Environment

Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate

Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate
In an unprecedented move that illustrates the dramatic impacts of planetary global warming, one community in the South Pacific has decided it has no choice but to pick itself up entirely and flee for higher ground.
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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot
With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.
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Fracking Operators Illegally Injecting Diesel Fuel: Study

Fracking Operators Illegally Injecting Diesel Fuel: Study
Fracking companies have continued to illegally inject diesel fuel into the ground over the last four years, despite repeated denials by the drilling industry, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released Wednesday.
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It's Enviro Vs. Enviro: Clashes Erupt Over CA Gov Brown's Proposed Water Fix

It's Enviro Vs. Enviro: Clashes Erupt Over CA Gov Brown's Proposed Water Fix
Environmental groups in California are butting heads over Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tunnel fix to the state's water problems. Critics contend the bond program would actually degrade the environment further, and is only a short-term stopgap.
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A Bomb Train at Any Pace Can Still Go Boom: Rail CEOs Push for Higher Speed Limits

A Bomb Train at Any Pace Can Still Go Boom: Rail CEOs Push for Higher Speed Limits
Burlington Northern Santa Fe recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, to 60 MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials. The announcement came merely a week after the Obama Administration announced its proposed regulations for trains carrying oil obtained via fracking from the state's Bakken Shale basin.
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GOP State Senator: Fracking is Safe, Totally Normal for Water to Burn

GOP State Senator: Fracking is Safe, Totally Normal for Water to Burn
A Colorado Republican state senator justified the practice of hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — by saying that the presence of burnable amounts of methane gas in drinking water is a perfectly natural phenomenon. In fact, he said, the “Indians” used it for “warmth in the wintertime” many years ago.
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Hawaii Hurricanes, El Niño and the Role of Climate Change

Hawaii Hurricanes, El Niño and the Role of Climate Change
A rare event occurred this past weekend when two tropical systems approached the state of Hawaii. Hurricanes happen only occasionally in this part of the world because a fairly constant high pressure system deflects most of the storms.
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Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests

Canada Puts Oil Exploitation Before Forests
Having repudiated the Kyoto Protocol on reducing fossil fuel use, Canada is still exploiting tar sands for oil − despite accepting that climate change is destroying its forests.
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Exxon Begins Drilling Russia's Pristine Arctic Waters

Exxon Begins Drilling Russia's Pristine Arctic Waters
Despite increasing western sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, Exxon Mobil has begun drilling their first well in Russia's pristine Arctic territory on Saturday.
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Four Years Later, Systemic Failures That Led To CA Gas Pipeline Explosion Revealed

Four Years Later, Systemic Failures That Led To CA Gas Pipeline Explosion Revealed
Systemic problems led to the failure of a gas pipeline in San Bruno, California, and a subsequent explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The city's mayor has called for the ouster of key officials who negligently avoided fixing the problem at the behest of the energy industry they were supposed to regulate.
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