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Cities

Michigan gov.: Detroit is no longer capable of taking care of itself

The mostly white, Republican Michigan government is taking over the mostly black, Democratic Detroit government. What could possibly go wrong?

Climate & Energy

State Dept. on Keystone XL: So not a big deal

The State Department's new environmental impact statement says there's no good environmental reason not to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Climate & Energy

As BP battles in court over Deepwater Horizon, oil spills are happening all over the place

They don't get as much press as BP's Gulf gusher did, but oil spills happen constantly. Here are just a few from this past week.

Climate & Energy

Energy-efficiency program killed in Louisiana

Thanks to shenanigans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana won't become the 47th state to adopt an energy-efficiency program.

Food

Calories make you fat, but sugary calories make you fat and diabetic

A big global study finds that sugar leads to diabetes.

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.

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