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Recipe for test-tube meat.

The advent of so-called “in-vitro” or cultured meat could reduce the billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted each year by farm animals — if people are willing to eat it.

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Will other coastal communities share Leeville’s fate?

For nearly a century, the homes and businesses between Golden Meadow and Fourchon have disappeared one by one, victims of sinking land, surging surf and the occasional hurricane. The most marked change has occurred in the village of Leeville.

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First zero-energy neighborhood takes root in Boulder.

Local developer Ron Monahan stood outside the first of 12 homes he and his business partner plan to build in a new north Boulder subdivision and talked about his vision: “We’re bringing this to the masses.”

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China’s climate pledge raises expectations for Copenhagen summit.

China has vowed to steeply reduce the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, a move that the Obama administration hailed as a decisive development toward agreement on a comprehensive climate treaty.

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Football to footprints: World Cup’s carbon impact.

Africa’s first football World Cup will generate 2.75m tonnes of carbon emissions, one of the biggest environmental impacts of any sporting event in history, a study has found.

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‘Cash for Clunkers,’ household edition.

In U.S. history, there may have been no better time to own a junk car, a rattling old fridge and a leaking dishwasher. The federal government is expected to finalize details in the coming weeks of another tax-supported extravaganza, known as “Cash for Appliances.”

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Kenyans draw weapons over shrinking resources.

Have the climate wars of Africa begun? Tales of conflict emerging from a remote, arid region of Kenya have disturbing echoes of the lethal building blocks that turned Darfur into a killing ground in western Sudan.

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The challenge in Copenhagen: reshaping the world.

Next month’s climate summit in Copenhagen seeks to transform the way we run the planet, from the generation of energy, to the building of homes and cities. It would also shift wealth from rich to poor countries in the process.

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Climate change is victim of ‘tragedy of the commons.’

One reason it is so hard to slash carbon emissions is that climate change occurs globally. The countries that produce the most greenhouse gas all need to take action to fix the problem. That raises a classic economic dilemma called the tragedy of the commons.

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Climate change to cost trillions, say economists.

Estimates vary widely on the costs of damage from climate change, easing these impacts and taming the carbon gas stoking the problem, but economists agree the bill is likely to be in the trillions of dollars.

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