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Climate & Energy

California, on track for record dry year, is ready to seed clouds

Not a single drop of rain fell over San Francisco last month, contributing to the state's parched conditions. Water managers hope cloud seeding will help.

Climate & Energy

Floating offshore wind turbines spinning near Fukushima

Japan is installing floating turbines near the site of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. The first one started generating power on Monday.

Politics

Obama nominates BLM leader Neil Kornze to lead the BLM

If confirmed, he'll lead the agency through mounting controversy over leasing of land for fracking and coal mining as well as for solar and wind projects.

Politics

Enviros give a thumbs-up to Obama’s new climate chief

Dan Utech, a D.C. insider and former Hillary Clinton aide, has been promoted to become the president's top climate and energy adviser, replacing Heather Zichal.

Climate & Energy

Train loaded with oil derails, explodes, pollutes Alabama wetlands

A 90-car train carrying fracked oil from North Dakota went off the rails into a marsh, making a big ol' mess.

Climate & Energy

Philippines blames climate change for monster typhoon

As U.N. climate talks begin in Warsaw, officials from the Philippines are demanding that the world act to fight climate change -- and that rich countries pay their fair share.

Food

Sardines have nearly disappeared off West Coast

When Canadian fishermen headed out for their annual sardine hunt in the Pacific Ocean earlier this fall, they got a rude surprise. Their nets came up empty.

Business & Technology

Obama admin keeps trying to help coal industry, coal industry keeps whining

The Department of Energy is doling out $84 million to help develop carbon-capture technology, which will be needed to realize the "clean coal" dream.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate talks will be all about the Benjamins

Rich countries promised to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change. So far, they have paid up just $7.5 million.

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