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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.

Food

Monsanto virtually gives up on growing GMO crops in Europe

The agro-giant dropped eight out of nine pending applications to sell GMO seeds in Europe, citing "political obstructionism."

Climate & Energy

Deepwater Horizon blamed for still more oil spills

Mysterious oil sheens spotted in recent months in the Gulf of Mexico have been traced back to the submerged wreckage of the rig, scientists stay.

Politics

The EPA gets a new boss — finally

Gina McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, after a record-breaking delay imposed by grouchy Republicans who don't like the EPA.

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