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How to Wreck a Planet 101: Three Energy Developments That Are Changing Your Life
The Global Energy Crisis Deepens
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UK Undermining Europe's Tar Sands Ban, say Campaigners
Environmentalists accuse coalition of caving in to Canada by blocking attempt to restrict controversial fuel
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Gas Drilling Companies Hold Data Needed by Researchers to Assess Risk to Water Quality
For years the natural gas drilling industry has decried the lack of data that could prove—or disprove—that drilling can cause drinking water contamination. Only baseline data, they said, could show without a doubt that water was clean before drilling began. The absence of baseline data was one of...
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Climate Change: Neck Deep in the Big Muddy
The Mississippi River has risen to levels never seen in U.S. history – lapping levee tops and threatening cities and hamlets from Memphis to the Gulf. Floodwaters cover an area bigger than Connecticut, the result of a record 90 inches of precipitation in the Midwest. Some would point an accusatory...
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Fracking Insiders Score Big in New Gas Bill, But Americans Not Told the True Costs of Massive Drilling Plan
Corporate insiders peddling the claim that drilling for methane gas will solve America's energy needs just scored big in Washington -- and for these insiders fracking for gas is very lucrative business. House Resolution 1380, given the feel-good moniker of the "New Alternative Transportation to...
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Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking
For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire. The peer-reviewed study , published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to...
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The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times
"In just a few short months, we’ve witnessed people power in action. From the Middle East to the Midwest, movements have risen up to overturn tired dogma and challenge entrenched power. Many of us were inspired by these events. And many of us were surprised. Perhaps we were growing skeptical that...
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Detonating Nukes in Search of Natural Gas: A Curious Tale in the 1960s and ’70s
Bomb, baby, bomb. The U.S. sits on a trove of natural gas, but it’s trapped in shale and other rock formations. Using chemicals and pressurized water to force it out takes an environmental toll. So here’s Plan B: Let’s plug some nuclear bombs into the shale, light the fuse and let the natural gas...
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On Earth Day, Recognize the Rights of Mother Earth
This Earth Day, we need to start envisioning a future based not on exploiting nature but on recognizing that nature has inherent rights. Ironically, this week also marks the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, the worst one in U.S. history. Beyond headline-grabbing catastrophes, every day we...
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Pennsylvania: The 'Ground Zero' of the US Shale Gas Drilling Boom
Sitting atop a vast deposit of natural gas, Pennsylvania knows how lucrative – and dangerous – this rapidly expanding industry is. But how can it prevent large-scale environmental damage?
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