Science & Environment

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Today in eco-history: Chernobyl disaster announced to public

On this day in 1986, continuing high levels of radiation emerging from the Chernobyl disaster led Soviet authorities to publically announce the accident.

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Today in eco-history: Wilderness explorer John Muir born

Muir was a wilderness explorer and was the first Euro-American to explore Glacier Bay. In 1882 John Muir co-founded the Sierra Club with Professor Henry Senger, a philologist at UC Berkeley.

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North Dakota oil boom comes with a price

Not too long ago we were all marveling at the "wonderful" oil boom in North Dakota; as we should know from our own history, all booms come at a price, and they are paying that price now.

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Today in eco-history: 1906 San Francisco earthquake

The tremor and fires resulting from it destroyed 80 percent of the city.

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Canada expands outrageous grizzly trophy hunt

Activists including conservation groups, animal rights supporters, and First Nation tribe members have serious qualms about the hunting of these bears for pure sport.

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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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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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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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