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Big Oil Pressured Oklahoma Scientists to Keep Quiet on Fracking-Quake Link
Oklahoma scientists have known about a link between fracking and the state’s surge in earthquakes for years, but kept it quiet because of pressure from the oil industry.
Chemical Fire at Port of Metro Vancouver Prompts Evacuation
A four-alarm fire at the Port of Metro Vancouver Wednesday saw Hazmat teams responding and the evacuation of hundreds of people from the facility.
Investigator Contracts Deadly Bacteria Released From Louisiana Lab
An investigator who was looking into a leak of a potentially deadly bacteria from a high-security research lab in Louisiana that infected five monkeys, has also been infected.
EPA Report on Fracking Heavily Influenced by Industry Pressure
The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 study of the risks of natural gas drilling was supposed to be a thorough investigation of the industry’s impact on the environment. Instead, the study was influenced and shaped by the very companies it was supposed to investigate.
Prices to Plummet Again? US Running Out of Room to Store Oil
For nearly two months the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day more than it is consuming. This is leading to a major storage issue, which analysts say could drive prices for oil -- and possibly gasoline -- even lower.
Oil Trains Called Urgent Threat to Millions in Pennsylvania
Although they are not properly equipped to do so safely, train cars will continue to carry oil through Pennsylvania, endangering millions of residents with the potential for a catastrophic accident.
Fly Me to the Sun: Unique Commercial Flight to Watch Solar Eclipse
Russian airline offers passengers front seats to the rare celestial sight of a total solar eclipse.
China Reports 17% Growth in Wild Giant Panda Population
The population of giant pandas living in the wild has increased by 16.8 percent since 2003, bringing the total number of endangered species to 1,864, according to the latest report released by Chinese authorities.
Monsanto Pushes Indian Government to Reverse Ban on GMOs
In an attempt to legalize GM foods in India, agricultural giant Monsanto’s Indian subsidiary is set to submit their final trial results for their genetically modified corn, hoping for commercial launch in the near future.
Monsanto Chemical Killed off US Monarch Butterflies, EPA Suit Claims
The Environmental Protection Agency ignored the dangers posed by a widely used herbicide, leading to the devastation of the monarch butterfly population in the United States, an environmental group alleges in a federal lawsuit.
Rats, Snakes, West Nile Virus: Consequences of California's Record Drought
The Golden State is in it’s fourth year of drought, and the impact on agricultural output, the increased risk of wildfires, and the damage to fauna - from bears to salmon - have been widely documented. But as record dry conditions drag on and intensify, some unexpected consequences are emerging, reports the Huffington Post.
Kazakhstan Evacuating “Sleepy Hollow” Village Where People Fall Asleep at Random
The issue has plagued the town of Kalachi in Kazakhstan, now nicknamed “Sleepy Hollow,” for months. The problem was first reported in 2010, and the government is now taking action against the bizarre epidemic.
European, Japanese Diplomats in India Concerned About Air Pollution
Air quality in New Delhi is a major cause of concern of European diplomats living in the city.
Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Light on Distant Planet
Scientists at NASA have seen the light. Now, if they could only figure out what in the world it is.
Coverage You Can Count On: Mainstream Media Takes On #LlamaDrama
People throughout the world, including the mainstream media, were captivated Thursday by a pair of llamas on the lam, dropping everything – including real news – to watch as local news helicopters broadcast the attempts to corral the animals.
Busted! Fukushima Operator Concealed Radioactive Leak for Nearly a Year
Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, has been slammed by fishermen, for knowingly allowing radioactive substances to flow freely into the sea for ten months.
Rio Investigates Massive Fish Die-Off Ahead of 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro celebrated after winning the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. But city officials still have a long way to go in water pollution treatment. Namely, they need to dredge a few thousand dead fish out of Guanabara Bay.
Burn Baby Burn: EU Presses on With Single Energy Market Run by Polluters
Energy privatisation through capitalism has led to an "explosion" in greenhouse emission, according to a leading author, yet the European Union is pressing ahead with the creation of a single energy market.
Fluoride in Drinking Water Linked to Weight Gain, Depression
Fluoride is not good for you and shouldn’t be added to drinking water, says a new study that found it can adversely affect the thyroid and lead to depression and weight gain.
US Farmers Turn Away From GMOs as Grain Prices Drop
With grain prices falling - and farm profits along with them - some farmers are moving away from genetically modified crops to more lucrative conventionally grown ones.
Russia May Support Independent Donbas if Paths to Peace are Exhausted
Britain Ramps Up Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine
British Doctor Fined Over Fracking Protest – Reports
Ex-Prison Guard Accused of Opening Fire at NSA Building
From Guns to Peadophiles: The Pros and Cons of a Dark Web Search Engine
Russian Jets Penetrate NATO Ships' Air Defenses in Black Sea
Russian Military Unveils Revolutionary Electronic Warfare System
French Submarine 'Sinks' Entire US Aircraft Carrier Group During Wargames
Best-Kept Nazi Secret Revealed? Man Claims He Knows Location of Amber Room
US Commander in Europe Panics, Goes on Bizarre Anti-Putin Rant
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The trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the US
Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov’s murder in Moscow
America's 300 military instructors arriving in Ukraine
ISIL fighters destroying 3,000-year-old Assyrian ruins