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Climate & Energy

Court hands EPA a victory in fight against mountaintop-removal mining

A federal appeals court has ruled that the EPA can block a permit for a big, controversial coal mine in West Virginia. Activists are celebrating.

Climate & Energy

Falling prices for renewable energy could lead to a tripling of investment

Looks like it'll be cheaper than expected to transition from fossil fuels to renewables, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Climate & Energy

EPA bashes State Department’s ‘insufficient’ Keystone report

The EPA says State still hasn't done its homework on the Keystone XL pipeline's potential environmental effects.

Climate & Energy

Most Protestant pastors don’t think climate change is real

Only 43 percent believe global warming is happening and human-caused, a new survey finds. Democratic pastors are far more likely to get it than Republicans.

Climate & Energy

World’s energy nearly as dirty today as it was 20 years ago

Between 1990 and 2010, we made very little progress in cleaning up our energy supplies, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

Climate & Energy

Flood-drought-flood: Is this the new normal?

Drought has given way to flooding in the Midwest, the latest manifestation of a vicious cycle that appears to be driven by climate change.

Climate & Energy

Koch brothers want to buy L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, six other papers

Billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch -- mega-funders of climate denial and right-wing causes -- are looking to get into the media business.

Business & Technology

Fracking drives potentially explosive demand for potentially explosive ammonia factories

You know that ammonia plant that blew up in Texas? The U.S. could soon be home to a lot more of those, thanks to low natural gas prices.

Climate & Energy

Wisconsin left way, way behind in wind energy boom

Wisconsin added just 18 megawatts of wind power capacity in 2012, compared with more than 100 in Michigan and more than 300 in Ohio.