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Climate & Energy

Is this a La Niña or El Niño year? Try La Nada

For more than a year now, the Pacific Ocean has been without La Niña or El Niño. In its place is La Nada, which could be a lot more extreme than it sounds.

Climate & Energy

Carbon-friendly skies: Flying smaller airlines reduces your footprint

To shrink your airborne carbon footprint, stick with smaller carriers that serve regional geographic areas. (And probably don't fly Allegiant Air.)

Climate & Energy

We don’t need no stinking permits: California frackers get their way

Californian legislation that was going to restrict fracking has been lobbied and amended so it gives drillers free passes on environmental laws.

Food

There’s arsenic in your rice, but don’t worry about it, says FDA

The Food & Drug Administration tested 1,300 samples of rice and found arsenic in them all, but only in very small amounts.

Climate & Energy

Nearly 48,000 suing BP over toxic pollution from Texas refinery

BP vented 500,000 pounds of chemicals from a refinery in 2010. Now it's being sued by neighbors who had to breathe that carcinogenic cocktail.

Cities

New Orleans has a radical new plan for managing floods

Instead of trying to pump out all floodwater, officials want to corral it into areas that serve as parks during drier times. Rain gardens, bioswales, and canals will help too.

Food

One in 20 American kids is extremely obese

The childhood obesity rate in the U.S. appears to have plateaued, but the prevalence of "extreme obesity" continues to rise.

Climate & Energy

Naomi Klein says big green groups are more trouble than climate deniers

She argues that mainstream environmentalists are too tied to the neoliberal agenda to embrace the huge shifts needed to tackle climate change.

Climate & Energy

Can these three billionaire superfriends save the climate?

Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and Hank Paulson are teaming up to launch a big bipartisan climate initiative next month.

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