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Climate & Energy

Sometimes a hybrid is greener than an electric car

Most times, actually. If you live in a state with lots of coal power, then charging your car with that power is not so climate-friendly.

Climate & Energy

Can a giant ice wall stop Fukushima radiation from leaking into the sea?

Some 300 tons of radioactive water are pouring from the plant into the Pacific every day, so TEPCO wants to build a mile-long underground ice wall to stop the leakage.

Business & Technology

Electric roads could make plugging in your EV a thing of the past

This week, South Korea debuted the world’s first electric road, equipped with underground cables that charge EVs parked or driving above.

Climate & Energy

Is Keystone XL a distraction from more important climate fights?

Or is it pointless to criticize the one climate movement that's gotten the most traction in the U.S.? An article in Nature tries to stoke a debate.

Politics

Steve King insults climate scientists and religious Americans simultaneously

The GOP rep from Iowa, most recently in the news for his "calves the size of cantaloupes" comment, turns his eloquence to the topic of climate change.

Climate & Energy

Here’s the anti-Keystone ad one NBC station doesn’t want you to see

The ad was supposed to run on WRC-TV in D.C. during Obama's appearance on The Tonight Show, but NBC pulled it at the last minute.

Climate & Energy

NRA attacks “shadowy network” of enviros and zoos fighting to ban lead bullets

As some states weigh bans on lead-based ammunition -- the biggest source of unregulated lead in the environment -- the NRA fights back with a conspiracy theory.

Climate & Energy

Seven ways the drought in the West really sucks

New Mexicans are having to rely on trucked-in water, bears are getting antsy, desperate farmers are selling their water to frackers, and more.

Climate & Energy

Offshore fracking in California: What could go wrong?

Operators have been fracking off the coast of California since the late '90s, unbeknownst to state regulators and with little federal oversight.

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