Environment

 
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Actor Mark Ruffalo speaks out against fracking

Actor Mark Ruffalo, a resident of upstate New York, talks to Need to Know about the controversial oil and gas drilling practice known as “fracking,” which he opposes.

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Climate scientist calls Va. attorney general’s fraud probe ‘harassment’

An influential climate scientist who has been accused by the Virginia attorney general of defrauding the public calls the probe “criminal harassment” and warns that the case could set a “horrifying” precedent.

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  Should you eat Gulf seafood?

Having second thoughts about that shrimp kebab or grouper sandwich? Alison Stewart tells you what you need to know about eating seafood from the Gulf.

Pakistan under water: The view from 438 miles above Earth

NASA has released images of one especially hard-hit region of Pakistan from before and after the monsoons, from 438 miles above the Earth.

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  The new ice island

Did global warming cause the runaway glacier?

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Texas sues BP over huge toxic release at Texas City refinery

The state attorney general has charged BP with the “unlawful” release of toxic chemicals at its refinery in Texas City. The incident took place just two weeks before the start of the Gulf oil spill.

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  An ocean of plastic

Plastic from around the world converges in a whirling gyre known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Nowhere is the impact of this floating landfill clearer than on the Midway Atoll, where albatross go to nest.