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Climate & Energy

1,000 protest new coal plant in China as U.S. coal exports near record high

The protests in Yinggehai come as the Chinese government restarts work on a coal plant halted after protests in April.

Politics

Schieffer: ‘Only so many’ debate questions you can get to

Debate moderator Bob Schieffer was totally going to ask about climate change! But, you know, didn't.

Food

Farmland prices continue to spike, despite drought

Agriculture land prices have been posting double-digit gains for years. Should we use the word "bubble?" Everyone else seems to be.

Politics

Tar-sands pipeline protesters take on British Columbia legislature

Upwards of 4,500 activists rallied yesterday against Canadian tar-sands pipelines in British Columbia.

Cities

Central Park receives $100 million gift, largest ever to a public park

The big donation from hedge-fund manager John Paulson will increase Central Park's endowment by a third and fund park improvements.

Climate & Energy

Sen. Inhofe’s awesome pro-coal tour, coming to a Senate race near you

James Inhofe, the Senate's top climate denier, is stumping for GOP candidates who love coal. We assume he's travelling by coal train.

Politics

Ryan: We need a bigger Navy because the oceans aren’t getting smaller

In responding to the president's "bayonets" attack, Ryan inadvertently lays bare his ticket's priorities.

Cities

Zappos founder digs for community in the seedy streets of Vegas

Bright lights, big urban changes, Las Vegas style, from the $350 million "Downtown Project" experiment.

Cities

Plant new trees, but keep the old

"Tree culture" contributes to the strength of our communities -- but which trees, exactly?