s skippy the bush kangaroo: environmental news stories sunday

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that you won't see on the talking head shows...

has ‘organic’ been oversized? - organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for big food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. the industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called big organic - nytimes

toxic health dumping scandal. - the dangerous disposal of hazardous substances including liquid uranium and contaminated objects, the dumping of the confidential records of patients and the mishandling of asbestos have exposed a culture of mismanagement in sydney hospitals - sydney morning herald

texas seeks new water supplies amid drought. - the punishing seven-year drought of the 1950s in texas brought about the modern era of water planning. but the drought of 2011 was the hottest, driest 12 months on record there. - weekend edition

showing vultures a little love. - think of a giraffe lying on the serengeti plain. he has just died, maybe of disease, maybe he was killed by a pride of lions, but now he's a 19-foot-long, 4,000-pound mound of meat, which very soon is going to stink and rot and muck up the neighborhood. - national public radio - npr

rising temperatures and drought create fears of a new dust bowl. - triple-digit days. weeks with little to no rain. soil crumbling away. stunted corn stalks. right now the fertile fields of the u.s. midwest are experiencing corn-killing weather, with parts of five corn-growing states in the region experiencing severe or extreme drought - time magazine

torrential rain wreaks havoc across britain. - more than 200 flood warnings and alerts were issued by the environment agency on saturday as torrential rain swept the country, causing havoc in many areas - the guardian

scores killed in russia floods. - severe flash floods in russia's southern krasnodar region have killed at least 99 people and affected nearly 13,000 in the area's worst natural disaster in decades, officials say. - afp

u.s. drought sets record. - more of the nation is in the grip of drought than at any time in the past 12 years, including over half of the contiguous united states, according to the u.s. drought monitor. - orange county register

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