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Climate & Energy

California levies record $1 million fine against Chevron for refinery fire

Chevron flouted workplace-safety law in the lead-up to an explosion at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., last year, according to Cal/OSHA.

Cities

Cyclists are the happiest of us all

A new study finds that cyclists are almost three times happier than solo car commuters.

Climate & Energy

Water use for electricity production set to double globally by 2035

Blame biofuels -- and, of course, coal.

Climate & Energy

U.S. ends record streak of days without tornado fatalities

One reason the no-fatality record stood so long -- 220 days -- was the unusually hot and dry weather of 2012, which stifled tornado activity.

Business & Technology

Monsanto CEO acknowledges climate change, open to GMO labels, thinks veggies suck

Monsanto boss Hugh Grant sat down for a Q&A with The Wall Street Journal and oh my god.

Climate & Energy

Pirates on Africa’s west coast have a new target: Oil

Nigeria is home to a booming oil industry and black-market refineries. That makes oil tankers along West Africa look awfully tempting.

Food

Campaign to label frankenfoods goes viral

It lost in California, but now Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont are all considering GMO labeling laws.

Climate & Energy

Turbine in the U.K. converts wind power into kinetic, falling-over energy

We're sure opponents of wind turbines won't mention this in the future.

Living

Marktown, Ind., a historic town shivering in BP’s dark shadow

The century-old community may soon be razed so that an adjacent BP refinery can spill over its borders.

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