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Climate & Energy

Ohio cracks down on methane pollution from fracking

It's now the third state to require that natural-gas operations do a better job of finding and fixing leaks.

Climate & Energy

In the battle against proposed coal terminals, you are kicking ass

Companies that want to build coal export facilities in Washington state say they are being outmatched by their grassroots opponents -- for now.

Food

FDA tells livestock and dairy farmers: We’re cutting you off — no more beer!

The FDA's proposed safety guidelines would prohibit breweries from sharing their spent grains (yum!) with farmers.

Climate & Energy

Europe wimps out again on airlines’ carbon pollution

International air carriers were supposed to join the E.U.'s emissions trading program, but after the U.S. and China bitched and moaned, they've been given another years-long reprieve.

Politics

Republicans join Democrats in trying to revive wind energy incentives

A proposal to restore critical tax credits for the wind industry breezed through a key Senate committee on Thursday with notable bipartisan support.

Politics

Obama admin sued for dragging feet on studies of climate impacts

The White House has said it will require environmental impact studies to consider climate change, but new guidelines have been stalled for years.

Climate & Energy

What’s worse than burning coal? Burning wood

New power plants fueled with trees and wood waste are being built across the U.S. They're marketed as green, but they're actually more polluting than coal plants.

Climate & Energy

Pennsylvania officials have no idea how to assess health threats of fracking

Emissions from fracking pose serious health risks, but environmental regulators in Pennsylvania are completely failing to address them.

Climate & Energy

California’s cap-and-trade program pays loggers to clearcut old-growth forests

Idiotic, right? That's why enviros are calling on the state to change its rules.