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Politics

Enviros give a thumbs-up to Obama’s new climate chief

Dan Utech, a D.C. insider and former Hillary Clinton aide, has been promoted to become the president's top climate and energy adviser, replacing Heather Zichal.

Climate & Energy

Train loaded with oil derails, explodes, pollutes Alabama wetlands

A 90-car train carrying fracked oil from North Dakota went off the rails into a marsh, making a big ol' mess.

Climate & Energy

Philippines blames climate change for monster typhoon

As U.N. climate talks begin in Warsaw, officials from the Philippines are demanding that the world act to fight climate change -- and that rich countries pay their fair share.

Food

Sardines have nearly disappeared off West Coast

When Canadian fishermen headed out for their annual sardine hunt in the Pacific Ocean earlier this fall, they got a rude surprise. Their nets came up empty.

Business & Technology

Obama admin keeps trying to help coal industry, coal industry keeps whining

The Department of Energy is doling out $84 million to help develop carbon-capture technology, which will be needed to realize the "clean coal" dream.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate talks will be all about the Benjamins

Rich countries promised to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change. So far, they have paid up just $7.5 million.

Climate & Energy

Exxon fined for Arkansas spill, sued over Yellowstone spill, and still just keeps making piles of money

Sure, the company has to pay a couple million here and a couple million there because of its bad behavior, but it made $45 billion in profits last year, so no problem.

Climate & Energy

More nukes? Are you kidding? Enviros push back against Hansen’s call

Climate scientist James Hansen is arguing that we need more nuclear power to fight climate change. Many climate activists think that's nuts.

Climate & Energy

Bay Area commits to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction

The San Francisco Bay Area is starting to get serious about cutting climate pollution. That could be bad news for the area's refineries, and good news for the rest of us.