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Foul Air in the Frack Zone: Touring the Fayetteville Shale, Arkansas

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By Molly Rauch The couple, married for decades, looked out along a rural dirt road that was home to no fewer than 27 fracked natural gas wells. Shaking their heads, they said they suffer from headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, hair loss and irritability. The cause of their health symptoms? According to them, they suffer from toxic […]

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Hobart "Hobie" Alter, 80, Dead Following Battle With Cancer

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By Carla Herreria PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who helped popularize surfing and sailing with the development of the foam surfboard and the “Hobie Cat” sailboat, has died. He was 80. Alter died Saturday at his Palm Desert home, according to a statement on the Hobie sporting goods website. A cause of […]

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Koch Brothers Accuse Democrats Of Being Backed By Evil Koch-Like Brothers

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By Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON — In another example of the network funded by David and Charles Koch jumping to defend the billionaire brothers, a conservative nonprofit group released a new Web ad Sunday that counters Democratic attacks on the Kochs’ election-year spending. The Koch-backed group American Commitment spent $50,000 on the ad, which will run […]

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Climate Risks and Opportunities

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By Lisa Bennett Do people really “wake up” to warnings as a result of other people telling them to? Does hearing about the threat of a catastrophic future inspire us to do something about it? For the most part, the answer appears to be no — and that is why one of the most important […]

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Why Do We Write About Cities?

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By Charles R. Wolfe When we write about cities, sometimes we do best when we take the metrics away. In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I’m not sure much has changed. I continue to believe […]

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Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Lab Opens in Mozambique (PHOTOS)

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By Bridget Conneely Professor Special guests at the E.O. Wilson Laboratory grand opening included (back row L to R) Beca Jofrisse, Greg Carr, Douglas Griffiths, Professor E.O. Wilson, Abdala Mussa, Anibal Nhampossa, Paulo Majacunene, and Mateus Mutemba (Piotr Naskrecki) Gorongosa National Park sits at the southern end of the Great East African Rift Valley in […]

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Michigan Firefighter Rescues 6-Foot Python From Blaze: 'I Would Do It For Any Creature' (PHOTO)

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By Nick Visser MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan. Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1jQ2Vbf ) that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake. […]

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5 Things to Know About How Climate Change Impacts the World

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By Kathy Calvin Today leading science experts released the latest United Nations report on the impacts of climate change around the world. As the Associated Press reported: “The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought. It’s not just about melting ice, threatened animals and […]

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Climate Change In Pictures: 8 Stark IPCC Images

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By Nick Visser With 30 chapters that cite more than 12,000 scientific papers and reports, there’s a lot of material — and a lot of words — in the newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report looking at the impacts of global warming. …read more Source: Huffington Post Green