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Who’s the least worst for governor?


Rick Scott. Charlie Crist.
Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who’d be more inspiring.
Watching Scott’s cringe-worthy performance in the TV debates made it all the more [...]

Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow


In the upcoming film Interstellar, Earth’s soil has become so degraded that only corn will grow, driving humans to travel through a wormhole in search of a planet with land fertile enough for other crops. In the real world things aren’t quite so dire, but degraded soil is a big problem—and one that could be [...]

Deepwater Horizon Gunk Settled Far and Wide


More than one-third of the oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill never made it to the surface. Scientists have been trying to locate the missing 2 million barrels since. Some have suggested that the oil was consumed by microbes or settled onto the sea floor.
A study [...]

Why Big Oil Just Spent More Than $1 Million Fighting A North Dakota Ballot Measure


The oil and gas boom has hit North Dakota and a state ballot measure is trying to determine what to do with the revenue windfall. Measure 5, otherwise known as the “North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment,” looks to redirect five percent of the state’s oil extraction tax revenue toward conservation activities such [...]

Cigarette Plant Will Be Turned Into A Factory For Solar And Wind Farm Batteries


Deep in tobacco country, the once booming Phillip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina has been reborn into a facility that churns out batteries for solar and wind farms.
Swiss startup battery manufacturer Alevo plans to open up the 3.5 million square-foot plant Tuesday, which will produce utility-sized batteries to store electricity harvested from wind [...]

Big Ag Spending Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling Campaigns


Biotech and supermarket giants are spending more than $25 million to defeat ballot initiatives in two western states that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. In Colorado, DuPont and Monsanto food companies are outspending supporters of mandatory labeling by 22-1 ahead of the 4 November vote, according to state campaign finance records.
In [...]

How Cheap Wind Energy Threatens To Upend The Kansas Governor’s Race And Upset The Koch Brothers


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback once supported wind energy, but that was before petrochemical billionaires and Kansas natives Charles and David Koch became his largest campaign donors. Now, Brownback and the Kochs find themselves enmeshed in a highly competitive governor’s race, one that has become a referendum on the much-heralded notion that scaling back government and [...]

NPR Slashes Number Of Environment Reporters

National Public Radio is down to just one environment reporter, and he’s only covering the beat part time, InsideClimate News reported Friday.
As of early 2014, NPR had three reporters and an editor on the environment beat. Now they have one person, science reporter Christopher Joyce, holding down coverage of the issue, and his stories span [...]

‘Bomb trains’: A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.


The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated from the road by a neatly kept lawn, as if to highlight the scene’s utter normalcy. But half a mile west are the BNSF Railway [...]

Arctic Ice Melt Seen Doubling Risk of Harsh Winter in EU


The decline in Arctic sea ice has doubled the chance of severe winters in Europe and Asia in the past decade, according to researchers in Japan.
Sea-ice melt in the Arctic, Barents and Kara seas since 2004 has made more than twice as likely atmospheric circulations that suck cold Arctic air to Europe and Asia, a [...]

How To Enjoy Halloween Candy Without Worrying About Ruining The Planet


This year, Halloween candy sales could top $2.5 billion this year across the United States, with chocolate being the heavy favorite for most consumers. The problem, apart from tooth decay and the consequences of high-sugar diets, is that many of the candies Americans will be consuming in large quantities contain a little-known ingredient that may [...]

Dam-building boom could be electricity boon, environmental blight


A dam-building boom across the developing world will bring electricity to growing, power-hungry cities across Asia, Africa and Latin America. But it can also put the world’s climate and people at risk, according to a new study by researchers aiming to reduce the host of environmental problems that can come with dam construction.
Researchers at Tübingen [...]

Our Planet’s Primal Scream — Is Anyone Listening?


Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water [...]

America’s Last Coal-Fired Ship Finally Stops Dumping Coal Ash Into Lake Michigan


The 2014 season for Lake Michigan’s only coal-powered passenger and car ferry comes to a close Sunday, signaling the end of the controversial practice of dumping coal ash into the Great Lake. When the vessel resumes operations in 2015, it will no longer release the waste material into those waters.
The SS Badger, the last coal-fired [...]

Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in what seems to be getting to be a regular occurrence, it’s bringing unwanted awareness to the activities of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGK), the behemoth of breast cancer charities, founded in 1982.
Charges of “pinkwashing“—slapping their pink-ribbon logo on hundreds of items manufactured in their signature [...]

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