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RIP Paul Nyden, pioneering environmental journalist.
Saturday January 06th 2018, 10:29 PM

Paul J. Nyden, a longtime Charleston Gazette investigative reporter who detailed coal industry abuses and government corruption, died Saturday after a short illness. He was 72.

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Carpets added to wildfires’ toxic air pollution
Saturday January 06th 2018, 9:01 PM

In the wake of unprecedented wildfires that ravaged Northern California, we would do well to reflect on the primary factors that led to the worst air pollution ever recorded in the area. More than 8,500 buildings and homes were destroyed in the fire, many of which were filled with a wide array of products that contain toxic chemicals. When carpet and other plastic building materials are burned, some of the deadliest substances on Earth are released into the air.

Carpets are ubiquitous in the kinds of structures laid waste by the wildfires – including homes, workplaces and schools.

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Interior Department strikes land swap deal with Alaskan village for road through national wildlife refuge
Saturday January 06th 2018, 8:53 PM

The land exchange, which local officials say will be signed this month, will clear the way for construction through the Izembek refuge.

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While you were on holiday, Trump screwed the planet
Saturday January 06th 2018, 8:11 PM

To close out 2017, the president chipped away at protections meant to keep public lands, waters, and wildlife safe

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EPA moving quickly to write new climate rule in 2018
Saturday January 06th 2018, 5:00 PM

The tight timeline would mean that the agency would have to repeal and replace the

Obama power-sector climate rule simultaneously but in separate processes.

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Climate scientists brave Arctic perils to get paleoclimate cores in Svalbard lakes
Saturday January 06th 2018, 2:07 PM

After being foiled for years by the harsh conditions, researchers were finally able to collect key core samples from a remote lake in Svalbard—which may provide valuable insight into how our climate will change over the coming decades.

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A government watchdog is investigating whether toxic waste sites are prepared for big storms
Saturday January 06th 2018, 1:58 PM

In response to a request from Senate Democrats, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate whether Superfund sites are prepared for rising seas and extreme weather.

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NASA study provides first proof of ozone hole recovery
Saturday January 06th 2018, 1:54 PM

Scientists at NASA have shared evidence proving that levels of ozone-destroying chemicals in the atmosphere are declining. For the first time, there is full scientific proof that a worldwide ban on CFCs is working.

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