Science & Environment

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Toward cyborg socialism

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. It was also Lenin's hundredth birthday. The coincidence was not intentional.

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Barn owls face armageddon

The barn owl population has declined from use of agricultural poisons and rat and mouse baits so popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Cold? Really, it’s warmer than ever

Winters have been warming rapidly in the majority of the continental 48 states since 1970. And, take note Chicago and other Midwest readers: The coldest states are warming the fastest.

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Worse than we thought: Climate uncertainties turning into harsh facts

Beware uncertainty! It can cut both ways - something the climate change deniers want us to ignore at our peril.

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Top 10 environmental issues of 2013

Let's take a look at 10 of the biggest environmental issues of 2013 and see what lessons can be learned from them going forward.

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Climate change is not just about the weather

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the process of finalizing the different sections of its massive every-seven-years report. 

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Shell to resume Arctic drilling, gives safety cold shoulder

Due to a series of mishaps and protests from environmentalists worldwide, oil giant Shell withdrew its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Now, in spite of this, the corporation is determined to resume operations there in 2014.

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A ridiculous irony of climate change

We can now predict, with 100 percent certainty that climate change will actually result in much more employment for scientists, not because they made it up but rather because it is already starting to affect humanity all over the world.

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Climate: good news, bad news, really good news

People no matter where they are can find ways to link up with one or another of these struggles, movements, and organizations. And that's a good reason for our hope for the future of humanity to grow and flourish.

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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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