Science & Environment

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Germany to ban fracking, or so it says

"Fracking must be banned in Germany without any exceptions. They want to enforce a regulation which mostly allows fracking under the guise of an alleged ban."

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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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Environment, economy linked at new UN assembly

The environment is no longer a niche topic backed by a passionate minority, Achim Steiner said, but is clearly linked to economic and societal issues.

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Today in history: Stockholm meet launches global environmental movement

World Environment Day, launched by the conference, has been celebrated on June 5 each year since 1973.

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UN: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

The World Health Organization declared polio an international health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the disease.

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Today in eco-history: Volcanic eruption kills 90,000-plus

The volcano, which began rumbling on Apr. 5, killed almost 100,000 people directly and indirectly. 

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Today in eco-history: World Health Day founded

World Health Day is seen as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.

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Bum rap for the Rapa Nui

The natives of Easter Island were not responsible for the collapse of their population due to over exploitation of natural resources and the destruction of their rain forest.

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Princeton University confronts meningitis epidemic that Cuba can prevent

The vaccine's name is VA-MENGOC-BC, and it comes from Cuba. Under the anti-Cuban U.S. economic blockade, Cuban exports to the United States are forbidden.

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Workers hit with radioactive water as Fukushima disaster continues

As fresh horrors in the global Fukushima disaster continue to unfold, nuclear plant workers are the latest victims.

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