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Climate & Energy

Protests against tar-sands pipelines heat up in U.S. and Canada

Last week saw more than 50 protests against the Keystone XL and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines -- and vows of many more to come.

Food

There are even more dead pigs in a Chinese river

The 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River might actually mean that China is making progress on food safety.

Food

Idiot shoots horse on camera to promote horsemeat

An employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse thought it would help bring attention to his horse-eating cause. It brought attention all right.

Politics

Obama creates five new national monuments

He is protecting land on the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, creating a monument to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway in Maryland, and more.

Climate & Energy

Senate gives a big, fat thumbs-up to Keystone XL

The vote was non-binding but all too telling. On Friday, the Senate voted 62 to 37 in favor of building the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.

Food

EPA sued over failure to protect bees from pesticides

Beekeepers and activists want the federal government to finally take action on bee-killing pesticides.

Climate & Energy

Ohio fracking boom has not brought jobs

When Ohio allowed frackers to move in, it expected new jobs. Those jobs have not materialized, according to a new report.

Climate & Energy

Environmentalists and gas companies sing Kumbaya, create voluntary fracking standards

The new, oxymoronically named Center for Sustainable Shale Development will certify gas companies that meet stricter environmental standards.

Climate & Energy

Here are a couple of weather experts who actually believe in climate change

Many TV meteorologists are skeptics, but the heads of the Weather Company and the National Weather Service grok this whole global warming thing.

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