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Nuclear plant workers release unknown amount of radioactive tritium into Mississippi River

Workers at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Port Gibson, Miss., last Thursday released a large amount of radioactive tritium directly into the Mississippi River, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and experts are currently trying to sort out the

May 06, 2011

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Mercury converted to its most toxic form in ocean waters

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater itself.After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the

May 01, 2011

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The BP spill in the Gulf: One year later

It's been called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, and rightfully so, if for no other reason than because, one year later, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmare gift that keeps on giving, some experts are saying.The Deepwater

April 29, 2011

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Smog alert for England and Wales

The government has issued a "smog alert" in England and Wales for ozone and polluting particles known as PM10s, which can affect people's health. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said high levels of pollution would continue over the Easter

April 24, 2011

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Greenpeace launched PolluterWatch site

 PolluterWatch is a project of Greenpeace that holds polluters accountable for the work they’re doing to block the transition from the dirty fossil fuels of the past to the clean energy sources of the future.The science is clear: We must take immediate

April 21, 2011

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Gasoline spill likely killed thousands of Goldstream River salmon

Thousands of salmon are expected to have been killed by a large gasoline spill that poured into Goldstream River during the weekend.A Columbia Fuels truck smashed into the rock face and rolled, damaging the cab and one of the two tanks the engine was pulling. About

April 19, 2011

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Air pollution worries Iran as sandstorms wreak havoc

Iranians are worried by crippling air pollution as "unprecedented" sandstorms mostly originating from neighbouring Iraq hit 20 provinces, forcing the shutdown of schools and government offices. The blinding sandstorms hit western, central and southern provinces on

April 16, 2011

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Say NO to uranium mining in the Grand Canyon

Havasu Falls is one of the Grand Canyon's most famous and beautiful scenes, with clear water cascading 35 metres into intensely blue pools framed by trees and towering rocky walls. The falls are fed by springs a few kilometres away. Downstream lies the village of

April 12, 2011

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Japan raises threat level on nuclear plant to highest level

Japan finally raised the nuclear threat level of its Fukushima Daiichi power plant from a level 5 to the highest level 7, putting it on a par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.Japanese government’s Nuclear Safety Commission had earlier revealed that

April 12, 2011

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Slash-and-burn threatens African forests

Farming of crops like cocoa, cassava and oil palm has resulted in widespread deforestation and degradation of  West Africa's tropical forest area, a study says. Cocoa production in West Africa is an important economic activity and a source of income for about 2

April 10, 2011

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Toxic sardines kill 20 in Madagascar

At least 20 people have died and 126 others are in critical condition after consuming toxic sardines in Madagascar’s south-western town of Toliara. A similar incident was also reported in Sakaraha, about 130km away from the coastal area.The sardines were said to

April 08, 2011

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Hundreds of dead fish line Iowa cove's banks

Why are there hundreds of dead fish lining the banks of a cove along the Des Moines River near Eddyville? Local residents don't have that answer, but they did report the finned casualties to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.David Dobson of Eddyville said he

April 07, 2011

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Organic farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds

A landmark lawsuit filed on March 29 in US federal court seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seeds and to prohibit the company from suing those whose crops become genetically contaminated.The Public Patent Foundation filed suit on

April 05, 2011

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Plant disease raises questions on modified crops

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean was first discovered in 1971 in Arkansas and since then has been confirmed throughout most soybean-growing areas of the U.S. SDS is a fungal disease that also occurs in a disease complex with the soybean cyst nematode (SCN,

April 04, 2011

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Stop Turkey Government's plan to start its first Nuclear Plant

The Watchers are inviting you to sign a petition to "STOP Turkey Government's plan to start its first Nuclear Plant".From the petition article...Japan s Fukushima Daiichi power plant s radiation is still very alarming not only for the Japanese but for the Entire

March 29, 2011

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Our oceans are turning into plastic

Last month researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute in Santa Monica, California, and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, California, sailed into Piriápolis, Uruguay. They had just completed the third leg of the first expedition ever to study

March 28, 2011

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Another mass animal die-off in Tasmania

Experts have no answers on what has caused the death of thousands of squid in the River Derwent this week. Dead and dying arrowhead squid have been washed ashore or spotted floating on the water at Austins Ferry and Berriedale in Tasmania. Locals say they have never

February 28, 2011