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Politics

Ed Markey, climate hawk, headed for the Senate

Markey handily beat Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election, thanks in part to millions of dollars poured into the race by enviros.

Climate & Energy

Calgary floods trigger an oil spill and a mass evacuation

Epic floods forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes last week in Alberta, Canada, prompting questions about the link between climate change and flooding.

Climate & Energy

Could Massachusetts become the first state to impose a carbon tax?

Climate activists are pushing a state ballot measure that would tax carbon emissions from gasoline, heating oil, and other fossil fuels.

Climate & Energy

Study links fracking to drinking water pollution

Water wells close to natural-gas operations in Pennsylvania were more likely than others to be contaminated with dissolved methane and other gases, researchers found.

Climate & Energy

Obama: I will only OK Keystone if it won’t significantly increase CO2 emissions

In his big climate speech, Obama says the Keystone XL pipeline won't be in the nation's interest if it markedly worsens climate pollution.

Climate & Energy

Blame Canada: Greedy for oil money, the country is turning into a rogue petrostate

An unforgiving article in Foreign Policy magazine describes Prime Minister Stephen Harper's reckless pursuit of oil-sands wealth.

Nuclear waste leaking at Hanford site in Washington, again

America's most contaminated nuclear site appears to have sprung another leak, just five miles from the Columbia River.

Food

FBI chases anti-GMO activists while ignoring Monsanto’s transgressions

Somebody uprooted GMO sugar beet plants, and the FBI is in hot pursuit. But it's not concerned about the illegal Monsanto GMO wheat that popped up in a field recently.

Climate & Energy

EPA delays fracking safety study until 2016

The agency is investigating the risks posed to drinking water by fracking. It was supposed to be done in 2014, but now it says it'll be two years late.