Science & Environment

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Dolphin slaughter stirs up wave of outrage

Dolphin hunting is also known as drive hunting, and involves driving the animals together with boats and trapping them. It is increasingly seen as a cruel, inhumane, and entirely unnecessary practice.

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West Virginia chemical spill: a predictable water crisis

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, industry has worked diligently to weaken the law's enforcement and oversight.

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Amidst 40th anniversary, attacks on Endangered Species Act persist

The Act has encountered obstacles and outright attacks, in an atmosphere where climate change and environmental havoc are growing problems.

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Cold? Really, it’s warmer than ever

Winters have been warming rapidly in the majority of the continental 48 states since 1970. And, take note Chicago and other Midwest readers: The coldest states are warming the fastest.

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Obama to federal agencies: triple use of clean energy by 2020

President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 5, calling for an increase in solar, wind, and other renewable energy for federal agencies, to 20 percent by 2020 - three times more than the agencies currently use.

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Oil refinery waste piling up in Chicago

Residents on the southeast side of this city are complaining about smoke, but it's actually dust from an oil refinery, and it's drifting into many nearby neighborhoods.

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Oil sands are Canada's environmental nightmare

Oil companies have not yet fulfilled promises to develop new technologies to treat toxic water in the tailing ponds, and fears exist that this dirty water will sit there for decades, leaking toxic water.

 

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Round two for the Mi’kmaq blockade

The Mi'kmaq Nation is hoping to win an injunction against Southwestern Energies to stop the shale gas "exploration" on their land.

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False victory? Coal plants being closed, dirty power will replace them

"We urge the TVA not to choose to rely on natural gas. It's time to leapfrog over dirty fossil fuels that will continue to exacerbate environmental/health issues."

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Anti-fracking activists celebrate victory in a fourth Colorado city

It turns out that it was a clean sweep for opponents of fracking during last week's elections in Colorado.

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