dangerous pesticides

The European Union is imposing a two-year ban on three types of neonicotinoid pesticides that have been found to seriously mess with bees.

Politics

Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s transit-friendly mayor, tapped to be transportation secretary

Foxx has improved public transit in Charlotte, N.C., starting a streetcar project and extending light rail, and he's installed electric-vehicle infrastructure.

Climate & Energy

San Francisco and 10 other cities move toward dumping stocks in fossil-fuel companies

A divestment campaign pushed by 350.org is spreading from colleges to cities. Boulder, Colo., Eugene, Ore., and Ithaca, N.Y. are also on board.

Politics

Mark Zuckerberg’s political group funds ads promoting Keystone and ANWR drilling

The group, founded by the Facebook boss and other tech titans to promote immigration reform, is financing ads that call for more oil exploration. What gives?

Climate & Energy

Solar panels can protect you from terrorism

Rooftop solar systems could help keep the lights on after a terrorist attack on the power system, says the nation's top energy regulator.

Food

New bill in Congress would require GMO labeling

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House and Senate would require food containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.

Politics

Sierra Club comes out in favor of immigration reform

The group's board has unanimously endorsed a pathway to citizenship, a big shift after years of internal fighting over immigration.

Climate & Energy

Obama’s group Organizing for Action finally takes up climate change … sort of

The Obama team isn't pushing for climate legislation, it's just trying to embarrass climate deniers in Congress. But better than nothing, right?

Climate & Energy

Fuel barges explode, burn through night in Alabama

Two gasoline barges in Mobile went up in flames on Wednesday night, critically injuring three people. The fire was put out on Thursday morning, and now an investigation into the causes is underway.

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