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Utah County health officials: stay out of Big East Lake 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Members of the public and their animals should stay out of Big East Lake in Utah County, health officials warn. Recent test results and monitoring have led the Utah County Health Department to adjust its warnings about algal blooms in the county’s bodies of water. The department has adjusted the Big East Lake’s advisory to “danger,” which “is essentially a closure, as people and animals should not be in or on the lake,” said Ralph Clegg, the department’s executive director, in a news release. Al...
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Monsanto and Bayer: food and agriculture just took a turn for the worst 19.9.2016 Environmental News Network
Bayer's $66 billion takeover of Monsanto represents another big click on the ratchet of corporate power over farming and food, writes Colin Todhunter. With the 'big six' of global agribusiness now set to turn into the 'even bigger three', farmers and consumers are facing more GMOs and pesticides, less choice, and deeper price gouging. Agroecology has never looked more attractive.
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Toxic algae is in more than 40 California lakes, waterways 19.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 state lakes and waterways from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of California, the highest count in state history. Water agencies have been caught off guard by the growing extent of the algae, which is triggering health warnings, the closing of swim […]
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Op-ed: Algae events should help Utah's water awareness bloom 18.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Recent headlines in newspapers across the Wasatch Front have featured expanded coverage of local harmful algal blooms (HABs) affecting the lives and livelihoods of Utah’s residents. As communities brace for further challenges in light of climate change, population growth and aging infrastructure, people are beginning to ask questions about the complex nature of Utah’s water system. Our water and wastewater infrastructure lies underground, out of sight and out of mind. But this critical infrastru...
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Virgin Atlantic: Emissions from Steel Mills Could Fuel Airplanes 17.9.2016 Environmental News Network
After five years of research and development, Virgin Atlantic and one of its clean-technology partners, Illinois-based LanzaTech, developed a source of jet fuel made of waste gases from steel mills. According to the companies, this new source of jet fuel passed extensive tests that both delivered on performance and promise to result in carbon emissions savings of 65 percent compared to conventional jet fuel.This discovery comes at a time when airlines, seeking to mitigate what is a carbon-intensive business, have long dabbled with jet fuel blended with algae and other biofuels. The Dutch carrier KLM experimented with algae fuel blends, has flown transatlantic flights using blends of kerosene and cooking oil, and is still apparently committed to sourcing these fuels when available. Alaska Airlines also considered using recycled cooking oil to reduce its carbon emissions. Earlier this year, United kicked off flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles using a biofuel-conventional blend. Aviation fuel ...
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On renewables, Trump caught between corn, oil 17.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Donald Trump is trying to walk a fine line between Iowa corn interests and the oil industry. The Republican presidential candidate’s struggle to appease the antagonistic industries was in the spotlight Thursday when his campaign published a fact sheet calling for the elimination of a slew of regulations, including a scandal-marred system of buying and selling biofuel blending credits that some oil refiners hate. “The EPA’s renewable identification number program penalizes refineries if they do n...
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This shrimp is a fake 16.9.2016 TreeHugger
Biotech company New Wave Foods has invented a way to make shrimp out of red algae that look, feel, and taste like the real thing.
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Scofield Reservoir reopens to boaters, anglers after toxic algal bloom 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Scofield Reservoir reopened Wednesday to boating and fishing after a toxic algal bloom closed the popular Carbon County lake for two weeks. The Southeastern Utah District Health Department determined that toxin levels for cyanobacteria ­— which can cause headache, diarrhea and vomiting if they come into contact with a body, and which are fatal if ingested — decreased enough to no longer pose a public health threat to on-water recreational users, such as boaters, according to a news release. It ...
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Virgin Atlantic: Recycled steel emissions could power its planes 15.9.2016 TreeHugger
Steel creates a lot of emissions. So does aviation. What if one could piggy back off the other?
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Bill Gates' $14 million sees a future in low-carbon plastics 15.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Since the billionaire launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition last year, you've heard little about his low-carbon investments, until today.
