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 ”Only one — ONE — of the 9,137 authors of peer-reviewed climate change articles rejected anthropogenic global warming. ”
This chart makes it painfully obvious that climate deniers are ridiculous | Grist

 ”Only one — ONE — of the 9,137 authors of peer-reviewed climate change articles rejected anthropogenic global warming. ”

This chart makes it painfully obvious that climate deniers are ridiculous | Grist

On sale today: Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape

In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer moved to Montana in search of a pristine river. What he found instead was a century’s worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a well-meaning engineering project to restore it, and the nearby town of Opportunity, a dumping ground for toxic byproducts.

Visit our website to read a selection, watch the trailer, recommend it to friends, and buy the book!

The Exxon Valdez oil spill happened 24 years ago today. Whale researcher Eva Saulitis has spent much of her life following a pod of orcas living in Prince William Sound, the Chugach transients (pictured), and witnessed first-hand the devastation wrought by the spill—after which not a single calf was born to the group. In her memoir, Into Great Silence, she chronicles the lives of the orcas who are struggling to survive.

Read a chapter from the book dealing with the days following the spill :

Photos: Eva Saulitis and Craig Matkin

Watch the book trailer for Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape by Brad Tyer (on sale 3/26/13)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. Click the locations below to see who the players are in the global land grab. (From: The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth by Fred Pearce)


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Out this Tuesday, May 29, Fred Pearce’s The Land Grabbers looks at the unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, agribusiness, and more are buying up huge tracts of land all over the world. See some of these purchases in this flier.

Michael Lanza, author of Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks, reads a selection from his book. Along with it, see some amazing video from his family’s adventures!

Six more weeks of winter or an early spring, what’s your prediction for tomorrow?

Photo: The London Free Press (website, scribd)