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Climate & Energy

Indiana lawmakers, who are also coal company execs, help coal industry

A plan to build a pricey coal-gasification plant is getting help from not-so-impartial legislators. Hoosiers could get hosed as a result.

Climate & Energy

European leaders let cap-and-trade flounder

The European Union's carbon-trading system is no longer working effectively, and the E.U. parliament on Tuesday voted against fixing it.

Climate & Energy

Activists to Interior: Stop letting coal companies pillage our land, atmosphere, and treasury

Green groups are calling on the Obama administration to stop selling off publicly owned coal at bargain-basement prices to rapacious energy companies.

Living

You’re forking out $9,000 a year to own your car

Forget the environmental costs of driving a car. The financial costs alone should be enough to shock you into walking, biking, busing, and sharing.

Climate & Energy

This apartment building comes with its own algae-fueled power supply

A new building in Hamburg, Germany, has a facade of panels that will grow microalgae, which will be used to produce biofuel and provide heat.

Climate & Energy

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery explosion

The company knew about a corroding pipe at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay area, but didn't fix it -- and that's why the refinery exploded last August.

Climate & Energy

Wind produces almost twice as much power as nuclear in California

During a windy hour this month, wind provided 17.5 percent of California's electricity supply. That followed a surge in wind power installations last year.

Climate & Energy

One of the awful things about a nuclear meltdown could be the traffic

A new report warns that a nuclear accident could prompt people to get in their cars and try to escape even if they're outside the official evacuation zone, causing mega traffic jams.

Climate & Energy

Did climate change cause the epic Great Plains drought?

A report from NOAA finds that last year's drought in the central U.S. was just a freak weather event, but at least one respected climate scientist disagrees.