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Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

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‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

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Crazy Climate Change Deniers No Longer Welcome on the BBC

Remember that “Last Week Tonight” clip that explained that part of the problem with addressing climate change is that deluded deniers are given as much airtime as scientists reporting facts? Well, it seems the BBC paid attention.

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NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

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Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen.

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Fracking Firm Offers Locals $50,000 Hush Money

Responding to complaints, a gas company in Pennsylvania offered all the residents of a particular neighborhood $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.

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No Biggie

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Of Baby Eagles and Human Prospects

Surely we don’t get to gaze upon the fate of our own species through the lens of the Prime Directive. On the contrary, surely it is our duty to intervene and to do so on an urgent basis.

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Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields

The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

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How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

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Ocean Research

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The People’s Game Part Two: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer

What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable, and thus heretical, to the people who have, over the course of more than a century, made the sport into a national religion.

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Where’s the Bread and Butter?

The 2014 campaign is being waged against a backdrop of national news dominated by everything except the core economic worries of most Americans.

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War on Coal

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Current Emissions

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The Lamest Generation

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Saving the World One Coal Plant at a Time

Even for people who don’t believe in it, climate change just got real. It’s about time.

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Obama Unveils Rules to Reduce Carbon Pollution by 30 Percent

After six years of refusing to use his executive authority to cut carbon pollution, the president Monday announced a historic plan to reduce poisonous substances emitted from power plants.

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Solar Power for the Global Masses: The Next Revolution

As the price of solar panels drops, they increasingly are being spontaneously bought and installed by villagers throughout the world, who are often ill-served, or not served at all, by the central power grid in their countries.

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How Climate Change Is Affecting Sea Turtles’ Gender

Something very strange is happening in the deep blue sea, and it’s all thanks to a little thing called climate change.

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Climate Change Endangers Historic U.S. Landmarks

Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA’s coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said Tuesday.

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The Maker Movement: Tinkering With the Idea That College Is for Everyone

Over the last 10 years or so, increasing numbers of Americans have been seeking the satisfaction that comes with a trade. But vocational education needs some rethinking.

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Global Warming

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Denial

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Climate Report

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No Sense of Urgency: Obama’s New Solar Energy Commitments Are Still Just Baby Steps

President Obama has long expressed concern about climate change and its impacts, and was mocked by Mitt Romney for saying he wanted to stop the rising of the seas.

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The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

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Early Climate Change Deniers

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Here Are Some Tangible Effects of Climate Change in the U.S.

Despite what the Koch brothers may or may not want Americans to believe about climate change, the White House has gone ahead and released a report describing the real, tangible impact of morphing climate conditions in the U.S. in recent decades.

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We’re All Just Grenades in the Partisan Wars

No matter how serious the issue, the political class seems pathologically determined to present everything as a fun-and-games, red-versus-blue battle whose only important consequences have to do with the next election.

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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

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Earth Day Cleanup

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Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy Will Save the World

The research and development monies now going into solar energy are great enough to fuel innovation and bring down prices rapidly.

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Flush Forward: Harvesting Renewable Energy From Toilets (Video)

Here’s a bit of Earth Day news we might one day use: Researchers in South Korea have developed a method of harvesting electricity from the motion of water.

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Keystone XL

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Driving Climate Denial

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On Climate, Business as Usual

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

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Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

How petro-pollution and nuclear fallout interact remains largely unstudied, but the answers can’t be good. And it’s clearer than ever that we won’t survive without ridding our planet of both.

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Climate Change Affects the Poor

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Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To

A Gallup poll has found that only 35 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year.

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Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet.

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Climate Change

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Slow Response to Fracking Complaints Makes Problems Worse for Pennsylvania Residents

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

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The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

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Noah’s Warning

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