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Climate & Energy

Electric vehicles could stabilize grid, make money as batteries

EVs are now starting to store electricity and then sell it onto the power grid when energy prices are highest.

Climate & Energy

CO2 in atmosphere poised to blow past 400 ppm mark

In May, the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration could exceed 400 parts per million -- way past the 350 level we need to be aiming for.

Food

Venture capitalists are funding green food innovation

Silicon Valley investors are channeling money into food-related startups that aim to make agriculture more eco-friendly and food more healthful.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL oil would be processed in sick East Texas community

Manchester, a Houston neighborhood, is where tar-sands oil piped through Keystone XL would be refined. The community has enough problems already.

Climate & Energy

Louisiana Senate kills a bill that tried to rein in dispersants

A bill calling for toxic oil dispersants to be used only as a last resort was quashed after the oil industry voiced its opposition.

Climate & Energy

We have known about climate change for 75 years

Global warming was originally known as the Callendar Effect, in honor of an engineer who discovered it in 1938.

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.

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