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Vast oil trove trapped in Monterey Shale formation

Published: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:31pm
Category: 
Energy

A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees.

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Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken

Published: 
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:35pm
Category: 
Shopping & Food

Last May, Whole Foods recalled two types of curried chicken salad that had been sold in some of its stores in the Northeast. The retailer’s kitchens had accidentally confused a batch of “chick’n” salad made with a plant protein substitute with one made from real chicken, and reversed the labels.

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The Aliens Have Landed

Published: 
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:03pm

In the ’30s, as Germany rearmed, we said, “Yeah, France can handle that.” Earlier this week, the Panzer Corps of climate change zoomed right around our Maginot line of denial, and we all became the retreating French.

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Clean Water Act proposal would protect more water sources in West

Published: 
Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:57pm
Category: 
Water

The Obama administration proposed a long-awaited rule on Tuesday to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects wetlands near rivers and waterways fed by seasonal thaws and rains — a decision that could particularly shield water sources in the West.

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Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty

Published: 
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 1:20pm
Category: 
Water

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. Just two and a half years ago, Folsom Lake, a major reservoir outside Sacramento, was at 83 percent capacity. Today it’s down to 36 percent.