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Food

This year, amber waves of grain to be replaced by CORN

American farmers are set to plant more acres of corn than at any time since 1936. Most of it will be end up in candy and gas tanks.

Climate & Energy

James Hansen says natural gas is worse than nuclear

If forced to choose between a world powered by natural gas or nuclear, which would you choose? If you chose natural gas, you just hypothetically killed a bunch of people.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil spills chemicals in Louisiana while cleaning spilled oil in Arkansas

ExxonMobil won't say precisely what chemicals it spilled in Louisiana -- maybe because it's too busy keeping journalists away from another oil-oopsie in Arkansas.

Living

American kids still pretty lead-poisoned

More than half a million kids under 5 are suffering from high blood lead levels, according to the CDC.

Politics

Meet Roy Blunt, the senator from Missouri — and Monsanto

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The "Mo." doesn't stand for Monsanto -- we think.

Climate & Energy

New culprit in sea-level rise: Pretty Arctic clouds

Common clouds over the Arctic are being blamed for the much faster-than-expected rate at which Greenland's ice sheets melted last summer.

Climate & Energy

Something smells bad in New Orleans (more than usual)

A chemical smell like burning rubber has overwhelmed New Orleans. The area is surrounded by gas and oil plants and wells, but nobody can figure out what's causing the stink.

Climate & Energy

Nevada utility to stop burning coal, which will probably just be burned somewhere else

NV Energy will stop burning coal by 2025, replacing that source of energy with renewables and natural gas.

Climate & Energy

Good news, Arkansas: Tar-sands oil isn’t oil-oil

The federal government doesn't consider tar-sands oil to be "oil" -- which means Exxon might weasel out of paying for damages.

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