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Climate & Energy

Birthday, it’s ya birthday: Fracking technology turns 65

We’d personally like to take this moment to remind all the fracking wells out there that they’re now eligible for a free beverage at Taco Bell.

Climate & Energy

Alabama wetland still infested with oil, four months after train accident

An oil train derailed and exploded in a swamp in November, and the area remains a big, smelly mess.

Climate & Energy

Judge rejects latest Koch-led bid to snuff out Cape Wind

Offshore wind energy just won a big court battle, and wind opponent Bill Koch took one in the crotch.

I see London, I can't see France

Paris bans cars, makes transit free to fight air pollution

Epic smog has settled over the City of Love, so officials are taking drastic steps to clear the air.

Climate & Energy

Will frackers cause California’s next big earthquake?

More than half of the wastewater injection wells being used by frackers in the state are within 10 miles of a recently active fault.

Climate & Energy

Blacking out America would be a cinch, because there’s not enough distributed solar

America could go dark for up to 18 months if terrorists struck a few key points along the grid. Small-scale solar could make the system more resilient.

Climate & Energy

When in drought, Californian salmon take to the road

U.S. Fish and Wildlife plans to help California salmon bypass drought-shriveled streams by trucks. Yikes.

Business & Technology

EPA gives BP a big “welcome back” kiss

The Gulf-wrecking corporation is now free to win federal contracts again, after a 16-month suspension because of the Deepwater Horizon mess.

Climate & Energy

Fracking halted at Ohio site following earthquakes

If the quakes are found to have been caused directly by fracking, not by disposal of fracking wastewater, it would be the first such confirmed case.