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Climate & Energy

Polar ice sheets are melting three times faster than during the ’90s

As a result, sea levels have gone up 11 millimeters from ice melt alone.

Climate & Energy

Americans on pace to spend a record amount of money on gas this year

And to generate a hell of a lot of CO2 while we're at it.

Climate & Energy

Watch every hurricane that formed during the third-most-active season in history

As hurricane season comes to an end, we take stock: Lots of big named storms that resulted in billions of dollars of damage on the East Coast and the Caribbean.

Politics

Senate rejects Inhofe’s anti-biofuels amendment because it’s dumb

Climate denier James Inhofe wanted to bar the U.S. military from using biofuels unless they're cheaper than oil. His Senate colleagues slapped him down.

Food

Super-rare fast-food worker strike hits NYC

Workers are organizing at dozens of McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Domino's, and Papa John's locations city-wide.

Climate & Energy

As another coal mine closes, the government says to expect more closures in the future

And even pie-in-the-sky ideas like carbon capture won't turn the trend around.

Politics

Potential secretary of state candidate Susan Rice faces questions over TransCanada investments

OnEarth magazine uncovered large financial ties between Rice and businesses with a stake in Keystone XL. Does it matter?

Climate & Energy

Deforestation in Amazon hits record low

Brazil says deforestation of its Amazon rainforest region is on the decline, but some are concerned that the trend may not continue.

Climate & Energy

Fracking may release less methane than thought

Researchers at MIT say fracking doesn't result in much more methane emission than standard natural-gas drilling. If accurate, it's potentially good news for the climate.

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