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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.

Climate & Energy

Thanks to climate change, the world is going to need a lot more firefighters

The U.S. is spending more than ever to fight blazes, and Australia will need to double the number of firefighters it employs to help keep pace with worsening fire seasons.

Politics

Greenpeace 30 might get Russian amnesty — and Pussy Riot might too

Vladimir Putin has proposed giving amnesty to some activists and political prisoners, including Greenpeace protesters who scaled an offshore drilling rig in September.

Food

Dairy accidents spilled a million gallons of crap in Wisconsin this year

This is the kind of pollution that causes green slime in the Great Lakes and dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico.

Turns out those old-fashioned ways of farming were actually pretty smart

To slow down the rate of species extinction, a U.N. biodiversity group recommends a return to traditional farming techniques.

Climate & Energy

The U.K. government really, really wants to encourage fracking

The Tories are offering big tax breaks to fracking companies. Meanwhile, anti-fracking protesters get rowdy in Romania.

Climate & Energy

Northeast states pissed at Midwest states over coal pollution

Eight governors from the Northeast are asking the EPA to crack down. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is gearing up to hear a big air-pollution case.

Climate & Energy

Feds will let wind farms kill eagles for 30 years

Wind energy companies will be able to get 30-year "take" permits for eagles if they implement “advanced conservation practices” to help protect birds.

Legalize pot, save a lot of energy

To be blunt: Indoor marijuana cultivation accounts for 1 percent of all U.S. electricity usage. But legalization would help weed go solar.

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