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Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

On the heels of the disaster which caused 3 million gallons of toxic waste to spill into the Animas River in Colorado earlier this month, conservationists are rightly freaking out about the likelihood of

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years, putting coastal

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Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

President Obama said he will use all of his powers -- including the power of the veto -- to defend his plan for climate change, the White House said. This announcement comes on the eve of new rules that

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing that he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing his house, should a

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New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

https://youtu.be/xKRIE_Oiu94 Raw data often doesn't mean much until you do something with it. The data visualization wizards at NASA are no strangers to making raw data meaningful. Now, they have come

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Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Shopkeepers in San Francisco’s Chinatown are still selling black rhino horns, despite recent crackdowns by federal agents. The horns, wanted by practitioners of traditional medicine for their purported

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Scientists discover that certain earthquakes threaten skyscrapers more than others

Scientists discover that certain earthquakes threaten skyscrapers more than others

It's not the size of the earthquake, so much as its rate of oscillation that determines the extent of injuries and damage, suggest two scientific papers published this week. Following the 7.8 magnitude

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All major forest biomes on Earth are dying, and fast

All major forest biomes on Earth are dying, and fast

We just have to cut right to the chase on this one. Every single major forest biome is dying, according to reports in the latest issue of Science, which is devoted to the special topic of worldwide forest

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Study Suggests That Men Are Unwilling To Go Vegetarian Because It’s Not “Macho”

Study Suggests That Men Are Unwilling To Go Vegetarian Because It’s Not “Macho”

A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that decades of marketing have left many men unwilling to make the switch to a vegetarian diet because it is not perceived as "macho"

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Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Islamic leaders urge Muslims around the world to slash GHG emissions

Following an international symposium, Islamic leaders are calling on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and adopt a 100 percent renewable energy

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“Firenado” spotted in Idaho’s massive wildfire

“Firenado” spotted in Idaho’s massive wildfire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rii8GRi3dZo Idaho’s “Soda Fire” has been ablaze since August 10th, consuming 280,000 acres of land in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. Last week, one of

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Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Last Wednesday, a series of explosions caused massive destruction in Tianjin, China, and left over a hundred dead. Now, days later, levels of deadly cyanide pollution are sky-high and many have been

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Shell has been given approval to drill the Arctic for oil for the first time since 1991

Shell has been given approval to drill the Arctic for oil for the first time since 1991

The US government has just granted Royal Dutch Shell permission to drill into oil-bearing rock some 8,000 feet below the Arctic's sea floor, leading the way for the first such drilling in the area in 24

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Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

Japan just restarted its first nuclear reactor since the post-Fukushima shutdown

The catastrophe wrecked by the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, forcing 160,000 people from their homes, left many in Japan highly wary of atomic

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Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Last month, Royal Dutch Shell, were given approval to drill at two sites in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, but were informed by the Federal government that they lacked the appropriate equipment to 'safely'

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Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Six alleged poachers were killed in the Sundarbans National Park in Bangladesh on Sunday after a raid by local police. Three adult Bengal tiger skins were found at the poachers’ camp, along with

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400 Alaskan villagers are set to be the U.S.’s first climate change refugees

400 Alaskan villagers are set to be the U.S.’s first climate change refugees

Kivalina is a tiny, remote Alaskan village that sits on a barrier island some 83 miles above the Arctic circle, and the most recent estimates show that the village—home to 400 people—will be entirely

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The West Coast is still on track for a huge El Niño event this year

The West Coast is still on track for a huge El Niño event this year

NASA and other agencies are finding indications that an intense El Niño event may be heading to the west coasts of the North and South Americas soon. While this may sound dandy for drought-stricken areas

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The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

On Wednesday of this week, like so many days of so many other weeks, environmental workers were using heavy equipment to cleanup an area near a disused mine. This time, near Durango, Colorado, something

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Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts plague the region

Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts plague the region

As California struggles to contain ferocious wildfires and the Pacific Northwest anxiously waits for the Cascadia fault to reawaken, right across the ocean, Russians are dealing with a natural disaster of

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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, can last in an animal’s body

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World’s top climate scientists warn coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

World’s top climate scientists warn coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

A new study, penned by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts, suggests that rates of glacial melt have been drastically underestimated and, with this new information, sea levels are projected to

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Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFXLHJ_D6c Charles Lai and Takehiko Suzuki collaborated with AONA architecture studio and the One Village Focus Fund to deliver the design to a remote area of

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Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

Apache protesters: “John McCain is a traitor” for selling holy land to foreign mining company

In Arizona, a heated struggle over a patch of land has pitted Native Americans against Republicans in Congress as Apache seek to regain continued protection for an area considered holy to their people.

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How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

This year is on its way to being the hottest year on record, according to the newest data, and we are only halfway through 2015! So far, June was the hottest June in all the 136 years that we have been

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Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

A new investigation has uncovered the inhumane and often gruesome reality lurking behind Thailand’s fishing industry. For the past decade, hundreds of Rohingya migrants have been sold from trafficking

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London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

Just living in London can kill you, apparently, according to a new data presented by King’s College. Almost 9,500 people die each year from long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice the

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The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

As evidence we’re living in the future, next week’s issue of the New Yorker debuted online a week early and contains a somber warning entitled “The Really Big One” which is about “the earthquake

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Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

We’re already pretty mad at some bottled water companies for sucking the water out of California and other drought-threatened areas, but this latest news is really one for the history books. In a last

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