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Sunday, March 11, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

a little busy...so a little late...but still worth knowing about.

sellafield: 'everything was contaminated: milk, chickens, the golf course.' - six decades after britain's worst nuclear accident, an oral history of sellafield reveals what it felt like to live near the plant - london observer

two years on, tar sands spill casts long shadow. - a look at the fallout from that incident in michigan reveals that a spill of diluted bitumen, the kind from alberta's tar sands that keystone would carry, is a far nastier beast than your typical spill of conventional crude. it also shows that cleaning it up can be just as damaging to the environment as the spill itself. - mother jones

for sale: municipal water rights. - the coloradoan asked 32 municipalities in larimer and weld counties to report how much water they sold to water haulers and oil and gas companies for use in oil and gas well drilling in 2010 and 2011. of the 26 that responded, seven were able to report selling water specifically to oil and gas companies and water haulers - fort collins coloradoans

great lakes ice coverage falls 71 percent over 40 years, researcher says. - ice coverage over the great lakes declined an average of 71 percent over the past 40 years, according to a report from the american meteorological society - msnbc

aspen businesses concerned about ties to us chamber of commerce. - businesses in the city of aspen, colorado, are asking why the town's chamber of commerce is a dues-paying member of the U.S. chamber of commerce, which has opposed climate legislation - denver post

pink slime? nothing wrong with it in school meals, usda says. - pink slime, a controversial ammonium-treated beef, got dumped by mcdonald's. but the usda defends purchases of pink slime for use in the national school lunch program - reuters

the "pink slime" in your kid's school lunch. - like a horror-film villain, "pink slime" – the cheeky nickname for scraps of slaughtered cow that have been pulverized, defatted, subjected to ammonia steam to kill pathogens, and congealed into a filler for ground beef – takes a pounding but keeps coming back. - mother jones

waynesboro organic firm spars with monsanto in seed lawsuit. - countryside organics in Waynesboro was a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit alleging intimidation and harassment against monsanto. the organic farm supply company wants to appeal the lawsuit, which was thrown out last month by a federal judge - staunton news leader

fukushima starts long road to recovery. - one year after multiple meltdowns there spread radioactive materials across a swath of northern japan, huge technical challenges remain and prospects for resettling the area are uncertain - weekend edition npr

one year after fukushima, japan faces shortages of energy, trust. - the tsunami that knocked out critical back-up cooling power at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant on march 11, 2011, is still, in a sense, rolling over Japan's energy system. - national geographic

the oystermen and the sea, one year after Japan's tsunami. - oystermen in the japanese hamlet of samurai-hama should be enjoying a profitable harvest this time of year. but the march 2011 tsunami destroyed much of their equipment and is testing their willingness to persevere - christian science monitor

the silver lining: a land recharged. - thousands of people have been forced from their homes, countless crops and livestock have been lost, and the nsw government estimates it will cost more than $500 million to repair ruined infrastructure. the future, however, looks bright for people on the land - sydney morning herald

economist backs greenpeace reef campaign. - an economic researcher says greenpeace is right to be fighting the coal industry over an increase in coal mines and shipping near the great barrier reef - australia abc news

as eco-terrorism wanes, governments still target activist groups seen as threat. - ben kessler, a student at the university of north texas and an environmental activist, was surprised that an fbi agent questioned his philosophy professor and acquaintances about his activities aimed at influencing local gas drilling rules - washington post

fracking action 'induced' quakes. - a series of small earthquakes in ohio late last year was probably caused by activity from fracking, a review by authorities in the us has concluded - afp

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