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A Clash of Green and Brown: Germany Struggles to End Coal

by CHRISTIAN SCHWAGERL
A recent battle over imposing a “climate fee” on coal-fired power plants highlights Germany’s continuing paradox: Even as the nation aspires to be a renewable energy leader, it is exploiting its vast reserves of dirty brown coal. READ MORE

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On an Unspoiled Caribbean Isle, Grand Plans for Big Tourist Port

by FRED PEARCE
East Caicos is a tropical jewel – the largest uninhabitated island in the Caribbean and home to rare birds and pristine turtle-nesting beaches. But plans for a giant port for cruise and cargo ships could change it forever. READ MORE

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A Little Fish with Big Impact In Trouble on U.S. West Coast

by ELIZABETH GROSSMAN
Scientists are concerned that officials waited too long to order a ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that goes into effect July 1. The dire state of the sardine population is a cautionary tale about overharvesting these and other forage fish that are a critical part of the marine food web. READ MORE

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Despite Hurdles, Solar Power in Australia Is Too Robust to Kill

by JO CHANDLER
No nation has as high a penetration of residential solar as Australia, with one in five homes now powered by the sun. And while the government has slashed incentives, solar energy continues to grow, thanks to a steep drop in the cost of PV panels and the country’s abundant sunshine. READ MORE

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Genetically Modified Mosquito Sparks a Controversy in Florida

by LISA PALMER
Officials in the Florida Keys are seeking to use a GM mosquito that could help prevent a recurrence of dengue fever there. But fears among some residents — which scientists say are unfounded — are slowing the release of mosquitoes whose offspring are genetically programmed to die. READ MORE

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