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A Texan Tragedy: Ample Oil, No Water

Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last…
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by: The Guardian – August 13, 2013

US government assessment of BP oil spill ‘will not account for damage

Efforts to put a price on damage from disaster fails to capture full extent of environmental losses in Gulf waters, says report

The United States government cannot hope to arrive at a full accounting of the environmental destruction caused by the British Petroleum oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico using its current methods, an expert panel has said. Photo by Kris KrugThe report…
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by: The Guardian – July 17, 2013

Millions March against GMO Crops

Organizers celebrate huge global turnout and say they will continue until Monsanto and other GM manufacturers listen

Organizers say that two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the US and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday. "March Against Monsanto" protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers…
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by: The Guardian – May 27, 2013

US Diplomats’ Campaign GM Foods

Review of Wikileaks cables reveals effort to break down other nations' resistance to GMOs

by Suzanne Goldenberg American diplomats lobbied aggressively overseas to promote genetically modified (GM) food crops such as soy beans, an analysis of official cable traffic revealed on Tuesday. The review of more than 900 diplomatic cables by the campaign group Food and…
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by: The Guardian – May 20, 2013

Climate Milestone is a Moment of Symbolic Significance on Road of Idiocy

The only way forward is back: to retrace our steps and seek to return atmospheric concentrations to around 350ppm

The data go back 800,000 years: that's the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles extracted from Dome C, an ice-bound summit in the high Antarctic. And throughout that time there has been nothing like this. At no point in the preindustrial record…
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by: The Guardian – May 10, 2013

US Rejects EU Claim of Insecticide as Prime Reason for Bee Colony Collapse

EPA study points to a combination of factors for decline in population, breaking away from singling out pesticides

A government report blamed a combination of factors for the disappearance of America's honeybees on Thursday and did not join Europe in singling out pesticides as a prime suspect. Photo by Dennis GoedegebuureEnvironmentalists say the report missed an opportunity to build a…
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by: The Guardian – May 3, 2013

GM Salmon Being Raised in a Secretive Location in the Panamanian Rainforest

Supersized genetically modified fish are ready for market – but is the market ready for them? And why is the firm hidden away in Panama?

It is hard to think of a more unlikely setting for genetic experimentation or for raising salmon: a rundown shed at a secretive location in the Panamanian rainforest miles inland and 1,500m above sea level. Photo courtesy AquaBounty AquaBounty's GM Salmon. The…
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by: The Guardian – April 24, 2013

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