Science & Environment

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From California to Wisconsin, wildfire season has begun

Wisconsin, on May 14, saw its largest wildfire since 1980. Meanwhile, in California, another fire that began May 15 has blackened 3,800 acres.

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Students, community protest Utah tar sands conference

Students and concerned citizens from a variety of organizations held a protest at a conference of the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. The institute promotes use of tar sands, oil shale and coal.

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East Coast to be overrun by billions of cicadas

Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast.

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Western black rhino declared extinct

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct.

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Major explosion at Detroit tarsands refinery

A major explosion occurred on April 27 at the Marathon Detroit Refinery in Detroit, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the sky above and pollution into the air.

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Energy giants hold workers hostage as environmental time bomb ticks away

Oil and coal companies are using their already powerful leverage with brutal disregard for working people and the environment.

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Report: Toxic cloud could sicken millions in Chicago

A rapidly spreading toxic cloud of hydrofluoric acid fumes from an accident at two oil refineries in Lemont and Channahon, Ill., could kill thousands and sicken millions in the Windy City.

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Michigan, Louisiana latest victims of oil, chemical spills

April 1 was no joke in Lansing, Michigan, when equipment at a power plant malfunctioned and caused 300 gallons of oil to leak into the Grand River.

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Food News: A birthday, a time to march, a time to sow

Did you know that every minute, we lose one acre of farmland to development? Or that since 1982, we've lost over 23 million acres of farmland? 

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Cold spring linked with melting sea ice

Across large portions of North America and Europe, the beginning of spring has been cold. Scientists have now attributed that to the intense loss of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.

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