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Politics

The very first thing the new Republican Senate will do is try to push through Keystone

Mitch McConnell, incoming Senate majority leader, just can’t wait to get his colleagues to vote “yes” on the controversial tar-sands pipeline.

Salmon Chanted Evening

Obama’s latest green move: Banning drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Do you like eating wild fish? Then you should approve, because 40 percent of the U.S. wild catch comes from this beautiful bay.

Climate & Energy

Most Americans are clueless about how climate change will affect their health

Allergies? Yes. Asthma? Yes. Ebola? No, no, no.

ARBOR EAT 'EM?

Trees are fed up with our carbon, refuse to grow faster

A new study shows that extra CO2 in the atmosphere isn't speeding up rainforest tree growth. Uh oh?

Living

More women are choosing more effective birth control — here’s why it matters

What a wacky idea -- remove barriers to birth control, and women will choose safe, effective methods of contraception!

Climate & Energy

Frackers can now frack faster on some public lands

A big defense bill that passed last week contained a little provision that will speed up permitting for fracking projects on BLM land.

Climate & Energy

Are you dumb if you buy a Prius when gas prices are this low? Um, no

And speaking of low gas prices, this is the perfect time for governments to start pricing carbon.

Climate & Energy

Climate deniers don’t deserve to be called “skeptics,” scientists say

Bill Nye and other scientists are calling on the media to stop conflating the terms.

Business & Technology

Here’s all the plastic in the ocean, measured in whales

Sorry about that, sea life.