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Climate & Energy

The $400 million plan to unsink a giant cruise ship

If the plan fails, the world's biggest passenger ship crash could still prove catastrophic for the protected coast of Tuscany.

Food

Meat company sues USDA to speed up horse meat sales

Valley Meat Co. hopes you'll try your next bowl of New Mexico's famous chili with some ground Black Beauty.

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has left the building

President Obama's lead environmental regulator leaves a record with some signal achievements but little headway on the biggest climate challenges.

Climate & Energy

New York’s energy-efficiency survey suggests that older is often better

Despite LEED certification for new buildings, structures with thicker walls and fewer windows often are more environment-friendly.

Climate & Energy

Seattle mayor calls for city’s pension funds to dump oil stocks

Seattle's Mike McGinn becomes the first municipal leader to join 350.org's divestment campaign. He's pushing back again coal trains too.

Climate & Energy

Western Antarctica is warming three times faster than the rest of the world

You'll forgive the region's ice if it's starting to look a little nervous.

Business & Technology

Energy conservation gets gamified

Businesses are using gamification to goad us into buying more junk. But some people are trying to harness online games for good causes.

Living

Marijuana growers endanger salmon, bears, and even dogs

The market for pot in California is booming, thanks to the legalization of medical marijuana, and that means bad news for the environment and critters.

Food

What the fiscal cliff would mean for our cities and food

Whether we stop the crazy train with a compromise or careen into the ravine, the fiscal cliff presents serious challenges for cities and agriculture.

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