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Climate & Energy

This apartment building comes with its own algae-fueled power supply

A new building in Hamburg, Germany, has a facade of panels that will grow microalgae, which will be used to produce biofuel and provide heat.

Climate & Energy

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery explosion

The company knew about a corroding pipe at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay area, but didn't fix it -- and that's why the refinery exploded last August.

Climate & Energy

Wind produces almost twice as much power as nuclear in California

During a windy hour this month, wind provided 17.5 percent of California's electricity supply. That followed a surge in wind power installations last year.

Climate & Energy

One of the awful things about a nuclear meltdown could be the traffic

A new report warns that a nuclear accident could prompt people to get in their cars and try to escape even if they're outside the official evacuation zone, causing mega traffic jams.

Climate & Energy

Did climate change cause the epic Great Plains drought?

A report from NOAA finds that last year's drought in the central U.S. was just a freak weather event, but at least one respected climate scientist disagrees.

Climate & Energy

InsideClimate wins Pulitzer for reporting on tar-sands spill

The nonprofit news site is being honored for its coverage of a spill into the Kalamazoo River and the broader dangers posed by tar-sands pipelines.

Climate & Energy

Fracking for uranium, first accidentally, and now on purpose

Fracking can release uranium from shale. Pennsylvania is poised to study the issue, and the uranium industry is poised to exploit it.

Climate & Energy

Oceans are absorbing excess heat, for now

Climate change is disproportionately warming the oceans, but scientists warn that this trend won't keep landlubbers cool forever.

Politics

Jailed for eco-activism, and then jailed for blogging about eco-activism

Daniel McGowan was first imprisoned for allegedly participating in an Earth Liberation Front arson, then he was thrown in jail again for exercising his free speech.

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