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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.

Climate & Energy

Proposed wind farm gets the OK to kill bald eagles, which will definitely not backfire

There's no way that the government giving approval to kill bald eagles would be used against the wind industry, right?

Climate & Energy

Soot is the second-most dangerous global warming pollutant

New findings suggest that particulate emissions pose a serious threat to the climate.

Climate & Energy

Idle No More: A primer on the indigenous green movement

The grassroots Idle No More movement is taking on green issues worldwide.

Climate & Energy

Japan plans world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima

Having for some reason soured on nuclear power.

Food

USDA offers up new seed money for small farmers

The new $35,000 loans could help bolster small, local farming outfits.