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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. Engineering Mosquitoes to Spread Health

The promise of transforming flying vectors of dengue fever into preventive-medicine tools

2. Anger mounts in Indian Kashmir after worst flood in over century

3. Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

4. Monetary hazards… Story of Sapele coal merchants

5. Democrats try to balance environmental and business interests in Virginia

6. When fracking and free speech collide

A defamation case against a man who claimed fracking polluted his water

highlights free-speech issues

fracking Steve Lipsky

7. Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British researchers

8. Changes in America’s Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Wisconsin cities, mills told to cut even more while farms remain largely free

from regulation

An early summer storm flushes loads of sediment off farmlands southwest of Green Bay. Manure-covered farm fields and big rains have proven to be a bad combination for the bay, because the phosphorus-rich runoff is causing massive algae blooms.

9. Dead zones haunt Green Bay as manure fuels algae blooms

Many gains from Clean Water Act are lost due to overloads of phosphorous

entering waters

Postdoctoral student Dirk Koopmans (right) prepares to haul aboard a piece of equipment used to monitor conditions on the bottom of Green Bay, which is suffering from an oxygen deficiency. UW-Milwaukee faculty member Jerry Kaster (left) watches and Geoff Anderson operates the winch.

10. Toxic algae cocktail brews in Lake Erie

Stew of farm runoff, invasive mussels, big rains poisons Toledo’s water, sends

lake back to its dark ages

A fire tug fights flames on the Cuyahoga River near downtown Cleveland, Ohio, where oil and other industrial wastes caught fire June 25, 1952.

11. Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

Japan’s beetle kingdom tries to recover from the nuclear disaster

Showing Yoshinori Yoshida at Mushi Mushi Land 2014

12. Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

 

13. Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle

Jorge Ríos Pérez, one of four Ashéninka leaders recently assassinated in the Peruvian Amazon.

14. GreenSpace: Carpeting presents complex health issues

Stain repellents, backing materials, and volatile organic compounds in carpeting can have health effects, but the industry has been innovative in dealing with issues.

15. The Central Coast and the legacy of the Mother Lode, part 1

16. Churches combat health disparities in minorities through outreach

Pastor George Gaskin (right), whose mother died of colon cancer, greets parishioners at Bethel Baptist Church in Union City. Photo: Peter Earl McCollough, Special To The Chronicle

17. Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California’s railroad bridges,

no state oversight

Michael Upton, 13, of Benicia, fishes from underneath the Benicia-Martinez bridge while the Benicia-Martinez Railroad Drawbridge can be seen in the background in Benicia, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


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1. Animal Traffic

<strong>EVIDENCE ROOM</strong> The mammal reference collection at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Service Laboratory is filled with deer, rams and antelopes.

2. Ebola: How bad can it get?

Dead body removed from home

3. Many In West Africa May Be Immune to Ebola Virus

4. Chlorine burn to kill brain-eating amoeba continues in St. John Parish

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5. Home: Green pest control methods gaining popularity at Beaches

Ron P. Whittington for Shorelines  Nature's Way technician Bill Small points out an ant infestation on the corner of a home's exterior wall that was exposed during a backyard renovation. Instead of chemicals, the green pest control company relies on a mix of mineral dust and powders used in combination with natural baits, along with modern insect growth regulators and plant essential oils, to target and destroy insects, fungi and bacteria.

6. PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical

7. NC says Duke Energy coal ash dams are high hazard risk

8. In path of pollution, residents react to $26 million cleanup pact

A playground next Carrie Gosch Elementary School is included Superfund site clean up for arsenic lead East Chicago September 4

9. Report alleges link between fly ash, health problems at SCI-Fayette

10. Gillibrand seeks federal ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products

11. Q&A: What Federal Ruling Against BP Means for Oil Drilling’s Future

A judge’s ruling in the 2010 Gulf oil spill could have widespread consequences.

Photo of smoke rising from BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

12. Nelson Wolff wants better regulation of flaring in the Eagle Ford

13. Collins pressed to back EPA’s proposal for stricter power plant emissions limits

 Ted Reiner, a former lobster fisherman from Cliff Island, said climate change poses a threat to that fishery and others in urging Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to support the plan.

14. EPA chief McCarthy seeks support for ‘Clean Power Plan’ at R.I. gathering

15. Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

16. Environment: In shadow of oil boom, North Dakota farmers fight contamination

One county’s infertile lands offers a test case of the long-term effects of wastewater spills

Photo taken near Williston, North Dakota.

17. Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors

FOREST CHILDREN

18. Oil Spill Penalty Will Hurt, But Not Cripple, BP

19. Baby foods, cereals and crisps found to contain raised levels of cancer risk chemicals

Three baby foods as well as crisps, cereals and chips contain raised levels of a chemical linked to cancer according to research from the FSA (file picture used above)

20. Diesel-Exposure Claims Find a Legal Path

Ruling in Favor of Plaintiff in Workers’ Compensation Court Could Spur Similar Cases

21. Polluters are “hijacking our democracy,” according to retired military

general who took control of Hurricane Katrina emergency relief efforts in 2005

Honore pic

22. How the USDA’s new ‘chicken rule’ could change what you eat, and how it’s inspected

Biggest change in meat inspection in 50 years

23. In Myanmar, China’s Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers

In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island

A photo of a boatman steering through a mangrove swamp near the start of a 1,500 mile oil pipeline from the Bay of Bengal to China's Yunan province.

24. Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state

25. GMO lobbying is a booming business as labeling laws increase

26. EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada

Large businesses lobbying intensely to undermine safety regime in new trade deal, campaigners warn

food labels

27. Growing A Green Desert

28. If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One


1. Feather loss hits young Antarctic penguins, putting them at risk in frigid weather

2. Infrastructure cracks as Los Angeles defers repairs.

3. Mining company, allies spent freely to get bill approved

Tim Myers, an engineer with Gogebic Taconite, in May checks core samples, drilled several hundred feet into the iron vein below, at the site of a proposed mine.

4. Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water

5. Delhi’s air pollution levels remain a problem

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6. Drinking or fracking? Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with

scarce water

7. Mountain Forest Changes Threaten Calif. Water Supplies

8. Changing Climate Makes City Stormwater Management Harder, Health

Risks Higher

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9. Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay

Dip in pollution and favorable weather sparked rebound of underwater grasses

that have survived catastrophic storms

10. Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County causing health problems

 

11. Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

Tests by the state government of Saxony show that more than one in three wild

boars gave off such high levels of radiation, thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl,

that they were unfit for human consumption

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

12. Are parabens and phthalates harmful in makeup and lotions?

13. Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

A tourist swims on the Great Barrier Reef in this undated file picture. Fishing will be banned from about one third of the Australian reef under a draft rescue plan unveiled by the Australian government May 30. REUTERS/HO/Great Barrier Reef National Park Authority

14. Possible Risks of S.S.R.I. Antidepressants to Newborns

15. Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán

Nearly 50 tonnes of popoche chub fish are latest incident of dead fish
removed from lagoon in disastrous year for species
Dead fish at Mexican lake

16. Grassy Narrows: Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when

Canada isn’t?

Canadian officials have never admitted to a single case of Minamata disease in

northwestern Ontario

Dr. Akitomo Shimoji, a Japanese doctor who specializes in neurology and psychiatry among victims of mercury poisoning, performs a skin sensitivity test on Grassy Narrows resident Bill Fobister.

17. Toxic gulls: Quebec’s contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame

retardants

18. Kenya: mothers and children scratching a living on Eldoret dump

Mothers of the Dump, Eldoret, Kenya : Sarah Nasimiyu is 45 years old and is pictured with her two-year-old Joshua on Eldoret's dump where she worked, Kenya.


1. How the Creator of ‘JAWS’ Became the Shark’s Greatest Defender

Peter Benchley’s name is synonymous with a bestselling novel and
blockbuster movie—but he spent the twilight of his career struggling to
protect sharks from the stigma that his masterpiece unleashed.

2. Toledo leaders see big battles on many fronts in water crisis

Any decision certain to cost city millions

3. Farm fertilizers contaminate watershed that supplies Columbus’ drinking-water

Landscape around Hoover Reservoir illustrates how fertilizer can play havoc

with drinking-water supplies

4. N.J. breathing easier with fixes made to coal-burning power plants hundreds

of miles away

The Montour Power Plant in Washingtonville, Pa., spent $560 million to install scrubbers in 2008.

5. PM Narendra Modi’s push for GM crops faces tough opposition from

Swadeshi Jagaran Manch

The GM crops issue will test the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch’s will as well as the resolve of Narendra Modi's government.

6. Inspired by CSR, major companies come to aid of lead mine victims

Singha staff install a water tap at Lower Klity, Kanchanaburi province.

7. Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says

Missouri River

8. Environmentalists split over green group’s fracking industry ties

Ties between the Center for Sustainable Shale Development and oil and gas

companies highlight growing divide

9. On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

Santa Cruz Island archeological sites threatened by shoreline erosion

10. Wide, brown land becomes a home to carbon farming

Cobar Grazier Robert Chambers welcomes the income "carbon farming'' brings.

11. Is re-fracturing the next big trend in the oil patch?

Schlumberger

12. Water in the West: Conservation measures take center stage

Major transmountain diversions in our region.
Sources: Colorado Division of Water Resources, Office of the State Engineer; Colorado Water Conservation Board; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Geological Survey. Map by Thomas Dickinson.

13. W.Va. American Water repeatedly delayed locating potential Elk River

contamination sites

14. Farmers Await Weed-Killer Rule

FILE - This July 11, 2013, file photo shows Blake Beckett of West Central Cooperative as he sprays a soybean field, in Granger, Iowa. Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide _ and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule in the fall of 2014 on Dow AgroSciences’ application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that’s been around since the 1940s.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

 


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