Environment

Water Traffic Backup Due to Mississippi River Oil Spill Exceeds 1,000 Barges

January 30, 2013

“As of midday on Wednesday, 34 northbound vessels hauling a total of 532 barges and 37 southbound vessels with 524 barges were delayed by the 16-mile closure from river mile marker 425 to 441, the Coast Guard said.”

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile

January 30, 2013

“The U.S. Geological Survey originally reported the quake at 6.7, but later revised it upward.”

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Tornado in Georgia Kills at Least One Person and Injures Several

January 30, 2013

“Eight people are known to have suffered injuries, two of which are believed to be very serious.”

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Study: Cats Kill Billions of Birds and Mammals Every Year

January 29, 2013

“According to the research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, such as meadow voles and chipmunks.”

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Releases New Federal Flood Zone Maps

January 29, 2013

“The agency hurried to release the new maps, which include the worst-hit parts of Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. They double the number of structures now in flood zones.”

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Severe Flooding in Eastern Australia Kills At Least 4 People And Displaces Thousands

January 29, 2013

“The storm system, which has unleashed floods from north of Brisbane in Queensland state to Sydney over 900 kilometers south in New South Wales and beyond, is the result of a slow but very wet swing down the coast by the remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald that began last week.”

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United Nations: Severe Flooding in Mozambique Displaces 150,000 People

January 28, 2013

“Aid agencies and government emergency services have set up scores of temporary camps in the area where flood victims are being fed and housed in tents.”

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Oil Spill Cleanup Effort in the Mississippi River Leads to Temporary Waterway Shutdown

January 28, 2013

“”They’re still trying to determine how much leaked, how much was gone from the tank,” Gomez said. He added that details remain unclear, though investigators reported a towboat or tug was pushing two tank barges when the collision occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.”

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U.S. Drill Reaches Lake Whillans, a Frozen Body of Water Buried 1 Kilometer Below Antarctica

January 28, 2013

“Scientists reported on Sunday that sensors on their drill system had noted a change in pressure, indicating contact had been made with the lake.”

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Crude Oil Spills into the Mississippi River After 2 Oil Barges Pushed by a Tugboat Collide

January 27, 2013

“Two oil barges pushed by a tugboat slammed into a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Sunday, causing one to leak crude oil into the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard said.”

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Ice Storms and Snow Across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest

January 25, 2013

“Major cities that have the potential for a period of freezing this weekend include Omaha, Neb.; St. Louis, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and London, Ontario.”

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U.S. Naval Ship Stuck on a Reef Near the Philippines Taking In “Lots of Water”

January 24, 2013

“Rear Adm. Thomas Carney said Thursday that 56,000 liters (15,000 gallons) of fuel must be removed from the USS Guardian before a crane ship can lift it from the Tubbataha Reef.”

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Study: Tropical Andes Glaciers Melting at an “Unprecedented Rate”

January 23, 2013

“The glaciers of the Andes Mountains have retreated at an unprecedented rate in the past three decades, with more ice lost than at any other time in the last 400 years.”

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2 Boulder Police Officers in Colorado Resign, Face Felony Charges for Killing Large Bull Elk

January 23, 2013

“Carter killed the elk on New Year’s Day, claiming it was injured. He then called Curnow, who was off duty, to help collect the animal for meat. Residents of the neighborhood where the elk was a frequent visitor disputed the claim the animal was injured.”

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U.S. Farms Look to Crop Rotation to Deal with Drought

January 22, 2013

“Although corn plantings are expected to be near record highs nationwide in 2013, the loss of some acres in the most productive states could crimp U.S. yields.”

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