Science & Environment

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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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Koch-owned pipeline spews oil in Texas

Continuing to prove that oil spills are the new normal, a pipeline in Smithville, Texas leaked about 17,000 gallons of crude on October 30.

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First big North Dakota oil spill since boom began

A pipeline was found to have spilled 20,600 barrels of oil onto a wheat field and ruined parts of a nearby 1,800-acre farm, which belonged to farmer Steven Jensen.

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Climate: good news, bad news, really good news

People no matter where they are can find ways to link up with one or another of these struggles, movements, and organizations. And that's a good reason for our hope for the future of humanity to grow and flourish.

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Environment threatened and 400 parks closed by government shutdown

While the people are banned from the more than 400 shuttered national parks, big oil and gas companies will have no trouble getting in and will continue operations as usual in 12 of the otherwise closed national parks.

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Oil-tarnished land left in wake of Colorado flood

Tthe floods have left 10 dead and 200 still unaccounted for, destroyed at least 15,000 homes across 17 counties, damaged at least 11 oil and gas locations, and now the resultant leaks and spills threaten to become a brand new disaster.

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New divestment movement targets fossil fuel giants

The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."

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Oil, fracking chemical leaks worsen Colorado flood disaster

The flooding caused the evacuation of 11,750 people; some of those evacuees are reportedly returning home now, only to find their houses destroyed, and in some instances, discovering foul polluted water.

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Texas towns run dry as private water trumps public need

Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.

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Alberta oil leak into week 10 - can it be stopped?

Nine weeks ago, oil near a tar sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada, began to leak and ooze from the ground, blackening vegetation and killing wildlife, and it shows no signs of stopping.

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