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Cities

So much hope and so many problems for the L.A. river

After they tore down river wetlands, can the Army Corps be trusted to rebuild?

Business & Technology

Another Massey executive will go to jail for his role in the Upper Big Branch explosion

Former mine superintendent Gary May told a worker to deactivate an alarm shortly before the blast.

Food

European agency declares popular pesticide too dangerous for bees

The world's most widely used insecticide is unacceptable for use around bees, says a new report from Europe's food safety agency.

Climate & Energy

Marcellus, N.Y., namesake of the Marcellus shale formation, bans fracking

A unanimous town board vote means that the namesake for the shale formation will never allow it to be fracked.

Climate & Energy

Keystone will be even worse for the climate than you thought, says futile new report

Petroleum coke, a byproduct of the tar-sands process, is worse for the climate than coal, says a report that's not likely to change anyone's mind.

Living

Guess which North American country produces the most garbage. Wrong!

We suspect that this factoid won't make it into tourism brochures.

Politics

Another urgent need for infrastructure spending: Levees

Many of the nation's levees are in bad shape, says the Army Corps of Engineers. But Republicans don't like to fund disaster prevention.

Politics

Washington’s brand-new governor, Jay Inslee, wastes no time promoting clean energy

Inslee's first act as governor was to write the head of a clean energy company and invite that company to move to Washington state.

Politics

EPA drops methane inquiry to keep oil company happy

The EPA had been investigating a case of water contamination that might have come from fracking -- until the fracking company complained.

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