Science & Environment

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Climate march underscores the high stakes of using palm oil

Palm oil imports to the U.S. have increased 485 percent in the last decade, and companies producing palm oil are cutting away massive tracts of rainforest.

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California to dispose of plastic bags

"Data from the over 121 local plastic bag bans in California has proven that bans are effective nd have refuted industry's claims of apocalyptic impacts on jobs."

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Oil spill on Ohio River

Cleanup crews are working to gather and dispose of the oil, and the U.S. Coast Guard has closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River.

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Series exposing conspiracy to deny black lung benefits wins award

A coal industry conspiracy to deny black lung benefits to tens of thousands of coal miners has won the Heywood Broun Award from The Newspaper Guild.

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Another manmade water crisis in the Midwest: Toledo

The algae can produce powerful toxins. Clearly it's a major problem, a public health hazard, and something you'd think Ohio officials would be rushing to address.

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Gulf still reeling from effects of BP oil spill

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement from the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone - in part, the product of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

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New Jersey's Passaic River may receive $1.7 billion cleanup

The operation would seek to undo decades' worth of toxicity, mostly caused by nearly a century of industrial activity, including illegal dumping.

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Global agricultural model in bitter balance

"It may cost Governments slightly more to source from a range of smaller-scale, sustainable operators than from major suppliers, but the investment is worth it."

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Germany to ban fracking, or so it says

"Fracking must be banned in Germany without any exceptions. They want to enforce a regulation which mostly allows fracking under the guise of an alleged ban."

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Birds feeling the sting of bee-killing pesticides

There's a lot of buzz around a recent study showing the toxic chemicals we use have a ripple effect farther up the food chain, causing birds to rapidly decline in number.

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