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Sea Shepherd Declares Victory: Activists' 'Sabotage' Blamed For Japan Whaling Season Falling Short

(1489) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd Conservation Society declared victory this week as Japan's whaling fleet left the Antarctic with less than a third of its expected catch.

Japan's Fisheries Agency announced Friday from Tokyo that its fleet was heading home "on schedule," but that its...

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Mountaintop Removal Mining Birth Defects: New Study Suggests Controversial Coal Operations Linked To Adverse Health Effects

(439) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 4:58 PM

Researchers found "significantly higher" rates of birth defects in babies born near mountaintop removal mining sites than those in non-mining areas, according to a new study released last week.

Mountaintop removal mining is a particularly environmentally destructive type of resource extraction that involves using explosives to...

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Introducing 'All Terrain': A New Column Charting Unexplored Territory In The Energy And Environment Debate

(9) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 1:50 PM

Debate over climate change and energy policy, fueled on one side by groups demanding change, and on the other by businesses deeply invested in the status quo, have all but paralyzed Capitol Hill. And yet all clear signs point to the fact that the need to find newer, cleaner, diversified...

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State Of The Ocean: 'Shocking' Report Warns Of Mass Extinction From Current Rate Of Marine Distress

(7031) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 5:18 PM

If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world's oceans aren't curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report.

The preliminary report from the International Programme on...

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Sungevity, Lowe's Cut Deal To Bring Solar To The Masses

(1238) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 3:11 PM

The California-based solar leasing firm Sungevity announced a deal on Monday with home improvement giant Lowe's that could make obtaining a personalized estimate for installing solar panels a push-button affair at Lowe's outlets.

The deal gives Lowe's just under a 20 percent stake in Sungevity, according to a...

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How I Made My Own Green Engagement Ring (PHOTOS)

(155) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 11:11 PM

When it comes to going green, some industries are undeniably further ahead of the game than others. The jewelry industry is not one of those pioneers. Fortunately, after some digging around, I was able to not only find an eco-friendly engagement ring -- but actually make it myself!

I hardly...

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U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Had 14 'Near-Miss' Problems In 2010: UCS Report (PHOTOS)

(380) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 5:59 PM

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the tragic earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan has turned the public conversation toward nuclear power and its potential risks in the U.S. A new report reveals that 14 "near-miss" problems prompting...

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Japan Earthquake Shifted Coastline Maximum Of 8 Feet, Scientists Say

(2149) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 4:24 PM

NEW YORK -- The massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Japan and triggered a powerful tsunami on Friday has had a profound effect on both the surrounding terrain and the planet as a whole.

Dr. Daniel McNamara, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Huffington Post that...

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Sendai Earthquake 2011: Could Scientists Have Predicted Japan's Disaster?

(679) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 4:35 PM

NEW YORK -- As tragic news from Japan continues to roll in following one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, many are turning to scientists for answers: Could today's disaster have been predicted?

Some press reports have criticized seismologists for failing to forecast the force and location...

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Fox News' Gene Koprowski Fishes For Sources To Debate Al Gore's Global Warming Argument

(2160) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 5:47 PM

Fox News must be pretty desperate, posting what amounts to little more than a personal ad seeking global warming skeptics.

A request posted Monday by Fox News science columnist Gene Koprowski on ProfNet requested comments from sources who can "point out the ridiculousness" in a statement

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Birds Dying In Italy: Thousands Of Turtle Doves Fall Dead From Sky

(3372) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 5:00 PM

On Wednesday, GeaPress reported hundreds -- possibly thousands -- of dead and dying birds in Italy. Countless turtle doves were found scattered in the streets, in flower beds and hanging tragically from trees "like Christmas balls" in the town of Faenza. Many of the

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Dead Birds Fall From Sky In Sweden, Millions Of Dead Fish Found In Maryland, Brazil, New Zealand

(2946) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 8:05 AM

UPDATE: Hundreds and possibly thousands of dead birds have reportedly fallen from the sky in Italy.

UPDATE: Wildlife officials say that even more previously unreported dead birds were found in Kentucky last week.

Millions of dead fish surfaced in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay in...

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Bumble Bees In U.S. Suffer Sharp Decline, Joining Countless Other Species Disappearing Worldwide

(6487) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 4:40 PM

North American bees are disappearing at a rapid rate, signaling a dire threat to the production of countless food sources. The Guardian reports that four common species of U.S. bumble bees have declined 96 percent in recent decades, and scientists allege that disease and inbreeding are responsible.

Honey...

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Nicholas Stern: U.S. Trade Boycott Could Result If It Doesn't Address Climate Change And Reduce Carbon Emissions

(906) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 5:23 PM

Just 10 days ahead of international leaders convening in Cancun, Mexico for the UN climate change conference, British economist Nicholas Stern warned Friday that the U.S. could face a boycott on its products from other countries if it doesn't adequately reduce carbon emissions, AFP reports.

Stern told The...

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Utah Oil Sands: Canada's Infamous Tar Sands Extraction Coming To U.S.

(875) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 12:24 PM

The extraction of oil from the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada has been a source of immense controversy as production continues to expand. The technique is known to be detrimental to the environment -- much more so than traditional oil well drilling -- and uses large amounts of water...

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The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future

(84) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 5:29 PM

"It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world," Jacque Fresco said to a sold out crowd of over 800 in New York City's Upper West Side. Though he may not need to convince these people, many his ardent followers, it will indeed take a restructuring...

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