Environment

Blizzard Cuts Power to 650,000 Homes and Businesses in the Northeast

February 9, 2013

“At least four deaths in the U.S. were blamed on the overnight snowstorm.”

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Declares State of Emergency During Blizzard

February 8, 2013

“The worst of the storm will hit overnight. New York City could see a foot of snow, and up to 2 feet in other parts of the state.”

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Declares State of Emergency, Restricts Travel During Blizzard

February 8, 2013

“There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs.”

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Over 1,700 Flights Cancelled Ahead of Friday’s Blizzard

February 7, 2013

“Before the first snowflake had even fallen, Boston, Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and other New England cities canceled school Friday, and airlines scratched more than 1,700 flights, with the disruptions certain to ripple across the U.S.”

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Activist Group: Moscow Used Radioactive Material to Melt Snow

February 7, 2013

“The group specifies that Moscow roads are being de-iced with yellow halite and a substance known by the abbreviation SBG.”

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U.S. Drought Monitor: Exceptional Drought Conditions Remain in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma

February 7, 2013

“Drought is staying strong in the Plains states this week, largely centered on Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, while a significant portion of the Midwest is clear of drought thanks to late January rainfall.”

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Blizzard Warning Issued For Northeast and New England, From New Jersey to Maine

February 7, 2013

“Blizzard warnings were posted for parts of New Jersey and New York’s Long Island, as well as portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, including Hartford, Conn., and Providence. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine.”

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Living Bacteria Found in Antarctica Half-Mile Deep Frozen Lake Whillans

February 7, 2013

“Among other things, the discovery may shed light on what lies under the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.”

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Report: Grain Famine in North Korea in 2012 May Have Killed Thousands of People

February 7, 2013

“The report from Rimjin-gang/ASIAPRESS said that, based on its own reporting from the region and from contact with North Korean defectors and people crossing the border, a famine hit the North and South Hwanghae provinces in January-May 2012.”

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Tsunami Warning in the South Pacific Following an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Solomon Islands

February 5, 2013

“Brian Shiro, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, told CNN that instruments near the Solomon Islands indicated that a tsunami was in fact generated. It is 1 meter high, he said, describing it as “significant.”"

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New York Governor Cuomo Proposes Purchasing Homes Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy & Leaving the Land Undeveloped

February 4, 2013

“The purchase program, which still requires approval from federal officials, would be among the most ambitious ever undertaken, not only in scale but also in how Mr. Cuomo would be using the money to begin reshaping coastal land use.”

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6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido

February 4, 2013

“A strong earthquake has struck Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami and there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.”

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Extreme Air Pollution in Beijing Forces China to Temporarily Shut Down Over 100 Factories

January 31, 2013

“Authorities urged the city’s 20 million people on Wednesday to stay indoors and shut windows, eat a “balanced diet” and drink plenty of water. A third of all government vehicles have also been ordered off the road. “

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U.K. Food Standards Agency: Horsemeat Found in Beef Burgers Came From Poland

January 31, 2013

“FSA boss Catherine Brown told the Commons environment committee that a mixture of “beef and horse offcuts” were contained in a frozen block of filler product imported from Poland.”

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Massive Storm System Including Tornadoes and Strong Winds Ravages the Southeast

January 30, 2013

“The violent system is forecast to continue straight into Wednesday evening, swinging into the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and into southern New England.”

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