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Food

Your tea won’t taste so good after you read this

Labor abuses, dangerous pesticide practices, and other problems are widespread at 24 Tetley tea plantations in India.

Climate & Energy

Another day, another river ruined by a big coal-industry spill

This time it's a spill of 100,000 gallons of coal slurry from a coal processing facility in West Virginia. Thanks, Patriot Coal!

Climate & Energy

U.S. wants poor and rich countries alike to cut emissions under next climate treaty

The Kyoto Protocol required only rich countries to take action. The Obama admin says that approach is "clearly not rational or workable" any more.

Climate & Energy

Dems and GOP have competing visions for making oil trains safer in Washington state

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are feeling nervous about soaring oil-by-rail traffic, but they disagree on what to do about it.

Climate & Energy

BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer

Minnesota is suing the oil giant, claiming it lied when taking state funds to clean up leaky tanks that were already covered by its insurers.

Climate & Energy

Monster wind farm planned in South Dakota

More than 80 landowners are banding together and aiming big, working on a wind project that could produce up to a gigawatt of electricity.

Climate & Energy

EPA is finally taking at least a small step to protect water supplies from fracking

The agency is now telling industry to be more careful when it pumps diesel underground as part of its cocktail of fracking fluids.

Climate & Energy

U.S. whacks India with WTO complaint over its local solar program

India requires solar developers to get their panels from domestic producers. The U.S. says that discriminates against American companies.

Politics

No rules governed tank that leaked coal-cleaning poison into W.Va. river

The tank, owned by Freedom Industries, was not regulated by state or federal safety regulations, officials said at a hearing on Monday.