Science & Environment

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Series exposing conspiracy to deny black lung benefits wins award

A coal industry conspiracy to deny black lung benefits to tens of thousands of coal miners has won the Heywood Broun Award from The Newspaper Guild.

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Today in eco-history: Dirty coal killed 45 Virginians

It became the worst disaster in the country in 1938 and one of the worst coal mining disasters in Virginia history.

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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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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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Steelworkers, allies push oil industry to increase safety at refineries

How bad is the oil refining industry's pollution and worker safety problem? Well, let's put it this way: It virtually ruined an industry-backed Thanksgiving Day parade.

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How to prepare for Hurricane Sandy’s impact and aftermath

Working men and women make our state run, not just during emergencies but every day.