Science & Environment

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This week in history: Chernobyl nuclear reactor explodes in USSR

Thirty years ago, on April 26, 1986, at 1:23 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl atomic power station at Pripyat.

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Beyond Flint: Water safety is a life or death issue

All over the country, communities are forced to live with tainted water, and it's important to note that in many such cases, in the face of dire health concerns, states exhibit a shocking level of negligence.

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A national object lesson: California’s air and coast, a buyer’s market

Most recently, the South Coast Air Quality Management District upended its mission to clean our air. 

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Lead in Flint water, mold in Detroit schools

The catastrophic levels of pollution and destruction are a direct result of extreme right-wing policies.

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LA gas leak among worst ever - could new regulations help?

The leak was halted on February 18, but not before ravaging the atmosphere with roughly 100,000 tons of methane, leaving a carbon footprint larger than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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A crucial tipping point for the environment

Many climate studies discuss the tipping points for hospitable human life on earth, sometimes referred to as planetary boundaries.

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Flint pediatrician says kids can make it with lots of help

Suggestions include early childhood intervention, expansion of WIC, breast feeding education, expansion of mental health services, nutritional services, and mobile food banks. 

 

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Trashing the oceans: More plastic than fish by 2050

The increasing flow of plastic is positively choking the waters and their life: 90 percent of sea birds have consumed some form of plastic.

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Flint water protest at “state of state” brands Snyder a “criminal”

"With his pen stroke, with the emergency manager law, he poisoned 100,000 people; this is what happens when profits take precedence over people."

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Keystone, NAFTA, and the TPP: What you need to know

Obama rejected a permit for Keystone construction, but on Jan. 6, TransCanada sued in federal court in Houston to overturn that ruling.

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