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Climate & Energy

Climate scientists are 95 percent sure that humans are causing global warming

Leaked drafts of the forthcoming fifth IPCC climate report reveal that scientists are more sure than ever before that we're screwing up the climate.

Business & Technology

Don’t expect that hybrid minivan any time soon

Toyota sells a hybrid minivan in Japan, but it has no plans to sell one in the U.S., and neither do any other automakers.

Business & Technology

Your iPhone uses more electricity than your fridge

A new report sheds light on the massive energy footprint of the global digital economy.

Business & Technology

Why your hybrid doesn’t get that promised mileage

Ford is making "goodwill" payments to owners of C-Max hybrids to atone for inflated mileage claims. Now EPA says it will revamp its rules on how mileage is measured.

Climate & Energy

The White House goes solar — again

The move comes three decades after Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House roof, and three years after the Obama administration promised to do the same.

Climate & Energy

Australian floods lowered worldwide sea levels

Scientists have been puzzled by a drop in worldwide sea levels in 2011. New research suggests that deluges in Australia were largely responsible.

Climate & Energy

Vermont can’t shut down nuke plant, court says

State lawmakers concerned about radioactive leaks want the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant shut down, but a federal court ruled that's beyond their power.

Climate & Energy

Fracking company wants to build new pipeline — for water

Should an energy company be allowed to suck millions of gallons a day from the Ohio River?

Business & Technology

A win-Winco situation: Grocery chain treats employees well and has low prices

Boise, Idaho-based WinCo could teach Walmart a thing or two. And the regional grocery-store chain is expanding.

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