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Climate & Energy

U.S. tries to have it both ways with solar trade policy

The U.S. is trying to smash open solar-panel trade barriers in India, even while trying to protect American panel manufacturers from imports.

Climate & Energy

Survive one Chevron fracking explosion, get a pizza and pop FREE!

The residents of Greene County, Penn., just weathered a fracking disaster, but it's cool because Chevron's buying them a pizza party (for one).

Climate & Energy

Rents in this North Dakota oil town are now higher than in NYC or San Francisco

Blame fracking. In the boomtown of Williston, N.D., a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment can cost more than $2,000 per month.

Politics

John Kerry says climate change is a weapon of mass destruction

The secretary of state argues that global warming is as much of a threat as terrorism, epidemics, poverty, and WMDs.

Politics

Obama wants to spend $1 billion on climate adaptation

The president has proposed a "climate resilience fund" that would help the nation get ready for big changes.

Climate & Energy

You don’t have to live on a coast to get flooded out by climate change

Landlocked Zimbabwe has been experiencing worsening droughts and worsening floods. Right now the floods are the big problem.

Living

Russian enviro who criticized Olympics sentenced to three years of forced labor

Yevgeny Vitishko publicized the appalling environmental damage caused by Olympic preparations, and Russian officials didn't like that.

Living

New York, California move to ban beauty products containing microbeads

The microscopic balls of hard plastic flow down drains, get into rivers and oceans, and enter the food chain. Yuck.

Climate & Energy

Oil spills break fishes’ hearts

BP's Deepwater Horizon spill messed with the heart function of tuna, according to research published on Valentine's Day.