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I’d like to share my environmental readings of the day. It is quite disturbing to see the toll that has been and continues to be taken on our environment. We still have so much more to learn and even more to do. Enjoy your reading.

1. Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

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2. How Radioactive Is the Pacific, Really?

In this dataset, the simulation from NOAA's HYSPLIT model shows a continuous release of tracer particles from 12-31 March at a rate of 100 per hour representing the Cesium-137 emitted from Fukushima Daiichi. Each change in particle color represents a decrease in radioactivity by a factor of 10. Radioactivity decreases due to removal by rainfall and gravitational settling. Decay is not a factor for Cesium in this short duration simulation compared to its 30 year long-half life. The air concentration would be computed from the particle density so it is only partially related to the color scale. The released particles are followed through the end of April using meteorological data from the 1-degree resolution NOAA global analyses.

3. Tanning Salons Play Down Hazards, Lawsuits Claim

The authorities said two chains in New York, Portofino Spas, above, and Total Tan, had engaged in deceptive business practices.

The authorities said two chains in New York, Portofino Spas, above,

and Total Tan, had engaged in deceptive business practices.

Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

4. A round-the-world scientific expedition will use drones to study plastic pollution

Scientists circumnavigating the globe on a spartan racing catamaran will

spend the coming year deploying drones to collect better data on plastic pollution

The Race for Water Odyssey is on a journey that will take its crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the oceans.

1. Relief at a Stiff Price III: Going the Way of Chocolate

Maca powder flour in glass bowl with macs

2. 7 Ways to Reduce Food Waste This Holiday Season

When you prepare to welcome family and friends this holiday season, good planning can help avoid wasting food and save you money.

3. Duwamish River Advocates Hopeful EPA’s Plan Will Be Effective
EPA’s new plan could be the answer Duwamish River advocates are hoping for.

4. Where’s the Senate Torture Report on All the Violence Done to Natives?

5. Obama Declares Bristol Bay Off Limits to New Oil and Gas Drilling Leases

via the White House
A victory in the fight to preserve the vast, pristine watershed region known as Bristol Bay in Alaska.

6. Native Fashion Superstar Bethany Yellowtail Launches Official Site

Looks by Bethany Yellowtail, currently featured on her new official site

7. Oglala Lakota Fighter Gets First UFC Win

David Michaud, left, throws a punch.

8. Gimmicks and Governing are Old School’s Last Act; Painful Austerity Ahead

Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Falling to Historic Lows

9. ‘Real Life Indian’ Photo Project Geared to Defeat All Those Stereotypes

Photo courtesy Viki Eagle
Viki Eagle, a Sicangu Lakota photographer, holds a sign with the name of her photo project, “Real Life Indian.”

10. Did You Hear A Tribe Called Red in Trailer for ‘The Gambler’?

‘The Gambler’ looks to be one of the biggest films of the end-of-year rush, and A Tribe Called Red is in it.

11. Environmental Win: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has banned tracking in New York State in the wake of a health commission report that could not rule out ill effects.

12. Native American Natural Foods (Tanka Bar) President Mark Tilsen

1. Nevada and Southern California Tribes Net $10.4 Million in Grants From EPA

Water-cleanup and related projects will get the lion’s share of some $10.4 million in grants going to Nevada and Southern California tribes.

2. Eastern Cherokee Band Forbids Fracking on Its Sovereign Lands

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina have passed a resolution prohibiting fracking on their sovereign lands.

3. Naked Faux Savages and Neo-Racism in Berlin

Captain Jacobsen, a play that recently premiered in Berlin, is receiving mixed reviews some of which are calling it neo-racism.

4. Juliette Lewis Offers Words, Poetry, and Music in Memory of Misty Upham
Juliette Lewis’ handwritten farewell to Misty Upham, posted to Instagram.

5. Horse Lovers Share Vision to Develop Native Bronc Riders

Lori O’Harver
Philip Whiteman, Jr. during one of his rides.

6. American Indian Motion Picture Awards, Coming to a Television Near You

Steven Paul Judd
Poster art for the 2013 AIFF by Steven Paul Judd, featuring Will Sampson leading a who’s who of Native talent. Can you name all the others depicted here?

7. 1964 Centennial Indian Princesses Gather for Anniversary Reception

Nevada Indian Commission
Aloha Callac-Jones competed against 21 other women 50 years ago, and won the crown.

8. Thompson Brothers Sign With Nike

via Facebook
Miles, Jeremy and Jerome Thompson smile after allegedly signing contracts with Nike.

