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Climate & Energy

Senate votes to keep subsidizing flood insurance in flood-prone areas

Climate change and fiscal prudence be damned.

Climate & Energy

Which is more likely to drive people from their homes — floods or heat waves?

In some areas of Pakistan, it's the heat waves, though they get less attention from the media and international aid organizations.

Climate & Energy

It hasn’t rained this much in England since 1767, or maybe since ever

January's rains and floods were the worst on record -- which is just the sort of thing climate-change models have been forecasting.

Climate & Energy

Ocean temperatures spiked in 2013

The next time somebody bends your ear about a supposed "global warming pause," just show them these two graphs.

Living

Teslas drive L.A. to N.Y. in three days, guzzle no gas

Never mind the snow and sleet -- a pair of Tesla Model S electric sedans just made it across the country in 76 hours.

Climate & Energy

Great Barrier Reef will be smothered with silt, because coal

An Australian agency has given Indian and Australian coal mining companies permission to dump silt from a dredging project in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Food

Bees exposed to neonic pesticides suck at gathering pollen

Bumblebees reared by scientists on pesticide-laced diets had trouble finding and gathering pollen.

Climate & Energy

Oh rot: Climate change could topple Northwest’s Douglas fir forests

Root-rotting fungi already take a huge bite out of the region's timber business. Now, scientists warn that it will get much worse.

Climate & Energy

Shell will stay out of the Arctic this year

Shell announced it won't attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic this year -- and that it's "considering its options" in the region.

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