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Food

Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs, pesticides

Hawaii lawmakers have stepped in to protect Monsanto, Syngenta, and other ag giants from local laws that restrict their operations.

Climate & Energy

We can harvest methane from cow guts. Should we?

Argentinian scientists hope to harness the methane cows fart and burp by passing a pipe into their stomachs and sucking out the gas for energy.

Living

Sorry, San Franciscans — New York rated as nation’s best transit city

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. were rated highly for their abundance of transit options. Colorado Springs was not.

Food

Rice paddies providing respite for birds in drought-ravaged California

California's rice growers are being paid to leave water in their paddies for a couple extra months, providing migratory birds with stopover points.

Climate & Energy

Australian Open heat was a climate-change preview, but at least nobody died

The Australian Open highlighted global warming in southeastern Australia, but hallucinating tennis players are the least of Melbourne's worries.

Climate & Energy

ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly news covered climate for less than two hours in 2013

A group of senators are livid about the lack of climate change coverage on major TV networks.

Climate & Energy

Midwestern farmers harvesting solar power

It's not just milk, cereal, and soy that's being produced on Midwestern farms.

Climate & Energy

Free trade deal on solar and wind could hurt the environment

World leaders in Davos aim to lift tariffs on solar panels, wind turbines, and other environmental goods. Here's why that could hurt the environment.

Climate & Energy

Gas company: No need to frack outside London; regular old drilling will do

The British site of anti-fracking protests over the summer will not be home to fracking. Or so says the energy company that wants to drill the heck out of the site.