Science & Environment

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Obama, actor DiCaprio turn the tide on protecting marine areas

President Obama used his executive authority on June 17 to create the world's largest marine sanctuary, banning commercial fishing, mining, and oil exploration in a major portion of the Pacific Ocean.

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Gray wolf gets endangered species protection in California

This is the first time the state has stepped into the issue over the species, which is losing protection and being killed in several states.

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Obama unveils historic carbon emission plan

In what could become a defining moment in environmental history, President Obama unveiled a plan on June 2 to cut carbon emissions by nearly a third within 15 years.

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California wildfires blaze on, striking hard and early

A heat wave and tinder-dry brush have created a dynamic, dangerous situation with the most menacing brushfires in nearly two decades.

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The Lakota vow to die rather than let the KXL pipeline pass

The native nations of the Dakotas have already seen the deadly effects of the "pipelines of death" on the native communities of western Canada.

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U.S. and Cuban scientists sign historic pact

Although Cuba is a logical partner for the U.S. to collaborate with on medical research and development, the longstanding U.S. embargo severely limits trade, travel and exchanges .

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New Jersey Senate passes fracking waste ban

Now the State Assembly must vote in favor of it, as well, and there's only a limited amount of time, as the state legislature goes on recess in late June.

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Beverly Hills becomes a frack-free zone

Starting June 6, a ban on fracking will go into effect in Beverly Hills, making it the first municipality in California to say "no" to the harmful gas extraction process.

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UN: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

The World Health Organization declared polio an international health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the disease.

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Oil train explosion rattles and poisons Virginia town

Oil trains throughout the U.S. are literally crashing and burning. One could easily produce a long list of such disasters from last year alone. Another incident can now be added to that list.

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