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Dan River is ‘highly toxic’ from arsenic – or not – depending on who’s testing the water and where

February 7th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Dan River is ‘highly toxic’ following a massive coal ash spill this week. Or is it? North Carolina and Duke Energy (the coal ash spillers) say the water’s looking eh, not so bad.

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‘Fracked’ residents call on Congress and the EPA to investigate water contamination

February 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

Texas, Pennsylvania and Wyoming homeowners whose water has been contaminated by gas fracking operations called on Congress today to hold hearings about what they see as the natural gas industry’s widespread negative impacts on water, air and communities.

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Official: ‘Can’t say West Virginia water is safe’

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off

Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators canceled the day’s business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties.

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These 7 gifts are perfect for nature lovers

November 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)

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24 Hours of Climate Reality: Fossil fuel polluters are causing havoc and must pay a ‘carbon price’

October 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off

Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.

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Two years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, hope is fading

October 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off

More than two years after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture, thousands of refugees, desperate to return home, are losing confidence in the Japanese government’s cleanup efforts.

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‘Surfing for Change’ in Bali

September 28th, 2013 · Comments Off

Plastic’s piling up in paradise. But we can all pitch in to do something about it. Start by watching this short mini-doc about how the beautiful oceans of Indonesia are bearing the brunt of our disposable lifestyles.

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This video about Midway Island is painful to watch, but everyone should see it (teens and up)

September 20th, 2013 · Comments Off

This video shows the devastating impact our throwaway culture is having on nature. Words are inadequate. You have to watch.

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Research on songbirds gives clues to air pollution in New York

September 9th, 2013 · Comments Off

When you think of mercury pollution, you probably think of fish. But songbirds can also provide important data to studying air quality. The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Biodiversity Research Institute to monitor mercury levels in songbirds throughout the state of New York.

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Distant earthquakes are triggering tremors at waste-injection sites in the U.S., study finds

July 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

Earthquakes often spin off tremors as they realign rock deep beneath the surface. Now get ready to tremble, because a new study shows that areas susceptible to earthquakes include your friendly neighborhood fracked region, which shakes when big earthquakes hit halfway around the globe.

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Robert Redford calls on Obama to step up his climate game by clamping down on coal pollution

June 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

Robert Redford, leading man, acclaimed director and ardent conservationist, has become an American father figure, and this week as we approach Father’s Day, he’s speaking dad-to-dad to President Obama.

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Texas residents question the integrity of Keystone XL pipe

June 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

Some East Texas residents living near the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re uneasy about the project’s potential to leak, having seen that crews have returned to make several repairs on the just-laid pipe. Video by Texas Public Citizen.

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