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Climate & Energy

The White House goes solar — again

The move comes three decades after Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House roof, and three years after the Obama administration promised to do the same.

Climate & Energy

Australian floods lowered worldwide sea levels

Scientists have been puzzled by a drop in worldwide sea levels in 2011. New research suggests that deluges in Australia were largely responsible.

Climate & Energy

Vermont can’t shut down nuke plant, court says

State lawmakers concerned about radioactive leaks want the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down, but a federal court ruled that's beyond their power.

Climate & Energy

Fracking company wants to build new pipeline — for water

Should an energy company be allowed to suck millions of gallons a day from the Ohio River?

Business & Technology

A win-Winco situation: Grocery chain treats employees well and has low prices

Boise, Idaho-based WinCo could teach Walmart a thing or two. And the regional grocery-store chain is expanding.

Climate & Energy

Cutting soot and methane emissions would not help the climate as much as hoped

The U.S. has been working with other nations to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, but new research suggests this strategy will have limited success.

Climate & Energy

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says

Petcoke has been piling up on Detroit's riverfront near a refinery processing tar-sands oil from Canada, but the city has finally had enough.

Climate & Energy

A royal(ty) scam: How oil and gas companies shortchange landowners

Energy companies work the system so that landowners who lease drilling rights to their property rarely see royalties as high as expected.

Food

“Bee-friendly” plants could be bee killers

Half of a sampling of "bee-friendly" plants purchased from major retailers tested positive for bee-killing neonic pesticides, according to a new report.