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Climate & Energy

It’s official: 2012 was the warmest year on record for the U.S.

Last year was a full degree warmer than the next-warmest year of 1998.

Politics

Interior pledges ‘high-level review’ of Shell’s Arctic farce

Rest assured, though: the government insists that it is committed to drilling in the Arctic.

Food

New food-safety rules are not making us feel all that nauseated

Both food-safety advocates and the food industry seem to like the rules aimed at preventing food-borne illness. Too bad they're so slow in coming.

Climate & Energy

Solar crowdfunding project Mosaic sells out in under 24 hours

A new Kickstarter-style service that makes it easy to invest in rooftop solar arrays has already sold out of shares in its public projects.

Climate & Energy

Keystone protesters take the fight to TransCanada offices

Activists mobilized on Monday at TransCanada offices in Houston and Westborough, Mass. Next up: big protests in D.C. and New England.

Climate & Energy

Tar-sands operations dump carcinogenic pollution in Canadian lakes

The mining of Alberta's tar sands has boosted levels of cancer-causing compounds in waterways up to 55 miles away, according to a new study.

Business & Technology

Cleantech investment fell off a cliff in 2012

Global venture investment in clean technology fell to $6.46 billion in 2012, down 33 percent from 2011. But there are bright signs for 2013.

Business & Technology

Green car sales were up in 2012, and should be even more up in 2013

Hybrid and electric cars account for just a tiny fraction of U.S. auto sales -- 3.3 percent in 2012. But that tiny fraction is growing fast!

Climate & Energy

Sea-level rise could be way, way worse than we already thought

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica could push sea levels up more than three feet by 2100, according to a survey of top glaciologists.

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