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Food

USDA report predicts all manner of end-times for crops and forests

From droughts to swarms of insects, the USDA predicts a rough future for crops and forests.

Politics

New-old disaster aid may be coming for troubled farmers

A stopgap measure being considered in Congress could help drought-stricken farmers, but we'll still be waiting on that Farm Bill ...

Politics

Anti-Agenda 21 bill is back in Arizona, wants to eat your brains

It failed last year, but Arizona state senators are back with another attempt at outlawing sustainability.

Politics

International plan for a spill in the Arctic: If anything happens, pick up the phone

Greenpeace rails against an impotent draft document from the Arctic Council -- with good reason.

Climate & Energy

Alaska ignores climate change, so Iditarod dogs will just need to evolve thinner coats

Warning: This post may make you sympathetic to Sarah Palin.

Politics

New York hires seismologist with fracking industry ties to do fracking research

On the plus side, it's a step forward in an otherwise interminable process.

Politics

Former Interior Secretary Babbitt calls for one acre of conservation for every acre of oil exploration

Bruce Babbitt says Obama hasn't been protecting enough public land and should stand up to Big Oil and bad Republicans.

Climate & Energy

Don’t worry about BP; it’s going to be fine

The oil giant made billions in profits last year, and brought in billions from U.S. gov't contracts, despite that messy thing in the Gulf.

Politics

Let the speculation begin: Obama to talk climate at State of the Union

The Wall Street Journal expects Obama to call for regulation of carbon pollution from existing power plants.

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