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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.

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.

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