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Climate & Energy

The 12 things the Obama administration wants you to know about climate change

Climate change is affecting you, right now. Yeah, you. That's the topline message of the new National Climate Assessment published by the White House.

Define "terror"

GOP leader calls anti-fracking congressman a terrorist

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) thinks local communities should have control over fracking, and Republicans say that makes him a "terrorist" on a "jihad."

Let's confuse everybody

Should we be calling it “climate disruption”?

White House science adviser John Holdren says the phrases "global warming" and "climate change" just aren't cutting it.

It's dirty work, but ...

Pipeline builder says oil spills can be good for the economy

Kinder Morgan, which is pushing to expand a tar-sands pipeline in Canada, says that "spills can have both positive and negative effects" on local economies.

Business & Technology

The men who poisoned Charleston’s drinking water now have a “new” business

A January chemical leak from Freedom Industries left 300,000 people without water supplies. Now Freedom is reforming under a different name.

Climate & Energy

Bird lovers to sue feds for letting wind farms kill eagles

The Obama administration is trying to encourage wind power, but some wildlife advocates say it's going too far.

Snail Ails

How CO2 is killing the cutest snails you haven’t seen

Ocean acidification is dissolving even more pteropod shells than we thought.

Climate & Energy

Chicagoans fight the Kochs and their petcoke

The city stopped short of banning piles of petcoke, a tar-sands refining waste. Now activists and officials are trying to get rid of the piles with lawsuits.

Food

Is Monsanto’s Roundup linked to a deadly kidney disease?

Farm workers on sugar and rice plantations have been hit by a mysterious kidney ailment. Recent research suggests the herbicide glyphosate could be connected to the epidemics.