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Climate & Energy

Texas cities roping in more wind energy

A $6.8-billion project will connect giant cities of eastern Texas with wind farms in the state's blustery west.

Food

Even the Tea Party is pissed about the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

Good thing, because it's going to take a lot of political power to defeat Big GMO Ag.

Climate & Energy

Last coal-fired car ferry to keep dumping waste in Lake Michigan

In 2008, the EPA ordered the S.S. Badger to stop dumping its coal ash overboard, but the latest proposed deal will let the ferry keep dumping through 2014.

Climate & Energy

Americans want more renewable energy and more climate-change prep

New polls show widespread support for ramping up clean energy and preparing for sea-level rise and harsher storms.

Climate & Energy

All those fracking jobs come with an increased risk of lung cancer

High amounts of lung-penetrating silica dust could cause permanent damage and even cancer.

Climate & Energy

James Hansen to quit NASA, become full-time climate activist

Hansen has been the nation's most outspoken scientist on the need for climate action. Now he's leaving his day job to dedicate himself to activism.

Living

Sandy refugees set to be booted from NYC hotels

Hundreds of families are poised to lose their temporary housing as New York City looks to wind down a hotel-placement program.

Food

Gene discovery could breed veggies for a warmer planet

Scientists are making progress in developing a GMO lettuce that can grow in scorching heat. Um, yay?

Climate & Energy

Canadian officials in uproar over pipeline video game, not over actual pipelines

A game funded by a public broadcaster has players build virtual oil pipelines, which virtual opponents can then blow up.

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