Environment

Pollution Problem in Kabul, Afghanistan, Worsening With No Solution In Sight

January 22, 2013

“In Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, a city built for half a million people, the wartime population has swollen to five million.”

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5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia, Killing At Least 1 Person and Injuring 7

January 22, 2013

“The 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck 37 kilometers (23 miles) under Aceh province, and a 4.7-magnitude aftershock followed 26 minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.”

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Approximately 1,000 Gallons of Oil Spill Into The Atlantic Ocean Near The Bahamas

January 22, 2013

“Kenrid Dorsett, the country’s environment minister, confirmed that there was an accident of some sort, but could not comment on its cause or estimate how much fuel spilled.”

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140 Countries Agree to Mercury Pollution Guidelines at United Nations Talks

January 19, 2013

“The UN recently published data that showed mercury emissions were rising in a number of developing nations.”

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Only 21 Invasive Pythons Killed in Florida’s “Python Challenge” Thus Far

January 18, 2013

“…the tan, splotchy pythons have natural camouflage that gives them an important advantage in the ecosystem they have invaded.”

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European Food Safety Authority: Insecticides Pose “Unacceptable Danger” to Bees

January 16, 2013

“The report comes just months after the UK government dismissed a fast-growing body of evidence of harm to bees as insufficient to justify banning the chemicals.”

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United Kingdom and Ireland Investigating Beef Burgers Contaminated With Horse Meat

January 16, 2013

“Irish food safety officials, who carried out tests two months ago, said the products had been stocked by a number of chains including Tesco and Iceland stores in the UK.”

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Cormorant Alpha Oil Platform in the North Sea Precautionarily Shut Down Due to Leak

January 16, 2013

“All non-essential work on Cormorant Alpha has halted pending the results of a technical investigation team looking for the source of the hydrocarbons.”

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Dry Outlook Likely to Extend Drought in the U.S. in 2013

January 15, 2013

“Forecasts for a return to dry weather for the balance of January in the already drought-stricken U.S. western Midwest and Plains are renewing worries among agriculture interests following the worst drought in more than 50 years in 2012.”

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) Declares State of Emergency Due to Ice Storm

January 15, 2013

“As much as a quarter inch to half inch of ice could coat roadways and power lines across Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, leading to the state of emergency.”

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Drought Will Force the U.S. Federal Government To Pay Up To $16 Billion in Crop Insurance

January 15, 2013

“The Agriculture Department, which runs the program, said that the total losses from crops harvested last year would not be known for weeks, but that costs from the program were estimated to be $15.8 billion, up from $9.4 billion in 2011.”

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NASA Releases Images of Beijing Air Pollution in China

January 15, 2013

“China’s capital city of Beijing has been swamped by off-the-charts levels of air pollution in January. New images from NASA’s Earth Observatory satellite Terra shows the choking layer of smog that has descended over the city.”

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NOAA: 2012 Marks the 10th Warmest Year on Record

January 15, 2013

“Specifically, the Earth’s temperature in 2012 was 1.03°F warmer than the 20th century average, the 10th warmest year since records began in 1880 NOAA announced today.”

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$10 Million U.S. ‘Wissard Project’ Searching for Signs of Life in Antarctica

January 15, 2013

“The American effort, financed by three federal agencies and a private foundation, is about to start drilling into a lake half a mile below a glacier called the Whillans Ice Stream and will analyze samples on the spot in a field laboratory.”

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Greece Approves More Mining at the Behest of Environmental Activists

January 15, 2013

“The new mining operation is nothing more than a symbol of Greece’s willingness these days to accept any development, no matter the environmental cost.”

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