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By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke misused his position to advance a commercial development project that included a microbrewery in his Montana hometown and lied to an agency ethics official about his involvement in the project, accord...
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By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Regulators imposed a $2 million penalty on a Denver oil and gas company Tuesday for a series of violations to state rules. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission decided there was a pattern of violations by the family-owned K.P. Kauffman Co., causing the...
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By Jack Ewing The New York Times Germany’s three largest carmakers colluded illegally to limit the effectiveness of their emissions technology, leading to higher levels of harmful diesel pollution, European antitrust authorities said Thursday. Volkswagen and its Porsche and Audi divisions must pa...
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By Becky Bohrer The Associated Press JUNEAU, ALASKA » The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event critics labeled a bust, with major oil companies staying on the sidelines and a state corporation emerging...
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During a four-week period in the fall of 2012, hunters went on a poaching spree in Washington County killing or wounding more than a dozen deer, three cows, protected birds and other types of wildlife. After receiving an anonymous tip, Idaho Fish and Game officers identified the four men responsibl...
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Authorities have pulled 8,354 hog carcasses from a river that provides drinking water to Shanghai. Locals worry about contamination, but the municipal government has said repeatedly that tap water is safe. BEIJING — The number of dead pigs found in a Shanghai river that provides drinking water to t...
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By IAN AUSTENQuebec province, anticipating continued strong growth for its natural resources, has rolled out an ambitious 25-year plan to develop its vast but sparsely settled northern and Arctic regions. The region is well endowed with mineral resources, woodlands and potential hydroelectric devel...
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This scares everybody, the fact that we can't stop this well," - BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, May 29, 2010: More oil-spill responders hospitalized and exposure information gaps persist   by Elizabeth Grossman As of Saturday afternoon, May 29th, ten oil spill clean-up workers had ...
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Reporting from New Orleans and Los Angeles As the Louisiana sun beat down on the Westwego Seafood Market, the aisles were as empty as the coolers. Fish hawkers paced alongside sparsely filled counters dotted with shrimp and crabs, calling out in strained voices to the few customers strolling by. Ma...
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I read a couple of articles this morning talking about the environmentally irresponsible behavior of the VIPs attending the conference in Copenhagen this week. - More private planes than the city's airport can handle. - Over a thousand limos needed, hundreds of which had to be driven hundreds of m...
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A NATION OF TRASH IN THE PACIFIC Scientists have recently discovered what they call a "plastic soup" of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean that is growing at an alarming rate, and currently covers an area twice the size of the continental United States. This massive, floating plastic garbage dump...
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Could we, the human race, really miss an ever-narrowing chance to save the planet from the ravages of global warming? "The Age of Stupid," which will be screened in hundreds of venues around the world next week, contemplates this grim scenario with the open aim of galvanising a collective effort to ...
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There was a horrifying report in The Denver Post on Aug 21 that told of 1,300 children being poisoned by pollution from a manganese-processing plant. This occurred just days after emissions from a lead smelter in another province sickened hundreds. The people are protesting but this tiny article on...
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The Scripps research vessel (R/V) New Horizon left its San Diego homeport on Aug. 2 for the North Pacific Ocean Gyre, roughly a thousand miles off California's coast. With collaborators from Project Kaisei, the team is surveying plastic distribution and abundance, collecting samples for analysis in ...
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More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered every year in a cove in Taiji, Japan. Their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food, often times labeled as whale meat. Courageous documentary filmmakers infiltrated the heavily guarded cove to uncover the truth ab...
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Taiji Town: Ground Zero for the World’s Largest Dolphin Slaughter Taiji is a small fishing village located on the southern part of the Japanese archipelago at the tip of the peninsula that extends into the Pacific Ocean. This is where the practice of driving dolphins into shallow water and slaught...
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Antibiotics, Antimicrobials And Antifungals In Waterways "Rivers, creeks, lakes, estuaries, basins, sea waters and wells have been reported to be contaminated by several of these compounds," says Dr. Sauve, adding that a previous review by the scientific team also demonstrated that pharmaceuticals ...
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Oil spills don't just happen when drunk supertanker captains screw up. There are small spills all over waiting to happen. I keep noticing this so I had to write about it.  Little tiny oil spills waiting to happen. There is one in my carport that I have to look at everyday. Someone who doesn't ...
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Amidst worldwide protest and controversy, Canada’s shameful annual massacre of 300,000 baby harp seals began today. Mass killings are underway in the Saint Lawrence Gulf and will soon expand to Newfoundland. Canada’s seal hunt (if you can call bludgeoning defenseless baby animals to death “hunting”)...
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Authorities in Florida shot and critically wounded one of the US's most wanted environmental crime fugitives, Larkin Baggett. Baggett pointed a gun at police. He is owner of Chemical Consultants Inc. and has been charged in federal court in Utah with dumping chemicals down drains, into paved alleys ...
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