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Climate & Energy

Maryland pushing ahead on offshore wind farm

The governor's plan to bring a 200-megawatt offshore wind farm to the state finally got the OK from the state legislature. Now on to the next hurdle ...

Climate & Energy

Abu Dhabi mega solar plant will free up oil to export

The largest concentrated solar power plant in the world will cut 175,000 tons of CO2 emissions -- and let the United Arab Emirates send more crude our way.

Climate & Energy

Los Angeles to ditch coal by 2025

"The era of coal is over," says L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The city's utility will make up the difference with renewables, efficiency, and natural gas.

Climate & Energy

Beaver dams block Chevron oil spill in Utah

Thousands of gallons of diesel spilled into a river in Chevron's third pipeline spill in Utah in three years. Two oil-coated beavers were rescued.

Climate & Energy

Massive Louisiana sinkhole just keeps on growing

A sinkhole that was triggered in August by salt mining for the oil and gas sector has grown to 12 acres, threatening 150 homes.

Food

It’s the first day of spring! Here comes the toxic green sludge

Predictions of heavy spring rains bode poorly for the health of Lake Erie, where agricultural runoff is expected to cause massive algae blooms.

Food

Farmland prices soar — along with farm debt

Never mind the drought: When the farmland price bubble pops, America's farmers could be under water.

Living

Thanks for the oil, Iraq, here’s some cancer

Depleted uranium from U.S. munitions is suspected of causing a huge spike in birth defects and all kinds of cancers in Iraq.

Food

Farmers markets are growing, but farmers’ incomes are not

The small-scale local food movement isn't paying off for small-scale local food producers.

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