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Major Explosion Rocks Indonesian Oil Refinery

Major Explosion Rocks Indonesian Oil Refinery

A massive explosion at an oil refinery in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday injured about 20 people and forced nearly 1,000 to evacuate. It was still burning Tuesday morning, Eastern Time. The state-owned Pertamina Balongan Refinery has a capacity of about 125,000 barrels per day and supplies fuel to Jakarta, Banten and some parts […]

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    Florida Bans 16 Invasive Species, Including Popular Pets

    Florida Bans 16 Invasive Species, Including Popular Pets

    Despite public resistance, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to ban the possession and breeding of 16 high-risk invasive species. The new ruling, approved late last month, includes Burmese pythons, Argentine black and white tegus, green iguanas and 13 other high-risk, non-native snakes and lizards which “pose a threat to Florida‘s ecology, economy, […]

    11 Surprising Facts About Trees

    11 Surprising Facts About Trees

    By Natalie Muller Trees soak up carbon from the atmosphere, provide a home to wildlife and even improve our mental well-being. But did you know they can also “talk” to each other, and send out distress signals when under attack? 1. ​60,000 Different Species There are around 3 trillion trees on Earth, according to a […]

    What Can We Learn From Our Ancestors, the Climate Crisis and Massacres?

    What Can We Learn From Our Ancestors, the Climate Crisis and Massacres?

    About 6,200 years ago, 41 people were killed and buried in a mass grave in what is now modern-day Croatia. According to Live Science, DNA analysis has now revealed that members of their own community may have murdered them, and some researchers suggest that a sudden population boom or shift in climate conditions could have […]

    3 Research Questions Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Eating

    3 Research Questions Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Eating

    By Sarah Reinhardt When it comes to healthy eating, there’s a lot we already know. Just take a look at the scientific report issued by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the group of scientific experts behind the newly released 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. At 835 pages, the report spans a rigorous review of […]

    Global Sand Mining Is Destroying the Planet and Costing Lives

    Global Sand Mining Is Destroying the Planet and Costing Lives

    By Ajit Niranjan It makes up the concrete of our houses, the tarmac of our roads, the glass in our windows and the silicon chips in our phones. But sand, a building block of modern life that sits at the heart of a destructive and sometimes illegal industry, is in increasingly short supply — and […]

    How Gerrymandering Silences the Environmental Vote

    How Gerrymandering Silences the Environmental Vote

    By Jeremy Deaton This year, state legislatures will redraw the electoral map. The GOP controls most state legislatures, and they are expected to draw congressional districts to favor Republicans, which will make it easier for them to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, even if they fail to win the most […]

    Michael Regan Becomes First Black Man to Head EPA

    Michael Regan Becomes First Black Man to Head EPA

    The Senate on Wednesday voted 66 to 34 to confirm Biden-nominee Michael Regan as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making him the first Black man to hold the position. Regan is one of several nominees that the Biden administration announced in December as part of a team to tackle the climate crisis. But […]