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Crude Secrets: Tar Sands, Busted Pipelines and a Whistleblower's Day in Court

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 2:53 PM

On the night of July 25, 2010, a section of the continent's vast pipeline network spilled around a million gallons of chemical-laden crude into western Michigan waterways. Though it was one of the largest inland oil spills in the nation's history, the disaster went largely unnoticed....

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Gulf Oil Spill (VIDEO): Rescuers Try to Save Gulf Pelicans Covered in Oil

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 2:43 PM

OnEarth logoBrown pelicans on the Gulf Coast are threatened as oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster invades their habitat and nesting grounds. But at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana, pelicans rescued from the oil-slicked waters are...

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Climate Change Drives Dengue Fever Re-Emergence in U.S.

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 11:05 AM

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that for the first time in more than 65 years, dengue fever has returned to the continental United States, The New York Times is reporting this week:

The upsurge is not unexpected. Experts say more than half...

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Slick Numbers: How the Oil Spill Estimates Keep Climbing

(3) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:10 AM

OnEarth logoLate last week, a panel of scientists assembled by the U.S. government doubled its estimate of the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the ocean floor (and some scientists still think that amount could be too...

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VIDEO: Oil Threatens the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 6:33 PM

OnEarth logoNew Orleans is world-famous for its seafood, but the Gulf Coast oil spill has left the future of the industry and those who rely on it in jeopardy as fishing grounds close and diners fear for the safety of their meals....

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BP CEO's Most Ridiculous Statements on the Gulf Disaster

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 10:49 AM

OnEarth logoBP CEO Tony Hayward apologized on Facebook for a "hurtful and thoughtless comment" he made over the weekend, when he said: "There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I'd like my life back." (Watch the...

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LIVEBLOG: Public Meeting on Asian Carp Threat to Great Lakes

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 12:49 PM

OnEarth logoFederal officials want to assure the public that they're serious about stopping the dreaded Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes and destroying its $7 billion fishing industry. So they're holding a public meeting this afternoon to brief the region on their plans.


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More Evidence of Link Between Parkinson's and Pesticides

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 10:13 AM

OnEarth logoThe evidence that environmental factors play a role in Parkinson's Disease is growing.

The largest-ever epidemiological study of the ailment, published online in the journal Neuroepidemiology and reported yesterday by Yale...

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Obama Putting High-Speed Rail on Fast Track After State of the Union

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 11:37 AM

OnEarth logoPresident Obama is hitting the road following tonight's State of the Union address -- but what's really on his mind is rail.

White House officials told reporters on Wednesday that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will visit Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for a major...

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Best Environmental Journalism of 2009

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 3:04 PM

OnEarth logoMajor news organizations are cutting science reporters, stoking fears that important journalism on environmental issues is in danger of drying up.

Yet OnEarth magazine still managed to find plenty of good work to celebrate this year -- and not just in...

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Drugs in Our Drinking Water

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 10:26 AM

OnEarth logoThe Associated Press is reporting this week that federal regulators under President Obama are taking the first steps toward regulating drugs in the nation's drinking water supply -- a problem first reported by science writer Elizabeth Royte in "Drugging Our Waters" in...

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Great Lakes' Asian Carp Crisis Headed to US Supreme Court

(25) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 12:35 PM

OnEarth logoAs of today, the Great Lakes are at war.

For almost two decades, states that border the lakes and rely on them for drinking water, recreation, commerce and more have been watching an inexorable invasive force make its way toward their waters.

The feared...

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Buffalo or Bison: What's in a Name?

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 12:26 PM

OnEarth logoHillary Rosner's recent OnEarth story about a quarantined bison herd that needs a good home has stirred up quite a debate on the Facebook page of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Interestingly, the debate has nothing to do with relocating the wild...

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The Homeless Herd: Why Is Ted Turner's Ranch Getting These Wild Bison?

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 9:55 AM

OnEarth logoHow are these buffalo not like the others?

Unlike most buffalo that you've ever seen in your life, in roadside pens and on farms and ranches (or on your plate if you've ever ordered a bison burger), these are real bison -- genetically...

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Q&A: Ken Burns on Climate Change, Wolf Hunting and Why Yellowstone Isn't "Geyser World"

(8) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM

Filmmaker Ken Burns has explored baseball, jazz, the Civil War and more. Now, in a six-part series that premieres Sunday on PBS, he turns his lens on national parks, which Burns calls "America's best idea." He spoke to OnEarth magazine about his motivation for the documentary, what he learned...

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Urban Hawks Take Flight on New York's Upper West Side

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2009 | 10:23 AM

Reason No. 137 that I love commuting by bike in New York City: I get to watch baby hawks go to flight school.

Last year, I was fascinated and then heartbroken by a pair of red-tail hawks that built a precarious-looking nest over the West Side Highway, produced...

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Bike to Work Day: Motivation for Getting Back on the Bike

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 5:19 PM

Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day, which is part of National Bike Month, coinciding with Bike Month NYC here in the Big Apple, and I have to admit that it's all making me feel a bit guilty.

Last summer, after I started working at NRDC's midtown Manhattan...

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Report Says U.S. Birds in "Widespread Decline," Need Help

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 2:13 PM

Last spring, I found myself entranced by a pair of red-tail hawks building a nest in Riverside Park, just a few blocks from my apartment in New York City.

Unfortunately, despite the efforts of their parents and the best wishes of many...

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Don't Take Your Drinking Water for Granted this World Water Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 8:32 PM

Where does your drinking water come from?

Natural historian Sidney Horenstein has been asking that question around New York City for decades. The answer he always gets is: "From the faucet."

This Sunday, however, is World Water Day, an event

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Will New York City Survive Sea-Level Rise?

(18) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 3:17 PM

Sometimes in New York, you get surrounded by steel and glass and brick and brownstone and it's easy to forgot that you live on an island -- and not a particularly big island at that.

Then it pours for one afternoon and the subways fill...

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