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Critics Say Proposed Sulfide Mine in Minnesota Threatens State's Watersheds 14.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As the profitability of Minnesota iron declines, the state is looking to sulfide mining as a potential investment. Thousands of critics, however, have voiced concerns about the possible environmental impact of the proposed mines, including the danger of toxic contaminants leaching into waterways. A portion of the Hull-Rust Mahoning mine in Hibbing, Minnesota, a 1.5 mile long open-pit iron mine. Minnesota is considering sulfide mining as a potential investment. Sulfide mines are notorious for producing highly toxic contaminants that easily leach into waterways. (Photo: Lars Hammar / Flickr ) Over the last century, Minnesota's "Iron Range" has produced billions of tons of iron ore, as well as its less pure counterpart taconite, both key ingredients for US steel manufacturing. Iron mining successfully bolsters the state economy and supports a large, unionized labor force. Now, as the profitability of Minnesota iron is squeezed by a  global oversupply and international competition, the state is looking into ...
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Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today 13.2.2016 NPR Health Science
The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
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Umpiring drama works in Australia's favour 12.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
The Australia-New Zealand cricket series faced a fresh umpiring drama on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington Friday with Australian batsman Adam Voges given a reprieve after being bowled. After New Zealand were swiftly dismissed for 183 Australia were well on top at 147-3 at stumps but could just as easily have been four down. Voges was bowled in the last over of the day by Doug Bracewell, only for umpire Richard Illingworth to signal a no ...
Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds 10.2.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Groups Challenge Proposed Raids on Coastal Restoration Funds
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The pristine beauty of California's coast shouldn't be for the few 10.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

I'm sitting on a beach in San Simeon as blue surf cracks before me and wispy clouds drift overhead like sea smoke.

I'm wondering how to do justice to what I see.

But it's a fool's errand. Mere words don't measure up when you try to describe the California coast.

Maybe this dripping wet, freckled...

