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Composition of mysterious white powder that covered Omsk district in Russia analyzed

On August 16, residents of few Omsk district cities, in Russia, saw streets covered with mysterious white and gray, odorless, fine powder. The white powder was reported in Barkhatova, Zaozernaya, Strelnikova, Glinka, Grounds, Pushkin tract and other cities in Omsk

August 21, 2012

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California is facing health concerns because of nitrate in drinking water

California is facing a hidden threat to its drinking water supply. Nitrate pollution is a problem for both cities and rural areas, and it could get worse as the state's population grows. Wells supplying drinking water to millions of Californians has been exposed...

August 18, 2012

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Sea of Azov turned bloody red

Scientists and citizens are baffled as the waters of the Azov Sea turned bloody red close to Berdyansk village in mid-July, according to an article published online by EnglishRussia. Villagers immediately suspected the great pollution from nearby factories. And...

July 29, 2012

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Can fracking contaminate drinking water?

Hydraulic fracturing uses pressurised fluid to crack open deep shale rocks to release the methane trapped within them. Geologists say this potentially harmful fluid is unlikely to percolate up through a few kilometres of rock to reach the shallow aquifers that supply

July 15, 2012

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Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest

New study by a researcher at the University of British Columbia found that plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea. The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin,

July 09, 2012

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High levels of lead from gasoline found in Indian Ocean

Despite the fact that leaded gasoline having been slowly phased out worldwide, researchers say they have discovered high concentrations of lead in the Indian Ocean. Since the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out worldwide, as studies have shown that lead

July 07, 2012

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Saving the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea, the largest body of brackish water (brackish water is slightly salty water) on Earth, was considered healthy as late as the 1950s. Since then, the Baltic's health has seriously deteriorated due to waste from expanding industry and large urban areas,

June 30, 2012

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Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee,

June 16, 2012

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Farmland contamination poses growing threat for China

Much of China's agricultural soil is contaminated by pollutants, including arsenic and heavy metals, that pose a threat to the country's food production, experts warn. Zhou Jianmin, director of the China Soil Association, estimates that 10% of China's farmland is

June 15, 2012

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Fracking responsible for water contamination across US

Lawsuits from individuals who believe their water has been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing are coming in all across the US and support for stricter regulations is growing. This was backed up by recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings that

June 03, 2012

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Radioactive cesium from Fukushima found in bluefin tuna caught off U.S.

Trace amounts of radioactive cesium released from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been found in bluefin tuna caught off the western coast of the United States, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

May 29, 2012

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Circumpolar rivers most responsible for high levels of mercury in the Arctic

Toxic mercury in the arctic, long thought to be coming primarily from atmospheric sources, is also being carried into the region by rivers. The Arctic accumulation of toxic mercury is caused by both atmospheric forces and the flow of circumpolar rivers that carry the

May 25, 2012

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Tuna in US found with elevated radiation levels from Fukushima

Researchers found "modestly elevated levels" of two radioactive isotopes in 15 bluefin tuna caught off the coast of San Diego, California in August 2011, according to the study published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study

May 24, 2012

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Air pollution causing "warming hole" over the US

Temperatures are increasing on a global scale. But in the central and eastern United States warming has not kept pace with other parts of the world over much of the last century.Parts of the United States cooled between 1930 and 1990. Climate scientists have taken

May 18, 2012

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Thousands of children in Nigeria suffer from lead-poisoning

International medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that 1,500 children in a mining village in northwest Nigeria have suffered lead-poisoning and are not receiving care. The deaths, affecting children working in artisanal gold mines and those living

May 13, 2012

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USGS release: Insecticide contamination increases with urbanization

Contamination and toxicity in stream sediments caused by pyrethroid insecticides generally increased with the degree of urbanization in seven metropolitan areas across the U.S, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The study confirmed that pyrethroid

April 25, 2012

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Milions of capsules discarded in sewage plague Ligang village in China

A large amount of empty drug capsules are discarded into a sewage gutter, forming a colorful layer stretching for over 300 meters on the side of Zhengshang road near Ligang village, Zhengzhou city, Central China's Henan province, April 21, 2012. The capsules with

April 23, 2012