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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.

Food

Two new bills aim to save California farmland from rampant sprawl

The two proposed bills would create tax incentives for city farms and dense development, plus protect the state's existing farmland.

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.

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