Science & Environment

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Shell to resume Arctic drilling, gives safety cold shoulder

Due to a series of mishaps and protests from environmentalists worldwide, oil giant Shell withdrew its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Now, in spite of this, the corporation is determined to resume operations there in 2014.

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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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The real scientific uncertainties about climate change

The real debates are about whether climate change will be catastrophic within years or within decades, and about whether or not we have already passed crucial environmental tipping points.

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March on Washington's powerful lessons for the environmental movement

Like the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, the environmental movement has both moral and practical aspects. It needs a strategy that unites both inside and outside struggles and goals.

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Rim Fire the latest record-breaker in year of unrelenting disasters

As the changing climate continues to trigger disaster and disruption, California's Rim Fire, which has burned 235,841 acres, is the latest to be added to this year's list of brushfires.

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That sinking feeling: Ongoing disaster in Louisiana

There's a big, gaping hole in this story: specifically, a sinkhole. In Bayou Corne, Louisiana, it's an ongoing environmental disaster that first emerged in August 2012.

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World scientists’ report will sound new climate alarm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of finalizing its next report, due to be released in four volumes between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

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Idaho blackened by brushfire

The 104,000-acre Beaver Creek wildfire has been appropriately described as a "beast." What most of the media is not reporting is the disaster's tie to climate change.

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Gulf of Mexico dead zones are part of climate disaster web

An oxygen-devouring algae bloom that is causing a 5,840 square-mile dead zone - and growing - in the Gulf of Mexico is part of the tightly woven web of climate change disasters.

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EPA fines ExxonMobil subsidiary for fracking spill

It has also ordered the company to invest at least $20 million in an improved fracking wastewater management system, which would prevent future incidents.

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