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Cities

Climate change will be great for Toronto, says insincere troll

In reality, the city worries that its infrastructure can handle the shifts.

Food

Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills?

Animal advocates expect Big Ag will fight even harder against whistleblowers this year.

Cities

Right-wingers’ dream town is a new urbanist paradise, but full of guns

Sustainable planned communities are not just the territory of the political left.

Climate & Energy

More vignettes from North Frackota, where rents are sky-high and adultery is illegal

North Dakota -- fastest-growing state in the nation thanks to a fracking boom -- offers lots of traffic and crowds and not much fun.

Climate & Energy

How coal is keeping its firm grip on miners and elected officials

A lawsuit against a whistleblower, huge contributions to Congress: The coal industry spends big, but it still won't spend to clean up its act.

Politics

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to ride off into the sunset

At first greens and urbanists were skeptical of the Republican from Illinois, but now they're sorry to see him go.

Climate & Energy

As Sandy aid finally arrives, FEMA unveils new flood maps

With a fatal flaw: The new flood zone designations ignore climate change.

Climate & Energy

Almost half of all coal burned in the world is burned in China

Which bodes poorly for just about every possible climate and health metric.

Climate & Energy

Texas is thinking about giving its oil and gas inspectors guns

Nothing helps resolve tense, volatile situations like firearms.

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