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Climate & Energy

That old, rusty underwater pipeline? Nothing to worry about!

Michiganders are loudly voicing their concerns about a 60-year-old oil pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

Climate & Energy

Drought-plagued California tries to drink the ocean (hold the salt)

Un-salted seawater might be one cure for California's water woes, and 17 new desalination projects are banking on it.

Politics

Hundreds arrested at anti-Keystone protest in front of White House

The student-led demonstration was the "largest youth civil disobedience at the White House in a generation," organizers said.

Climate & Energy

Low-lying islands are going to drown, so should we even bother trying to save their ecosystems?

Conservationists focus a lot of attention on imperiled islands. But if they're going to be inundated by rising seas, what's the point?

Climate & Energy

Most big countries have climate laws

But there are some notable exceptions. Ahem.

Climate & Energy

Millions of dolphins could be hurt as oil industry blasts along East Coast

The Obama administration has tentatively OK'd industry plans to conduct seismic tests in Atlantic waters. That could screw over marine mammals.

Climate & Energy

America’s first carbon-trading program can boast some impressive numbers

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative collected about $1 billion from 2009 to 2012 and is expected to save $2 billion in lowered energy bills.

Climate & Energy

You might see fewer oil trains on the tracks, thanks to a new emergency order

But new rules still don't go nearly far enough to protect communities along rail lines from explosions and fires.

Climate & Energy

Bummer for anti-Keystoners: Report finds no conflict of interest, despite obvious conflicts of interest

ERM, which wrote the environmental study on Keystone XL, did dodgy and deceptive stuff, but none of it amounted to serious rule breaking, says the State Department's inspector general.

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