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K-12 schools shifting focus toward environmental studies

Dominion Resources, an energy company based in Virginia, recently announced a plan for $1 million in educational grants. The grants will focus on outstanding environment, energy and workforce development programs in K-12 schools. The announcement comes at an important...

source: By Bambi Majumdar
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The national tourism agency calls the Mexican mountain town of Angangueo a "Pueblo Mágico." If so, it is a dark magic. In recent years, Angangueo's 5,000 inhabitants have been cursed by calamities natural and manufactured. Snowstorms, mudslides and flash floods have...

source: The New York Times

Researchers are heading out to study the effects of a Shell leak of about 88,200 gallons of oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, a scientist said. A leak from a pipeline at the Shell oil production field was spotted and clean-up vessels began to skim oil...

source: The Associated Press via The Times-Picayune

Fires in Canada's boreal forest are common, burning an average of 2m ha every year. What makes this one unique is its intensity and location in the heart of the tar sands fields. In addition to the estimated $9 billion damage to Fort McMurray, the fire will have significant...

source: The Guardian

Corporate funding of multiple vaccine research was "exposed" again recently. This time it was in the latest round of MMR-causes-autism allegations, which we exported to the U.S. We've seen the same "exposés" in the U.K., on fracking,...

source: The Guardian

On March 13, Walt Disney World Resort released the dates and initial information for its annual foodie tour of Epcot. This fall's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run from Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2106. The festival will also...

source: Examiner

John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.

source: YouTube

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