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Climate & Energy

Older trees best at fighting climate change

It has long been thought that young trees are better than old ones at absorbing CO2. A new study suggests the opposite.

Climate & Energy

Major newspaper coverage of climate change plummeted last year

Hear those crickets? That’s the sound of The New York Times and other big U.S. papers covering global warming.

Climate & Energy

North Dakota’s top oil regulator is also its top oil promoter

State Democrats see a conflict of interest there. They want the pom-poms to change hands.

Food

Fungi could help boost crops and slow global warming

Scientists are working to fine-tune and commercialize common fungi as they try to improve crop yields -- efforts that could also help with the climate.

Climate & Energy

Disney radio will stop shilling for frackers

A Radio Disney station in Ohio had teamed up with the oil and gas industry on an "educational" roadshow, but after parents protested, the station backed out.

Climate & Energy

Canada’s energy officials take over job of protecting fish from pipelines

Stephen Harper's administration decided that oil and gas officials would do a better job of managing fish along pipeline routes than actual experts.

Climate & Energy

Tests show Texas well water polluted by fracking, despite EPA assurances

The EPA dropped its investigation into complaints about contaminated water last year. Now Duke researchers have found dangerous levels of methane in wells.

Business & Technology

West Virginia caught unprepared for contamination of water supply, despite warnings

The company that leaked a toxic chemical into the Elk River had told state officials about the contents of its riverside tanks. Why didn't officials draw up emergency plans?

Climate & Energy

Enviros and climate scientists continue their fight over nuclear power

More than 300 green groups release a letter saying no to nuclear, and climate scientist Ken Caldeira defends his reluctant support for the technology.