Science & Environment


Decline of Earth's plant life threatens human life

The destruction of the total biomass of the planet is fueled by the immense profits available under capitalism for the private exploitation of natural resources.


Today in history: atom bomb successfully tested 70 years ago

On this day in 1945, the Manhattan Project came to an explosive end as the first atom bomb was successfully tested in New Mexico.


Environmentalists, railroad workers protest oil trains

Environmentalists and rank-and-file railroad workers took to the streets protesting continued transportation of oil trains.


Will damaged vessel put the freeze on Shell's Arctic drilling?

This incident offers further vindication for what environmentalists have been saying all along: that accidents are unavoidable in this ecologically sensitive region.


Apache Stronghold caravan seeks to save sacred site from mining giant

They say that Oak Flat will be "damaged" by the mine. "Damaged" is an understatement. A two mile wide, 1,000 foot deep crater will result from the mining.


Capitalism the culprit in the Sixth Extinction

If life on earth is to survive then we must reorient the means by which we survive currently toward keeping a balance with nature.


Vigil held for explosion victims as criticism of oil trains broadens

Held by and the Sierra Club, the event marked the two-year anniversary of the disaster, the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train explosion that killed 47 people.


Rail workers, environmentalists to launch week of protests vs. oil trains

They plan to note that oil-laden trains are so dangerous that transporting oil across the continent by train should be severely curtailed, if not ended.


Coal industry win is temporary, fate of plants still in air

A divided Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.


U.S. agrees to pay millions on agent orange claims

The government will provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue.

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