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'This Is A Significant Spill'

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as a qua...
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Glow-in-the-Dark Tampons Track Sewage Leaks in Rivers

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Tampons have been hailed by scientists as an effective way to identify pollution in rivers.

A new study led by David Lerner, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Sheffield, helped identify specific households where pipes are misdirecting sewage into rivers rather than treatment plants.

During the study, the tampons were suspended on rods above 16 different surface water outlets which ran into rivers and streams. Afterwards they were dipped in diluted detergent for five seconds, where nine of them showed up optical brighteners (chemical compounds) under ultraviolet light, indicating the presence of water pollution.

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The team worked with Yorkshire Water to trace the pipe network back from four of the nine pollution sites and dipped tampons in each manhole to discover the source of the leak.

This revealed which households required their pipelines to be tested, including one where both a sink and a soil stack were connected to the wrong pipes.

Lerner said pollution in rivers is usually widespread and difficult to track, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimating in 2009 that around 5% of homes have incorrectly connected waste water pipes.

“All you need is for someone to have a cowboy builder and connect their appliances to the wrong drain and you have sewage going into the river,” he said.

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Time to Make a Racket About Ractopamine in U.S. Pigs · A Humane Nation

Time to Make a Racket About Ractopamine in U.S. Pigs · A Humane Nation | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
If you have any doubt about the contempt that some leaders within the pork industry have for their own customers – to say nothing of the pigs locked in gestation crates – the dispute over a dangerous animal drug named ractopamine should dispel it. On Monday, McClatchy reported that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is maneuvering to derail free trade talks with the European Union unless the EU agrees to accept imports of pork from pigs fed ractopamine. Ractopamine is a beta-agonist (a drug used to treat asthma in humans) that producers feed pigs, cattle and turkeys to induce rapid weight gain. It is banned or restricted in around 160 nations—including in the EU and even in Russia and China. But that hasn’t stopped the American pork industry, which now treats an estimated 60 to 80 percent of its pigs with ractopamine, from routinely using the drug.

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Lake Powell's Water Levels Keep Dropping, Making 'Bathtub Ring' Larger

Lake Powell's Water Levels Keep Dropping, Making 'Bathtub Ring' Larger | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
This might look cool, but it's a sign that the Western drought is getting even worse.

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Endangered Bighorn Sheep Moved to Yosemite, Sequoia Parks

Endangered Bighorn Sheep Moved to Yosemite, Sequoia Parks | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday. During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to...

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During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater

During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
An application to truck thousands of gallons of wastewater into Nebraska riled the community.

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Widely Used Herbicide Linked to Cancer

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The cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization last week announced that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. But the assessment, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, has been followed by an immediate backlash from industry groups.

On March 23, Robb Fraley, chief technology officer at the agrochemical company Monsanto in St Louis, Missouri, which sells much of the world’s glyphosate, accused the IARC of “cherry picking” data. “We are outraged with this assessment,” he said in a statement. Nature explains the controversy.
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How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat? by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360

How Long Can Oceans Continue To Absorb Earth’s Excess Heat? by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The main reason soaring greenhouse gas emissions have not caused air temperatures to rise more rapidly is that oceans have soaked up much of the heat. But new evidence suggests the oceans’ heat-buffering ability may be weakening.
by cheryl katz

For decades, the earth’s oceans have soaked up more than nine-tenths of the atmosphere’s excess heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions. By stowing that extra energy in their depths, oceans have spared the planet from feeling the full effects of humanity’s carbon overindulgence.
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Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet

Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as “the equivalent of the flat-earthers” by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

“I was called an Al Gore clone, a tree-hugger,” says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a community of about 50,000 people some 25 miles north of Austin.
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Florida's unspeakable issue leaves climate change official tongue-tied

Florida's unspeakable issue leaves climate change official tongue-tied | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
The latest victim of Florida governor Rick Scott’s unwritten ban on state officials using the words “climate change” is his own disaster preparedness lieutenant, who stumbled through verbal gymnastics to avoid using the scientific term in a newly surfaced video.


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Bryan Koon, Florida’s emergency management chief, was testifying before the state senate’s budget subcommittee on Thursday, answering questions about the news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) will pull federal funding from states that refuse to directly address climate change.

In the video, uploaded by the advocacy group Forecast The Facts, Senator Jeff Clemens asks Koon whether he is aware of the updated Fema guidelines, which would block 2016 funding in states whose governors refuse to implement so-called hazard mitigation plans for global warming.

Koon affirmed that the state’s next plan would be required to include “language to that effect”.
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Science vs Spin: Dilbit Sinks in the Real World, But Not in Studies Funded by Oil Industry

Science vs Spin: Dilbit Sinks in the Real World, But Not in Studies Funded by Oil Industry | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
“Once the oil started to sink, it made things a lot more difficult on our recovery.”

