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Climate & Energy

Is fracking pollution deforming babies?

Infants born near fracking sites in Colorado were found to suffer from elevated rates of congenital heart defects and neural tube defects.

Food

Federal climate hubs will help farmers adapt

It's another way the Obama administration is pushing ahead on climate initiatives without the cooperation of Congress.

Climate & Energy

Step right up, Big Coal, for America’s Big Coal Giveaway

It's bad enough that the U.S. leases out so many coal tracts. Even worse is that it does so at way-below-market prices, as a new report confirms.

Climate & Energy

Climate change means more wildfires, and that means lots more air pollution

In California, air pollution from wildfires is expected to soar over the coming decades, according to new research.

Climate & Energy

Tunisia’s new constitution calls for climate protection

The country that kicked off the Arab Spring has now committed to fighting global warming.

Climate & Energy

Coal plant accident spews coal ash into North Carolina river

Just last month, Duke Energy insisted there was no reason to clean up its coal-ash piles. Oops.

Climate & Energy

Senate votes to keep subsidizing flood insurance in flood-prone areas

Climate change and fiscal prudence be damned.

Climate & Energy

Which is more likely to drive people from their homes — floods or heat waves?

In some areas of Pakistan, it's the heat waves, though they get less attention from the media and international aid organizations.

Climate & Energy

It hasn’t rained this much in England since 1767, or maybe since ever

January's rains and floods were the worst on record -- which is just the sort of thing climate-change models have been forecasting.