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Climate & Energy

Get ready for more “extreme” El Niños

Scientists say baby Jesus' meteorological namesake will become a thundering hulk more often as the climate changes.

Climate & Energy

We export carbon emissions to China, get smog back in return

Some developing countries have oversized carbon footprints because they manufacture so much of our junk, and their factories are sending smog back our way.

Climate & Energy

Will the U.K. follow the U.S. on a fracking binge?

British Prime Minister David Cameron seems desperate to mimic America's natural-gas boom, but plenty of hurdles stand in his way.

Climate & Energy

We may have to suck up CO2 to prevent planet from frying, U.N. says

A leaked draft of an IPCC report says we might need mass-scale geoengineering to fend off the worst of climate change. Al Gore says that's "insane."

Food

Congress moves to restore ban on horse slaughter

Slaughterhouses that want to sell horsemeat might fight back by filing a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Climate & Energy

California is now really, truly, officially screwed by drought

Gov. Jerry Brown finally declared an emergency, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history.

Climate & Energy

Safety rules to prevent oil-train explosions delayed

Freight train operators won't be required to improve the safety of their tankers until next year, but they say they'll take voluntary steps in the meantime.

Politics

Big green groups demand an end to Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy

If the president is serious about climate change, he needs to stop promoting fossil fuels, say the Sierra Club, NRDC, EDF, and 15 other groups.

Climate & Energy

U.N. climate chief calls for fossil-fuel divestment

Just as importantly, Christiana Figueres says big institutional investors should triple the money they're putting into clean energy.