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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.

Cities

Fastest-growing metro areas in U.S. are sprawling and water-challenged

Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and L.A. added the most residents from 2011 to 2012, according to new Census data.

Climate & Energy

Louisiana pipeline fire, now extinguished, sickened residents

One out of every 10 residents of a nearby town say pollution from the pipeline accident and the resulting days-long fire made them sick.

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