Science & Environment

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Do we really know what to do about the environment?

Individuals opting out of hyper-consumption alone will not save us. We face an institutional challenge; changing our economic and military system is essential.

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Bolder action needed on climate change, air quality, health

The third National Climate Assessment report confirms both the role of human activities in causing climate change and the broad range of adverse health consequences that climate change brings.

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Obama administration unveils plan to cut methane emissions

The new strategy aims to reduce the output of methane, which reportedly has 20 times the effect on global warming that other gases, like carbon dioxide, have.

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Today in eco-history: Ruins of Pompeii discovered

"The excavation of Pompeii brought to light not just individual buildings and artifacts, but an urban fabric."

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Weathering the floods in England

At long last the army has arrived on the Somerset Levels (a coastal area in South West England) where floodwaters have been disrupting normal life since just after Christmas.

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Toward cyborg socialism

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. It was also Lenin's hundredth birthday. The coincidence was not intentional.

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Barn owls face armageddon

The barn owl population has declined from use of agricultural poisons and rat and mouse baits so popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Cold? Really, it’s warmer than ever

Winters have been warming rapidly in the majority of the continental 48 states since 1970. And, take note Chicago and other Midwest readers: The coldest states are warming the fastest.

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Worse than we thought: Climate uncertainties turning into harsh facts

Beware uncertainty! It can cut both ways - something the climate change deniers want us to ignore at our peril.

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Top 10 environmental issues of 2013

Let's take a look at 10 of the biggest environmental issues of 2013 and see what lessons can be learned from them going forward.

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