Science & Environment


Today in history: The first intercontinental radio transmission, 1915

The demonstration was transmitted from the U.S. naval radio station at Arlington to San Francisco, then a few hours later relayed to Honolulu, for a total of 4900 miles.



After nine-year star trek, NASA spacecraft passes Pluto

Applause erupted at NASA's New Horizons control center in the wake of the eponymous spacecraft's flyby of Pluto.


Leo Gerard: Fast Track wrong for workers and environment

"Leaders from environmental, labor, civic, and faith groups agree: Fast Track is a bad deal for our climate and our communities."


Like a bad neighbor, Chevron is there

Residents, environmentalists and USW members work together to protect the safety and health of refinery workers and citizens living near the Richmond refinery. 


Blue-Green Alliance calls for planet-wide move to clean energy

"We must act now to address global climate change and promote the creation and maintenance of good jobs in the clean energy economy."


Review, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate"

A great service to the environmental movement and a masterful examination of the ways in which climate change is impacting our political and economic systems.


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.


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."


Today in eco-history: Dirty coal killed 45 Virginians

It became the worst disaster in the country in 1938 and one of the worst coal mining disasters in Virginia history.


Today in eco-history: Richmond food riots

Thousands of people, mostly women, broke into shops and began seizing food and other items before the militia arrived to stop them.

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