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    Is radioactive waste from the World War II era killing people in St. Louis?.
    By Lori Freshwater
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    Five years after the Fukushima meltdown, Japan’s nuclear energy program is still being met with resistance.
    By Winifred Bird
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    The transformation of a heavily polluted nuclear site into a wilderness refuge raises questions about the implications of hiding our tainted environmental past.
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Learning from the Rainmakers

East African scientists court traditional knowledge for accurate weather predictions

As changes in weather continue to ravage farms and take a toll on food production across East Africa, scientists and meteorologists are turning to traditional rainmakers and weather forecasters to bolster the accuracy of weather predictions. Photo by DFID – UK Department…
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Celebrity Selfies with Apes Damaging Efforts to Curb Wildlife Trafficking, Warns UN body

Instagram snaps of celebs like Khloe Kardashian posing with orangutans and chimpanzees put survival of these endangered species at risk

Instagram snaps of celebrities including Paris Hilton and James Rodriguez posing with apes in the Gulf are damaging efforts to clamp down on wildlife trafficking and endangering the survival of some species, a UN body has warned. Photo by Khloe Kardashian InstagramKhloe…
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Conversation: Frans de Waal

One of the ‘great minds of science’ discusses how research continues to disprove preconceived notions of animal intelligence

Dr. Frans de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His research has been published in hundreds of peer reviewed scientific journals, and his best-selling books — including Chimpanzee Politics (1982),…
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When Out On the Trail, Leave Your Dog Behind

No matter how sweet, our furry friends pose a significant threat to wildlife

There’s a reason many nature lovers own dogs. As an often-solo female hiker, I enjoy the added security, the pleasure of being alone without being totally alone, and the joy of watching my dog bound down the trail or jump into a…
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A Recipe for Change?

In Review: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

By Michael PollanPenguin Press, 2013, 480 pages In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan describes his personal journey of stepping away from processed and packaged foods toward cooking from scratch, and highlights the grievous consequences of industrial modernity in the…
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There’s No Place Like Home

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. "Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go," she says. © SquareOne…
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Living Near Greenery May Increase Your Lifespan

Proximity to trees and other plants decreases mortality rates from cancer, respiratory disease, study suggests

Many of us plant trees, shrubs, and other plants around our homes to beautify our surroundings. A study published earlier this month in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that this attractive greenery has another significant benefit as well — people living in greener…
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Killing to Conserve

Does it make sense to cull one protected species to help save another?
By Jim Yuskavitch

Sea Change

What the wasting disease afflicting sea stars tells us about our oceans.
By Eric Wagner

1000 Words: Linda Gass

An artist’s quest to understand the relationship between humans, water, and land that sustains us