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Business & Technology

Ohio lawmakers: All right, folks, we guess it’s OK for you to buy Teslas

Ohio lawmakers have backed away from a potential ban on Tesla's sales centers, but they will only allow three of the centers to operate in their state.

Track star

Is this train the “little engine that could” for clean energy storage?

Repurposed trains go up and down hills, Slinky style, and in the process store surplus energy.

Climate & Energy

BP’s newly upgraded refinery just spilled oil into Chicago’s water source

An oil spill from BP's Whiting refinery was just the latest in a string of similar accidents across the U.S.

Politics

Christie’s new woe: Court rules he illegally dumped climate protections

When Christie's administration unilaterally pulled out out of a regional cap-and-trade program in 2011, it broke the law, an appeals court rules.

Dream of Californication

Meet the new California, where Paris Hilton isn’t cool but walking, biking, and transit are

Survey shows that Californians choose low-emissions modes of transportation for twice as many trips as they did 10 years ago.

Load of carp

Can we eat our way out of the invasive carp problem?

Invasive Asian fish are breeding like rabbits in American waterways, and pushing everything else out. Let's push back with our plates.

Climate & Energy

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year

One in eight deaths in 2012 was caused by air pollution. Thanks, fossil fuels.

Food

Wait, why are we dunking so many of our seeds in neonic poison?

It's hard for farmers to buy seeds that aren't coated with pesticides. A new report explains how little we know about the benefits of this practice.

Climate & Energy

Chevron creates its own news outlet for a poor city that it pollutes

Chevron isn't content to stop at just controlling the national news. In an alarming development, it's disguised a propaganda rag as an online news outlet in California.