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What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we're far from ready to clean up a spill....

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The correct answer is Death Valley National Park in California.

In light of National Parks Week, you may be interested to know that Death Valley National Park is one is the largest in the lower 48 states.

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Scientific Wrangling Over Natural Gas and Climate Obscures the Need for Real Action

After decades of debate and with growing anxiety about climate change, the planet is no closer to a systematic solution to our collective energy challenge. Yet still we try.

At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question:  Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future? The meeting brought together an impressive group of industry specialists, community representatives, environmental activists, and Aboriginal leaders. The frank discussions ranged from highly specialized, technical observations to emotional appeals for environmental protection....

Oil and gas drilling could dim the night sky in Chaco Canyon

A thousand years ago, Chaco Canyon was a thriving cultural center for the ancestral Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. Multi-storied Great Houses containing hundreds of rooms lined the canyon and exotic birds and colorful pottery filled ancient marketplaces.

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Corn Waste for Biofuel Could Boost Emissions, Study Finds

The U.S. Department of Energy has been counting on leftover residue from corn cultivation—such as  stalks and cobs—as an abundant future source of renewable clean energy, and touted it as a potential goldmine for farmers as well.

But University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) researchers may throw a damper on those plans, with a newly published study in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. They calculated that harvesting the corn residue may actually result in the release more climate-altering carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than federal environmental regulations allow....

Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes’ New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World

Forty-four years ago today, Denis Hayes convened the very first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources.

Hayes is now at the vanguard of an effort to rethink our buildings and, by extension, our growing cities. More than two thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050. The planning decisions made in those cities will have a lasting impact on the well-being of people within them....

10 concrete actions for helping wilderness this Earth Day

We know that Earth Day isn’t the only day of the year to show our passion for wilderness.

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Gaylord Nelson: Earth Day founder and Wilderness leader

Gaylord Nelson is the man who conceived of Earth Day forty-five years ago.

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State Department Further Postpones Keystone XL Decision

Extending the wait for a verdict on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. State Department says it will allow more time for federal agencies to weigh in....

10 iconic wilderness areas and why Americans love them

All wilderness is special, which is why Congress chooses to bestow America’s most pristine landscapes with the highest form of legislative protection that exists.

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