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Meanwhile, in Greenland

While the world can’t take its eyes off the slow motion train wreck in the Gulf, environmentalists and politicians in more northerly climes are getting increasingly cold feet about plans for offshore drilling in their own icy waters.

Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice plans to station a supervisor on an upcoming drilling …

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BP Mendacity Watch: #1

From the beginning of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, there have been questions over just how much crude really is bleeding out of BP’s well. The first figure—supplied by the company—was 1,000 barrels a day. The government later upped that to 5,000 barrels, a number that stood despite the skepticism of a raft of outside experts. …

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Obama Gets Tough(er) on BP

From the beginning of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill—which has now resulted in at least 50 million gallons oil spewing into the ocean, if not far more—President Barack Obama has been in an awkward position. The energy giant BP is financially responsible for the spill, but it is also the only company that has the technology, expertise …

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An Ecocentric Introduction

I turned 32 yesterday. As periods of time go, not that long—according to the actuarial tables of the Social Security Administration I’m just 41.6% through my life, which actually looks depressing when you write it out. But the world has undergone immense changes over those years—explosions, really—and that growth forms the …

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TIME and Climate Change

About 20 years ago, a group of TIME writers and editors had lunch with Stephen Schneider, who was then and remains a leading climate scientist. At one point during the meeting, Schneider made a plea: “You really should be covering global warming every week. That’s how important it is.”

The journalists looked at each other awkwardly. …

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America’s Oil Bender

It’s axiomatic in the recovery field that addicts don’t get better until they hit bottom. For some, the bottom is shallow—a single DWI may be enough. Others sink much deeper, sobering up only after years of lost jobs, busted relationships and wrecked cars.

The U.S.—famously addicted to fossil fuels—has been struggling for …

Top 10 NASA Flubs

Even as NASA welcomes home the crew of one its final shuttle missions (just two days after commemorating the 40th anniversary of the miraculous return of the Apollo 13 crew), it’s grappling with how to adapt to a new President’s …

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