Science & Environment

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Climate Train riders make their voices heard

"This march is about putting yourself on the front lines - to let citizens, corporations, and government know what you think, what you want, and how you feel."

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Climate change to spell doom for U.S. bird species

As a million people plan to participate in the People's Climate March at the UN on Septrmbrt 21, experts have issued a new warning that many species of American birds are facing extinction.

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The people, Wall Street, and the planetary emergency

Solutions to the climate crisis inevitably collide with the capitalist system and its inherent need for endless expansion based on a ruthless drive for maximum profit.

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Wildfires grow while budget to fight them is depleted

The U.S. Forest Service's annual budget for fighting wildfires is rapidly dwindling; in fact, it may run out by the end of the month: the fires, on the other hand, will keep burning.

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“The Sixth Extinction” or how humanity, perching on tree limb, saws it off

Writer Elizabeth Kolbert passionately describes how human destruction of ecological systems is causing a great mass extinction of biological species, including possibly humanity itself.

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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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Activists, unionists protest oil-by-rail

The protest was about the risks posed to workers and people in general: Tthe Lac-Megantic oil train tragedy that killed 47 people was still fresh in the minds of many.

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Birds feeling the sting of bee-killing pesticides

There's a lot of buzz around a recent study showing the toxic chemicals we use have a ripple effect farther up the food chain, causing birds to rapidly decline in number.

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Obama, actor DiCaprio turn the tide on protecting marine areas

President Obama used his executive authority on June 17 to create the world's largest marine sanctuary, banning commercial fishing, mining, and oil exploration in a major portion of the Pacific Ocean.

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Obama turns up the heat on climate change deniers

In a bold and positive move, Obama emphasized the urgency of the matter, and called on students to push the issue beyond the current partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

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