s skippy the bush kangaroo: environmental news stories sunday

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that somehow don't make it into debate questions....

surge in cancer cases in italy linked to illegal dumping of toxic waste. - across italy, on average, 14 males in every 100,000 die of liver cancer; in the 'triangle of death,' it was 35.9. the incidence of bladder cancer was nearly twice as high, of leukaemia 30 per cent higher. the cause? some point to the massive illegal dumping of waste by the naples mafia. - london independent

documentary reveals how contaminated water at the nation's largest marine base damaged lives. mike partain didn’t believe the rumors about a place called baby heaven until he visited a jacksonville, n.c., graveyard. surrounded by hundreds of tiny marble headstones, he started to cry. - washington post

beekeepers abuzz over threats to hives. - unlike those of most u.s. commercial beekeepers, clint walker's hives are staying home this winter. for the second straight year, he won't be shipping bees to california for the annual almond crop pollination. instead, he is keeping his bees out of agricultural fields to prevent their exposure to chemicals - fort worth star telegram

dueling solyndra ads foreshadow energy-centric campaign. - the battle of the ads began on monday, when americans for prosperity, a conservative group, launched a $6 million campaign to run one-minute spots on t.v. and social media sites attacking obama for backing solyndra - inside climate news

lack of ice cover might be affecting the ecology of lake champlain. - lake champlain is freezing over less frequently and less extensively than in decades past and the lack of complete ice cover might be starting to affect the ecology of the lake according to experts.   - bulington free press

boulder a hotbed for hybrid vehicles. - if a tree falls in boulder, will it hit a hybrid electric vehicle? it's not that likely, in the big picture of things. but on the other hand, it's about five times more likely in boulder than in your average u.s. town. - boulder daily news

scab check for poultry to be scrapped under food-safety rule. the u.s. would boost monitoring of poultry processors’ sanitary practices and contamination controls instead of eyeballing each bird for scabs and sores under a plan that would save companies $250 million a year - bloomberg

costa concordia sinking: oil leaking into sea from stranded cruise liner. - oil was detected leaking into the sea from the capsized cruise ship costa concordia yesterday amid fears the stricken vessel is starting to break up. - edinburgh scotsman

republicans plot next step on keystone oil pipeline. - republicans in congress are considering using upcoming payroll tax cut or highway construction bills in order to force quick approval of the keystone xl oil pipeline but have not yet settled on a strategy, lawmakers said on friday - reuters

kids' leukemia risk rose near french nuclear plants. - while the u.s. government is investigating whether people who live in san clemente are more prone to cancer – and whether their proximity to san onofre nuclear generating station has anything to do with anything — french scientists have come to their own disturbing conclusions - orange country register

condo residents take neighbors to court over secondhand smoke. - if your home is your castle, you should be able to do anything legal you want in it, including lighting up a cigarette, right? some residents in the washington area are challenging that notion, arguing that secondhand smoke seeps through the walls and affects their health. - wapo

california woman sues pepsico's tropicana alleging deceptive advertising and consumer fraud. - a california mother is taking on orange juice giant tropicana, alleging in a lawsuit that the company's not-from-concentrate pure premium juice is "heavily processed" and not a "natural" product - abc world news tonight

shipwreck threatens europe's biggest marine sanctuary. - the wreck of the costa concordia cruise ship with 2,380 tonnes of fuel on board is threatening the environment of the italian island of giglio in europe's biggest marine sanctuary - afp

green donors want more from obama.  - many green-minded donors who backed the president during his last race in 2008 say they're thrilled with the white house's decision to reject the pipeline. But they remain unconvinced that obama is committed to other key environmental issues like global warming and clean-energy technology - politico

white house throws in the towel on interior nominee. - the white house is ending its battle to win confirmation of rebecca wodder, the nominee for a senior interior department conservation position who previously headed the environmental group american rivers. - the hill

wind farm will seek permit to legally kill eagles. - a controversial wind farm proposed near red wing plans to ask for federal permission to legally kill eagles, making it one of the first in the nation to participate in a new federal strategy aimed at managing the often-lethal conflict between birds and turbine blades - minneapolis star tribune

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