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Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

The Plains All American Pipeline that burst on May 19 and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States that was not required to have an auto shut off valve,

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New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama’s environmental legacy

New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama’s environmental legacy

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act,

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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by finding other ways to

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network in South America, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week China's Premier Li Keqiang will move

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide slick after a pipeline crack yesterday caused 21,000 gallons of oil to flow into the areas pristine waters and coated the popular shores of Rufugio

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Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

Fracking has been banned in by a significant number of nations, as well as by U.S. states and cities; hydraulic fracturing is a no-go in—among-others—Tasmania, Scotland, New York State, at least three

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Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says NASA

Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says NASA

The rest of the last piece of one of Antarctica’s huge ice shelves will be gone within the next few years, according to NASA. There is a remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has been around for the

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Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

A study published last week in the journal Nature focused on the longer term environmental effects of trenbolone acetate or TBA, which is the steroid commonly given to beef cattle that mimics

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How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

If you've been paying any attention to the drought in California, chances are you've shared—or at the very least encountered—some of the growing rage towards Nestle over their ongoing, unchecked

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Wyoming outlaws citizen science, bans photos of Yellowstone

Wyoming outlaws citizen science, bans photos of Yellowstone

Imagine. You’re in Yellowstone National Park. It’s the trip of a lifetime. And you’ve taken the picture (or two) of a lifetime. Perhaps it’s one of the geysers, or a magnificent sunset or a black

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

New aerial photos show that some of California's biggest stars appear to be pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

When it comes to humanity’s impact on the planet, we just can’t seem to find the right balance. When one thing comes into balance, another gets thrown out of whack. In this case it looks like the

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New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

New bill could cut $135 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies

Recently presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, together with Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison proposed a bill entitled the "End Polluter Welfare Act," in which they seek to bring an end to the federal

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Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Just months after protecting 12.3 million acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling, the Obama administration has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. CNN

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Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

As California grapples with is fourth year of record-breaking drought conditions, millions of trees are becoming silent victims to the severe water shortage – and millions more are expected to fall. An

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Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks will stop sourcing its bottled water from California, the company said Friday. Starbucks’ Ethos Water will now be bottled in Pennsylvania in deference to California’s worsening drought and

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Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests

Apple partnering with World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests

Apple has announced the next phase of their plans to protect the world’s environment. The iPhone maker is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund in China to create sustainable forests from which the

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Mom may love that floral bouquet, but Mother Earth doesn’t

Mom may love that floral bouquet, but Mother Earth doesn’t

Are flowers one of the worst gifts you can give? Husbands the world over may be sighing in relief that finally, those roses may be just too ecologically insensitive to continue giving at Valentine’s Day

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New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

The true consequences of fracking are finally being shown, after new testing methods have revealed chemicals commonly used in fracking are showing up in Pennsylvania homes located near a reported well-pad

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Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

Climate change may threaten one in six species with extinction

"Extinction risks from climate change are expected not only to increase but to accelerate for every degree rise in global temperatures. The signal of climate change–induced extinctions will become

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles into the atmosphere.

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Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

87 properties in North Carolina have received letters from the state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources informing them that their well water is no longer safe to drink or cook with, after

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

When it comes to protecting the environment, political action and grassroots movements tend to get the most attention. But environmental lawsuits have proven to be an important - if unglamorous - way to

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New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

A new study shows global warming is already having significant impacts on Earth in the form of more severe weather events, which will just continue to get worse as climate change continues to further rear

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can drones plant one billion trees?

Can Drones Plant One Billion Trees? By Steve Daly Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion

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Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them

Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it’s killing them

Think an addiction of nicotine is bad for you? Well, it's nothing compared to the bees who are getting addicted to it from pesticides call neonicotinoids. These pesticides affect the colony growth and

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Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

Why are state governments shutting down community seed libraries?

All across the United States, from Boston, Massachusetts to Oakland, California, seed libraries and seed swaps help local gardeners and benefit communities in numerous ways. Seed libraries allow people to

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