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Today in eco-history: First Earth Day teach-in held

The late environmentalist, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.

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The curious case of Hobby Lobby

Can a for-profit corporation have religion? Can its religious feelings be hurt? If some of its employees take a pill to prevent pregnancy, does that violate the corporation's rights?

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Today in labor history: The term robot is first used

On the June 25, 1921 premier, Czech author Karel Capek's introduced the term robot in his science fiction play R.U.R. in which robots organize and rebel against poor working conditions and low pay.

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New Jersey to receive solar farms, part of $446 million plan

What was once a landfill in Kearny, New Jersey is the first such farm, and currently boasts 12,500 solar panels over 13 acres.

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Michigan unions join environmentalists in call for infrastructure repair

More than the climate is changing. A packed town hall meeting on climate change and infrastructure needs showed a growing level of concern and unity between labor and the environmental movement.

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Mother Nature shakes up presidential elections

Last week Mother Nature fired a warning shot across the bow of American politics.

Court jails six scientists over quake report

Scientists around the world today condemned an Italian court's decision to convict six scientists on manslaughter charges for failing to predict an earthquake .

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Romney's plane window flub shows his head's in the clouds

The next time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney boards a plane, he'd like to be able to roll his window down.

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Arctic sea ice hits lowest levels ever

Arctic sea ice has now reached its lowest extent ever recorded, becoming a real harbinger of climate change.

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EPA fires scientists - to shake attempt to unionize?

The American Federation of Government Employees expressed utter outrage that this was done at a time when scientists were seeking union representation.

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