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Climate & Energy

Japan played down nuclear troubles as it fought for Olympic hosting rights

Fukushima shmookushima. That's what Japanese officials said as they convinced IOC officials to let them host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Climate & Energy

Shell fined $1.1 million for polluting Arctic air during error-plagued drilling efforts

Not only were both of Shell's exploratory drilling rigs in the Arctic damaged in accidents last year; they both violated the Clean Air Act.

Climate & Energy

Obama signs on to three international climate pacts in three days

The president pledged in June that he would lead global climate efforts. With these new pacts, it looks like he's actually trying.

Climate & Energy

Australians elect climate denier who pledges to dump carbon tax

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott once called climate science "absolute crap." His first order of business: Scrap the country's climate programs.

Climate & Energy

Canadian PM to Obama: Let’s make a deal on Keystone!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent a letter to Obama proposing "joint action" on CO2 emissions, hoping to pave the way for Keystone approval.

Climate & Energy

Fracking industry says fracking made you $1,200 richer last year

So go on out and buy that 65-inch plasma TV on credit -- you're good for it. Or, wait, maybe that's not quite the whole story ...

Food

Replacing poultry inspectors with factory workers might not be greatest idea, says GAO

As the USDA prepares to remove inspectors from poultry factory lines, food-safety groups and the Government Accountability Office are raising concerns.

Climate & Energy

Detroit’s dirty petcoke piles disappear, but where did they go?

The Koch brothers have removed their disgusting piles of refinery waste from Detroit. Rumor has it that they're now in Ohio, but the Kochs aren't talking.

Climate & Energy

Clean energy law reducing electricity costs in Ohio

Ohio's renewable energy mandate has been good for ratepayers, a new study finds. But that's isn't stopping one Republican from trying to roll it back.

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