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Climate & Energy

How the USDA plans to plant around climate change

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers need help coping with climate change and encouragement to become part of the solution.

Climate & Energy

Al Gore’s ‘Reality Drop’ gamifies climate news commenting

Copy and paste pre-written science-y comments ... for the climate? Basically, the Climate Reality Project wants you to troll for change.

Business & Technology

Japan is going nuclear again, Fukushima be damned

The previous government planned to phase nuclear power out, but Japan's new leader intends to restart the country's reactors.

Food

Drought is taking a toll on the Texas beef industry

Cargill is shutting down a beef processing plant in response to epic drought, and that's causing lots of trouble for one West Texas town.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil wins and regular folks lose in $1 billion pollution ruling

ExxonMobil just made a billion bucks without having to drill or sell an ounce of oil.

Politics

Sequestration would be bad news for clean energy and a clean environment

Under looming mandatory budget cuts, polluters would win, you would lose, and Mother Earth would cop yet another blow.

Food

Entire food system may be contaminated with BPA and other plastic nasties

We can try to minimize our exposure to phthalates, but a new study suggests we're all eating plastic chemicals anyway. Yes, even the vegans.

Climate & Energy

Northern California sees driest winter on record

Back in December, the state was drenched. Two months later, it's drier than ever.

Climate & Energy

Piranha cover-up in South Carolina

State officials tried to hide scientists' warnings about the dangers of climate change, including a potential invasion of piranhas.

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