s skippy the bush kangaroo: environmental news stories sunday

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories that won't be bandied about on the talking head shows. and, should i be so bold to say, these stories are more important to peoples lives than knowing that brad and angelina are now engaged.

radioactive waste may soon travel on highways. - shipments of low-level radioactive waste from up to 36 states will soon head to a dump in west texas, owned by dallas billionaire and generous republican political donor harold simmons, despite concerns from environmentalists and others worried about potential accidents or contamination - fort worth star telegram

the guar gum bubble. - big business is in a bidding battle over a little legume that’s used in everything from food to fracking. the interest in guar gum has caused the price to spike nearly twenty-fold. though there are alternatives to guar in fracking, none work quite as well or are too expensive to produce - living on earth

oil spill not just a terrible memory. - on florida's panhandle beaches, where local officials once fretted over how much oil washed in with each new tide, everything seems normal. but with an ultraviolet light, geologist james "rip" kirby has found evidence that the oil is still present, and possibly still a threat to beachgoers - tampa bay times

fda criticized for secrecy in food-illness probes. - the fda's decision to let a six-state e. coli probe in 2009 go dormant, despite clear leads, is part of what some food safety experts call a worrisome "cone of silence" around leafy green produce problems in the united states - denver post

gas prices too high? Have you considered sewage? - hydrogen cars aren’t taking off because hydrogen is hard to make and put in cars. but there is a lot of the gas in our waste treatment plants, and one in california will now let you fill up. have they opened the door to a hydrogen economy? - fast company

fracking water linked to earthquakes. - the use of underground wells to dispose of waste water produced by fracking – the process used to unlock oil and gas deposits hidden deep in rock formations – is “almost certainly” behind the surge in earthquakes in the central us in recent years, a government study has found - financial times

and you thought it was just 'pink' slime. "lean finely textured beef," aka "pink slime," sparked an uproar when the usda bought 7 million pounds of the stuff for school lunches. the agency maintains it's safe and healthy; critics say it's not fit to eat - propublica

colorado river flows endangered by urbanization, energy production, climate change. - the once-lush delta where the colorado river used to spill out into the sea of cortez is now a dry sandy landscape in mexico where “america's hardest-working river” is too tired to finish the job - vail real vail

port-au-prince: A city of millions, with no sewer system. - port-au-prince is about the size of Chicago. But it doesn't have a sewer system. It's one of the largest cities in the world without one - all things considered (npr)

four important food and farm stories you may have missed - grist

radiation from japan's damaged reactors posed little risk in oregon despite portland 'hotspot'. - at a public health conference in october, one speaker noted portland stood out as a hotspot for radioactive fallout from the 2011 fukushima nuclear accident in japan - portland oregonian

overcoming climate change denial. - according to the mayo clinic, "if you're in denial, you're not being realistic about something that's happening in your life -- something that might be obvious to those around you." - redding record searchlight

and then...there are the tornadoes.


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