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Climate & Energy

Whoa there! State lawmakers try to make oil trains safer

The wheels of railway safety reform may be in motion in Minnesota, but they've ground to a halt in Washington state.

Climate & Energy

White House gets geeky on climate problem

The Obama administration is launching a new climate hub to help Americans understand how weather is changing around them. Google, Microsoft, and Intel will help.

Climate & Energy

Scientists to Americans: This climate change thing really is a big deal

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is launching a new campaign to cut through the noise of climate denialism.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could bring ancient moss back to life

Scientists were able to revive moss that had been frozen beneath Antarctic ice for 1,500 years, suggesting that as the poles heat up, moss might come creeping back.

Climate & Energy

Two-thirds of Republicans think the media exaggerates climate change

On the other hand, nearly half of Democrats believe the seriousness of climate change is actually underestimated by news outlets.

Climate & Energy

Birthday, it’s ya birthday: Fracking technology turns 65

We’d personally like to take this moment to remind all the fracking wells out there that they’re now eligible for a free beverage at Taco Bell.

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Alabama wetland still infested with oil, four months after train accident

An oil train derailed and exploded in a swamp in November, and the area remains a big, smelly mess.

Climate & Energy

Judge rejects latest Koch-led bid to snuff out Cape Wind

Offshore wind energy just won a big court battle, and wind opponent Bill Koch took one in the crotch.

I see London, I can't see France

Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution

Epic smog has settled over the City of Love, so officials are taking drastic steps to clear the air.