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Food

Gene discovery could breed veggies for a warmer planet

Scientists are making progress in developing a GMO lettuce that can grow in scorching heat. Um, yay?

Climate & Energy

Canadian officials in uproar over pipeline video game, not over actual pipelines

A game funded by a public broadcaster has players build virtual oil pipelines, which virtual opponents can then blow up.

Politics

Tar Sands Blockade wins sponsorship deal from Kryptonite bike locks

A corporate sponsorship seems counter to the blockade's politics, but it may be a means to ending the pipeline.

Climate & Energy

Tar-sands oil spills in Arkansas and Minnesota

A major spill from an Exxon pipeline in Arkansas caused 22 homes to be evacuated. It came just two days after a spill from a train in Minnesota.

Climate & Energy

Fukushima meltdown appears to have sickened American infants

Babies born in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington soon after the Fukushima meltdown were more likely to be afflicted with congenital hypothyroidism.

Business & Technology

Subaru finally introduces a hybrid; crunchy yuppies rejoice

Just 16 years after Toyota first started selling the Prius, Subaru has unveiled its own hybrid. Urban hipsters and Portlanders are excited.

Food

Pesticide makers want you to save the bees

Manufacturers of bee-killing pesticides say their products are safe -- and they think you should be doing more to help pollinators.

Climate & Energy

Gas fracked in America will help keep the British warm

The U.K. is running short of natural gas, so one of America's charitable fracking companies plans to send lots their way by tanker ship.

Climate & Energy

New gasoline rules are good for your lungs and bad for Big Oil

The Obama administration is proposing to slash sulfur content in gasoline by two-thirds, improving your air and pissing off oil execs.

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