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Business & Technology

The men who poisoned Charleston’s drinking water now have a “new” business

A January chemical leak from Freedom Industries left 300,000 people without water supplies. Now Freedom is reforming under a different name.

Climate & Energy

Bird lovers to sue feds for letting wind farms kill eagles

The Obama administration is trying to encourage wind power, but some wildlife advocates say it's going too far.

Snail Ails

How CO2 is killing the cutest snails you haven’t seen

Ocean acidification is dissolving even more pteropod shells than we thought.

Climate & Energy

Chicagoans fight the Kochs and their petcoke

The city stopped short of banning piles of petcoke, a tar-sands refining waste. Now activists and officials are trying to get rid of the piles with lawsuits.

Food

Is Monsanto’s Roundup linked to a deadly kidney disease?

Farm workers on sugar and rice plantations have been hit by a mysterious kidney ailment. Recent research suggests the herbicide glyphosate could be connected to the epidemics.

Climate & Energy

Greenpeace activists arrested — again — for trying to block Russia’s Arctic oil activities

The same protestors who were jailed in Russia last year got themselves arrested once more, this time for trying to block an oil delivery to a Dutch port.

déjà feu all over again

Oil train derails in Virginia, explodes, pollutes river

Meanwhile, the U.S. government still hasn't forced the railroad industry to get rid of the most dangerous, puncture-prone railcars.

Politics

Why is Alaska fighting the cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Conservative-led states that are nowhere near the bay are fighting the EPA's plan to clean it up.

Politics

EPA’s McCarthy slams the agency’s anti-science critics

In a forceful speech during a science meeting, the EPA chief pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of some of the agency's most vocal critics.