User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Environmental Justice
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Canada becoming launch-pad of a global tar sands and oil shale frenzy 16.4.2014 Guardian: Environment

A world-wide extreme energy boom, modelled after Canada's, is unleashing weapons of mass ecological destruction

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Is it safe to go in the water this summer? 15.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
For travelers on vacation, how much do you know about the water you’re swimming in? And what is a destination obliged to tell you about pollution?
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Guest: The failure of the EPA to protect the public from pollution 12.4.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Can we trust the EPA to do what is in the public’s best interest? Not if history is any guide, writes guest columnist E.G. Vallianatos.
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Listening for ping: Water plays tricks 11.4.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Put an ear in the water and listen carefully. If you're a searcher in pursuit of the pinger locators of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the answers to those questions are crucial.
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The big environmental problem highlighted by the search for Flight 370 10.4.2014 Ezra Klein
Officials leading the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are now focused on deep-sea signals that could be coming from the passenger jet's black box. But five weeks into the search, there is still no trace of the plane's wreckage. Instead, the search keeps turning up practically everything but the plane: hundreds of large ...
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Room for Debate: Global Warming and the Developing World 2.4.2014 NY Times: Editorials
What should be done to address the effects of climate change in developing ...
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So Japan can't hunt whales any more? That doesn't mean they're safe 31.3.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Flying high over the Derwent, our tiny aircraft, bound for the Tasmanian south-west wilderness, almost tipped its wings in salute. Far below us, heading for its honorary home port in Hobart after another season spent in the Southern Ocean combating the Japanese whalers, was the Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd's flagship, "back from saving our whales", said Fin, our young pilot. For Australians, today's victory in the International Court of Justice that Japan "has not acted in conformity with several clauses of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling" is an almost personal one. But for the rest of us, the judgment is equally important in the ongoing battle between economic and environmental forces. ...
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Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house 29.3.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam

Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon layer of glistening black worms in an orderly grid. With a knot of pipes and wires rising up to a big hopper, it looks like a high-tech liquorice production line. But this could be the future of house-building, if Dus Architects have their way.

On this small canal-side plot in the north of the city, dotted with twisting plastic columns and strange zig-zag building blocks, the architects have begun making what they say will be the world's first 3D-printed house.

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White kids more prone to asthma from air pollution (Cached) 27.3.2014 New Kerala: World News
Washington, March 27 : White children suffer from asthma due to higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) more frequently than their black counterparts, a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study finds.
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A Massive Chemical Plant Is Poised to Wipe This Louisiana Town Off the Map 27.3.2014 Mother Jones
In 1790, a freed slave named Jim Moss found a place to settle down on a bend in the Houston River in the bayous of southwest Louisiana. Although never formally incorporated, the village of Mossville became one of the first settlements of free blacks in the South, predating the formal establishment of Calcasieu Parish by 50 years. But over the last half century, Mossville was surrounded. More than a dozen industrial plants now encircle the community of 500 residents, making it quite possibly the most polluted corner of the most polluted region in one of the most polluted states in the country. Now, a proposal to build the largest chemical plant of its kind in the Western Hemisphere would all but wipe Mossville off the map. The project , spearheaded by the South African chemical giant SASOL, will cost as much as $21 billion, but stands to benefit from more than $2 billion in incentives (including $115 million in direct funding) from the cash-strapped state budget. It has the backing of Republican ...
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Santa Monica moves to close all or part of city's airport 27.3.2014 LA Times: Environment
Decision to develop plans to scale back operations could lead to years of legal battles with federal officials, city attorney says.

The Santa Monica City Council this week launched an effort to close all or part of the city's airport after July 2015 — a move that could result in years of additional court battles with the federal government.
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‘Environmental Poisoning’ of Iraq Is Claimed 27.3.2014 NYT > World
‘Environmental Poisoning’ of Iraq Is Claimed
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Air pollution 'killed seven million' 25.3.2014 BBC: Health
Seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.
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Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future 25.3.2014 Wired Top Stories
Renewables Aren't Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future
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Oil well safety warning for fracking 25.3.2014 BBC: Front Page
Plans to expand shale gas "fracking" in the UK must learn from leaks and poor monitoring at existing onshore wells, scientists say.
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Has air pollution made Kathmandu unliveable? 21.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
With smog nearly five times worse than what caused Paris to ban cars, the capital of the supposedly pristine mountain nation of Nepal is choking. Doctor Andrew Lodge reports ...
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Angry residents confront state officials over Exide plant 20.3.2014 LA Times: Top News
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China deploys drones to spy on polluting industries 19.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Drones to scout over skies of Beijing and other cities to check for smog sources and spot environmental breaches China is using drones to spy on polluting industries in its attempts to battle the lung-choking smog that frequently engulfs many of its cities. The deputy minister of environmental protection, Zhai Qing said drones have recently been used in Beijing, Shanxi and Hebei provinces to inspect for pollution. These are some of the worst affected areas of China, with a high number of coal-fired power stations, steel mills and cement plants. The unmanned aircraft can cover 70 sqkm during a two hour flight. According to the state-run China Daily newspaper the drones have helped the ministry "resolve" over 200 environment-linked cases, and the ministry is considering more drone inspections in other areas. The ministry has four drones, first introduced in 2012 at a cost of approximately $1.3m (8m renminbi), according to Yang Yipeng, a ministry official. "You can easily tell from ...
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UC Berkeley hires first Wikipedian-in-residence 18.3.2014 Boston Globe: Technology
UC Berkeley hires first Wikipedian-in-residence
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University of California, Berkeley hires first Wikipedian-in-residence 18.3.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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