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Food

Food giants try to hijack GMO-labeling issue

They're banding together to quash state-level labeling campaigns, pushing instead for national labeling standards -- but only voluntary ones.

Climate & Energy

Frackers are guzzling water in drought-plagued areas

Most of the fracking underway in the U.S. is occurring in regions that are experiencing water stress.

Climate & Energy

Russia locks up enviros who criticized Olympic construction

Just as the Games kick off, Russia has jailed two activists who were about to publish a report on damage caused by Olympic preparations.

Politics

A Big Oil foe runs for Congress — as a Republican

Monte Shaw, head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, hates Big Oil, which is refreshing -- but he loves the ethanol industry, which is not so refreshing.

Climate & Energy

Pennsylvania to start fracking sensitive state forestland

Nearly half of Pennsylvania's shale-rich state forests have been leased to frackers. The state's Republican governor thinks that's not enough.

Climate & Energy

Duke Energy’s coal-ash spill has utterly ruined a river

The Dan River in North Carolina has been turned into gray sludge -- and Duke Energy still hasn't figured out how to stop the leak.

Politics

Hundreds of scientists urge EPA to reject Pebble Mine

A proposed gold and copper mine near Alaska’s fish-rich Bristol Bay would be a terrible idea, 360 scientists say in a letter to the EPA.

Climate & Energy

Will Obama do the right thing on ozone and smog this time around?

Obama has been as bad as Bush when it comes to curbing ground-level ozone pollution. But soon he'll have another chance to get ozone rules right.

Food

Can we save Chesapeake Bay from chicken crap?

A bill in Maryland would make poultry producers pay five cents a bird to help protect the bay from chicken-waste runoff.