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Category Archive for 'Disastrous'

Ebola

Really scary stuff, and I think it’s a miracle if no one brings it here eventually. Large West African communities here, in New York and in D.C.

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Can’t imagine what it’s doing to children: Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) were found to […]

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We have no way of knowing right now what actually happened, but even rumors are enough to make the situation in the Ukraine that much more volatile: (Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official said. Raising […]

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$500 fine

My friends in California say nobody was really taking it seriously, so I’m glad they imposed the fine: It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California. On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step to declare certain […]

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Hanford, Washington. As much as a million gallons of radioactive waste have leaked from Hanford’s underground tanks—more than all of the leaks from all other nuclear facilities in the U.S. combined, according to Tom Carpenter, an attorney and the executive director of Hanford Challenge. The watchdog group represents Hanford workers and whistleblowers. In a letter […]

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Crime pays

What a bargain! A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest drinking water supply $11,000 for a pair of workplace safety violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid […]

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But as long as the political contributions keep rolling in, who gives a shit? In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for […]

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Imaginary global warming

It’s all in your head, it’s not really happening. Just ask any GOP congress member! A complex of thunderstorms erupting over Iowa this afternoon may consolidate into a powerful squall line or derecho that rips through the Upper Midwest this evening. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) forecasts has highlighted a broad region […]

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I remember online trolls telling me I was lying when I said there was a lot more oil spilled than BP admitted. Why do people want to believe these assholes? June 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court has reinstated a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress against a former BP Plc executive accused […]

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Why are we not talking about intervening here, where it would do some good? DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond. Bart Janssens, the […]

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