Philippine Loss From Typhoon Haiyan Colossal

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Brian McAfee: This tragedy is more evidence of a changing earth, the frequency and intensity of typhoons such as this and perhaps a bit harder to nail down, with any certainty, earthquakes also seem to be occurring with greater frequency.

Fracking Wars: An Injunction Against the Truth

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Walt Brasch: Before Vera Scroggins were four lawyers and several employees of Cabot Gas and Oil, who accused her of trespassing and causing irreparable harm to the company that had almost $1 billion in revenue in 2012.

Monsanto Buys Food Prize

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Jim Hightower: An Iowa group announces that the “World Food Prize” will go to Monsanto for pushing its patented, pricey, genetically-tampered Frankenseeds on impoverished lands as an “answer” to global hunger.

Feds Urged to Halt Fracking Off California Coast

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Dan Bacher: The recent relevation that California’s coastal waters are being “fracked” takes place in the larger context of the oil industry’s enormous influence on California environmental processes.

Conservatism: It’s the New Liberalism

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Lauren Windsor: Why is it that conservatives, who tout their morality and fiscal responsibility, are so liberal with the stewardship of our planet’s resources; so liberal with their interpretation of empirical evidence; so liberal with scientific facts?

Remembering JFK: Let Them Come to Whiskeytown

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Joe Mathews: As we approach the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, our country is doomed to endure an orgy of hoary remembrances, conspiracy theories, and sleazy sex tales. But Californians have an alternative commemoration if they want it.