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Environment and politics: one and the same

"Capitalism is fundamentally incapable of dealing with climate change." These were the words of microbial ecologist Steve McCallister.

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Robot jellyfish pulls hydrogen fuel from water

An underwater robot has been modeled after a jellyfish, and will be used in rescue efforts and surveillance.

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Billionaires back controversial geoengineering methods

A small unit of climate scientists, supported financially by notable billionaires, is lobbying governments and international organizations to back experiments in geoengineering

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Pythons invading Everglades, hunting animals to extinction

"Last October, we found a 50-foot snake with an 80-pound doe inside it."

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North Carolina to pay $50,000 to sterilization victims

A North Carolina task force has recommended that victims of forced sterilization be awarded $50,000 as compensation for the tobacco state's eugenics program.

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Dead birds and fish provoke concerns

Thousands of dead herring washed ashore in northern Norway.

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Obama administration puts a stopper on mercury pollution

In a historic development, the Obama administration has set national health standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution, a measure that will save lives and create jobs in pollution control technology.

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Mind reading machines on the way?

Based on societal trends and extensive study, technology giant IBM has predicted that in the near future, machines will read minds.

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Poisoned water, endangered turtles: the shell-shocking effects of fracking

On Dec. 8, for the first time, federal environmental experts linked underground water pollution with fracking,

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Scientists may give Earth some sunscreen

Apparently, the world could use some sunshades. At least, that is one of the many options being considered.

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