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Natural-gas well explosion near Denver kills one, injures three

The explosion appears to have been from a pressure build-up, as opposed to combustion.

Dallas will spray pesticides to quash West Nile outbreak

Residents have expressed concern, but spraying in other areas has not caused major problems.

Climate & Energy

A helpful compendium of all of the recent stories about our friend the drought

Given all of the news stories about the drought, we figured a handy index was in order. Please print out and carry with you.

Climate & Energy

The Ocean Health Index will let us measure how horrible we are over time

The global rating of 60 out of 100 barely scratches the surface on the depth of information contained in this new evaluation tool.

Climate & Energy

For some reason, this lady is mad about Enbridge cutting down her trees without permission

Canada-based Enbridge illegally chopped down about 50 trees to make way for a tar-sands pipeline -- a replacement for the pipeline that caused the largest on-shore oil spill in U.S. history two years ago.

Paul Ryan ignores Paul Ryan and Ryan Inc. to push for green jobs

Ryan -- whose family business includes work building coal plants -- advocated for stimulus funding for Wisconsin energy-conservation groups.

The hottest rain in world history falls on Needles, Calif.

At 115 degrees, the rain was so hot that most of it evaporated before it hit the ground.

Climate & Energy

Greenland’s ice melt is its worst ever — and there’s still a month to go

Melting of the Greenland ice sheet broke the seasonal record on Aug. 8 -- and melting season isn't even over yet.

Climate & Energy

Kentucky coal headed to India under new deal

From the Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky coal producers have reached an agreement to export 9 million tons of coal annually to India for the next 25 years in a $7 billion deal. Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced Wednesday that New Jersey-based FJS Energy LLC signed the deal with India’s Abhijeet Group to purchase coal exports from Kentucky and West Virginia through Kentucky-based affiliates FJSE Marshall and FJSE River Coal.

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