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Climate & Energy

All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief

The 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. have an unfixable safety flaw, according to Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Climate & Energy

Fukushima Daiichi is undead

The nuclear power plant no longer produces any nuclear power, but it's become a radioactive zombie, spreading mayhem long after its demise.

Climate & Energy

Judge blocks oil fracking on federal land in California

The Obama administration failed to adequately study the environmental impacts of fracking on public land in the Monterey Shale, a federal court ruled.

Climate & Energy

ExxonMobil wins safety award from corporate-backed group

The National Safety Council, whose board includes ExxonMobil execs, has bestowed a safety medal on the oil giant. Never mind that little tar-sands spill in Arkansas!

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Italy seizes wind and solar trove from Mafia

The biggest ever seizure of Mafia-linked assets has transferred ownership of 43 wind and solar energy companies to the Italian government.

Climate & Energy

Climate changes for wine regions could mean hangovers for wildlife

Researchers predict a two-thirds fall in production in the world's top wine regions by 2050, which could push vineyards into critical wildlife areas.

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Why tar-sands pipelines are just too risky

Pipeline spills are happening more frequently in Upper Midwest states where tar-sands oil is more commonly transported.

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Climate skeptic could run Down Under

In a country lashed by climate change, it's a surprise that Australia's next prime minister might stomp out the country's efforts to fight and adapt to global warming.

Climate & Energy

Obama talks green with California donors, says environmental stuff is tough

Obama talks to wealthy donors about how environmental causes are a tough sell, but avoids talking directly about the Keystone XL Pipeline.