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Controversial California oyster farm returned to wilderness

An oyster farm at the Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed by year's end and returned to wilderness. But is it really best for the seals?

Climate & Energy

Climate negotiators are betting on improbably deep emissions cuts

At the U.N. climate conference in Doha, negotiators are calling for drastic steps, trying to make up for the fact that we've done so little thus far.

Climate & Energy

Shell VP: Yeah, we’re gonna spill some oil in the Arctic

Shell's Alaska vice president confirms spills will be part of its new, fraught drilling operations off the North Slope of Alaska. But it's not a big deal or anything.

Climate & Energy

Another miner death at a mine linked to Massey Energy

The miner, a 27-year-old from West Virginia, died in a mine formerly owned by the safety-slacking, scandal-ridden Massey Energy Co.

Business & Technology

Duke Energy CEO will step down because of how he iced the previous guy

If you work in human resources at Duke Energy, we feel for you.

Business & Technology

New Jersey train derailment dumps chemicals into waterway

It's a timely reminder that there are many potential points of failure as we move toxic material around the country.

Living

Your couch is poisoning you

A new study has found that the vast majority of our sofas are full of carcinogens and neurotoxins.

Living

Toxic toys may be poisoning our best friends

A new study suggests BPA and phthalates in plastic chew toys are leaching into our pet dogs.

Climate & Energy

Fracking threatens farms and food safety

Cows near natural-gas fracking sites are getting sick and dying. Food or fuel -- which kind of independence is most important to us?