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Hurricane Gustav hits Haiti and aims for Gulf of Mexico

This hurricane season's seventh storm, Gustav, has already had a bigger impact than all the storms that preceded it. It hasn't killed anyone or done any damage—though it may unleash flooding and mudslides in Haiti—except to drive oil prices above $117 a barrel (a feat the recent war in Georgia did not even accomplish)...

August 26, 2008 — David Biello

CDC measles expert weighs in on vaccinations, so does Amanda Peet

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the U.S. has seen more cases of measles than at any time since 1996 in the last six months—and its stories like that that have caught the attention of actress Amanda Peet, among others concerned about the resurgence...

August 25, 2008 — David Biello

Measles is back, and it's because your kids aren't vaccinated

If you didn't vaccinate your kids, you too could find yourself partly responsible for the resurgence of a disease thought eliminated in 2000.

Measles—a highly contagious disease-causing virus—is making a comeback in the U.S., thanks to parents fears over vaccines...

August 22, 2008 — David Biello

Peak water crisis dominates World Water Week

The world is getting thirstier, and drier. More than 2,500 experts from around the world will discuss the issues facing one of the world's most precious natural resources at World Water Week this week in Stockholm, from the millions of gallons of water hidden inside biofuels to the ongoing scandal of poor sanitation...

August 18, 2008 — David Biello

Texas biologist: Cuero chupacabra is a pit bull

All good cryptid stories come to an end and so it goes with the chupacabra video. Although it is difficult to make a definitive identification from the tape, biologist Scott Henke of Texas A&M University-Kingsville says: "It's a dog for sure."

Since coyotes run a little more gracefully, it's likely to be a bull mastiff or pit bull, or perhaps just a mutt...

August 15, 2008 — David Biello

Oceanic Dead Zones Continue to Spread

Fertilizer runoff and fossil-fuel use lead to massive areas in the ocean with scant or no oxygen, killing large swaths of sea life and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage

August 15, 2008 — David Biello

Chupacabra strikes Texas town?

Traveling all the way from its point of origin in Puerto Rico, the chupacabra (literally "goat sucker") has now popped up in the Texas town of Cuero.

August 13, 2008 — David Biello

Tree climbing: climate change causes move up the mountain

From ragweed to pine trees, plant species are quickly climbing the slopes of the Santa Rosa Mountains in California. Since 1977, nine species of plants native to the region have shifted an average of 213 feet up the mountainsides, dying out at lower elevations and flourishing at higher ones as they pace climate change...

August 11, 2008 — David Biello

Invasion of the crustacean snatchers

The thawing of the fabled Northwest Passage on Canada's north coast isn't just an opportunity for humans to cut shipping times between Asia, Europe and North America—or squabble over oil...

August 8, 2008 — David Biello

Olympics begin, Beijing breathes sigh of relief...

…if not clean air. Smog continues to blanket the capital city, thanks to pollution from cars, illegal factories and uncooperative weather.

That has prompted some athletes to wear masks, which, besides looking silly, actually is silly...

August 8, 2008 — David Biello
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