Science & Environment

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Today in history: World Oceans Day!

It is recognized by an increasing number of countries as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

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Colombia and world cope with Monsanto’s toxic herbicide

Monsanto's glyphosate, sold as "roundup," is the most widely-used herbicide. In Colombia, however, it's also a weapon of war.

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Toxic shock: California's nightmare oil spill

As in the case of so many prior disasters, environmentalists and everyone affected by this devastating oil spill are trying to get through what some have called a "nightmare scenario."

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Kayakers paddling in Seattle Port chant, “Shell No”

"Climate Justice NOW," they roared at the oil rig, which loomed like a yellow Darth Vader along the mouth of the Duwamish River.

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Chilling news: U.S. to allow Arctic oil drilling

Shell's dabbling in the Chukchi Sea, most feel, is now inevitable; for the moment, the Beaufort Sea won't be touched, but even that could change.

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Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 U.S. lives a year

The study from Harvard and Syracuse University calculates the decline in heart attacks and lung disease when soot and smog are reduced.

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Nuclear fallout, plastics mark human impact on planet, scientists say

We have entered a new geological era, in which human action is changing the physical world around us.

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As California drought deepens, water debate sharpens

As California struggles to meet new water use restrictions, the governor is urging a sharp increase in fines for the worst violators.

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“Peace and planet” marchers at UN: “No more nukes!”

It was a picture perfect Sunday for a peaceful march against the most violent instruments of war: nuclear weapons.

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Study links Texas quakes to fracking

Scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

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