9. Hector Vazquez Top Chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino

Courtesy Navajo Nation
Hector Vazquez was recently named executive chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

10. Inside the Dirty-Tricks Playbook of Jack Abramoff

11. Cultural Tourism to Be Introduced at AFN Annual Convention

Dan Jolin/Associated Press
Ashley Akpik and the Tagiugmiut Dancers of Barrow perform an Inupiat dance at the opening of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. Several thousand Alaska Natives from around the state are expected to attend the three-day event.

12. Native Cooking: Mixing Up Something New With Cranberries

Keith Weller/USDA
A coastal Washington cranberry bog.

13. Voters Could Stop Keystone XL Pipeline through South Dakota Senate Race

14. Vote ‘I’ for Indian: Big Tax Break for Natives

15. Time for the Tribal National Park to Properly Honor Native Culture

1. Waste from Ebola poses challenge to hospitals.

2. Overwhelmed U.S. port inspectors unable to keep up with illegal wildlife trade.

3. Measure 92: Labeling genetically engineered foods in Oregon.

4. Bloomberg to back soda tax in Berkeley.

5. BLM prejudged merits of seasonal drilling in petroleum reserve — greens.

6. EPA announces proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk.

7. EPA starts MCHM air testing, but lacks adequate data.

8. Frack check.


9. ‘We are trying to prepare for the worst’: president of the Haida Nation.

10. Threats to Americans, ranked (by actual threat instead of media hype).

A highly scientific poll featured on Fox News (Nick Martin)

11. Steyer deploys ark to show menace of climate change in Florida.

12. These maps of water use show why the Western US is in trouble.

13. Climate campaigners ramp up pressure on fossil fuel industry.

14. Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change.

15. Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty.

16. Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast.


17. Asbestos toll rises from factory of death as fallout continues.

Peter Bird suits up for asbestos inspection in Sunshine North. Picture: Tony Gough

18. China tests outright logging ban in state forests.

Forestry workers lifting logs early in the morning, Heilongjiang Province, China.

19. Health scare in Texas also sends political ripples.

20. Amid assurances on Ebola, Obama is said to seethe.

21. In conspicuous success, Senegal is declared Ebola-free.

22. Here’s what you need to know about the deep-sea gold rush.

Sully hydrothermal vent

23. The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic.

Boyan Slat in front of rough seas

24. Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.

First-in-nation law requires reuse, recycling

New England has fewer unhealthy air quality days


1. Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test

2. Congress pushes nuclear expansion despite accidents at weapons lab

Weapons watchdog says government’s position ‘increasingly hypocritical’ as US prepares to increase production of warheads in spite of safety and environmental concerns

Workers prepare to enter the WIPP in New Mexico

3. Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up

A Snail Kite, one of Florida’s iconic breeding bird species, perches on a branch at J. W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area near West Palm Beach, Florida in this July 12, 2008 handout photo. REUTERS/Mike Baranski/FWC/Handout via Reuters

4. Frac Sand Rush Threatens American Towns, Advocates Warn


5. North Bay residents up in arms over TransCanada plan to switch crude oil for gas in local pipeline

TransCanada Corp. plans to repurpose a pipeline running through North Bay, Ont., from carrying natural gas to crude oil. Locals worry about potential environmental damage.

Mayor Al McDonald at Silver Lady Lane, just north of North Bay, where a truck carrying formaldehyde crashed in 2012. The cleanup continues.

6. EPA chief Gina McCarthy asks water professionals to back new wetland rules

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7. Greens take 2014 fight to states

Tom Steyer is pictured. | Getty

8. How a fishery that was once ‘a marvel of the world’ died

Grand Bruit, Canada

9. Auditors fault EPA for lax chemical safeguards

10. Personal air monitors less useful than hoped


11. Judge says no to Detroit water shutoff moratorium

12. Air near chemical plant remains polluted long after it closed

Workers excavate DDT contaminated soil from yards in St. Louis, Mich. Image: David Poulson

13. Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats

Rubbish dumped on the tundra outside llulissat in Greenland with icebergs behind from the Sermeq Kujullaq or llulissat Ice fjord. The Ilulissat ice fjord is a Unesco world heritage site

14. CSIS seeks to limit scope of energy activists’ complaint probe

Canadian spy agency is pushing back against a civil liberties group’s complaint for being “overly broad” regarding concerns of national energy policy.

Demonstrators attend a protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver on May 10. CSIS is trying to hide the reasons behind why it monitored environmental activist groups opposing Canada's national energy policy.

15. The Curious Case of the Chinese Chicken Import-Export Business


16. Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

Ear infection

17. Water contaminant linked to children’s low IQs