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Climate & Energy

How much fracking is happening in the Gulf of Mexico?

A new lawsuit is trying to force the feds to release that info. And another suit seeks info on which toxic chemicals are used by frackers.

Foam party

Rejoice! New York is the biggest city to ban foam packaging

Now the only New York City takeout leftovers will be your Kung Pao.

Climate & Energy

Nebraska Supreme Court clears the way for a Keystone decision

The court said the pipeline's planned route through Nebraska is just fine. Now the ball is in Obama's court.

Food

Federal diet guidelines won’t mention food’s environment connection. Ugh.

The new dietary guidelines want you to know that your food came from the grocery store.

Plane Speak

Planes have nobody but themselves to blame for making it harder to fly

Not only are the emissions from your transatlantic flight to Rome gassing the climate -- they're also making it harder for that same flight to get off the ground in the first place.

Climate & Energy

Is this the end of Cape Wind?

It was intended to be the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. New setbacks mean it might not get built at all.

Climate & Energy

Texas city in fracking area is rocked by 11 earthquakes in 24 hours

Coincidence?

Notes of cherry, oak, and Coppertone

Australia is so hot even the grapes wear sunscreen

With summer temperatures skyrocketing, winemakers in Australia protect their delicate harvest with a hearty dose of SPF.

Mo' money, mo' transit

Your commute says a lot about your salary

A new study finds that New York neighborhoods with lousy access to public transit are black holes for employment.