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Cities

New Jersey officials arrested for conspiring to hide water pollution

By preventing testing of polluted wells, the directors of a Northern New Jersey water board masked how bad the problem was.

Climate & Energy

Japan and the Ukraine will now remind you why nuclear power makes you nervous

New health worries at Fukushima, and a collapsing building at Chernobyl.

Cities

Bloomberg proposes banning plastic foam containers, probably because they can hold soda

Actually, it's because 20,000 tons of plastic foam get thrown away in New York City every year. And considering it doesn't weigh much, that's a lot.

Politics

GAO adds climate change to list of fiscal risks to the government

Seems overdue, but this isn't the speediest government agency.

Climate & Energy

A third of North Dakota natural gas never makes it to market — which may be a good thing

While burning the gas at the wellsite costs the state and the gas company money, it's better than some alternatives.

Living

Read and take over: Occupying urban streets with guerrilla libraries

In New York, kiosks offer books outside Sandy-shuttered libraries, and in Oakland, a people's library is surviving on the sidewalk.

Politics

Obama’s threat to act unilaterally on climate change? Looking empty

Conversations with senior administration officials suggest that the threat doesn't have teeth -- and won't include regulations on old power plants.

Climate & Energy

Courting White House arrest over Keystone XL: Rancher, financier, Kennedy, Sierra Club head

At an action today in Washington, celebrities and activists try to put pressure on the president to reject the Keystone pipeline.

Cities

Will New York’s next mayor keep the city’s bike lanes?

It depends on who wins.

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