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Climate & Energy

Obama climate plan finally coming, on Tuesday

The president is gearing up for a big speech in which he'll unveil his second-term climate plan. The centerpiece: cracking down on coal power plants.

Climate & Energy

Massive Montana mine has tribes fighting over coal exports

A huge new coal-mining project just OK'd by the federal government pits a Montana tribe against native communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Climate & Energy

Wind industry and enviros team up to study bird deaths

A new project will collect and publish hitherto secret data on bird kills at wind farms, aiming to help a clean energy source get even cleaner.

Climate & Energy

Oil companies will curb use of air guns that torment marine mammals

Conservation groups suing to end seismic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico scored a partial victory, with oil companies agreeing to suspend sonar blasts in some areas for 30 months.

Politics

EPA abandons investigation into fracking pollution

A draft 2011 study by EPA blamed frackers for groundwater contamination in Wyoming. But EPA is now dropping the research, to the industry's delight.

Climate & Energy

Indonesia to seed clouds, try to put out huge plantation fires

The palm-oil industry has set Indonesian forests ablaze, causing horrendous air pollution. Indonesia is trying to trigger rain to douse the flames.

Politics

Maine guv freaks out after local media report on his corrupt environment chief

Pissed-off Maine Gov. Paul LePage refuses to speak to newspapers that investigated his environment chief's corporate ties. That'll definitely help his public image.

Food

Rampaging pig virus may raise pork prices

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is spreading throughout farms in the U.S. Not only does it sound disgusting; it is disgusting.

Cities

Study: Trees save at least a life a year in each of 10 major U.S. cities

Urban trees suck up soot and other kinds of fine particulate pollution, and that helps keep us healthy and alive, researchers find.