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Wed, 22 May 2013 04:21:42 +0000
It's outrageous that tax dollars would be used to lobby on behalf of a handful of private corporations, which clearly do not lack the resources to do so on their own.
Mon, 20 May 2013 22:37:38 +0000
Storms tore across the Midwest on Sunday and Monday, with multiple tornadoes reported in Oklahoma.
Mon, 13 May 2013 11:02:15 +0000
By Denise Chow, LiveScience Staff Writer: At least 26 elephants were killed in Central Africa after a group of armed poachers raided a protected sanctuary on Monday (May 6), according to wildlife officials. Seventeen poachers armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central African Republic earlier this week, representatives from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement.
Fri, 10 May 2013 07:43:26 +0000
By Valerie Brown, Scientific American:(click here for original article) The most toxic and voluminous nuclear waste in the U.S.—208 million liters —sits in decaying underground tanks at the Hanford Site (a nuclear reservation) in southeastern Washington State.
Wed, 01 May 2013 19:47:28 +0000
By Edward McAllister and Robert Gibbons May 1 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's near 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline spilled a small amount of crude on Tuesday into a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri, a month after the same pipe spewed thousands of barrels of crude in Arkansas. A resident notified the company of the spill after spotting a patch of oil and dead vegetation seven miles (11 km) south of Doniphan in the southeast of the state, Exxon and state officials said on Wednesday. About one barrel of crude leaked and the cleanup is "close to completion", an Exxon spokeswoman said. Tuesday's spill occurred 200 miles north of Mayflower, Arkansas, where about 5,000 barrels of crude spilled from the Pegasus pipe into a residential area on March 29, prompting a giant clean-up operation that is still ongoing. The Mayflower spill stoked a fractious national debate about the effect of shipping increasing amounts of tarry Canadian crude across the United States, including through residential areas and in aging pipelines. The Pegasus line, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels a day of crude from Illinois to Texas, was built in the late 1940s. It was shut after the Arkansas spill and was not in operation when the Missouri spill occurred. Exxon has not offered a timeline for when Pegasus will restart. "The release occurred from the installation of a guide wire for a power line pipe that was installed approximately 30 years ago," a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said on Wednesday.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:32:01 +0000
April 25 (Reuters) - Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of "glyphosate," the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report, authored by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc. Samsel is a former private environmental government contractor as well as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body," the study says. We "have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated," Seneff said. Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals. The EPA is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if glyphosate use should be limited. The study is among many comments submitted to the agency. Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and a suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being sprayed with the Roundup weed killer. These biotech crops, including corn, soybeans, canola and sugarbeets, are planted on millions of acres in the United States annually.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:17:37 +0000
Apple releases the iDrive a device and app that works with your iPhone or iPad to turn your car into a driverless car.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:41:48 +0000
A new global bank is being born in South Africa - where the world's top emerging economies are meeting. The new financial powerhouse would be a direct challenger to the World Bank and the IMF - both dominated by the US. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also green-lighted a new, mammoth crisis fund - and hinted they would ditch the dollar. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/401gfa
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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:03:45 +0000
Kent police have arrested a Puyallup man for supposedly driving under the influence of marijuana, based on the fact that the man's tongue appeared to have a 'gr
Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:50:14 +0000
The revelations come from 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report,' written by Brandon Webb, a retired Navy SEAL, and Jack Murphy, a former Army Ranger and Green Beret.