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Climate & Energy

Antarctica’s permafrost is melting

A cliff of Antarctic ice is wasting away 10 times faster than it had in recent geological history, a new study says, and that could be bad news for the whole continent.

Climate & Energy

Court tells Transocean to stop obstructing Deepwater Horizon investigation

Transocean has been refusing to hand over documents to the federal government, but now a federal appeals court says it must.

Climate & Energy

China to spend big to clean up its air

After air pollution reached sickening new heights earlier this year, the government now says it will spend $277 billion to tackle the problem.

Business & Technology

Palm oil: Bad for workers as well as orangutans

The environmental sins of the palm oil industry are well known, but its egregious human-rights abuses have been overlooked -- until now.

Climate & Energy

Arctic methane escape could cost $60 trillion

The melting Arctic will unleash a massive amount of methane, causing financial damages nearly equivalent to a year's worth of worldwide economic activity.

Climate & Energy

Big Oil sued for destroying wetlands around Gulf of Mexico

A Louisiana flood control agency is seeking billions from BP, ExxonMobil, and other oil giants to fund restoration efforts.

Climate & Energy

Forget solar panels, here come building-integrated photovoltaics

A growing number of architects and builders are incorporating photovoltaics directly into walls, roofs, and windows.

Climate & Energy

Another drilling blowout in the Gulf, another explosion

A well off the Louisiana coast blew out on Tuesday, sending out a cloud of natural gas that exploded into a fire, engulfing the drilling platform.

Climate & Energy

Mink will be trapped to right the wrongs of Exxon Valdez

Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, pigeon guillemots are still not recovering. To help them out, the feds plan to trap some of their predators.

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