environmental destruction

Boston might dump snow in the harbor for an old-fashioned iced tea party

Boston might dump snow in the harbor for an old-fashioned iced tea party

The snow just won’t stop in Boston. In the last 30 days, six feet of the fluffy stuff have rained down on the Boston area. It’s OK, they’re used to it. But they are having a problem figuring it out

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World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

New images show an algal bloom in the Caspian sea that's so big it can be seen from space. The recently released images taken by South Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite in 2012 show green waters in a shallow

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Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

The Keystone XL pipeline just got one step closer to reality as Congress passed a bill approving the controversial project this afternoon. The bill passed with a vote of 270-152, and it will now head to

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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

It seems that being an anti-tar sands activist in the United States is getting to be a riskier business, as those opposed to the Canadian oil development have been getting unexpected visits from the FBI.

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‘Missing’ oil from BP disaster located at the bottom of the ocean

‘Missing’ oil from BP disaster located at the bottom of the ocean

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burst in 2010, about 200 million gallons of crude oil was released into the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. While much of that oil washed up on shore or was

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Climate change means more volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Climate change means more volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Iceland is rising. No, it’s not a thrilling new ride at a theme park. Iceland is actually being lifted by climate change. This means Iceland is getting more land freed up by melting ice, but it could

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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate's recent vote in favor of Keystone XL, the EPA just handed him 1.37 billion. That's the number of metric tons of additional

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Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

The U.S. Senate voted 62-36 in favor of the highly-contested Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday (1/29), with nine Democrats crossing party lines to show support for the $8 billion project that would

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Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

Just days after the White House announced historic plans to protect the Arctic refuge from oil exploration, Obama has proposed that a region of the southern Atlantic be opened up to offshore drilling. The

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has issued their first update to the symbolic Doomsday Clock since 2007, announcing that we have advanced by two minutes and are now at "three minutes to midnight," or,

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Forests will be less magnificent in the future, thanks to climate change, according to a new study. California has lost more than half of its largest trees -- considered to be over those trees over two

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

In August of last year, a copper mine owned by Buenavista del Cobre, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, spilled 40,000 cubic meters (or 10.5 million gallons) of copper sulphate acid into Cananea, Mexico’s

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in eastern Montana.

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths for reptiles and

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were

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New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

An international team of researchers has identified nine planetary boundaries that must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth as we know it. Of those nine, we have already crossed the thresholds

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them. If the crop has already

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Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Obama’s new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Barack Obama’s new plan for cutting methane emissions will fall short, according to critics, because it won’t require oil and gas companies to repair existing leaky equipment. Instead, the new

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s up by about a

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA’s new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds of trash per person

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Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids’ brain cells

Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids’ brain cells

They’re calling it a silent pandemic. Children all over the world are losing brain power because they’re exposed to toxins in our water, food, furniture, and clothing. Dr. David Bellinger of the

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Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

After cataract-removal surgery restored her sight, a rescued orangutan named Gober has been released into the wild with her twins. Gober was moved to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Obama’s plan for methane regulations targets oil and gas industry

Barack Obama will officially add methane to his list of climate offenders in the new plan he’ll outline in his upcoming State of the Union address. New methane regulations are the key to reaching

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Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water

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Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Obama’s veto on Keystone pipeline will likely hold

Good news for the environment: President Obama’s veto on the Keystone XL pipeline bill will likely stand, with the Senate being about four votes shy of being able to override his decision. Senator

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