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Climate & Energy

New rules aim to stop rash of oil train spills and explosions

Train wrecks have done more than $10 million in damage as of mid-May this year -- nearly triple the damage for all of 2013. The feds want to stop that.

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Could drones be our secret weapon in the fight against Big Ag?

Journalist Will Potter plans to use drones to fly around ag-gag laws and get the dirt on factory farms.

Listen up, EPA!

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

The EPA is still refusing to ban these dangerous insecticides, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official is phasing them out in some wildlife refuges.

Climate & Energy

Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.

Instead of a patchquilt of permitting rules that vary from county to county, the state now has a simpler -- and cheaper -- process.

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Wanna see what climate change looks like? Check out the vicious fires in northwest Canada

Hot, dry weather is triggering wildfires that are eating up forests in the Northwest Territories in Canada, and in the U.S. West too.

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Australia repeals carbon tax, scientists freak out

Australia is now the first country in the world to undo a price on greenhouse gas pollution, thanks to its climate-denying prime minister.

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Now Google Street View is mapping gas pipeline leaks

Experiments by Google, Environmental Defense Fund, and university scientists reveal the huge amounts of methane that leak from pipelines beneath some cities.

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Here’s how Obama is preparing the country for climate change

The president has unveiled a number of initiatives to help communities and citizens adapt to changes in the weather.

Living

Wasting water in California will now cost you $500

After calls for voluntary conservation didn't work, the drought-stricken state is cracking down on profligate water use.