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Belo Monte dam operations delayed by Brazil court ruling on indigenous people

World’s fourth largest hydropower plant’s license was suspended weeks before testing turbines because operators failed to compensate local communities<p>The start of operations at Brazil’s Belo Monte dam could be held up following a court judgment that operators have yet to provide adequate support to …

Brazil

The End of an Error

During his State of the Union address, Barack Obama alluded, not for the first time during his presidency, to John Muir's old camping buddy, Theodore Roosevelt, whom he clearly admires. But the president also paid tribute to T.R. in another way: by following the admonition to "speak softly and …

Fossil Fuels

The Company Behind LA's Methane Disaster Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago

Documents show that the gas company that is currently spewing 100,000 pounds of methane into California’s air knew about leaks long before this one sprang.<p>Last fall, a 7-inch injection well pipe ruptured 500 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, after ferrying natural gas for six decades. The …

Oil & Gas Industry

Protesters speak out vs. Chief Wahoo

CLEVELAND -- Native Americans and their supporters demonstrated outside the opening home game of the Cleveland Indians, demanding that the baseball …

Cleveland Indians

Survive one Chevron fracking explosion, get a pizza and pop FREE!

If a multibillion-dollar company started a frack pit fire in your backyard that burned uncontrollably for five days and killed one person, what would …

What's so vile about vinyl?

If you go to the website Vinyl, The Material for Life, you will find right on the front page, Vinyl Advocates Lobby For Open Consensus Standards In …

The many downfalls of kids’ addiction to tech: why limiting screen time will benefit your child

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Scarred, spangled banner: 46 years after MLK’s death, we still struggle to broaden the movement

Last week, when members of Congress introduced legislation to “fix” the part of the Voting Rights Act that the U.S. Supreme Court decided was broken …

Black History

10 low-tech tactics for living more sustainably

As our Technology section commenters love to point out, we often publish pieces on green tech and cleantech advances that are more "pie in the sky" …

New Mexico

US Army colonel: world is sleepwalking to a global energy crisis

A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an unprecedented energy crunch that could inflame financial crisis and exacerbate dangerous climate change.<p>The 'Transatlantic …

Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive

Have you noticed the recent spate of oil-hauling trains bursting into flames? There was the devastating explosion last July in the town of …

The New Oil Landscape

<b>When Susan Connell arrives</b> at the first oil well of the day, she tosses her stylish black-rimmed glasses onto the dashboard of her 18-wheeler, climbs down from the cab, and pulls the zipper on her fire-resistant coveralls up to her neck. It’s early July, about 7 a.m. We’re on the Fort Berthold …