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Category: Environment

Obama Can and Must Act Now on Chemical Plant Safety

by David Halperin | Sep 1, 2013 | Environment

(Source: WAFB) What connects all of these events—the 1984 pesticide plant disaster at Bhopal, India; the Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda attacks in the U.S.; and the recent deadly chemical plant explosions in West, Texas, and Geismar, Louisiana? What connects these events is the looming danger of a terrorist assault or accident at a U.S. […]

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Entering the Third Carbon Age—Not the Era of Renewable Energy

by Michael Klare | Aug 8, 2013 | Environment

(Source: Wikipedia/Creative Commons) When it comes to energy and economics in the climate-change era, nothing is what it seems. Most of us believe (or want to believe) that the second carbon era, the Age of Oil, will soon be superseded by the Age of Renewables, just as oil had long since superseded the Age of […]

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Feds Propose Limited Immunity for Water Polluters

by Alison Fairbrother | Aug 8, 2013 | Environment

(Source: woodleywonderworks/Flickr/Creative Commons) Agriculture is the largest contributor to water pollution in the U.S., dumping millions of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorous into the nation’s waterways each year. But as the problem worsens and government scrambles to find a solution, a program offering regulatory exemptions to farmers who voluntarily take cleanup steps is getting terrible […]

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What Producers of BPA Plastic Learned from Big Tobacco

by Lou Dubose | Aug 1, 2013 | Environment

(Illustrations by Edel Rodriguez) Our June investigative report on a Texas courtroom battle over “estrogenic-active” chemicals in consumer plastics is part of a much larger story involving compelling evidence that the plastics industry is hiding the toxicity of a product used in millions of American homes every day. Consider. The Eastman Chemical Company has spent […]

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3 Basic Principles of Eating Meat

by Alexis Zanghi | Jul 29, 2013 | Environment

(Image source: Benoît Deniaud/Flickr/Creative Commons) Nelly was wider than she was tall (about five hands or so), and kind of a jerk. She was old, and some brat (me) was always trying to put a saddle on her and play National Velvet in her paddock. But Nelly had that infuriating and endearing quality that most […]

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