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Business & Technology

We’re on the verge of a scary undersea gold rush

Soon fancy robots will be drilling miles deep into the sea floor for gold. What could go wrong?

Business & Technology

Huge paper company promises to stop being deforesting jerks

Under pressure from activists, the world's third-largest paper pulper has agreed to stop clear-cutting natural rainforest in Indonesia.

Climate & Energy

Find out which facilities near you are doing the most damage to the climate!

Spoiler: Probably the ones with big smokestacks that generate your electricity.

Politics

Bike bans declared unconstitutional in Colorado, introduced in Missouri

A biking ban in a Colorado town was struck down by the state's Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a Missouri legislator wants to ban bikes from state highways.

Climate & Energy

Want to fight climate change? Don’t work so hard

Get lazy, folks! Working fewer hours could make a significant dent in climate-warming emissions.

Business & Technology

A new proposal for shipping tar-sands oil: Use the thawed Arctic!

While the proposal is likely a non-starter, it reveals the increasing frustration of oil companies trying to move stubborn tar-sands oil.

Climate & Energy

Frackers set their sights on the Golden State

California's Monterey Shale could contain twice as much oil as all of Saudi Arabia, but it won't be easy to get out of the ground.

Food

Walmart’s big push into groceries is not good for small farmers

Walmart now dominates the U.S. grocery sector, selling more food than the three biggest grocery chains combined.

Climate & Energy

New York governor wants to return Sandy-damaged neighborhoods to nature

It turns out that buying up damaged houses and converting the land into wetlands or parks would be rather expensive.

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