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US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

US Surpasses Russia and Saudi Arabia as World’s Largest Oil and Gas Producer

A new Energy Information Administration report estimates that the US will end 2013 as the world's largest producer of petroleum and natural gas, with a combined production of 25 million barrels of oil a

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Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

Typhoon Fitow touched down in Fuding, China on Monday after tearing through the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang and forcing more than 700,000 people to be evacuated. With winds of up to 93mph

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Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean

Yet Another Fukushima Spill Sends Radioactive Water into Pacific Ocean

The utility responsible for Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has confirmed yet another leak of carcinogenic, strontium-containing wastewater from storage tanks at the site. The Tokyo

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10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

10,000 Walruses Come Ashore in Alaska as Arctic Sea Ice Declines

In an extraordinary phenomenon, an estimated 10,000 walruses have gathered on a small barrier island near Point Lay in Alaska. Spotted by scientists from NOAA last Friday, the walruses have come ashore as

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Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

Russia Charges 14 Greenpeace Activists With Piracy for Activism in the Arctic

The Russian government announced on Wednesday that they would be charging 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy for their activism in the Arctic. Two weeks ago, a group of 30 people staged a protest aboard

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released

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Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Photo: Adam Gregor / Shutterstock Fracking for shale gas doesn't exactly have the best track record for safety or positive environmental impact. Well, go ahead add another unfortunate environmental

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Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Japanese Fast Food Chain to Grow Crops 60 Miles From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

Fast food chain Yoshinoya Holdings has announced plans to grow rice, cabbage, and onions a mere 100 km (60 miles) away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The company is known for their

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Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Nicaraguan wildlife officials are investigating reports that hundreds of dead sea turtles have been washing up on the country’s western coast. The Nicaraguan Sea Turtle Conservation Network has called

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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Radio Problems May Have Contributed to Deaths of 19 Firefighters During Yarnell Fire

Radio Problems May Have Contributed to Deaths of 19 Firefighters During Yarnell Fire

A new investigation into the events that occurred during a raging fire that killed 19 elite firefighters in Arizona has revealed that some of them may have been avoidable. In particular, the 33 minutes of

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today, BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

Big game hunting is an atrociously cruel and unnecessary “sport” that doesn’t prove anything but hunters' ability to shoot an innocent animal from a safe distance. In just the latest string of gross

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Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Experts Confirm that Humans are to Blame for Climate Change in Landmark IPCC Report

Scientists in the International Panel on Climate Change convened in Stockholm this morning to confirm that humans are "extremely likely" to blame for "unequivocal" global warming since the 1950s. Though

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Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

Royal Dutch Shell PLC recently joined Chevron in its abandonment of oil-shale projects in Colorado. After spending nearly $30 million in exploration, the company decided to leave the Western Slope shale

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Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Polar bear photo from Shutterstock A recent study found that the East Greenlandic population of polar bears is being exposed to more contaminants in their diet. As Arctic ice melts, polar bears are

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Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Pakistan Quake Kills at Least 270, Causes 100-Foot-Wide Island to Emerge From Sea

Video Still via YouTube A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a rural area of southern Pakistan yesterday in a disaster that has claimed over 270 lives, left hundreds injured and many more homeless. As the

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Russia Threatens to Prosecute Greenpeace Activists for Piracy

Russia Threatens to Prosecute Greenpeace Activists for Piracy

An alarming message sent out last week by Greenpeace stated that at least 20 activists working to fight Arctic oil drilling were being held at gunpoint by armed Russian Coast Guard officials. The

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Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

It’s no secret that iPhones are fragile and prone to breaking - and Apple’s latest versions, the 5C and 5S are no exception. But surprisingly, these new models are actually even less robust than last

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Earth Can Only Sustain Life for Another 1.75 Billion Years

Earth Can Only Sustain Life for Another 1.75 Billion Years

Until now, a string of apocalyptic disaster movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow seemed pretty silly and implausible. As it turns out, Hollywood directors might be onto something. According to

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Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey

Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey

Half of the world's coral reefs have been destroyed over the past three decades, according to a recent Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS). In a race to document their decline, the CSS teamed up with Google

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Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock Recent studies have put striking figures on the number of premature deaths and illnesses associated with pollution; one found that air pollution is responsible for two million

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since whales are

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Japanese Prime Minister Orders TEPCO to Fix Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leaks, Wants Plant Scrapped

Japanese Prime Minister Orders TEPCO to Fix Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leaks, Wants Plant Scrapped

On a tour of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the plant's operator to present a timeline for fixing persistent leaks of contaminated water,

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Flooded Fracking Sites, Damaged Oil Tanks Threaten Further Disaster in Colorado

Flooded Fracking Sites, Damaged Oil Tanks Threaten Further Disaster in Colorado

Photo © Kathy Tompkins The historic storms and flooding in Colorado this past week have claimed at least eight lives and destroyed over 1,700 homes with a further 16,300 residences damaged. Roads and

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Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

Fukushima Dumps Over 1,000 Tons of Contaminated Water After Typhoon

On Tuesday, the operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant announced that it dumped 1,130 tons of radiation-contaminated water following a typhoon. Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday with heavy

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Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

Honduran Government Returns One Million Hectares of Rainforest to Indigenous People

150 years ago, England granted the Miskito people of Honduras rights over their own land. Unfortunately, that treaty has not been respected until a few days ago when the government officially returned

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Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Image © Shutterstock The Japanese government just shut down the only nuclear reactor in the country that was still up and running after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi No.4

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