Environment

NJ Bridge Collapses for Second Time in Four Years

A picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes, it’s also worth several hundred gallons of toxic chemicals.
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Balmy December Weather Could Be Result of Global Warming

As I sit here writing this in the Oklahoma City area on this early December afternoon, the temperature is in the high 60s and rising, and the National Weather Service is predicting a high for the day around 78 degrees. Yesterday, the high temperatures recorded at Will Rogers Airport broke the previous high record for December 1 in Oklahoma City of 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
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The Oil Industry is the Enemy


Bill McKibben explained the Do the Math tour, the new evolution of climate activism, the fossil fuel divestment movement, the good news from Germany, why global climate talks are irrelevant until we break the power of the fossil fuel industry, and what's coming next.
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Brief History of the English and Indian Populations in ME

In 1606, guided by the Discovery Doctrine which declared that Christian nations had the right to conquer and rule all non-Christian nations, England gave a Royal Charter to the Virginia Company to develop a market in the New World for English commerce and for "Propagating of Christian Religion to such people, as yet live in darkness." The charter characterized Indians as living "in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God."
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Traditional Whaling Continues Along the US Pacific Coast

The area along the Pacific Coast north of California and between the Cascade Mountains and the ocean is the home to many Indian nations who traditionally based their economy on the use of sea coast and river ecological resources. This is an area which stretches from the Tlingit homelands in Alaska to the Tolowa homelands in northern California.
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Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill
BP has been criminally convicted in four previous cases — including a 2005 explosion in Texas that killed 15 workers — and the EPA has been considering broader debarment proceedings against the company since at least 2005. The agency had actually been nearing a decision on a contract ban in January 2010, just a few months before the Deepwater Horizon tragedy unfolded, killing 11 workers and sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the sea.
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New Report: Coal Plants Disproportionately Impact Communities Of Color

Of the 378 coal plants across the country, 75 are considered to be the most toxic and receive an “F” on the report’s environmental justice report card. Four million people live within three miles of those plants. In fact, some 78 percent of African-Americans live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant.
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New Enbridge Spill Near Chicago Continues Company's 'Pattern of Failures'

Enbridge was forced to shut down one of its pipelines last week after 900 barrels of crude oil leaked at the Mokena tank farm near Chicago. The leak was discovered on Tuesday of last week although its cause remained undisclosed until this morning, when the Mokena fire department cited a hole in a 20-inch pipeline.
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Lessons From The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns' documentary The Dust Bowl is based on the terrifying dust storms and extended drought in the 1930s in areas centered around Boise City in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The weather conditions devastated the area, impoverished many people and created an exodus to California. It's a story embedded in our state's psyche.
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Two Tanker Incidents Confirm Tar Sand Concerns

Two separate incidents involving container ships off the coast of British Columbia have local First Nations questioning the prudence of transporting tar sands crude in the region's hazardous waterways. The incidents, occurring within less than 48 hours of each other, lend new support to those who oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that would bring over 200 oil-bearing supertankers through the area each year. 
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