Science & Environment

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Another manmade water crisis in the Midwest: Toledo

The algae can produce powerful toxins. Clearly it's a major problem, a public health hazard, and something you'd think Ohio officials would be rushing to address.

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Pipelines vs. community rights: a New England democracy lesson

Among neighboring towns, more than a dozen so far have called town meetings and voted to reassert community rights as the ultimate authority before approving such projects.

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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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ATU, Sierra Cub to band together in pro-mass transit campaign

 Calling themselves "natural partners," the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Sierra Club are banding together in a nationwide campaign.

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Bolder action needed on climate change, air quality, health

The third National Climate Assessment report confirms both the role of human activities in causing climate change and the broad range of adverse health consequences that climate change brings.

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U.S. covered up massive PCB contamination at Okinawa base

U.S. military officials did not report the contamination to Japanese authorities, and did nothing to alleviate the contamination.

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Chicago residents fight to shut down petcoke operations

Truth is stranger than fiction, so don't be surprised that the Koch Brothers, BP, and a web of multinationals have been hedging bets and kicking up dust on an industrial corridor of working-class neighborhoods between Chicago and Indiana.

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Major Duke Energy ash spill turns Dan River gray

Duke Energy and local officials assure residents that the water is fine. End of subject. But the crisis isn't over.

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A ridiculous irony of climate change

We can now predict, with 100 percent certainty that climate change will actually result in much more employment for scientists, not because they made it up but rather because it is already starting to affect humanity all over the world.

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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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