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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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PHOTOS: Massive Flooding Shuts Down Entire Region of Northern Colorado

PHOTOS: Massive Flooding Shuts Down Entire Region of Northern Colorado

The Northern Colorado Front Range is experiencing an unprecedented flood that has stranded and displaced thousands of residents and shut down well over a dozen towns. Every river and stream in an 80 mile

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223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

This week Matson Inc, spilled 223,000 gallons of molasses into waters near Honolulu's Sand Island as the syrupy liquid was being transferred onto a container ship. According to the state Health Department

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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your organs. This

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Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black Carbon from Oil Drilling and Household Stoves is Melting Arctic Ice

Black carbon concentrations on surface ice in the Arctic are partially responsible for the acceleration of Arctic melt. A new study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that

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Shell to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Arctic Drilling in Violation of the Clean Air Act

Shell to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Arctic Drilling in Violation of the Clean Air Act

In March, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that Shell will not be allowed to return to the Arctic to explore for oil until they improve their equipment. Their efforts to extract resources

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Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

The three-ton marionette was created by Christopher Kelly and will be operated by  a team of over 15 puppeteers from the inside. 30 volunteers will help to haul the bear through London on a route that

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UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

UN Chief Scientist on Climate Change: “We Have Five Minutes Till Midnight”

During the Cold War, the board of directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago maintained the Doomsday Clock. Conceived in 1947 as relations between the US and USSR

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World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

As the ice sheets melt from climate change, Shell is poised to begin a new drilling campaign in the Arctic. That is, if they can make their way past a polar bear the size of a double-decker bus.

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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