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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Marcellus Energy Development Could Pave Over an Area Bigger Than the State of Delaware

This story originally appeared on the Huffington Post website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Development of natural gas and wind resources in the Marcellus shale region could cover up nearly 1.3 million...Show More Summary

Believe It or Not, January Was Full of Big, Warm Climate Anomalies

This story first appeared on the Atlantic Cities website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Much of America is about to be overrun by another miserable cold-dozer next week, but on the planetary scale, things have actually been warm. Show More Summary

Giant Slaughterhouse Recalls Fancy Grass-Fed Beef After Processing "Diseased and Unsound Animals"

Last month, Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, issued a small recall notice, for beef it had processed on a particular day in 2013. That much was routine—meat processing facilities have to pull back product with some regularity when contamination is discovered. Show More Summary

One Weird Trick to Curb Antibiotic Overuse

Antibiotic overprescription is a major problem. While there have been several campaigns to curb it, few have made a big impact—until now. In a new study, researchers Jason Doctor, an associate professor at the the University of Southern...Show More Summary

WATCH: Bill Nye Tells Marsha Blackburn to Be a "Leader" and Stop Denying Climate Change

Bill Nye is getting good at this. Fresh off a mega-debate that embarrassed Young Earth creationists and led to none other than Pat Robertson denouncing their views, Nye appeared on Meet the Press today to debate Rep. Marsha Blackburn...Show More Summary

Watch the Christian Right Argue Over Whether the Earth Is Really 6,000 Years Old

How do we know that Bill Nye won the creationism debate with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis earlier this month? Simple: The Christian Right is now airing its grievances over the outcome publicly, with one of its top leaders saying the...Show More Summary

Why It Makes Sense to Kill Baby Giraffes (Sorry, Internet)

A second Danish zoo has announced that it might kill a male giraffe. The news comes just days after the internet exploded with outrage when Marius the 18-month old giraffe was dispatched with a bolt gun and dissected in front of an audience that included children, before being fed to the lions at the Copenhagen Zoo. Show More Summary

New Study: Internet Trolls Are Often Machiavellian Sadists

In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet "trolls" (who are frequently...Show More Summary

Natural Gas Is Dirtier Than We Thought—But It's Still Better Than Coal

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has underestimated US emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. That's the argument of a new analysis appearing in the Feb. 14 issue of Science,...Show More Summary

PHOTOS: A "Catastrophic...Crippling...Paralyzing" Ice Storm

An ice storm the National Weather Service has called "catastrophic...crippling...paralyzing... choose your adjective" is sweeping across states from Texas to North Carolina, knocking out power in more than 100,000 homes and businesses as it makes its way toward the Northeast. Show More Summary

More and More Americans Think Astrology is Science

"I believe in a lot of astrology." So commented pop megastar Katy Perry in a recent GQ interview. She also said she sees everything through a "spiritual lens"...and that she believes in aliens. According to data from the National Science...Show More Summary

Is Shipping Oil By Rail As Dangerous as the Keystone Pipeline?

When the State Department issued its long-awaited environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL project earlier this month, one of its key findings was that if the controversial pipeline wasn't built, oil-laden rail cars would pick up the slack. Show More Summary

North Carolina Protected Duke Energy from Pollution Complaints Before the Company's Coal Ash Disaster

Last year, North Carolina's top environmental regulators thwarted three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits aimed at forcing Duke Energy, the largest electricity company in the country, to clean up its toxic coal ash pits in the state....Show More Summary

Will Sochi Have Enough Snow?

The Winter Olympics kicked off yesterday in Sochi, Russia (first up: men's snowboarding). When Russian President Vladimir Putin pitched Sochi to the games' organizers back in 2007, he promised there would be "real snow"... a bold claim for a town better known as a seaside summer resort. Show More Summary

Why Bill Nye Won The Creationism Debate Last Night

They warned Bill Nye not to do it. Not to go into the hokey museum of the America's leading young Earth creationist, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, and try to reason with the guy. Evolution defenders have long turned down such high-profile public debates, of the sort that creationists yearn for. Show More Summary

Ken Ham: "There's Been Climate Change" Since Noah's Flood

When Bill Nye the Science Guy took the stage Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., his task was to refute the idea that Biblical creationism is a scientifically valid idea—one that should be taught in schools. But as we've seen again and again, science denial is rarely limited in scope. Show More Summary

How the Feds Are Ripping You Off To Benefit Big Coal

Federal coffers are missing out on what could be billions of dollars in lost revenue due to shoddy accounting work by the office that handles leases for coal mines on public land, according to a report made public today by the investigative...Show More Summary

Watch Live: Bill Nye the Science Guy Debates Ken Ham (the Creationist Guy)

As we reported earlier, the case for evolution is a slam dunk. Nonetheless, a lot of people don't accept it, and tonight at 7 pm ET, a mega debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, leader of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, goes forward. Show More Summary

Here's What People Are Saying About the Big Keystone XL Report

The end is in sight for the tumultuous public debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for TransCanada Corporation's controversial pipeline project—and...Show More Summary

Only Obama Can Block the Keystone Pipeline Now

The decision on whether or not to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, has always been President Obama's to make. But the environmental stakes...Show More Summary

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