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Climate & Energy

Toxic algae is wiping out Florida’s manatees

At least 463 manatees have died in Florida so far this year, more than half because of a toxic red tide.

Food

North Carolina joins rush to protect animal abusers

It's the latest state to consider a bill that would crack down on animal rights activists who expose cruelty at factory farms and food processing plants.

Climate & Energy

All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief

The 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. have an unfixable safety flaw, according to Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Climate & Energy

Fukushima Daiichi is undead

The nuclear power plant no longer produces any nuclear power, but it's become a radioactive zombie, spreading mayhem long after its demise.

Climate & Energy

Judge blocks oil fracking on federal land in California

The Obama administration failed to adequately study the environmental impacts of fracking on public land in the Monterey Shale, a federal court ruled.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil wins safety award from corporate-backed group

The National Safety Council, whose board includes ExxonMobil execs, has bestowed a safety medal on the oil giant. Never mind that little tar-sands spill in Arkansas!

Climate & Energy

Italy seizes wind and solar trove from Mafia

The biggest ever seizure of Mafia-linked assets has transferred ownership of 43 wind and solar energy companies to the Italian government.

Climate & Energy

Climate changes for wine regions could mean hangovers for wildlife

Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world's top wine regions by 2050, which could push vineyards into critical wildlife areas.

Climate & Energy

Why tar-sands pipelines are just too risky

Pipeline spills are happening more frequently in Upper Midwest states where tar-sands oil is more commonly transported.

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