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Climate & Energy

Youngstown, Ohio, voters on fracking: “Yes, please”

A ballot measure that would have outlawed fracking in the city went down in defeat after a business group heavily outspent anti-fracking activists.

Climate & Energy

Where did all the tornadoes go?

The past 12 months have seen a record low number of tornadoes, while the 12 months before that saw an unusual high. Is there a climate change link?

Climate & Energy

Coal companies have gotten good at wrangling their way out of federal fines

Firms hit with safety citations routinely manage to get fines reduced, raising questions about the mine-safety system's effectiveness.

Food

Entomologists: “Stop feeding corn syrup to honeybees.” Duh.

Taking away bees' honey and feeding them high-fructose corn syrup instead makes them more vulnerable to pesticides, a new study finds.

Climate & Energy

California Gov. Jerry Brown blames climate change for early wildfires

The Western U.S. is in for a big and dangerous fire season, and Brown is pointing the finger squarely at global warming.

Climate & Energy

Should America export its fracked gas? Why greens say no.

The rest of the world is eyeing the cheap natural gas produced by fracking in the U.S. Obama will soon decide whether we should share.

Climate & Energy

One nuke plant in Wisconsin will shutter, another in California might not be switched back on

Low-priced natural gas doomed the Wisconsin plant, while maintenance problems plague the San Onofre nuke facility along the Pacific coast.

Climate & Energy

Beware: Rough wildfire season ahead

Firefighters are bringing a blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains under control, but many more such fires are expected in the West this year.

Climate & Energy

Canadian tar-sands exec: ‘We do need Keystone’

Contrary to what the U.S. State Department says, the head of an oil-sands company insists that the industry needs the pipeline to help it expand.

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