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As Scientists Examine Landslide, Questions About Logging’s Potential Role

National Geographic: Scientists hoping to better understand what triggered the tragic landslide in western Washington are eyeing two prime suspects: rising groundwater that weakened slide-prone soils, perhaps exacerbated by logging; and the Stillaguamish River, which persistently chewed away at the bottom of the hillside. The March 22 landslide wiped out an entire neighborhood near the small town of Oso, leaving at least 27 dead and another 22 missing. But answers to what caused the hillside to come thundering down… Continue reading

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This college freshman is suing Alaska over climate change

Salon: Can individual states be held responsible for failing to do enough to stop climate change? Continue reading

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New York fracking lawsuit could set drilling precedent

Reuters: A lawsuit challenging a small town’s ban on natural-gas drilling could have implications throughout New York, where state officials are poised to approve a controversial drilling method known as fracking. Anschutz Exploration Corporation filed suit on Friday against Dryden, a rural suburb of Ithaca with about 13,000 residents that last month amended its zoning laws to bar all gas drilling within its unincorporated borders. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended… Continue reading

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