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Business & Technology

BP convicted of gross negligence in Deepwater Horizon spill, really salty about it

We imagine that the handing down of the Deepwater Horizon decision may have gone a little like this.

vacuum cleaners suck, hairdryers blow

E.U. bans energy-sucking vacuums. Hairdryers could be next.

High-powered vacuum cleaners just bit the dust in the name of climate change. Hairdryers and electric kettles could be next.

Climate & Energy

Thanks to fracking, there’s something in the water in Pennsylvania

Now that we have 243 pieces of evidence that fracking is not GREAT for the people who live near it, can we stop pretending otherwise?

Climate & Energy

Empty study paves the way for fracking in California

Energy companies poised to dig into California's reserves are breathing a sigh of relief.

Climate & Energy

The U.N.’s latest report on climate change is terrifying

The latest draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change centers on a really scary word: irreversible.

Fossil Fuel

Europe’s power plants are going the way of the dinosaurs

Solar power and battery capacity will drive old-fashioned utilities in Europe to extinction, starting in 2020, according to a new report.

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Forget the climate — cap-and-trade could fix your allergies

Carbon emissions are making you sick and threatening lives.

Cities

Walk to work — you’ll be happier

A recent study finds that people who walk to work or take the train are more satisfied than the rest of us. What do they know that we don't?

Climate & Energy

Thousands of birds are igniting mid-air. What’s solar got to do with it?

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is under fire for its potentially catastrophic impact on local birds.

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