environmental destruction

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress

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24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

24-Acre Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Whole Trees in 30 Seconds (Video)

On August 2, 2012, a salt dome operated by the petrochemical company Texas Brine collapsed near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, creating an acre-wide sinkhole that forced the entire town to evacuate. Since then

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Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire Spending Surpasses $1 Billion During Peak Fire Season

Wildfire spending soared past $1 billion last week as over fifty fires blazed out of control across the Western U.S. When the U.S. Forest Service budget dwindled down to just $50 million during the peak

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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

As the 200 square mile 'Rim Fire' continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park, Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the

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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

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‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

‘Zombie’ Pigeons are Falling from the Sky in Moscow

Living in a big city is difficult enough without having to worry about walking outside and getting hit in the face with a dying pigeon. The Russian capital of Moscow has become inundated with sick birds

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The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

Photo via Shutterstock The US has a big trash problem. How big is it? So big that the country has to export rubbish to other nations in order to control the incredible volume of stuff tossed away each

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Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been

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UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

UN Climate Panel Cites 95 Percent Certainty that Humans are Responsible For Global Warming

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's next big climate report finds near unanimous certainty that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are primarily responsible for global

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Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Photo via Shutterstock Natural gas is a growing industry, yet many people still aren't aware of what the process consists of or even that it could be happening right on your doorstep. Hydraulic

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Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

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Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Photo via Shutterstock A routine boat ride took a tragic turn on Friday, when a large ferry containing 750 passengers collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Philippines. The death toll has risen to

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Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in the Amazon Rainforest

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in the Amazon Rainforest

Image ©Dallas Krentzel Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has announced that oil drilling will soon begin in untouched parts of the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest. Correa launched a

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Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is still in a holding pattern. What many people don't realize is that the southern portion,

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Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Study Finds a Three-Decade Decline in the Reflectivity of Arctic Sea Ice

Photo via Shutterstock The reflection of solar radiation by Arctic sea ice is critical to maintaining an overall stable global temperature. This phenomenon, known as "albedo," has decreased over the

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TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

Were we wrong to peg the Keystone XL Pipeline as a ticking carbon bomb? That's what TransCanada seems to want us to think. In a puzzling Facebook ad released last week, the energy company responsible for

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Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences shows

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Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

The new Gasbot methane-sniffing robot from Sweden’s Orebro Unviersity could be used to detect leaking gas pipes and rogue methane emissions. The futuristic robot designed to monitor decomposing garbage

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Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

A small town in Texas has run out of water, and local residents are blaming shale gas fracking as the culprit. Barnhart, a town in Irion county, was already suffering after three years of drought, The

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

We all secretly suspected that Fox News was behind climate change denial, but new research actually proves that tuning into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or other conservative media makes people suspicious of

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Green Sea Turtles are Ingesting Twice as Much Plastic as They Did 25 Years Ago

Green Sea Turtles are Ingesting Twice as Much Plastic as They Did 25 Years Ago

Green Sea Turtle photo from Shutterstock Green turtles are already endangered, and their lot seems to be getting worse. A new study conducted by the University of Queensland and published in the

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Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Photo via Shutterstock It looks like Japan isn't the only country to suddenly realize that its nuclear plants have radioactive water leaks. A report from Reuters says a nuclear plant in Taiwan may have

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6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

Amur Leopard The Amur leopard, also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard, is a rare subspecies of leopard that lives in the Russian Far East. The Amur leopard

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TransCanada is Planning a Pipeline Even Bigger than Keystone XL

TransCanada is Planning a Pipeline Even Bigger than Keystone XL

TransCanada is planning to build a new 2,700-mile pipeline - that's one third bigger than the controversial Keystone XL - to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

The head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Shinji Kinjo has described the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an "emergency". He was referring to the plant operator's

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Thousands of Fish Die in Record Alaskan Heat Wave

Thousands of Fish Die in Record Alaskan Heat Wave

A record-breaking heat wave recently resulted in the deaths of thousands of fish throughout Alaska. Highs of over 90 degrees devastated trout and salmon hatcheries in the state by making the water too

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

Coral reef photo from Shutterstock Overall, the world has already lost 40% of its corals due to pollution, climate change, and overfishing. Recently the Catlin Seaview Survey found that reefs in the

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