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Tunnel holding radioactive waste partially collapses in Washington state

Emergency declared at Hanford nuclear reservation in state’s south-east, but no one is injured and officials detect no release of radiation
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The UN’s Nuclear Weapon Talks May Be The Most Important Thing Nobody’s Paying Attention To

Over protests from the U.S. and other nuclear powers, more than 120 countries began work on a treaty at the United Nations this week with the aim of banishing nuclear weapons from the face and the oceans of the earth… In a sign of mounting nuclear anxiety around the globe, the conference timeline is extremely […]

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Canadian Documentary Filmmaker Goes Missing While Diving Off Florida Keys

A canadian documentary filmmaker and experienced diver whose credits include “Sharkwater,” an examination of the global shark-hunting trade that won multiple awards at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, has gone missing while diving off the Florida Keys… Rob Stewart, 37, of Toronto, was reported missing at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the […]

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Health Officials Confirm Wastewater Contamination In Suwannee, Withlacoochee Rivers

LIVE OAK — A health advisory already in effect for the Withlacoochee River was extended Thursday to include the Suwannee River… The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton, Madison and Suwannee issued the joint health advisory Thursday that the river waters are not safe for contact during recreational use. Test results from water samples taken in […]

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Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care

Roughly 4,000 troops helped clean up the atoll between 1977 and 1980. Like Mr. Snider, most did not even wear shirts, let alone respirators. Hundreds say they are now plagued by health problems, including brittle bones, cancer and birth defects in their children. Many are already dead. Others are too sick to work… The military says […]

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State Of Emergency Declared In Chile Due To Wildfires

Chile has declared a state of emergency as the country battles historic wildfires… President Michelle Bachelet called for international help combating the almost 40 wildfires plaguing the country. Unusually hot temperatures and an ongoing eight-year drought are complicating efforts to bring the fires under control. So far, almost 300,000 acres of woodland have been torched.
https://news.vice.com/story/state-of-emergency-declared-as-chile-battles-wildfires

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300 Plumbers Poured Into Flint, Michigan, To Install Water Filters For Free

Everyone wants to see the city of Flint swim rather than sink — including plumbers… More than 300 union plumbers from all over Michigan flooded Flint to install free filters for residents, this past weekend… According to ABC12, not all the faucets in Flint can fit a filter, which each resident of the city desperately […]

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Trump’s EPA Pick Ignored Pollution From Industry That Backed Him

 With his nomination hearing just a matter of days away, Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee Scott Pruitt is facing allegations that he gave a regulatory pass to polluters who in 2010 helped elect him Oklahoma’s attorney general… A new investigation by the Environmental Working Group advocacy organization revealed that Pruitt received more than $40,000 in […]

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World v Trump On Global Climate Deal?

As a pro-coal president strides into the White House, the rest of the world is rallying in defense of the climate… Donald Trump has called climate change “a hoax” and filled his cabinet with representatives of fossil fuel industries… One of the world’s leading climate scientists told me she was positively scared about his potential […]

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SJRWMD’s failure to protect Silver Springs and the Silver River

Evidence indicates that the St. Johns River Water Management District has failed to establish Minimum Flows and Levels for Silver Springs and the Silver River for 16 years since it was added on the SJRWMD priority list, and 45 years since the state first mandated that MFLs be established for priority water bodies in 1972… And, […]

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Climate Change Disappears From White House Website Under Trump

The White House website has removed the page devoted to climate change action and posted newly sworn-in President Donald Trump’s pledge to undo environmental regulations and “revive America’s coal industry.”… The 361-word policy outline on the new page, titled “America First Energy Plan,” makes no reference to global warming or climate change, except to note […]

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A Year After Obama Declared An Emergency In Flint, Crisis Persists

One year after President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan, over the lead poisoning crisis, experts say the city’s water system has significantly improved ― but residents still can’t drink the water from their taps, and there’s no clear end in sight… On Wednesday, researchers and public officials hosted a town hall meeting […]

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This Is Our Last Chance To Save Polar Bears From Extinction

As global temperatures have spiraled out of control, Arctic sea ice has been reduced to historic lows. And unless humans win the fight to combat climate change, polar bears could very well go extinct, federal officials said Monday… In a final conservation management plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service singles out climate change-driven sea ice loss as […]

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Cheetahs Are Far Closer To Extinction Than We Realized

A major conservation group is urging environmental leaders to list cheetahs as an endangered species, warning that populations of the big cats have crashed dramatically across the African continent in just a few decades… Only 7,100 cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animal, are left in the wild, according to a new report released Monday by […]

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Study Links Childhood Cancer and In-Home Pesticide Use

WASHINGTON – A new study by Harvard researchers provides disturbing evidence that children’s exposure to household insecticides is linked to higher risks of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers in children. The analysis also found an association between use of outdoor herbicides to lawns and gardens and higher risks of leukemia… “It is […]

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Thousands Demand Florida Stop Sabal Pipeline as Native American Leader Speaks Out

“This pipeline will span more than 500 miles across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida,” Canova wrote online two days ago. “It will run right by the Crystal River, a crucial sanctuary for endangered manatees, and the Suwannee River, also home to several endangered species. Not only that, but the pipeline’s construction could also damage the fragile […]

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Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds

An annual study released by the Brazilian government estimates that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 29 percent over last year… That’s the second year in a row that deforestation in the Amazon quickened; last year, the pace rose by about 24 percent… The estimated deforestation rate, released Tuesday by Brazil’s […]

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Army Halts Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

OCETI SAKOWIN CAMPGROUND, N.D. ― Federal authorities have halted construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline amid growing protests that were expected to draw some 2,000 U.S. military veterans… The Department of the Army has denied the final easement required for the $3.8 billion project to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, it announced Sunday. Instead, it will conduct […]

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Florida is sinking under politics

David Helvarg writes in the LA Times about Florida:
When Floridians narrowly voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8, they might as well have elected to drown themselves. Rising seas and accelerating storms are inundating this low-lying state, but a majority of its citizens still chose a presidential candidate who calls climate change a hoax.
A disconnect between […]

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