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Climate & Energy

Most big countries have climate laws

But there are some notable exceptions. Ahem.

Climate & Energy

Millions of dolphins could be hurt as oil industry blasts along East Coast

The Obama administration has tentatively OK'd industry plans to conduct seismic tests in Atlantic waters. That could screw over marine mammals.

Climate & Energy

America’s first carbon-trading program can boast some impressive numbers

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative collected about $1 billion from 2009 to 2012 and is expected to save $2 billion in lowered energy bills.

Climate & Energy

You might see fewer oil trains on the tracks, thanks to a new emergency order

But new rules still don't go nearly far enough to protect communities along rail lines from explosions and fires.

Climate & Energy

Bummer for anti-Keystoners: Report finds no conflict of interest, despite obvious conflicts of interest

ERM, which wrote the environmental study on Keystone XL, did dodgy and deceptive stuff, but none of it amounted to serious rule breaking, says the State Department's inspector general.

Food

Feds will help honeybees find food

The government will spend $3 million to encourage farmers and ranchers to provide nutritious honeybee nectar in the Midwest.

Climate & Energy

L.A. and California lawmakers move to impose fracking moratoriums

Some leaders in Los Angeles and Sacramento are fed up with fracking, which sucks up lots of water even as the state is suffering through a drought.

Climate & Energy

Carbon dioxide pollution just killed 10 million scallops

An oyster producer in British Columbia has lost three years' worth of bivalves -- the latest in a growing line of commercial shellfish collapses linked to ocean acidification.

Food

Rice is the new cocaine for European drug dealers

Drug dealers are hanging up their dime bags and moving into the food-counterfeiting game.