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Here's How You Start A Controlled Avalanche (VIDEO)

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By Isaac Saul If you see an avalanche, chances are you may not live to tell the tale. But if you’re part of the Stevens Pass “avy control” group, you can experience nature’s power unharmed. Avalanche control is the process of using explosives to preemptively set off avalanches. By calculating and initiating a controlled avalanche, […]

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Peru's Quelccaya Ice Cap Is Melting, Thanks To Climate Change

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By Nick Visser From Mother Nature Network’s John Platt: For decades now scientists have observed rapid melting in the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru. The glacier ebbs and flows each year, as do all glaciers, but each year it also shrinks a little bit more than the previous year. A 2006 study concluded with the […]

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California Farmers Hire 'Water Witches' To Find Water As Drought Persists

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By Nick Visser ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden “divining rods” that resemble large wishbones — […]

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African-American Clergy Seek To Bridge 'Green' Gap In Congregations

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By Antonia Blumberg (RNS) At Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, members and neighbors buy fruits and vegetables from a black farmers market and work in an organic garden named after botanist George Washington Carver. They recycle their church bulletins, plan to renovate their building with a “green” roof and have purchased 27 acres […]

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Colorado Pileup Kills 1, Injures 30

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By Simon McCormack DENVER (AP) — One person died and 30 others were injured in a massive pileup on Interstate 25 as a band of heavy snow moved through south Denver on Saturday, authorities said. Police say 104 vehicles were involved in crashes along a roughly 2-mile stretch of highway as a short but intense […]

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Snowboarder May Have Caused Montana Avalanche That Injured Three

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By Simon McCormack By Laura Zuckerman March 1 (Reuters) – An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo and […]

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Meet the Students Getting Arrested Over Keystone XL

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By Jamie Henn This Sunday, hundreds of students will risk arrest during the largest act of youth civil disobedience at the White House in a generation. This is XL Dissent: a youth-led movement protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. More than 1,000 students from over 200 schools and 42 different states have come to […]

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Jerry Brown Signs $687 Million Drought Relief Legislation

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By Mollie Reilly LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state’s modern history. “This legislation marks a crucial step – but Californians must continue to take every action possible […]

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Apple CEO To Climate Change Deniers: Take Your Money Out Of Our Stock

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By Kevin Short Apple CEO Tim Cook has not been known for taking a strong stand on, well, just about anything. Caution has been the watchword of Cook’s three-year tenure at the top of the world’s wealthiest technology company. So far his legacy is largely comprised of incremental improvements in established products, tweaks to the […]