Science & Environment

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Rim Fire the latest record-breaker in year of unrelenting disasters

As the changing climate continues to trigger disaster and disruption, California's Rim Fire, which has burned 235,841 acres, is the latest to be added to this year's list of brushfires.

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Texas towns run dry as private water trumps public need

Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.

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That sinking feeling: Ongoing disaster in Louisiana

There's a big, gaping hole in this story: specifically, a sinkhole. In Bayou Corne, Louisiana, it's an ongoing environmental disaster that first emerged in August 2012.

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World scientists’ report will sound new climate alarm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of finalizing its next report, due to be released in four volumes between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

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Idaho blackened by brushfire

The 104,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire has been appropriately described as a "beast." What most of the media is not reporting is the disaster's tie to climate change.

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Gulf of Mexico dead zones are part of climate disaster web

An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.

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California inspectors afraid to go after marijuana-growing polluters

Marijuana is the state's biggest cash crop with an estimated $14 billion in legal and illegal sales annually.

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Alberta oil leak into week 10 - can it be stopped?

Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife, and it shows no signs of stopping.

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EPA fines ExxonMobil subsidiary for fracking spill

It has also ordered the company to invest at least $20 million in an improved fracking wastewater management system, which would prevent future incidents.

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Hundreds of chimps to be moved from labs to sanctuary

Experiments on chimps have been conducted in the U.S. for more than 90 years, despite consistent pressure on the government and corporations by animal welfare groups.

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