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Climate & Energy

Superstorm Sandy aid dollars go to rebuilding in flood-prone areas

The vast majority of federal loans to rebuild in New York City and New Jersey post-Sandy are going to properties in flood zones.

Politics

BUILD Act could make it easier to green toxic brownfields

A bipartisan Senate bill would help the EPA and local communities clean up contaminated sites -- good news for the economy and the environment.

Climate & Energy

California town could require solar power on every new house

If the mayor gets his way, the desert town of Lancaster in Southern California would set a precedent for other sunny cities.

Business & Technology

BP officially quits the solar business

So much for the oil giant's "Beyond Petroleum" branding and sunburst logo. Meanwhile, Chinese solar companies are having troubles of their own.

Food

Bacon is really bad for you

Eating too much processed meat makes you more likely to be killed by a heart attack or cancer, a new study finds.

Climate & Energy

Senator feels bad for BP, wants it to bid on new Gulf drilling leases

Sen. Mary Landrieu says she has "had enough" of the Obama administration persecuting BP and the whole oil and gas industry.

Business & Technology

Domesticated and wild bees are both in trouble

A new study finds the decline in wild bees is bad news for agriculture, while domesticated bees continue to face a host of troubles.

Food

Pink-slime maker’s lawsuit against ABC grows slimier

The main producer of the pink-slime beef product says it has "no other choice" but to go after ABC for $1.2 billion. That's billion, with a B.

Climate & Energy

Carbon dioxide levels made a big, scary jump in 2012

Last year saw the second-biggest spike in CO2 levels on record, meaning we're even less likely to meet goals for keeping climate change in check.

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