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Sunday, April 28, 2013

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that weren't laughed about at #nerdprom last night.

insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees. despite intense secret lobbying by british ministers and chemical companies against the ban, a vote in brussels on monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the world's most widely used insecticides - london observer

republicans target fracking oversight. while championing the benefits of new energy extraction methods, republican house members accused energy oversight agencies of research that misled the public on environmental and health risks. - fuelfix

cooke aquaculture to pay $490,000 after illegal pesticides kill lobsters in canada. a canadian firm that is a subsidiary of the largest aquaculture operator in maine pleaded guilty friday in a canadian courtroom to using illegal pesticides that killed hundreds of lobsters a little more than a mile from maine's border - maine sun journal

exploring coffee's past to rescue its future. the genetic uniformity of cultivated coffee makes the industry more vulnerable to shocks like a changing climate, or disease. the industry has put all its eggs, so to speak, in one genetic basket. - morning edition npr

record-breaking storms add two inches to lakes michigan and huron. ships are carrying less cargo, and boaters have had trouble getting in and out of harbors. to help with the low lake levels, the state started emergency dredging projects for some harbors. and experts say the recent storms are also helping a little. - michigan radio

campaign to save barrier reef from industry. conservationists accused australia of failing to protect the great barrier reef from massive industrial development as they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to drum up awareness - afp

sunflowers, pocket parks and other ideas aim to beautify vacant lots in st. louis. if you live in any large ‘rustbelt’ city in the midwest, and st. louis in particular, you’re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant lots. this weekend, ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property - marketplace

judge affirms $81 million of damages awarded to 12 oregon soldiers for toxic exposure in iraq. a federal judge in portland friday affirmed $75 million in punitive damages a jury awarded to 12 oregon national guard veterans last fall in a case against government contractor kbr, inc. for its conduct in Iraq a decade ago. - portland oregonian

up to 375 flood gauges to turn off because of fund cuts. just in time for the spring flood season, the federal sequester is threatening to shut off funding for hundreds of stream gauges used by the u.s. geological survey to predict and monitor flood levels across the country - usatoady

in gasland sequel, fracking saga’s pressure ratchets up - grist

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