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Climate & Energy

Marcellus Shale fracking wells use 5 million gallons of water apiece

Frackers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are using more water than those in other parts of the country, with most being skimmed off rivers and streams.

Climate & Energy

Have we hit a “permanent slowdown” in the growth of global CO2 emissions?

The world keeps pumping out more greenhouse gases every year than the year before, but the rate of growth is slowing, so that's at least a wee bit of good news.

Climate & Energy

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

A council election in Whatcom County will determine whether a coal terminal is built to send coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.

Living

Italian mafia boss says pollution turned him into a police informant

He knew the mafia's toxic-waste dumping would doom people to die from cancer, and he eventually felt bad enough to do something about it.

Food

Unregulated bumblebee trade threatens bumblebees

Activists are pushing the U.S. government to crack down on trade practices that they say are harming native populations of bumblebees.

Climate & Energy

Boston to order builders to adapt to climate change

Under proposed new zoning rules, developers in Beantown will have to construct buildings that can handle floods, heat waves, and other climate impacts.

Climate & Energy

Obama moves to block new coal plants abroad

The U.S. plans to use its international clout to make it hard for all but the poorest countries to build coal-fired power plants.

Climate & Energy

Nebraska is a loser in the wind-energy boom

The Cornhusker State is the third windiest in the union, but it ranks in the bottom half in terms of wind-power generation. Some state lawmakers are trying to change that.

Climate & Energy

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

The thin crust of ice floating around Antarctica expanded this year to cover a greater area than ever before, but that doesn't mean climate change isn't happening.

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