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Climate & Energy

Fracking wells at the Pittsburgh airport? Sure — what could go wrong?

Real potential for crisis lies in endangering one of the state’s greatest monuments, which can be found opposite the airport TGI Friday's.

Climate & Energy

Keystone XL could be even worse than you thought

The pipeline could lead to up to four times as much CO2 pollution as the State Department has estimated, according to a new study.

Back in the Hobbit

The world’s first official climate refugees land in New Zealand

New Zealand accepts a refugee family from Tuvalu hoping to escape their sinking island nation.

The Fault Is Mine

This giant Canadian mine spill doesn’t make us feel good about Alaska’s Pebble Mine

A copper tailings pond discharged more than 10 million cubic meters of waste into nearby water, threatening an important salmon spawning ground.

Trash Talk

Move over, landfills — food scraps give Massachusetts biogas

On Oct. 1, Massachusetts institutions producing more than a ton of leftovers a week must donate the scraps instead of dumping them.

Politics

The U.S. firefighting budget is almost gone, but the forests are still burning

We're throwing so much money at fighting wildfires, there will be little left over for prevention.

Water Woes

The U.S. could supply all of California with water if we fixed our leaky pipes

Drought-ridden Los Angeles made headlines when an old pipe burst, leaking 20 million gallons of water. But it turns out the whole U.S. is long overdue for a water infrastructure upgrade.

Tuna-ed Out

Farming bluefin tuna might be out of our depths

Because sushi connoisseurs have nearly wiped wild bluefin out, some scientists are trying to domesticate them. But, it turns out, tuna farming is no easy plow.

El Niño flakes out

Not even Jesus is going to save California from this drought

A few months ago, scientists thought that a strong El Niño could help turn California's epic drought around. Now it looks like that's not going to happen.

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