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Climate & Energy

California is dangerously short on snow

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is way low, suggesting that Californians can look forward to a year of drought and water shortages.

Climate & Energy

Fracking could be bad for babies

New research finds that infants born near fracking wells in Pennsylvania had lower birth weights and more health concerns than other newborns.

Climate & Energy

Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to U.S. or Canadian governments

California and Quebec are now the most expensive places in the world in which to pump carbon dioxide into the air.

Climate & Energy

Tar-sands mining in Canada is unleashing mercury pollution

As if the oil-sands operations in Alberta weren't bad enough, here's another way they're polluting the environment.

Climate & Energy

North Dakota’s oil is more flammable than other crudes, feds warn

A trio of fiery train crashes prompted the federal government to warn that oil fracked from the Bakken shale formation is especially dangerous.

Climate & Energy

Climate coverage ballooned last year, except at The New York Times

Mainstream news outlets around the world boosted their coverage of climate change and related issues last year.

Climate & Energy

Cloud shortage will push temperatures higher as climate warms

The latest climate forecast calls for clearer skies. Here's why that is terrible news.

Climate & Energy

At least there’s one positive thing happening because of climate change

Farmers in the Himalayan foothills can now grow more of their own fruits and vegetables.

Climate & Energy

Mangroves are marching northward

As Florida warms up, coastal mangroves are on the move, and that could be bad news for other ecosystems.

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