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Climate & Energy

Fukushima Daiichi is undead

The nuclear power plant no longer produces any nuclear power, but it's become a radioactive zombie, spreading mayhem long after its demise.

Climate & Energy

Judge blocks oil fracking on federal land in California

The Obama administration failed to adequately study the environmental impacts of fracking on public land in the Monterey Shale, a federal court ruled.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil wins safety award from corporate-backed group

The National Safety Council, whose board includes ExxonMobil execs, has bestowed a safety medal on the oil giant. Never mind that little tar-sands spill in Arkansas!

Climate & Energy

Italy seizes wind and solar trove from Mafia

The biggest ever seizure of Mafia-linked assets has transferred ownership of 43 wind and solar energy companies to the Italian government.

Climate & Energy

Climate changes for wine regions could mean hangovers for wildlife

Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world's top wine regions by 2050, which could push vineyards into critical wildlife areas.

Climate & Energy

Why tar-sands pipelines are just too risky

Pipeline spills are happening more frequently in Upper Midwest states where tar-sands oil is more commonly transported.

Climate & Energy

Climate skeptic could run Down Under

In a country lashed by climate change, it's a surprise that Australia's next prime minister might stomp out the country's efforts to fight and adapt to global warming.

Climate & Energy

Obama talks green with California donors, says environmental stuff is tough

Obama talks to wealthy donors about how environmental causes are a tough sell, but avoids talking directly about the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Food

This year, amber waves of grain to be replaced by CORN

American farmers are set to plant more acres of corn than at any time since 1936. Most of it will be end up in candy and gas tanks.

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