Science & Environment

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U.S. agrees to pay millions on agent orange claims

The government will provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue.

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The Pope tackles climate change in new encyclical

The Pope calls for serious and immediate action to address climate change and other environmental crises.

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Today: World Day to Combat Desertification

The day addresses drought and desertification, and is meant to help implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

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Kayaktivists in Seattle blockade Shell’s Alaska-bound oil rig

"Shell wants to haul its Arctic destroyer to Alaska as soon as possible, but these courageous individuals are saying, 'Shell No.' "

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Protests against Peru's Tia Maria Mine bolstered by international solidarity

What does it take to stop a threatening transnational corporate giant? The people of Arequipa, Peru have an answer.

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Maryland bans fracking, coinciding with new EPA report

In terms of victories for the environment, this one is something of a sleeper hit, with momentum now starting to build as environmental groups celebrate another triumph over dangerous natural gas drilling.

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Today in history: World Oceans Day!

It is recognized by an increasing number of countries as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

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Colombia and world cope with Monsanto’s toxic herbicide

Monsanto's glyphosate, sold as "roundup," is the most widely-used herbicide. In Colombia, however, it's also a weapon of war.

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Toxic shock: California's nightmare oil spill

As in the case of so many prior disasters, environmentalists and everyone affected by this devastating oil spill are trying to get through what some have called a "nightmare scenario."

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Kayakers paddling in Seattle Port chant, “Shell No”

"Climate Justice NOW," they roared at the oil rig, which loomed like a yellow Darth Vader along the mouth of the Duwamish River.

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