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Climate & Energy

It continues: Two Pennsylvania coal plants will close for good next week

The killers: Cheaper alternatives, dropping demand, and rising costs of generating electricity with dirty coal.

Cities

New Yorkers exposed to more pesticides than rural residents

The Big Apple might not be a farming hub, but its residents have higher exposure to pesticides than most Americans. Scientists tell us why.

Climate & Energy

Frackers are flushing radioactive waste into rivers

Duke University researchers discovered radioactive isotopes at alarming concentrations in a creek where fracking wastewater is dumped.

Climate & Energy

Say goodbye to Yosemite’s largest glacier

Yosemite National Park's largest glacier could disappear within 20 years, robbing the park's ecosystems of a steady water supply.

Climate & Energy

American company sues Canada over fracking moratorium

A failing fracking company says Canadians owe it $250 million because of a ban on fracking beneath the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

Business & Technology

Monsanto just dropped $1 billion on better weather forecasts

While the federal government hacks away at spending on weather forecasting, Monsanto is taking the opposite approach.

Climate & Energy

In Silicon Valley hub, new homes must be wired for electric cars

Palo Alto will update its building codes, requiring all new homes to be prepped for electric vehicle chargers.

Climate & Energy

Kiribati climate refugees fighting to stay in New Zealand

A couple's homeland is being lost beneath rising seas. Does New Zealand have any obligation to give them asylum?

Business & Technology

Army going green to cut back on dangerous fuel convoys

Fuel trucks are a favorite target of anti-American forces in Afghanistan, so the Army is shifting to greener alternatives.

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