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Sunday, November 25, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories you probably didn't hear about on the sunday bobble head shows....or in the corporate media.

silver springs backers fight proposed cattle ranch. when scuba diver guy marwick looks at florida's most famous spring, he sees that the sparkling white sand on the bottom has been smothered by globs of toxic algae. studies have found that 90 percent fewer fish are swimming in the spring compared to the 1950s, and pollution is increasing - tampa bay times

florida's vanishing springs. a century ago florida's gin-clear springs drew presidents and millionaires and tourists galore who sought to cure their ailments by bathing in the healing cascades. now the polluted springs tell the story of a hidden sickness, one that lies deep within the earth - tampa bay times

ginnie springs owner fights off threats. part of what attracts divers to ginnie springs is the crystal clear water, which jacques cousteau once proclaimed to be the clearest in the world with "visibility forever." keeping it that way hasn't been easy - tampa bay times

report of arsenic in rice products alarming, but doctors urge calm. about two weeks ago, deb de moulpied went to the concord food co-op for her groceries and, as she often does, asked for more information about where the food she was buying came from. the clerk assured her the rice she was considering was organically grown in california by lundberg family farms. then she saw a new york times feature on the same california rice farm, battling arsenic in the soil that was contaminating its rice - concord monitor

after sandy, climate change gets more attention. coastal communities including the eastern shore of virginia need to begin to prepare for changes in the climate, according to two experts who spoke at the nasa visitor’s center at wallops island about adapting to climate change - worcester county times

your smartphone's dirty, radioactive secret. the rare earths inside microcomputers make our lives easier. but just how toxic are the guts of your smartphone? does my phone have to have such a toxic footprint? not if manufacturers—and consumers—are prepared to spend more - mother jones

are urban chicken-keepers doing more harm than good? this week it was suggested that the growing numbers of city dwellers keeping chickens were spreading disease and harming birds. but is it just bad blood on the part of big food producers? - the guardian

recycling for food. mexico city’s landfills are at capacity but the government has come up with an innovative way to encourage recycling. mexico city residents can bring recyclables to a market and trade them in for locally grown produce. - living on earth

restaurant mogul george schenk melds the needs of people, planet, and profits. american flatbread restaurants have a family-friendly atmosphere featuring a wood-fired oven and gingham-checked tablecloths – and a mission that promotes tolerance, social justice, and environmental sustainability. - christian science monitor

ottawa moves against lab that reported virus in british columbia salmon. a lab that revealed the first evidence of an infectious virus in british columbia salmon should be stripped of its credentials, according to the canadian food inspection agency. the action has surprised other experts, who worry the government is trying to silence a scientist. - globe and mail

how the drought may dampen holiday dinner. while your thanksgiving shopping list may not have been affected, shopping for christmas for dinner may be another story. this summer’s drought has some farmers selling off their livestock today because they’re worried about how to feed them tomorrow - marketplace

ban on bee-killing pesticides to be investigated in uk. the uk environment secretary is examining the possibility of banning the controversial nerve-agent pesticides increasingly implicated in the decline of bees and other pollinating insects - the independent

rise of acid ocean eats away base of food chain - the independent

climate skeptic group works to reverse renewable energy mandates. the heartland institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change science, has joined with the conservative american legislative exchange council to write model legislation aimed at reversing state renewable energy mandates across the country - wapo

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