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Category Archive for 'Environmental'

Seems like a lot of those “freak storms” going around lately: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A freak thunderstorm dumped up to 6 inches of rain and inundated a tiny Wyoming town, collapsing a bridge, damaging homes and businesses, and sending about a dozen people to higher ground. Another brief thunderstorm dumped more rain on the […]

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The clown car is getting bigger as George Pataki enters the race… It should be a mild Atlantic hurricane season and here’s the summer forecast for the U.S…. Astrologer Susan Miller tells how to survive and plan for (yeah, right) the Mercury retrograde… Here’s a nice NPR story about independent booksellers making a come back… […]

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President Obama has taken executive action regulating wetlands, streams and tributaries of larger waterways. The administration said this action was necessary to clarify rules under the Clean Water Act… “We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing […]

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Republicans want to pay for an assistance program for workers whose jobs are lost through TPP by… taking the money out of Medicare! Nice! Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times explains: Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most […]

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Well, there you go! Fortunately, we would never inconvenience American food manufacturers with any socialist restrictions: Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Thursday. Chemicals that can mimic or block estrogen […]

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This is a horrifying story. If you’re lucky, there’s no asbestos in your powder — but it might kill you anyway. Fortunately for me, since we grew up poor, we’d put cornstarch in a sock, tie it up and dab ourselves with it when we were hot and sweaty. Hopefully, that won’t kill us! Suspicions […]

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Right? Because if it was something, they would let us know and they’d evacuate the area? Ha ha, just kidding! NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A nuclear power reactor 40 miles (65 km) north of New York City was shut down on Saturday after a transformer fire, but officials said the Indian Point plant was stable […]

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It’s common knowledge that rain helps flowers bloom. But new research suggests the opposite may also be true: Pollen from flowers could help form clouds and bring about rain. In a study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, atmospheric scientists from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M found that pollen from […]

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I go for the cranberry sauce: The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the […]

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This doesn’t just affect California’s — most of the nation’s produce is grown there. So it seems urgent that this is dealt with: Until now, government authorities have only required limited testing of recycled irrigation water, checking for naturally occurring toxins such as salts and arsenic, using decades-old monitoring standards. They haven’t screened for the […]

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