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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.

Climate & Energy

The southern half of Keystone XL is now filling up with oil

The fate of the northern leg of the Keystone pipeline is still up in the air, but the southern leg is now complete and will start delivering oil to refineries in January.

Climate & Energy

Wetlands are disappearing faster, just when we need them the most

More than 360,000 acres of waterfront habitat were lost between 2004 and 2009, and prairie wetlands took a beating too. Blame development and the ethanol mandate.

Food

Organic milk is better for your heart

New peer-reviewed research finds that organic milk has a near ideal balance of fatty acids, which could help protect you from heart disease. Nonorganic milk, not so much.

Politics

John Podesta, climate hawk and Keystone opponent, joins Obama team

Podesta, an influential D.C. insider with a passion for climate action, is coming to the White House for a one-year stint as an adviser.

Climate & Energy

Meet perfluorotributylamine, the world’s worst greenhouse gas

This bad boy is 7,100 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide, and it persists in the atmosphere for more than 500 years.

Climate & Energy

Wind energy becoming cheaper than natural gas

In the blustery Midwest, power agreements with new wind farms are being signed for even less than gas plants. Wind is breathing down the necks of coal and nuclear too.

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