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Cheap Oil and the Case for Divestment

In many places throughout the US, gas prices have dropped below three dollars a gallon. In the short term low oil prices can lead to more driving and thus more pollution, but divestment advocates are wondering if the recent downturn is part of a fundamental change of fortune for the fossil fuel industry.

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Japan vows to continue its whaling program, despite an international ruling ordering it to stop

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the global whale population was hunted to near extinction. A moratorium on commercial whaling, proposed in 1982 and enforced beginning in 1986 aimed to reverse this, and it has been successful: some whale species are beginning to recover, albeit slowly. Japan, however, has continued killing whales, in the name of "research" — and after agreeing to abide by an international ruling ordering it stop, it is now planning to resume whaling in 2015.

Cancer Risks from Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining

Mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia blasts dust into the air that is carried on the wind for miles and inhaled by nearby residents. Dr. Michael Hendryx is a Professor of Applied Health Science at Indiana University Bloomington and co-author of a study linking that dust to lung cancer. He calls for a halt for this type of coal mining.

Lead In Licorice

The popular candy black licorice can come with a dangerous neurotoxin, lead, California public health officials have found. Youth Radios Rafael Johns reports on the leads origin and the Californian Center for Environmental Healths legal efforts to make consumers sweet on licorice again.