Science & Environment

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Today in eco-history: Thoreau wrote "Wildness is the preservation of the world"

On this day in 1851  Henry David Thoreau posits in an address to the Concord Lyceum his famous thesis that "in Wildness is the preservation of the World."

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People's World Google Hangout focuses on shutting down the Keystone XL

Part of the lead up to this week's demonstrations in Washington's against the XL Pipeline was an April 15 Google Hangout sponsored by the People's World.

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On fourth anniversary of Gulf disaster EPA lets BP off the hook

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and dumped more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a three month period in 2010.

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We are dead: Climate change and Guy McPherson

Climate change is the sickness of our civilization, and the prognosis is bleak.

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North Dakota oil boom comes with a price

Not too long ago we were all marveling at the "wonderful" oil boom in North Dakota; as we should know from our own history, all booms come at a price, and they are paying that price now.

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Today in eco-history: 1906 San Francisco earthquake

The tremor and fires resulting from it destroyed 80 percent of the city.

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Today in eco-history: Volcanic eruption kills 90,000-plus

The volcano, which began rumbling on Apr. 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly. 

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Canada expands outrageous grizzly trophy hunt

Activists including conservation groups, animal rights supporters, and First Nation tribe members have serious qualms about the hunting of these bears for pure sport.

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Today in eco-history: Leonardo da Vinci born

On this day in 1453, Leonardo da Vinci was born. Besides being an artist, he was also a scientist and engineer, often called the exemplary "Renaissance Man."

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Galveston Bay: The biggest oil disaster you're not hearing about

Though smaller than the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010, when it omes to the amount of spillage the incident may grow, with everything and everyone from wildlife to workers currently paying the price.

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