Environment

Chinese State Media Criticizes China for its Dangerous Levels of Pollution in Beijing

January 14, 2013

“State media on Monday joined internet users in calling for a re-evaluation of China’s modernisation process, which has seen rapid urbanisation and economic development achieved at the expense of the environment.”

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Maine Biodiversity Research Institute Study: 84% of Fish Have “Unsafe” Levels of Mercury

January 14, 2013

“That poses a health risk for humans, exceeding the guidelines for eating certain kinds of fish more than once a month.”

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Industrial Toxic Leak Affects More than 1 Million People in Northern China

January 7, 2013

“Authorities have cut off the water supply of over 1 million people in a northern Chinese city due to an industrial leak. Residents were not notified of the spill for days, despite the public health threat it posed.”

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7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Alaska

January 5, 2013

“A tsunami warning was canceled early Saturday for portions of British Columbia, Canada, and southeastern Alaska, officials said.”

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC Oil Drilling Ship Went Aground on an Alaskan Island in the Arctic Ocean

January 3, 2013

“The grounding of a petroleum drilling ship on a remote Alaska island has refueled the debate over oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where critics for years have said the conditions are too harsh and the stakes too high to allow dangerous industrial development.”

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Tornado Warning Issued Near Mobile, Alabama, on Christmas Day

December 25, 2012

“A tornado struck southern Mobile County in Alabama, according to the National Weather Service office there. The tornado was moving to the north-northeast, the agency said. That path would send it toward highly populated areas, including downtown Mobile.”

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Major Blizzard Storm Strikes the Midwest, Cancelling About 1,000 Flights

December 20, 2012

“The first widespread snowstorm of the season plodded across the Midwest on Thursday, as whiteout conditions sent drivers sliding over slick roads and some travelers were forced to scramble for alternate ways to get to their holiday destinations.”

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U.S. Officials Seek FDA Permission to Release Genetically Modified Mosquitos in the Florida Keys

December 7, 2012

“Some residents of the tourist town of Key West worry though on how much research has been done to determine the risks of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes on the Keys’ fragile ecosystem.”

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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Japan; Tsunami Warning Issued

December 7, 2012

“The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. Friday. The epicenter was 6.2 miles beneath the seabed.”

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Supreme Court Rules that Intermittent Flooding Victims may seek Compensation for Damanges

December 5, 2012

“The case arose from the activities of the Army Corps of Engineers, which periodically flooded 23,000 acres along the banks of the Black River in northeastern Arkansas.”

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Oil Rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; 4 in critical condition, 2 missing

November 16, 2012

“The platform is for oil production from an established well, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well for oil giant BP in mile-deep water when it blew up and triggered a massive oil spill in 2010.”

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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake off the coast of Guatemala kills at least 52 people

November 8, 2012

“Local Red Cross chief Carlos Enrique Alvarado told Reuters 75 homes were destroyed in San Marcos alone and authorities said damage to the prison forced them to transfer 101 inmates to another jail.”

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Sewage, Bacteria, and Gasoline found in the New York City Floodwater

October 31, 2012

“The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform.”

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Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy costs the United States $60 Billion

October 31, 2012

“The costs include an estimated $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business, AP reports.”

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Hurricane Sandy passes through Cuba, leaving damage in its wake

October 25, 2012

“Cuban television showed fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris-choked streets in the country’s second largest city, which took a direct hit when the storm came ashore in the early morning hours.”

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