Campaigners call for urgent action over rising noise levels

At any given moment, some 10,000 planes are in the air around the world. More than half of those are above the United States. And that means noise. A lot of it. Campaigners in the Pacific Northwest are particularly worried about the impact of military aircraft flying over wilderness areas, and are calling for urgent action.

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(15 Aug 2018) Public health officials warned of unhealthy air across the Pacific Northwest as wildfires sent thick smoke across the region. (August 15)

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The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail: Bomb Trains

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It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage and, in the case of Quebec, considerable human casualties.

A continental oil boom and lack of pipeline infrastructure have forced unprecedented amounts of oil onto US and Canadian railroads. With 43 times more oil being hauled along US rail lines in 2013 than in 2005, communities across North America are bracing for another catastrophe.

VICE News traveled to the Pacific Northwest to investigate the rapid expansion of oil-by-rail transport and speak with residents on the frontline of the battle over bomb trains.

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