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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.

Climate & Energy

Summer rains in Southwest arriving late because of climate change

Delays to the monsoon season in America's southwestern desert states could hurt farmers, cities, and ecosystems.

Climate & Energy

Natural-gas liquid is gushing near a Colorado creek, and nobody can figure out how to stop it

More than 60,000 gallons of unidentified hydrocarbon gunk have leaked into the ground near a gas processing plant, and more just keeps on leaking.

Climate & Energy

Researchers find that ‘wind turbine syndrome’ is bogus

Complaints about turbine-caused illness tend to surface after wind-energy opponents have made a stink and caused people to worry.

Cities

America’s infrastructure grade improves to a still very sad D+

For the first time in 15 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a better grade than last time.

Business & Technology

Green tech incubator Greenstart ups its game

The company has traded in its accelerator program for a beefier venture capital strategy dedicated to well-designed cleantech.

Climate & Energy

A cool new way climate change is killing bivalves

Mussels start losing their ability to attach themselves to rocks when oceans contain more carbon dioxide.

Climate & Energy

Colorado wildfires get an early start this dry year

Wildfires aren't unheard of in Colorado in March, but two recent blazes have people worried about an early fire season in a drought-stricken state.

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