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Climate & Energy

Texas is thinking about giving its oil and gas inspectors guns

Nothing helps resolve tense, volatile situations like firearms.

Climate & Energy

TransCanada accidentally starts building Keystone XL on land it doesn’t own

It probably got confused after sniffing tar-sands fumes.

Cities

Beijing’s recurring air pollution grounds flights, puts kids in the hospital

It seems clear that the problem isn't going away any time soon.

Food

Are you a terrible person for eating quinoa?

Read our definitive take on the non-definitive debate about the booming global quinoa market.

Climate & Energy

Waste heat from cities can heat up other parts of the planet

Cities can help solve climate change, but a new study finds that urban areas are also contributing to climate disruption in an unexpected way.

Climate & Energy

One step forward, one step back for tar-sands protesters

Anti-tar-sands activists joined in Idle No More protests around the globe today. But Keystone blockaders in Texas suffered a big blow in court.

Politics

Marco Rubio: ‘Changing the weather’ isn’t something government can do

But it's something that Rubio's fossil fuel backers are doing already.

Climate & Energy

Famed climate economist Nicholas Stern: ‘I underestimated the risks’ of climate change

Speaking at Davos' annual gathering, Stern was most likely preaching to the sinners.

Business & Technology

Today’s oily news: Refiner wants to ship oil on Great Lakes, oil barge spills in Mississippi

The spill in the Mississippi River shows the dangers of shipping oil along waterways, but it's not likely to dissuade any would-be shippers.

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