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Deepwater Horizon: The First 36 Hours

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Jaw-dropping photos of the infernal early moments.

From Neatorama: On April 20, 2010, a mayday call from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico reporting an explosion aboard signaled the beginning of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in the United States. Today, the environmental, economic, and political repercussions of the oil spill are just being felt – but what happened the day the rig went ablaze,......read more

Disaster in Japan: How to Help

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Get involved with the relief effort. Here's how.

The disaster in Japan has all of us wondering what we can do to help. There are a bunch of groups doing work on the ground and there are lots of ways to get involved. Here are a few: Red Cross: Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone. Save the Children: To make a donation, click here, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. GlobalGiving:......read more

US Preparing for Climate Disaster While Hitting Brakes on Negotiations

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Kelly Rigg has a less optimistic view of Obama's recent executive order

GCCA's Kelly Rigg for The Huffington Post: Maybe I've lived outside the U.S. too long, or maybe my mind is just totally focused on the start of next week's international climate talks in Warsaw. But I think I may have been the only one who reacted somewhat cynically to last week's news that President Obama had signed an Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate......read more

Disaster Dioramas by Lori Nix

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Brooklyn-based artist/photographer envisions a post-apocalyptic world

Growing up in tornado-prone western Kansas, Lori Nix witnessed her fair share of natural disasters. Add to that her childhood interest in disaster movies and we have a women who says she may be "a little obsessed" with the apocalypse. In her latest series, "The City," the photojournalist-turned-artist imagines a post-apocalyptic urban environment that is emptied of human......read more

Post Grad Organic Farming

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National Geographic photos captures the infernal early moments of the disaster.

There's a trend afoot. In college campuses across the country there is talk about the evils of industrialized farming, the importance of organics, the beauty of green markets, and the politics of food. More and more kids are opting to intern on organic farms, and due to the burgeoning demand for organic produce bought directly from local farmers, it's a viable field for today's......read more

After Sandy: Break the Silence

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In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, it's time to face the reality of climate change

Every four years presidential candidates tell the American people that that election is a turning point for the country. This year they might have actually been right. To be sure, there are always differences between candidates. On a range of issues, from health care to tax reform, voters this year faced a real choice about two different approaches to governing. But the other turning point in......read more

Faulty Design Caused BP Disaster, Says Official Report

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Every blowout preventer may have the same problem. Gulp.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster was caused by a faulty design of the blowout preventer and a piece of trapped pipe, says an official report published by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of the Interior. According to the 551-page report, "The primary cause of failure was identified as the blind shear rams failing to fully close and seal due to a portion of drill pipe trapped......read more

What Now?

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As the Gulf disaster abates, scientists ponder the future of a ravaged ecosystem.

With the cap on the blown well holding, BP and its team are preparing to permanently seal it with mud and cement early this week. Meanwhile, the oil slick on the water surface is receding quickly, and the company says it will start scaling back cleanup efforts in the area. And so an environmental catastrophe begins to fade away. But what does the future hold for the ravaged ecosystems in the......read more

Naomi Klein on the Oil Spill

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Author/activist discusses the ravages wrought by the disaster in the Gulf.

The formidable PR machines behind BP and the Obama administration are in full swing, assuring us that ravaged Gulf coast ecosystem with be "restored and made whole." Amid all the positive spin, social activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein wonders how that is remotely possible: "It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the......read more

Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all from......read more

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