Those were the words of Greg Powell of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during his presentation on March 10th at the National Academy of Sciences conference on the Effects of Diluted Bitumen on the Environment. Powell was one of the people involved in the response and clean up of the Kalamazoo River tar sands dilbit spill in 2010 where an Enbridge pipeline cracked and spilled approximately one million gallons of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

Powell presented a disturbing account of what happened at Kalamazoo with pictures showing a river with “bank to bank” oil and contamination for almost 40 miles. This damage took over four years and more than a billion dollars to clean up. And Powell explained the main reason was that diluted bitumen isn’t like other oil.
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It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution

It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Nonprofits are using the state’s new stormwater requirements to sue plastic manufacturers for polluting waterways — and they’re winning

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Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below.

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New Bill Would Block Effort To Protect Streams From Mountaintop Removal Pollution

New Bill Would Block Effort To Protect Streams From Mountaintop Removal Pollution | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) says that new regulations are part of the President's "War on Coal."

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This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch

This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Now, however, beef producers are replacing Zilmax with ractopamine, though it seems to offer little for the well-being of their animals while risking serious harm to them. The drug has been linked to nearly a quarter-million cases of adverse reactions in pigs, including lameness, trembling, hyperactivity, hoof disorder, dyspnea, collapse and death.

Beef eaters should be concerned. The Food and Drug Administration’s original approval of ractopamine included no safety assessment on humans.

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Study of fossilized ocean fauna suggests climate change could disturb marine life for millennia

Study of fossilized ocean fauna suggests climate change could disturb marine life for millennia | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Climate change may lead to disturbances in marine life that will take thousands of years to recover from, not hundreds of years as previously thought, researchers said Monday.

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Study links pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables to lower semen quality

Study links pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables to lower semen quality | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Higher levels of pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables are associated with lower quality of semen, according to a study published on Tuesday. Its authors said the research was only an early step in what should be a much wider investigation.

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River health revealed in 'shocking' figures

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Just 17% of England's rivers are judged to be in good health, according to Environment Agency figures.
This is down from 29% with a good ecological status in 2014. The analysis is shocking, say environmentalists.
Problems are caused by over-abstraction and pollution from farms, run-off from roads and effluent from sewage works - as well as invasive species.
The Environment Agency says the figures look bad because the EU's assessment criteria have been tightened.
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The Hudson river is full of tiny plastics

The Hudson river is full of tiny plastics | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Every hour, hundreds of thousands of tiny plastic pieces — each one roughly the size of fine glitter — pour out of the Hudson River and into the ocean. Scientists fear that the particles, and the t...

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Michigan awards $350000 in grants for dam removal, fixes - Escanaba Daily Press

Michigan awards $350000 in grants for dam removal, fixes
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has awarded $350,000 to four projects that will remove obsolete dams or fix those needing repairs.

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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings

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Corporations vs. communities: a tale of two meetings, March 2015 blog_post -- New Internationalist

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, March 29, 11:17 AM

Paternalism vs local sovereignty - a contrast in world views

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Lake Powell is dead! Long live Glen Canyon!

Lake Powell is dead! Long live Glen Canyon! | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Drought is returning Lake Powell, impounded behind the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado river, back to desert, writes Grant A. Mincy - and a fine thing too! As nature turns billions of dollars of infrastructural abomination to junk, this creates the chance to reclaim our commons and recreate ravaged ecosystems.

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The Real Cost of Fracking

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Pramilla Malick was reading in bed last summer when suddenly she had to struggle to breathe. Gasping, she went outside and then back inside, getting no relief from the country air around her home in Minisink, New York. Her symptoms began at a time when her children and some of their Minisink neighbors were also experiencing new ailments, such as nausea, nosebleeds, rashes, sore throats, asthma and dizziness. Their symptoms would erupt during or after an “odor event,” a period of malodorous emissions at the new Millennium Pipeline gas compressor station nearby that began functioning in June of 2013. Malick’s asthmatic symptoms, which she never had before, surface only on weekends in Minisink, she says; they live in New York City, 95 miles away, on weekdays.
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4,000 Fishermen Stranded On Indonesian Islands

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which released the figure Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.
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Raising the green roof in America

Raising the green roof in America | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
You may have read the same headlines I did earlier this month about new laws passed in France now requiring solar panels or vegetation sections on the roofs of all new commercial construction. French activists were pushing for 100 percent roof coverage but had to settle for Parliament requiring a minimum of coverage. Interest in this story in United States is surprising. With few exceptions, green roofs get treated as little more than a curiosity rather than a viable solution to so many of the urban planning problems we are confronted with today.

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Tasmania's swift parrot set to follow the dodo

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The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found. Swift parrots are major pollinators of blue and black gum trees which are crucial to the forestry industry, which controversially continues to log swift parrot habitat.

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