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Food

Pittsburgh’s kale-lovers crying after another loss to the frackers

Like many well-intentioned things, an organic farm's fight against a natural gas compressor station failed.

Cities

Just living close to Walmart makes you fat

A new study finds that people living near big box stores have higher rates of obesity and diabetes. What's the connection? Look at the streets.

Business & Technology

Your iPhone is about to get (a little) less toxic

The next step in a green direction: Apple will prohibit the use of benzene and n-hexane in final assembly of iPhones and iPads.

Climate & Energy

Fracking operations get even closer to drinking water sources than we thought

A new study reports that oil and gas companies frack at much shallower depths than they want you to know -- and much closer to water you might want to drink some day.

Climate & Energy

Fracking wells at the Pittsburgh airport? Sure — what could go wrong?

Real potential for crisis lies in endangering one of the state’s greatest monuments, which can be found opposite the airport TGI Friday's.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL could be even worse than you thought

The pipeline could lead to up to four times as much CO2 pollution as the State Department has estimated, according to a new study.

Back in the Hobbit

The world’s first official climate refugees land in New Zealand

New Zealand accepts a refugee family from Tuvalu hoping to escape their sinking island nation.

The Fault Is Mine

This giant Canadian mine spill doesn’t make us feel good about Alaska’s Pebble Mine

A copper tailings pond discharged more than 10 million cubic meters of waste into nearby water, threatening an important salmon spawning ground.

Trash Talk

Move over, landfills — food scraps give Massachusetts biogas

On Oct. 1, Massachusetts institutions producing more than a ton of leftovers a week must donate the scraps instead of dumping them.

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