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Climate & Energy

Safety inspectors target oil-hauling trains

U.S. safety officials have launched a Bakken Blitz to keep closer watch on trains carrying fracked oil out of North Dakota.

Business & Technology

Levitating train breaks speed record in Japan

Japan is building a maglev train that moves fast -- it just tested at more than 310 miles per hour. But construction is moving slowly.

Climate & Energy

Crop-munching pests are traveling north as the climate changes

The beetles, moths, and fungi that chomp on crops and devastate forests are moving toward the North Pole at an average of 24 feet per day.

Food

Farm kills millions of bees with illegal pesticide spraying, gets slap on wrist

One of Florida's largest orange growers is being fined for improper use of pesticides, but the fine is shockingly low.

Climate & Energy

Antarctic moss a charming but chilling sign of warming

A clump of moss on the Antarctic Peninsula is ballooning -- a botanical pioneer in a fast-warming region.

Politics

Climate denier Ron Johnson denies denying climate change

After getting bashed by a TV ad, the Wisconsin senator now says he doesn't "have a belief one way or the other" on global warming.

Food

To avoid diabetes, eat fruit, don’t drink fruit juice

New research found that people who ate whole fruits were 23 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who avoided them. Blueberries are particularly healthalicious.

Climate & Energy

Kalamazoo pipeline protester could get two years in jail

An activist spent a day sitting inside a pipe to slow down construction of Enbridge's new replacement tar-sands pipeline in Michigan.

Climate & Energy

Cool news: Big fridges to get more efficient under new Obama rules

Just what you've been waiting for: Another reason to feel good about buying Ben & Jerry's.

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