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Climate & Energy

Louisiana Senate kills a bill that tried to rein in dispersants

A bill calling for toxic oil dispersants to be used only as a last resort was quashed after the oil industry voiced its opposition.

Climate & Energy

We have known about climate change for 75 years

Global warming was originally known as the Callendar Effect, in honor of an engineer who discovered it in 1938.

Food

Beleaguered bees catch a break as E.U. bans dangerous pesticides

The European Union is imposing a two-year ban on three types of neonicotinoid pesticides that have been found to seriously mess with bees.

Politics

Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s transit-friendly mayor, tapped to be transportation secretary

Foxx has improved public transit in Charlotte, N.C., starting a streetcar project and extending light rail, and he's installed electric-vehicle infrastructure.

Climate & Energy

San Francisco and 10 other cities move toward dumping stocks in fossil-fuel companies

A divestment campaign pushed by 350.org is spreading from colleges to cities. Boulder, Colo., Eugene, Ore., and Ithaca, N.Y. are also on board.

Politics

Mark Zuckerberg’s political group funds ads promoting Keystone and ANWR drilling

The group, founded by the Facebook boss and other tech titans to promote immigration reform, is financing ads that call for more oil exploration. What gives?

Climate & Energy

Solar panels can protect you from terrorism

Rooftop solar systems could help keep the lights on after a terrorist attack on the power system, says the nation's top energy regulator.

Food

New bill in Congress would require GMO labeling

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House and Senate would require food containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.

Politics

Sierra Club comes out in favor of immigration reform

The group's board has unanimously endorsed a pathway to citizenship, a big shift after years of internal fighting over immigration.