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    1. As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels? At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks. It rolled around the sky like a marble in a bowl, sometimes behind clouds or ...

    2. My career studying oil spill impacts came about by accident - an actual accident. I was establishing field experiments in a coastal lagoon when the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill occurred through a blowout at a nearby oil platform. My experiments ruined, I volunteered in oil response efforts and in reviewing shoreline impact studies. Oil had touched me then and would do so again. In 1989, I was ...

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      BloombergAug 12 03:36 AM

      Oil wasn’t the only thing that gushed after a well operated by BP Plc exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. There was also a fountain of research.

    4.   When we punish people for their crimes, we tell them they are paying their debt to society. But too often, that is a myth. Freedom, it turns out, comes with terms and conditions that may apply. And that’s especially...

    5. Manicured lawns are ruining the planet.

    6. Sarah Montague highlighted the dangers of our growing 24-hour culture, while Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom was uplifting and emotional The Night Shift (Radio 4) | iPlayer Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom (Radio 1) | iPlayer Continue reading...

    7. L et's admit right up front that, at least on a production level, Waterworld was a disaster. It went far over budget. Director Kevin Reynolds quit after repeated clashes with star Kevin Costner , who sunk $22 million of his own money into the film. The crew grew angry with Costner because he was living in an oceanfront villa with a butler while they were stuck in cheap uninsulated rooms. Jeanne...

    8. Shell faces huge risks and potential rewards with an Arctic adventure

      Telegraph via Yahoo UK & Ireland FinanceAug 18 12:23 PM

      Shell has been given the green light to drill in the Arctic but as well as the opportunity for huge rewards, the inhospitable region brings huge risks

    9. The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday cited a Walmart truck driver’s fatigue as the chief cause of a crash on the N.J. Turnpike last year that killed, that killed one man and seriously injured four others, including comedian Tracy Morgan.

    10. Colorado Mine Spill Aftermath: How to Clean a River via Yahoo! NewsAug 13 04:38 AM

      On Aug. 5, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers inadvertently breached a wall of loose debris that was holding back a pool of mustard-hued wastewater from the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. The EPA is now scrambling to clean up the mess.

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