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Sunday, February 24, 2013

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories you didn't hear on the talking head shows....

the extraordinary science of addictive junk food. four years of investigative research and reporting revealed a conscious effort-- taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles-- to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive - nytimes

bp, halliburton, transocean, plaintiffs’ attorneys all prepare to face off in gulf oil spill trial. one of the biggest legal circuses on earth — the trial of bp over the extent of its responsibility for the 2010 gulf of mexico oil spill — is scheduled to open in new orleans on monday, featuring 34 leading lawyers in the jam-packed federal court and hundreds of others listening to video feeds in rooms nearby - wapo

british farming in crisis as crop losses from 'relentless' floods pile up woes. many farmers are quitting an industry hit by rain, disease and cheap imports - just as food security becomes a worldwide issue - london observer

thousands cut off as australian rivers peak. thousands of residents on the new south wales north coast remain cut off by floodwaters, though the worst of the crisis appears to be over. flood warnings are in place for 15 river systems from sydney to the queensland border - australia abc news

toxic vapors force google to shut two buildings close to its mountain view hq. google has been forced to evacuate staff from two buildings close to its mountain view hq in california due to toxic trichloroethylene vapors seeping up from the ground below, where it has leaked into the soil and polluted the groundwater - london daily mail

minnesota draining its supplies of water. many regions in the state have reached the point where people are using water - and then sending it downstream - faster than the rain and snow can replenish it. last year, minnesotans used a record amount of water, fueling a rising number of conflicts from the iron range to pipestone - star tribune

our taste for prawns is killing the sea. british supermarkets are selling prawns reared using a technique that is destroying vast swathes of the ocean’s ecosystem, according to an investigation by the celebrity cook hugh fearnley-whittingstall - the sunday times

lake powell may dry up within a few decade. some of the west’s biggest reservoirs could dry up completely as the region gets warmer and drier in coming decades, and major increases in storage capacity probably won’t help address regional water shortages, according to a new study - summit county - citizen's voice

wild weather brings floods, 'mini tornadoes.' a major storm system has left towns across eastern parts of the state battling floodwaters and triggered "mini tornadoes" that hit hundreds of homes across Sydney and the Illawarra region overnight - sydney morning herald

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