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Climate & Energy

People aren’t connecting extreme weather to climate change — at least, not on Google

Google's annual report on top searches prompted us to check out who looked for info on Hurricane Sandy, drought, and global warming.

Climate & Energy

Forecast for the Northeast by 2070: Much warmer, much rainier winters

Winters in the Northeastern U.S. will have less snow and more rain in the future. As a native, I find this heartbreaking.

Cities

Community health centers rise up from toxic brownfields

New health centers for low-income people are being built on formerly contaminated land -- finally, brownfields redevelopment that helps locals.

Climate & Energy

Yoko Ono is here to convince you that fracking is bad

And Yoko knows bad.

Climate & Energy

2012 saw the fewest wildfires in a decade — but the second-most acres burned ever

NASA's map of the year's wildfires in the U.S. is jaw-dropping.

Business & Technology

Americans are quite literally giving their gold and silver away

Mining companies don't have to pay any royalties at all to extract precious metals from public land. A new GAO report highlights the absurdity.

Climate & Energy

Interior: We’ll maybe finalize those fracking rules next year

Last May, the department suggested new regulations by the end of 2012. No longer.

Cities

Different breeds of urban agriculture duke it out in Detroit

The Detroit City Council has OK'd a big, millionaire-backed urban forestry project, but will it also support smaller community farms?

Climate & Energy

Oil companies polluting aquifers with EPA’s blessing

While much of the country suffers from drought, the feds give oil and mining companies licenses to pollute what water we do have.

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