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Cities

Soot pollution may cause as many as 3.2 million premature deaths a year

Which is why efforts to reduce particulate pollution as a vital public health issue.

Business & Technology

Fracking companies want to ship wastewater by barge, since boats never spill

The Coast Guard is currently reviewing the request from fracking companies. One scientist says, "Oh, crap. A lot of things could go wrong."

Politics

Senator famous for shooting cap-and-trade bill argues for gun control

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been resolutely pro-gun and anti-coal, is moderating one of those positions.

Climate & Energy

Reliance on coal forces another company into bankruptcy

In case you're wondering, investors, the hills are that-a-way.

Cities

Feds predict end times for Colorado River water

About 40 million Westerners rely on the Colorado River today. By 2060, the river will be severely overtapped, according to a government report.

Politics

The lesson to be learned from the politics of gun control

Advocates of gun control try to leverage sharp anger to create change. There's a lesson here for every political actor.

Food

From farm to table, we’re losing tons of food

Forty percent of the food grown in the U.S. is trashed -- and a lot of it is still perfectly edible.

Climate & Energy

Energy prices are the most volatile prices in the country

Data from the Consumer Price Index shows how the natural-gas boom is leading to lower prices for Americans.

Politics

The EPA tightens limits on soot, predicting huge health benefits

Nice that the government can take regulatory action in the face of lobbying to keep people alive sometimes, isn't it?

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