Science & Environment

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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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Environmental news roundup: Massive Peoples Climate March at UN Sept. 21

On the environmental front, there is a confusing and contradictory mix of bad news along with progress to celebrate.

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Gore strikes hard (and strikes out), again

While capitalism is a major cause of the environmental problems we face, humanity needs environmental change to start happening now - we can't wait for socialism.

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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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Obama unveils historic carbon emission plan

In what could become a defining moment in environmental history, President Obama unveiled a plan on June 2 to cut carbon emissions by nearly a third within 15 years.

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California wildfires blaze on, striking hard and early

A heat wave and tinder-dry brush have created a dynamic, dangerous situation with the most menacing brushfires in nearly two decades.

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Climate change already impacting U.S., report confirms

In the eastern U.S., the number of extreme weather events, including very heavy rain events, has increased already.

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We are dead: Climate change and Guy McPherson

Climate change is the sickness of our civilization, and the prognosis is bleak.

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ATU, Sierra Cub to band together in pro-mass transit campaign

 Calling themselves "natural partners," the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Sierra Club are banding together in a nationwide campaign.

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