Science & Environment

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Fracking site unleashes radioactive water into Pa. creek

In the latest incident of environmental poisoning caused by fracking, a wastewater treatment facility in Pennsylvania is spewing radioactive water into the local Blacklick Creek.

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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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Oil-tarnished land left in wake of Colorado flood

Tthe floods have left 10 dead and 200 still unaccounted for, destroyed at least 15,000 homes across 17 counties, damaged at least 11 oil and gas locations, and now the resultant leaks and spills threaten to become a brand new disaster.

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New divestment movement targets fossil fuel giants

The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."

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Oil, fracking chemical leaks worsen Colorado flood disaster

The flooding caused the evacuation of 11,750 people; some of those evacuees are reportedly returning home now, only to find their houses destroyed, and in some instances, discovering foul polluted water.

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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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Texas towns run dry as private water trumps public need

Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.

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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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