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Climate & Energy

Great Lakes shipping terminal for Bakken oil hits dead end

A crude terminal proposed for Duluth, Minn., would load oil tankers bound for the East Coat through the Great Lakes. But the plans have faltered.

Food

Court to EPA on Gulf dead-zone rules: Make up your freakin’ mind

The federal government just came a step closer to regulating fertilizer runoff in the Mississippi River -- runoff that feeds Gulf of Mexico dead zones.

Climate & Energy

Republican solution to wildfires: Sell the trees!

No forests means no wildfires, see? Despite that impeccable logic, the bill the House just passed to double logging nationwide will never become law.

Politics

Weakened fracking law signed in California

California's governor signed the state's first fracking regulations into law on Friday. Too bad they don't go far enough.

Climate & Energy

Chevron scores legal and PR victories in Ecuador pollution case

Ecuador’s president has a new “Chevron’s Dirty Hand” campaign to protest the company's refusal to pay for its mess, but Chevron is still winning the war.

Climate & Energy

Climate change expected to bring more thunder, hail, and tornadoes

According to new research, severe thunderstorms are likely to hit the U.S. with more frequency over the coming century.

Climate & Energy

As climate changes, polar bears switch to polluted food

Polar bears just can't catch a break. As the climate shifts, East Greenland's population is eating more seals with higher concentrations of chemical pollution in their flesh.

Climate & Energy

One failed project, another over budget, hint at carbon-capture challenges under EPA rules

If you want to build a new coal plant, the U.S. EPA says you must capture CO2 emissions. Two troubled projects show how hard that will be.

Climate & Energy

In wake of Colorado floods, officials start counting oil and gas spills

The state's oil agency is tracking five notable spills so far, plus more locations where sheens have been spotted. No one knows the full extent of the messes.

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