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Remember when I compared the Fukushima situation to that old joke about “the cat’s on the roof”? Yes, I remember all the reasonable, rational, technically-employed menfolks (not here, over at the other site) explaining to me how irresponsible and crazy I was for saying this was what happened. But it did: The Tokyo Electric Power […]

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I know we’re all inundated with donation requests, but I always give to the water charities. It’s too basic to ignore: Half a million babies die in their first month of life from preventable deaths in unclean hospitals and clinics across the world, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and […]

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Yeah, I’d love to know how they made this happen: Bill Nye, the bow-tied erstwhile kids’ TV host, onetime dancer with the stars, and tireless champion of evolution and climate science, was never a virulent or wild-eyed critic of genetically modified crops. Back in 2005, he did a pretty nuanced episode of his TV show […]

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Another oil train crash

We need a better way to run the world than oil: GALENA, Ill. (AP) β€” A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena. According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River […]

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Not to piss on your enthusiasm or anything, but political insiders have told me they believe Obama will use the Keystone XL later in an attempt to bargain. I hope it’s not true, but look at how he justifies the veto: Because Congress tried to circumvent his authority. We’ll see: The Keystone bill cleared the […]

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Cyclone Marcia, a Category 5 storm, hit the coast of Queensland, Australia yesterday. Nary a mention in U.S. media, and certainly no talk of all these RECORD-BREAKING WEATHER EVENTS we’re having lately. Hmm. Authorities say it’s now too late for the 30,000 Queenslanders in the direct path of this category-five storm to evacuate, AAP reports. […]

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Yeah, like Brian Williams lying is the biggest problem with the media! And it’s not as if they’d mention this, either: A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons. Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers […]

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So this is the second crude-oil train crash in 72 hours (there was one this weekend in Ontario). Yay, deregulation! Yay, petroleum-based economy! Two West Virginia towns are being evacuated after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, local media report. Emergency officials said that people from towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom are […]

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What the hell

It’s not as if a gas tanker should be regulated and inspected or anything, because we wouldn’t want to impede the free fucking market, amirite? MEXICO CITY (AP) β€” Mexican officials said Monday that two worn-out bolts on a gas tanker truck broke, causing a leak that resulted in a hospital explosion that killed five […]

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Our longtime contributor Dr. S. says he’s got at least six feet of snow. Seems like we’ve had quite a few weather records broken lately! BOSTON (AP) β€” A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England on Sunday, threatening white-out conditions in coastal areas and forcing people to contend with a […]

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