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Business & Technology

Nicaragua may let Chinese company build a canal to rival Panama’s

Nicaragua's president is trying to ram a canal plan through his country's congress in less than two weeks. If successful, it'll create a new link between the Atlantic and Pacific.

Climate & Energy

U.S. and China team up to fight climate-changing HFCs

At a summit in California, Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to tackle hydrofluorocarbons, a lesser-known climate scourge.

Climate & Energy

How fracking companies exploit Amish farmers

Amish tradition frowns on lawsuits. Energy companies are taking advantage of that fact by leasing Amish farmers' land for way less than it's worth.

Climate & Energy

Canadian power plant is buying up Detroit’s pile of tar-sands waste, burning it

Detroit's huge pile of petcoke, waste from tar-sands refining, is gradually being shipped back up to Canada and burned to produce dirty electricity.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL isn’t even built yet and already it’s faulty

The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is riddled with dents and other anomalies, prompting TransCanada to dig it back up and replace faulty segments.

Climate & Energy

California’s San Onofre nuclear plant gets final death blow

Southern California Edison is officially giving up on the perpetually troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. Anti-nuke activists are psyched.

Climate & Energy

France looks at America, says non to fracking

The French energy minister wants to keep her country's fracking ban in place. Just look at what a mess fracking has made in America, she says.

Politics

Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris partied at Sean Parker’s eco-wrecking wedding

A tech billionaire trampled a redwood forest for his fantasy wedding, and two of California's most senior elected officials were at the obnoxious bash.

Food

Whole Foods opens in Detroit, threatening stereotypes everywhere

The opening of a Whole Foods in inner-city Detroit has caused more fanfare than possibly any grocery-store debut in history. Why all the hoopla?

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