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Food

GMO labeling becomes law in Connecticut

The new law will require food manufacturers to label anything with GMO ingredients -- but it will only take effect if other states follow suit.

Climate & Energy

Every “serious environmentalist” must support fracking? Seriously?

Physicist and former climate denier Richard Muller is now gung ho about natural gas, and he thinks you should be too.

Climate & Energy

Are Brits going to get screwed by pricey nuclear power?

The U.K. plans to allow a new nuclear plant to charge double the market rate for electricity. The E.U. is investigating whether that amounts to illegal government aid to a company.

Climate & Energy

America’s new cars are more fuel-efficient than ever before

The average model-year 2012 vehicle got 23.6 miles per gallon -- still pretty lame, but 1.2 mpg better than the previous year.

Cities

Oil and gas drilling waste is being spread over New York roads as de-icer

The salty waste makes roads less slippery, but environmentalists warn that it contains nasty chemicals and radiation.

Climate & Energy

Dallas — yes, Dallas — bans fracking in most of the city

J.R. Ewing must be rolling in his grave. The third largest city in Texas will now prohibit fracking within 1,500 feet of a home or school.

Climate & Energy

Check the climate forecast in your county

You can look up projected temperature trends in your county (that's county without an "r") using this nifty new online tool.

Climate & Energy

Is global warming stoking an Arctic cold war?

Russia, the U.S., and Canada are all pushing for greater control over the North Pole. Could be the the coldest war ever!

Climate & Energy

How offshore wind farms could protect us from hurricanes

A wall of offshore turbines could have reduced Hurricane Katrina's wind speeds by half and storm surges by even more, researchers say.

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