Clara Chaisson

5 Environmental Triumphs Over Trump in 2017

From his flagrant dismissal of the scientific consensus on manmade climate change to his eagerness to see treasured landscapes degraded by extractive industries, Trump’s disregard for clean air, drinkable water, and natural heritage has been relentless during the first year of his presidency. Not only are his anti-environmental actions wrong, but many are illegal. And businesses, politicians, nonprofit groups, and ordinary citizens alike have stepped up to fight his toxic agenda.

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WATCH: The Super Bowl Ad That Doritos Doesn't Want You to See

When Doritos announced its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” competition, which airs the winning fan-made commercial during the year's most coveted TV advertising opportunity, corporate watchdog SumOfUs answered with “The Ad Doritos Don’t Want You to See.”

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How Close Do You Live to a Toxic Waste Site? This New Map Will Tell You

More than 1,300 Superfund sites are littered across the United States. These are the places that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed so contaminated with hazardous waste that they need long-term response plans to deal with the clean up. You might imagine these sites to be bubbling with bright green and orange goo, but most are much more inconspicuous, and their whereabouts aren’t always obvious to the public.

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EPA's Colorado Mine Spill: What You Need to Know

Right now Colorado’s Animas River looks more like an ad for Tang than the scenic blue ribbon it usually is. Last Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of heavy-metal-laden mining waste, and the toxic surge is making its way downriver. Here’s the latest on what’s going on.

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Here's Your Daily Weather Report Through 2100

Forget your weather app with its five- or even ten-day forecasts — a supercomputer at NASA has just provided us with high-resolution climate projections through the end of the century. The massive new 11-terabyte data set combines historical daily temperatures and precipitation measurements with climate simulations under two greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. The project spans from 1950 to 2100, but users can easily zero in on daily timescales for their own locales — which is precisely the point.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised by the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

When images of tar-stained beaches emerged out of Santa Barbara County on May 19, environmentalists and longtime residents experienced a painful moment of déjà vu. In 1969, a blowout on an offshore oil rig in the Santa Barbara Channel fouled the very same stretch of coast.

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