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Politics

Government shutdown would close EPA, too

Congratulations, Congress! When you cripple the federal government, you'll also scuttle the agency that tries to keep polluters at bay.

Climate & Energy

How to clean a lake with an unstoppable oil spill: Drain the lake

Tar-sands oil has been leaking since spring from four places in Alberta, and nobody seems to be able to stop it. Now a 131-acre lake will be drained to aid in cleanup.

Business & Technology

Can’t afford a Tesla? Rent one in California

Hertz will begin renting Tesla's Model S sedan and Roadster electric vehicles at two of its Californian locations.

Food

Super foodie Alice Waters launches anti-fracking fight

The slow food movement champ circulated a petition Wednesday that calls for a moratorium on the practice, saying it threatens water and farms.

Food

Cow farts still stink up the climate — but relief is possible

Livestock rearing contributes 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions -- more than half of that from methane-spewing cattle. Also: We can change this.

Climate & Energy

Feds to frackers: “No, please — let us help you find a place to dump your wastewater”

The Department of Energy is spending $1.8 million trying to help frackers in the Northeast find somewhere to dump millions of barrels of wastewater.

Climate & Energy

Wacky jet stream to blame for wild North American weather

From the floods in Colorado to heat waves and cold snaps, scientists say unusual behavior of a normally predictable jet stream is to blame. What's the climate change link?

Climate & Energy

Aussies open wallets to save climate advisers from new prime minister

Australia's new climate-denying leader scrapped a federal climate task force. Some of his more enlightened countrymen and women are funding it as a nonprofit, instead.

Climate & Energy

World’s biggest solar thermal power plant fired up in California

As of Tuesday, the sprawling Ivanpah solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert started supplying electricity to up to 200,000 homes.

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