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Food

Thousands of Minneapolis bees killed by pesticides

The bees buzzed around like they were drunk. Lab tests show they were poisoned by household pesticides.

Climate & Energy

Abandoned Russian farmland soaks up 50 million tons of carbon every year

Farmers abandoned 1 million acres of farmland after the USSR collapsed, creating what might be the world's biggest human-made carbon sink.

Climate & Energy

Walleye move in to a warming Lake Superior

Lake Superior's warming waters make it prime territory for popular sport fish like the walleye -- and for invasive nightmares like the lamprey.

Climate & Energy

It continues: Two Pennsylvania coal plants will close for good next week

The killers: Cheaper alternatives, dropping demand, and rising costs of generating electricity with dirty coal.

Cities

New Yorkers exposed to more pesticides than rural residents

The Big Apple might not be a farming hub, but its residents have higher exposure to pesticides than most Americans. Scientists tell us why.

Climate & Energy

Frackers are flushing radioactive waste into rivers

Duke University researchers discovered radioactive isotopes at alarming concentrations in a creek where fracking wastewater is dumped.

Climate & Energy

Say goodbye to Yosemite’s largest glacier

Yosemite National Park's largest glacier could disappear within 20 years, robbing the park's ecosystems of a steady water supply.

Climate & Energy

American company sues Canada over fracking moratorium

A failing fracking company says Canadians owe it $250 million because of a ban on fracking beneath the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

Business & Technology

Monsanto just dropped $1 billion on better weather forecasts

While the federal government hacks away at spending on weather forecasting, Monsanto is taking the opposite approach.

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