Princeton opens dialogue on alumnus Woodrow Wilson, racism 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — How do you apply 21st-century sensibilities to the legacy of a man raised in the 19th-century South who achieved greatness in the early 20th century at an institution that didn’t begin admitting blacks until the late 1940s and women until 1969? That is the question faced by a Princeton University committee […]
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Warner, Marsh ensure revenge for Australia against New Zealand 6.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
Australia, propped up by 98 from David Warner, held their nerve to beat New Zealand by four wickets to win the second ODI in Wellington on Saturday and send the series to a decider. After Warner's dismissal, Australia were still 90 runs short of their target with an unbeaten 69 from Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings not out 48, getting them over the line. Warner was nudging his sixth ODI century when he was undone by New Zealand's match ace Mitchell Santner, but by then he had done enough to ensure the world champions were in a dominant ...
Argentina offers $6.5 billion cash deal to end debt battle 6.2.2016 Yahoo: Business
NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina offered a $6.5 billion cash payment to creditors who hold its defaulted bonds on Friday, seeking to end a festering legal battle that transformed the country into a financial markets pariah. Argentina's finance ministry said two out of six leading bondholders had already accepted the offer and the U.S. court-appointed mediator hailed the proposal as an "historic breakthrough". The turning point in the decade-long legal fight stemming from Argentina's record default on around $100 billion in 2002 comes less than two months after President Mauricio Macri, a free-market advocate, took office and expressed his commitment to a ...
When Bernie Sanders Ran Against Me in Vermont 6.2.2016 Politics on
Hillary Clinton is not the first progressive Democratic woman to be challenged by Bernie Sanders. He ran against me in 1986 when I was running for my second term as governor of Vermont. At that time he had little affinity for the Democratic Party. When advised that his third-party candidacy might result in a Republican victory, he saw no difference between Democrats and Republicans, saying, "It is absolutely fair to say you are dealing with Tweedledum and Tweedledee." Voters did not agree. Sanders received 14 percent of the vote, the Republican candidate, Peter Smith received 38 percent, and I won with 47 percent. By any measure, I was regarded as a progressive governor. If I was vulnerable, it was for being too liberal. As a legislator, my maiden speech on the floor of the Vermont House was in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. My first priority as governor was universal access to kindergarten. I set a record for a Vermont governor's appointees; women filled half of my cabinet. I ...
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Mexican court rules against development in Cancun mangrove 4.2.2016 World
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that threatens a mangrove swamp at the site.
World Wetlands Day: US Wetland Forests are a National Conservation Priority 3.2.2016 Green on
World Wetlands Day marks the day in 1971 when international governments and nongovernmental organizations who were concerned with conserving Earth's wetlands came together and signed a global conservation treaty. It was the first global intergovernmental environmental treaty in the modern era. This international treaty, signed by 18 countries 45 years ago, set the stage for the largest intergovernmental agreement on the environment to date -- The Paris Agreement -- signed this past December by 195 countries committing to take action on global climate change. As we celebrate World Wetlands Day this year in the wake of the historic Paris Agreement, it is appropriate to acknowledge the critical role that our wetland forests here at home play in the fight against climate change. In light of recent increased periods of drought, impending threats of sea level rise and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms, keeping wetland forests standing strong along our coasts is one of the smartest investments we ...
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Mangroves Slow Climate Change By Sequestering Massive Amounts of Carbon. Why Aren't We Working Harder to Save Them? 2.2.2016 Green on
This story first appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. Click here to view the original. It's hard to imagine a more valuable ecosystem than a mangrove forest.  These wooded coastal wetlands protect the shoreline from both sudden storms and gradual erosion; they provide shelter for young fish , breeding grounds for shrimp, and wood for local villagers - all of which are the fruits of clearly delineated  ecosystem services , each of which has clear human beneficiaries. This should, in theory, make it easy to find money for mangrove protection. Tourism operators and industrial fishers, for example, both have an interest in keeping coral reefs alive, and mangroves support them too, while anyone along the shore has an interest in keeping the sea at bay, as the people of Louisiana  and coastal Indonesia can attest. Unfortunately, in most developing countries, the people who depend the most on mangroves don't have the money or political clout to protect them.  This leaves the carbon market as an intriguing way to ...
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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Feb. 1, 2016 1.2.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
How long will Lake Pontchartrain stay dirty? By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 28, 2016. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete the task of closing the bays in the Bonnet Carre Spillway next week, but that won't immediately alter the hydrological makeup of Lake Pontchartrain…" ( read more ) Did spillway opening push speckled trout out of Lake Pontchartrain? By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 28, 2016. "Salinity isn't terribly important to speckled trout this time of year, but clarity is, and for the past couple of weeks, much of Lake Pontchartrain has been about as clear as advanced-placement calculus…" ( read more ) New Orleans Is Done Fighting Water By Julian Spector, City Lab. Jan. 29, 2016. "Unlike some other flood-prone, below-sea-level cities, New Orleans keeps its water hidden. Whereas Amsterdam and Venice channel the seas through a dense network of canals dispersed throughout the city, New Orleans long ago resorted to fortifying its borders against the lakes, river, ...
Celebrating the bald eagle in South Jersey 31.1.2016 News
MAURICETOWN, N.J. - It is perhaps one of the greatest success stories in wildlife conservation - the resurgence of the bald eagle in New Jersey and throughout the United States.
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LAPD officer gets year in jail and must register as sex offender for exposing himself to women 30.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced Friday to a year in jail for attempting to commit lewd acts on a 12-year-old girl and exposing himself to five women in the Bolsa Chica wetlands in Huntington Beach, prosecutors said.

Ryan Eric Galliher, 35, of Huntington Beach must also register as a...

Overlake Medical Center launches $242M expansion 28.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Bellevue’s Overlake Medical Center is kicking off a $242 million expansion, starting with a $20 million cancer center.
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Man rescued after he fell through ice in a swamp 27.1.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Man rescued after he fell through ice in a swamp
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Mammoth Bones Uncovered At Oregon State University's Reser Stadium 27.1.2016 Green on
Oregon State University's Reser Stadium may be home to the Beavers today, but thousands of years ago it was home to a mammoth.  The massive femur and several other bones from a mammoth were found on Monday in the stadium's north end zone during an off-season renovation, the university said in a news release.  The mammoth is believed to have died roughly 10,000 years ago, when the site may have been a bog or marsh.  “ Animals who were sick would often go to a body of water and die there , so it’s not unusual to find a group of bones like this,” Loren Davis, an associate professor of anthropology at OSU, said in the news release. "We had all of these types of animals in the Willamette Valley back then." Here's a look at the mammoth's pelvis:  And its femur:  To show just how mammoth that femur really is, here it is next to Davis:  Along with the mammoth bones, construction crews uncovered the bones of a bison and those of a horse or camel. A type of camel known as the camelops once roamed western North ...
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An officer's fall from grace 26.1.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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As Nation's Flood Risks Grow, Protecting Wetlands Is More Important Than Ever 25.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Santa Monica, California: Many neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. have seen firsthand the impact of escalating flood risks in recent years. In just the past year, catastrophic flood events occurred in Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, Missouri, and Illinois, to name just a...
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