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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.

Cities

Can San Jose’s green vision live up to its hype?

The California city set a 2022 deadline for all kinds of lofty green innovations. But how about building some more bike lanes?

Climate & Energy

Construction begins on new nuclear reactors in Georgia

They'll be the first new reactors in the U.S. in 30 years -- and they're already plagued by cost overruns and delays.

Food

Major grocers on frankenfish: ‘Hell no, we won’t sell that!’

Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and other grocery chains say they will not sell genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon.

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