Science & Environment

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Today in eco-history: Wild Kingdom host Jim Fowler born

Naturalist Jim Fowler was born today. He was part of the groundbreaking wildlife television show called "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" from 1963-1988.

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Today in eco-history: World Health Day founded

World Health Day is seen as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

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Japan ordered to end whale hunt

Currently, Japan's whaling program is killing about 1,000 whales a year under the guise of "scientific purposes."

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Today in eco-history: Michigan struck by deadly F5 tornado

Known as the Hudsonville-Standale Tornado, it was part of a large, deadly outbreak of 49 tornadoes that affected the Great Plains, parts of the South, and the upper Midwest. 

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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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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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Texas oil spill worsens as it travels down coast

Strong winds have worsened matters, causing the oil to spread across a wider distance. This spill not only threatens birds and other large animals in the bay, but also seafood species like shrimp, blue crab and oysters.

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Today in women's history: Three Mile Island nuclear reactor overheats

Since the 1979 accident, there has been an ongoing controversy over whether the radiation released at Three Mile Island led to an increase of cancer and infant mortality in the surrounding areas.

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After collision, Texas ship channel awash in oil

The collision sent 170,000 gallons of oil into the body of water that connects the Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and deals with up to 80 vessels per day. The oil quickly spread into neighboring bodies of water.

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