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February 26, 2013 | Blog Post

Looking Back at the Coal Tragedy At Buffalo Creek

Forty-one years ago, today, a dam holding 132 million gallons of toxic liquid coal waste ruptured high up in the mountains of West Virginia, loosing a tsunami-like death wave of coal waste and chemical sludge that destroyed 4,000 homes in 16 towns, injured more than 1,000 people, and killed 125. Seven bodies were never found. A remarkable <i>Charleston Gazette</i> series shares the stories of the people who were affected by this horrific tragedy.

February 18, 2013 | Audio

Keeping the Wolverine Wild

Doug Chadwick, a wildlife biologist and journalist for National Geographic, discusses his work to help researchers track wolverines, fierce members of the weasel family. Despite their ferocity, both climate change and trapping threaten the wolverines’ existence.

February 14, 2013 | Blog Post

Anti-Slime Brigade Packs Florida EPA Meeting

In a fantastic show of grassroots support for clean water, Floridians packed a Environmental Protection Agency meeting in Tampa on Jan. 16, saying they are fed up with repeated slimy algae outbreaks on the state’s beaches, rivers, spring and streams

More than 150 protested, and they wore fluorescent green T-shirts saying, “Ask me about slime.” They asked the EPA to stay strong and enforce pollution limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer—three culprits which are fueling algae outbreaks all over the state.

February 14, 2013 | Feature

Keeping the Wolverine Wild

After more than a decade of litigation, the federal government has finally proposed to protect wolverines as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Down to Earth speaks with Douglas H. Chadwick, a wildlife biologist and journalist who wrote the book The Wolverine Way.