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Climate & Energy

Flammable ice will help power the planet, then make it even hotter

Methane hydrates under the deep-sea floor are a huge potential source of energy -- and CO2 emissions. Japan has just figured out how to tap them.

Climate & Energy

Oil barge crashes into gas pipeline in Louisiana, triggers big fire

A tugboat captain was among those injured after an oil barge crashed into a natural-gas pipeline south of New Orleans.

Politics

Another George Bush runs for office in Texas, talks up oil and gas drilling

George Prescott Bush, son of Jeb Bush, has kicked off a campaign to run for Texas land commissioner next year. Drill, baby Bush, drill!

Living

The new SimCity: Green urbanist dream, gamer nightmare

Launched last week, the new game has been plagued by technical problems and claims that it has a secret green agenda.

Food

Catch shares help corporations more than fish populations

The system of transferable fishing quotas has been bad news for small-scale operations, and it might not be helping fish much either.

Business & Technology

Solar power set to shine in 2013

New solar generation capacity will increase about 14 percent this year, thanks to high demand in the U.S., Japan, and especially China.

Food

Mississippi poised to pass ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ bill banning healthy food regs

The bill would bar local governments from enforcing calorie counts, portion restrictions, or other food reforms at restaurants.

Business & Technology

Chinese forests now just chopstick factories in waiting

The country produces 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year, and that's taking a toll on China's forests.

Climate & Energy

Could melting glaciers slow down climate change?

As glaciers and ice sheets melt, they release plankton food, a new study finds -- and that could help slow the pace of global warming.