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Half-Life

Time goes on and turns our attention, but radioactive isotopes take a long time to decay. On Greg Laden’s Blog, Analiese Miller and Greg update us on the nuclear crisis in Japan. Although the dangers faced at the Fukushima power plant have diminished, the long term consequences have just begun. Greg writes “it has been…

For those following the progress of BP’s “top kill” maneuver, whether via reports or their underwater webcam, it’s hard to tell what exactly is going on. It seemed that the injection of drilling mud, assisted by the previously unsuccessful “junk shot” method (which involves shooting shredded tires into the gushing vent), has stemmed the flow…

Chemistry is nothing if not a double-edged sword. The complex interplay of atoms and molecules is the very foundation of life (and better living) but that complexity also means that a even a slight alteration of a safe substance’s chemical composition can make it into something exquisitely deadly. So please give Deborah Blum, chemistry enthusiast…

Two weeks ago (on Earth Day, no less), what is destined to become the biggest ecological disaster in history began as the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded. Situated 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, the well is still gushing oil and the growing slick is now making landfall. While this disaster will continue to unfold…

When James Hrynyshyn launched The Island of Doubt in five years ago, he directed his efforts at dismantling “pseudoskeptical arguments from those who have trouble accepting reality.” This meant covering a variety of subjects, from climate change, to creationism, to alternative medicine, and more. And while this has put The Island of Doubt into august…

Earth Day 2010

Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, an environmental “teach-in” first promoted by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. The environment of Nelson’s day was a little different than the one we now possess, not only in terms of an extra four decades of pollution, but in the attitudes and information the general public…

[This post comes courtesy of the State Department's Katherine Musgrove, who is an economic officer in the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas is having its first ministerial right now in Washington D.C., and you can watch the end…

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At last summer’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama announced the formation of a multinational organization aimed at increasing renewable energy usage, confronting climate change, and promoting tech transfer and sustainability practices amongst its members.

When we think of our planet’s water, we usually think of the vast saltwater oceans that contain 97 percent of it. But the other three percent is equally important to ecosystems and to life as we know it: freshwater found above ground in lakes, rivers, and ponds, and underground in aquifers and streams. World Water…