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Climate & Energy

Obama moves to block new coal plants abroad

The U.S. plans to use its international clout to make it hard for all but the poorest countries to build coal-fired power plants.

Climate & Energy

Nebraska is a loser in the wind-energy boom

The Cornhusker State is the third windiest in the union, but it ranks in the bottom half in terms of wind-power generation. Some state lawmakers are trying to change that.

Climate & Energy

Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding?

The thin crust of ice floating around Antarctica expanded this year to cover a greater area than ever before, but that doesn't mean climate change isn't happening.

Climate & Energy

Illinois is America’s nuclear waste capital

The U.S. has no central repository for nuclear waste, so it's piling up at power plants. Illinois now houses more of it than any other state.

Climate & Energy

West Coast leaders team up on a new climate plan

California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia will work together to tackle climate change. The specifics are fuzzy, but hey, it's something.

Climate & Energy

Australia’s climate-denying prime minister is convinced he’s the authority on climate change

Tony Abbott denies there's a link between global warming and the wildfires ravaging his country, and he's pushing to roll back Australia's carbon tax.

Politics

Virginia voters know we’re changing the climate, Republican candidate does not

A poll finds most Virginians plan to vote for the Democrat in next week's election. That same poll finds most Virginians understand climate change.

Climate & Energy

The Arctic hasn’t been this hot for 120,000 years

A new study finds unprecedented warming in the Canadian Arctic, and blames it squarely on climate change.

Climate & Energy

Africa’s biggest wind farm starts spinning

A new 84-turbine farm in Ethiopia will help keep the country powered when droughts slow hydropower to a trickle.