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No Matter Where You Live in the US, Expect Climate-Induced Water Woes

Rising temperatures and shifting, capricious precipitation patterns are affecting where, when, and how much water fills America’s rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, and how water is absorbed to replenish groundwater reserves—putting tremendous pressure on communities and businesses who compete for that water.

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What Would Our Country Look Like Without the EPA?

It’s September, and if you’re like me, you and your family are getting out on the water, and plunging from a high rope swing as often as possible, before cold weather arrives. For us, the highlights of Indian summer include my kids, joined by friends, floating a couple miles down the Potomac while another dad and I paddle nearby in canoes.

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How Bad Is the Toxic Legacy Left Behind From Colorado's Floods and Other Extreme Storms?

TV news does an incredible job of capturing the immediate, heart wrenching impacts of extreme floods: We all watched in horror as Colorado’s 1,000-year storm, and Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, ravaged homes and businesses.

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6 Ways to Help Avoid the Huge Economic Cost of Climate Change Disasters

Americans on the Gulf and East coasts; in Tornado Alley; living in the shadow of Mississippi and Missouri river levees; or threatened by Western wildfires like the one now raging in Yosemite are learning a harsh lesson. Preparing for climate change is costly. But not preparing is catastrophically expensive.

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How Our National Parks Are Threatened by Fracking

When I was a teenager, a friend and I cruised across the U.S., touring our national parks. What I remember most from that 1977 trip is rolling over vast, wild, unspoiled miles, heading toward the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion.

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The Overlooked Threat to Our Nation's Drinking Water

Wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations – disposed of deep underground – recently burbled to the surface in Oklahoma. It wasn’t a one-off. Similar contamination from so-called “injection wells” happened at seven locations across Oklahoma and at twelve California locations between 2008 and 2010. Elsewhere, 673 wastewater injection wells in Kansas and 429 in New Mexico failed safety tests, meaning they’re at risk from leaking into aquifers and drinking water, says a recent ProPublica investigative report.

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After Federal and State Governments Fail to Regulate Fracking, Communities Fight Back

A growing boom in natural gas drilling near homes and schools prompted the city of Longmont, Colorado to vote last July to bar new oil and gas permits in residential neighborhoods.

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On Environment: How Would Jesus Vote?

If there’s one trait politicians of all stripes share, it’s that they all roll out the Good Book when it suits their purposes. For a few election cycles, the GOP claimed to be the Lord’s standard-bearer, but recently people of faith across the aisle rallied their troops with similar claims, saying Democratic policies best represent a Christian perspective.

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