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Climate & Energy

Can we afford to give a $40 billion gift to oil companies?

BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and pals have been pumping millions of barrels of oil from the Gulf of Mexico without paying a dime in royalties.

Climate & Energy

BP testifies: We knew about ‘big risk’ of explosion

A top BP official tells the court that the company knew there was a "big risk" of a Deepwater Horizon disaster before it happened.

Food

Why shouldn’t you eat horse?

It's cheap, healthy, and legal, so why don't American meat-eaters want to tuck into some pony?

Cities

From red to black: How Philly remade its transit system

In the '90s, Philadelphia's transit network was plagued by $75 million in debt and an FBI investigation. Now it's celebrating a major turnaround.

Food

Pesticides are killing off America’s birds

Pesticide use is the leading cause of a nationwide decline of grassland bird species, beating out habitat loss, according to a new study.

Food

Global food giants get bad grades on environment and ethics

A new report from Oxfam finds that multinational processed food purveyors don't treat their workers or the environment very well.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could kill big U.S. reservoirs

Lake Mead and Lake Powell could be toast as the climate gets hotter and water gets scarcer, according to a new study.

Climate & Energy

Pro-fracking petition with fake signatures embarrasses gas association

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association wants to retract its pro-fracking petition after a newspaper revealed it was bogus.

Climate & Energy

Blazing tires will no longer power Illinois homes

A company that burned tires to produce dirty electricity in Illinois has agreed to shutter its facility following civil rights complaints.

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