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Climate & Energy

In Silicon Valley hub, new homes must be wired for electric cars

Palo Alto will update its building codes, requiring all new homes to be prepped for electric vehicle chargers.

Climate & Energy

Kiribati climate refugees fighting to stay in New Zealand

A couple's homeland is being lost beneath rising seas. Does New Zealand have any obligation to give them asylum?

Business & Technology

Army going green to cut back on dangerous fuel convoys

Fuel trucks are a favorite target of anti-American forces in Afghanistan, so the Army is shifting to greener alternatives.

Business & Technology

Big Coal buries Obama’s renewable-friendly energy regulator

The president's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, drops his bid in the face of opposition.

Food

Florida citrus growers binge on pesticides, endangering bees

Florida farmers are dousing their groves with chemicals in a desperate bid to save them from citrus greening disease. But the approach is killing the state's bees.

Politics

Lawmakers seek answers after oil gushes during Colorado floods

As Colorado oil officials continue to tally the toxic toll of flooded fracking facilities -- more than 60,000 gallons and counting -- two congressmembers are calling for a hearing.

Climate & Energy

Frackers are chewing up Pennsylvania’s forests

Oil and gas drillers are carving the state's woodlands into smaller chunks -- and that's bad news for wildlife.

Climate & Energy

Climate adaptation goes mainstream in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Dane County, population 500,000, will spend $1 million next year to cope with climate change.

Business & Technology

In the renewable energy race, solar power is hot hot hot

New solar power plants will add 20 percent more capacity this year than last. Wind power, meanwhile, has been hung out to dry.

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