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20 States Suffer From Toxic Algae, And We're Doing Little To Stop It 9.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Thick, massive cakes of smelly green toxic algae  bubbled up along beaches and rivers in South Florida’s coastal communities this summer. It was so serious, authorities declared a state of emergency. Meanwhile,  a large algal bloom in Utah forced the closure of the Scofield Reservoir, a popular boating and swimming destination, in the past month. A scattering of rotting corpses of dead fish and waterfowl emerged along its shores. Last week, authorities warned residents near New York’s Seneca Lake to  avoid the water following a confirmed algae outbreak. And on Wednesday, Oregon’s Blue Lake was similarly closed for recreation due to an algae advisory . Toxic algal blooms have been confirmed in more than 20 states this summer. And they’re becoming more serious and more common. These blooms impact local economies dependent on water-reliant recreation, but scientists are even more concerned about the broader repercussions of the trend. The blooms, also called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae , can ...
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'Behind the Headlines': BYU-Utah football, algal blooms and political polls 9.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Utes and BYU Cougars prepare to meet up at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the big rivalry game. Rep. Jason Chaffetz calls for another investigation into Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz addresses accusations of religious bigotry regarding a campaign fundraiser. And the summer’s algal blooms prompt a deeper look into Utah’s water quality and treatment. On Friday at 9 a.m., Salt Lake Tribune reporters Emma Penrod, Kyle Goon and Thomas Burr, as w...
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Would water-rights overhaul fix Utah's problems with quantity, quality? 8.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories exploring water-quality issues along the Wasatch Front. Minutes into an excursion last week to dispatch new algae-tracking sensors into Utah Lake, one of the state’s shallow-draft boats became mired at the outlet of the otherwise-desolate state park marina. As the Division of Water Quality crew worked to get the boat out into the water, they jokingly lamented their failure to bring an airboat. Low water levels rendered boat access to Ut... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Ethanol replaces crude oil at Clatskanie area port 7.9.2016 AP Washington
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- Global Partners has replaced crude oil with ethanol at its Port Westward terminal near Clatskanie, Oregon, which has reopened for business....
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Editorial: Algal blooms are sign of rising cost of water 6.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Are toxic algae blooms the harbinger of a changing planet, or the consequence of Utahns not cleaning up after themselves? The answer may be both. Either way, the blooms are telling us we have to do better with our water. With the population growing and climate change expected to reduce the snowpack, Utah is facing up to water’s true costs, and the price is going up. It won’t be as simple as it was in the past when we just built more dams and canals to solve our water issues. This is about usin... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Waste water: What caused Utah's massive toxic algae problem? 4.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories exploring water-quality issues along the Wasatch Front. By the time Walt Baker, director of the state Division of Water Quality, got the July 14 call about algae in Utah Lake, the bloom already had been visible from overhead satellites for at least three days. The next day, test results indicating high concentrations of potentially toxic cyanobacteria prompted the Utah County Health Department to order the lake’s closure. By July 17, w...
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Scofield cyanotoxins now polluting Price River 3.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
With elevated levels of toxins now appearing in Scofield Reservoir and 30 miles downstream in the Price River, officials are advising farmers to avoid using these waters for irrigation and ranchers to not let their livestock drink it. And the Price River Water Improvement District, which taps the Price for its drinking water, is using special equipment to disinfect drinking water. A three-week-old algal bloom last weekend intensified to the point this week where Scofield was closed for public r...
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Massive 'donut' reef discovered behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef 2.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The reef structure covers more than 2,000 square miles north of the Great Barrier Reef. What might live there and even what it looks like up close, is still largely a mystery.
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Invasive lake algae surface in Itasca, Beltrami, Stearns counties 2.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Starry stonewort infestations have been found in three more lakes, including Lake Winnibigoshish, which flows into the Mississippi River. The DNR is weighing next steps to fight the invader, which could wreak havoc on boaters.
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Massive 'Donut' Reef Discovered Behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef 2.9.2016 NPR Health Science
The reef structure covers more than 2,000 square miles north of the Great Barrier Reef. What might live there and even what it looks like up close, is still largely a mystery.
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