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On Her First Day in Office, U.K.'s New PM Theresa May Sacked Her Nation's Climate Agency - So Now What?

When the United Kingdom surprised the world last month by voting to leave the European Union, a brief period of panic ensued as global markets struggled to absorb the news: The world’s sixth-largest economy had just voluntarily withdrawn from a powerful consortium whose 28 partners collectively represent nearly a quarter of global GDP.

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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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Five Years on, We’ve Learned Nothing from the Largest Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History

Five years ago, in the middle of the night, an oil pipeline operated by Enbridge ruptured outside of Marshall, Michigan. It took more than 17 hours before the Canadian company finally cut off the flow, but by then, more than a million gallons of tar sands crude had oozed into Talmadge Creek. The oil quickly flowed into the Kalamazoo River, forcing dozens of families to evacuate their homes. Oil spills of that magnitude are always disastrous, but the Kalamazoo event was historically damaging.

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Climate Change Poses Catastrophic Risks to Public Health, Says Major New Study

The medical journal The Lancet released a comprehensive review of the potential health effects of climate change today. In the paper, a blue-ribbon panel of experts from the fields of climate science, engineering, economics, medicine, and many others lay out powerful evidence of the public-health impacts climate change has already inflicted on us, as well as the dire consequences that await us in the near future. I have read many papers on climate change and health, and this one is both the most convincing and the most frightening. Here are three important take-home points.

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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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Snowpack Crisis: How Warming Temperatures Threaten Washington's Farmers

Here in the Pacific Northwest, they’re calling it a “wet drought.” Unlike parched California, plenty of precipitation fell on Washington State this winter, including along the headwaters of the Dungeness River on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s a river whose waters Nash Huber has been counting on since settling here nearly five decades ago. “In the best of years, water is a bit of a prayer and a dance,” the 74-year-old organic farmer says. “This year it’s a whole lot of praying.”

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Climate Deniers Are Deliberately Trying to Misinform Children About Climate Change

Every now and then you come across a statement by a public official that is so ridiculous, so perfect in its unabashed wrongness, you have to read it a few times to fully appreciate it as a work of demagogic art.

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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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5 Ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Ruin the Environment

Here’s something for conspiracy theorists: In order to gain access to a certain document, members of Congress must descend to the basement of the Capitol, hand over their cell phones and other electronic devices, and enter a secured, soundproof room. Then they can’t speak to the public about what they glean from their visit.

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Sorry, Deniers: Sea-Level Rise Is Accelerating, Just Like Climate Science Predicts

Global warming causes sea level to rise in two ways. First, it melts ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice. The melting ice flows into the ocean, increasing the total amount of water as well as sea level. Second, water expands as it heats. Therefore, a warmer ocean is a bigger ocean.

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The Acid Oceans of Our Future

Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction recently won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

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The Fake Meat Market Is Surging

Whether you’re a strict vegetarian or a contented carnivore, meat poses a vexing efficiency problem. Crowded into feedlots, the modern cow burns through an estimated 25 pounds of corn and soybeans for every pound of edible meat it generates. Pork, chicken, and egg production each requires an average of five pounds of feed per pound of product yielded, which is somewhat more efficient, but they, too, raise a provocative question: Why not just eat the protein-rich grain and beans that go into all that feed rather than running them through the body of an animal first?

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Wild Buffalo Roam East of the Mississippi for First Time Since 1830s

When David Crites walked out of his apartment last month, he was greeted by a line of six or so bison standing shoulder to shoulder in the front yard. He sidled over to his truck, staring at the huge animals, slipped into the front seat, then closed the door and turned on the ignition. As the pickup slowly made its way down the driveway, the bison lumbered alongside.

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How Hydrofracking is Destroying Rural America

This story originally appeared at OnEarth.org.

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How the Windy City Became Pea Soup City

Foggy and cool, Chicago felt more like San Francisco this June. From the view below, the Sears, er, Willis Tower looked on many occasions as if had been cut in half by fog. And the likely reason for this soupy scene? The polar vortex. Yep, the weather pattern that froze Midwesterners in their tracks earlier this year is now delaying summer’s start.

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Racecar Driver Leilani Munter is an Unlikely Spokesperson for a Green Tomorrow

This article was originally published by OnEarth magazine.

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

This story originally appeared at OnEarth.org.

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The Poop Problem

This story originally appeared at OnEarth.org.

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I Don’t Want No Scrub

This article was originally published by OnEarth magazine

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Defeating Dirty Energy: 5 Inspiring Examples of David Beating Goliath

This story first appeared in OnEarth.org.

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