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Business & Technology

Fracking boom is fueling a plastics boom

Plastic crap that Americans are accustomed to importing from Asia is increasingly being manufactured right here in the U.S., thanks to cheap natural gas.

Climate & Energy

U.K. joins the club, vows to curb coal financing

Britain joined a growing list of countries and international organizations pledging to end financial support for most coal power plants.

Climate & Energy

BP sends more drilling rigs to the Gulf of Mexico than ever before

Deepwater Horizon disaster? Forgetaboutit. BP recently deployed two more oil-drilling rigs to the Gulf, taking its count to a record-breaking nine.

Politics

The three anti-environmental bills that are wasting Congress’ time

House Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats, have passed three egregious dirty-energy-promoting bills. But don't worry, they won't become law.

Climate & Energy

How one small community is going big on solar

The Farmers Electric Co-op in Iowa is gearing up to build the state's biggest solar array. “It keeps our money local,” says the co-op manager.

Climate & Energy

Nuclear industry scores a big win, but still no solution for nuclear waste

The feds have been ordered to stop collecting $750 million in annual fees for a nuclear waste dump. That's because they have no plans to build a nuclear waste dump.

Climate & Energy

Super Euros: Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe

The U.S. is No. 40 on a new list that ranks nations by how much they're doing to stave off global warming.

This Pacific island has so much plastic pollution it might become a Superfund site

Part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is being studied for potential Superfund designation, the first time plastic pollution has prompted such consideration.

Climate & Energy

Piles of tar-sands waste in Chicago are pissing people off

A company owned by the Koch brothers is storing big piles of petroleum coke, which is blowing into nearby neighborhoods. The city, state, and feds are finally taking action.

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