The FDA relaxes food label rules for fifth time during the pandemic

The FDA just made it easier for food manufacturers to substitute ingredients and for vending machine operators to ditch calorie information.
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In Puerto Rico, an economic disaster looms amid fears of coronavirus

The island’s swift lockdown has further frayed a safety net strained by hurricanes and political upheaval.
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Empire State, big New York City buildings aim to cut carbon footprints

New York’s most famous skyscraper shrank its planet-warming emissions by 40 percent. Can the rest of the city do the same?
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The Energy 202: ExxonMobil declines to set long-term climate goal, bucking oil industry trend

Darren Woods, Exxon's chairman and chief executive, told investors that it is up to consumers and the governments they elect to set target dates cutting greenhouse gas emissions - not a single corporation such as his.

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Two GOP senators promised vote on conservation bill ahead of tough reelection races

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he will schedule a vote on a public lands package from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
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Elizabeth Warren and Deb Haaland: The federal government fiddles as COVID-19 ravages Native Americans

The virus’s terrible impact in Indian Country underscores that the federal government must live up to its unique legal and moral obligations to Native Nations.
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COVID-19 is changing the face of the energy business

Even once the world picks up again, the basics of the energy business will reflect the legacy of the 2020 pandemic.
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Siberia heat wave breaks records, melts snow and ice and may be causing ‘zombie fires’

Temperatures have been warmer in northern Siberia lately than in Washington, part of what one expert called an "astonishing" pattern.
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Greenhouse gas emissions plunged 17 percent during pandemic

But experts say emissions could quickly bounce back as social distancing ends and economies reopen.
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Public hearings on Zoom have Native Americans worried they won't be heard on oil projects

Tribal members who oppose the government's proposed projects often lack consistent Internet access.
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Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

Before the coronavirus pandemic, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn't have a single intensive care unit bed.

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