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Environmental Issues

Green Crude: The Quest to Unlock Algae’s Energy Potential

A host of startup companies are pursuing new technologies that they claim will soon lead to large-scale commercialization of biofuels made from algae. But questions remain about the viability and environmental benefits of what its developers are calling “green crude.”

Explosive growth in sudden oak death

The number of oak trees in California that died from the virulent forest disease known as sudden oak death has increased tenfold in just a year's time as the pathogen spread into several new parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, biologists revealed this week.

Dispersant’s use adds subplot to oil spill saga

As a federal judge considers a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents harmed by the 2010 oil spill, a legal subplot has developed around workers who allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the oil.

Scientists: If We Don't Act Now We're Screwed

Scientists warn that the Earth may be reaching a planetary tipping point due to a unsustainable human pressures, while the UN releases a new report that finds global society has made significant progress on only four environmental issues out of ninety in the last twenty years.

Planet X Fears Grow After Norway Quake Moves North Pole 1,000 Kilometers

new report by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) circulating in the Kremlin today on this past weeks violent shaking of the Norwegian Sea floor after it was hit by a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake at the shallow depth of 8.8 km (5.5 miles)