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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.

Climate & Energy

James Hansen says natural gas is worse than nuclear

If forced to choose between a world powered by natural gas or nuclear, which would you choose? If you chose natural gas, you just hypothetically killed a bunch of people.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil spills chemicals in Louisiana while cleaning spilled oil in Arkansas

ExxonMobil won't say precisely what chemicals it spilled in Louisiana -- maybe because it's too busy keeping journalists away from another oil-oopsie in Arkansas.

Living

American kids still pretty lead-poisoned

More than half a million kids under 5 are suffering from high blood lead levels, according to the CDC.

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