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Politics

Seattle mayor wants to block Whole Foods because of its low wages

Mike McGinn is leading the charge against a proposed new store, saying Whole Foods pays significantly less than unionized grocery stores.

Food

Wild thing, I think I need you: How weeds could save dinner

Scientists are racing to study and conserve wild varieties of crops before they disappear. Such weeds could bolster agricultural yields as the climate changes.

Climate & Energy

Here’s how wind and solar can save more lives and prevent more pollution

Renewable energy would have greater social benefit in states that are currently reliant on coal, a new study suggests.

Climate & Energy

No one knows how to stop these tar-sands oil spills

An underground oil blowout at a tar-sands operation in Alberta has caused thousands of barrels of bitumen to burble up into forest areas.

Business & Technology

Electric vehicle sales are skyrocketing

Sales of plug-in vehicles tripled from 2011 to 2012, and have so far more than doubled this year. The low cost of powering the cars is one factor -- just $1.18 per gallon on average.

Climate & Energy

Ice, ice, maybe: Snow and ice melting at record speed

From April to June, more than 80 percent of the Northern Hemisphere's snow cover melted away -- one of the most rapid shifts on record.

Climate & Energy

Dozens of new oil rigs planned for Gulf of Mexico

The number of gas and oil rigs drilling deeper than 1,000 feet in the Gulf is expected to nearly double during the next two years to 60.

Climate & Energy

Harry Reid blames climate change for fires ravaging his state

"The West is being devastated by wildfires," said the Senate majority leader. "Why? Because the climate has changed."

Climate & Energy

Crude on the tracks: Oil spills from trains skyrocket

As more oil is being shipped by rail across North America, more oil is being spilled from trains.

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