New York City Canal Contains Suspected Carcinogens

03 February 2011

An investigation of New York City's Gowanus Canal has revealed the waterway's widespread contamination, which authorities say poses a threat to people and the environment.

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Cyclone Yasi Hits Queensland Coast

02 February 2011

Cyclone Yasi struck the coast of Australia's northeastern state of Queensland in total darkness Wednesday night, as the flood-ravaged region braced for yet another environmental catastrophe.

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Pollution Standards Won’t Apply to All, EPA Says

02 February 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday reversed pollutions standards for a California power plant waiting for a permit, and the decision could leave a dozen additional industrial facilities exempt from the stringent new rules as well, The Associated Press said Wednesday.

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Winter Storm Shuts Down U.S. Heartland

02 February 2011

An intense winter storm churned through the midsection of the U.S. Wednesday, leaving a third of the country buried under snow, sleet and ice. The massive blizzard, one of the worst since the 1950s, blitzed the nation's heartland, leaving thousands without power as it raged from Texas to Maine.

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Hosni Mubarak Supporters Gather in Cairo

02 February 2011

Supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gathered today in Cairo to counter the past week's anti-government protests. On an upscale boulevard in the nation's capital, thousands of Mubarak defenders - including government workers, men in designer sunglasses and women with expensive hairdos - congregated to peacefully voice their support of the autocratic leader, AP reported Wednesday. A few dozen government-employed nurses chanted, "We love you Mubarak!"

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Perchlorate: Rocket Fuel Ingredient to Be Restricted in Tap Water

02 February 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it is putting in place the first drinking water standard for a toxic fuel ingredient known to cause thyroid problems in pregnant women and young children.

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Malaysia Rapidly Destroying Ecologically Important Peatlands

01 February 2011

Malaysia is destroying forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined to make way for palm oil plantations, according to a study released Tuesday. Analyzing data acquired from satellite images of the region, researchers said the country obliterated an astonishing 872,263 acres, about one-third of its biodiversity-rich peatswamp forests, in the past five years.

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Walrus to Get “Endangered” or “Threatened” Label

01 February 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon announce a federal listing for the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species, a spokesman for the agency said Tuesday.

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$46M Spent on Calif. Climate Change Prop

01 February 2011

Over $46 million was spent on a California ballot measure aimed at postponing the state's landmark global warming law, according to fundraising and spending reports filed Monday.

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BP Reports First Annual Loss in 2 Decades

01 February 2011

BP notched a $4.9 billion loss Tuesday in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, marking its first annual shortfall in almost two decades. The energy giant also announced Tuesday that it is resuming dividends for the first time since the April 20th disaster and that it plans to diminish its dealings in the U.S.

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