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Climate & Energy

Last year was the fourth hottest on record, or maybe the seventh

Either way, it was really hot. In fact, 2013 was the 37th year in a row of above-average global temperatures, according to NOAA.

Food

Plant STD linked to honeybee collapse

Scientists have discovered that bees that transmit a crop-wilting virus between plants can become infected by the disease, which could play a role in colony collapse disorder.

Food

Canada sued over approval of “toxic” GMO salmon

Environmentalists are arguing in court that AquAdvantage GMO salmon could be considered "toxic" under Canadian law.

Climate & Energy

Get ready for more “extreme” El Niños

Scientists say baby Jesus' meteorological namesake will become a thundering hulk more often as the climate changes.

Climate & Energy

We export carbon emissions to China, get smog back in return

Some developing countries have oversized carbon footprints because they manufacture so much of our junk, and their factories are sending smog back our way.

Climate & Energy

Will the U.K. follow the U.S. on a fracking binge?

British Prime Minister David Cameron seems desperate to mimic America's natural-gas boom, but plenty of hurdles stand in his way.

Climate & Energy

We may have to suck up CO2 to prevent planet from frying, U.N. says

A leaked draft of an IPCC report says we might need mass-scale geoengineering to fend off the worst of climate change. Al Gore says that's "insane."

Food

Congress moves to restore ban on horse slaughter

Slaughterhouses that want to sell horsemeat might fight back by filing a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Climate & Energy

California is now really, truly, officially screwed by drought

Gov. Jerry Brown finally declared an emergency, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history.

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