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Is It Really Safe? Testing West Virginia’s Water

National Public Radio: After the Jan. 9 chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, more than 300,000 people lost access to clean, safe drinking water. Continue reading

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Congressional Panel Probes W.Va. Chemical Spill

National Public Radio: State health officials testified Monday before a House field hearing in West Virginia. The members of Congress asked whether tap water is safe to drink, a month after a major chemical spill. Continue reading

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Keystone report raises pressure on Obama to approve pipeline

Reuters: Pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline increased after a State Department report played down the impact it would have on climate change, irking environmentalists and delighting the project’s proponents. But the White House signaled late on Friday that a decision on an application by TransCanada Corp to build the $5.4 billion project would be made “only after careful consideration” of the report, along with comments from the public and other government agencies…. Continue reading

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Texas Landowners Keep Watchful Eye On Keystone KL Pipeline

National Public Radio: Oil is now running through the southern part of the keystone XL pipeline. Supporters and opponents will be watching carefully to see what that could mean for the northern section of the project, that still awaits approval from the Obama administration. Continue reading

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Scientists Find Tiny Exfoliating Beads In Great Lakes Fish Guts

National Public Radio: Tiny plastic beads used in some cosmetics and toothpaste are making their way into the bellies of fish in the Great Lakes, and it’s raising concern among environmentalists. Dr. Sherri Mason, a chemistry professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, has been researching the issue, and she joins Audie Cornish to explain what this means for the Great Lakes ecosystem. Continue reading

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Why Countries Invest Differently In Environmental Issues

National Public Radio: We’re not just talking about measures to combat global climate change — we’re talking about investments in clean water, forests and biodiversity. A new study explores a novel theory about these differences. Continue reading

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First-Ever Footage of Aging Tar Sands Pipelines Beneath Great Lakes

EcoWatch: This past July, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) conducted a diving expedition to obtain footage of aging oil pipelines strung across one of the most sensitive locations in the Great Lakes, and possibly the world: the Straits of Mackinac. Footage of these pipelines has never been released to the public until now. Continue reading

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Newly Discovered Caves Aid Researchers Study Melting Glacier

National Public Radio: Two explorers have discovered more than a mile of caves underneath a glacier on Mt. Hood near Portland, Oregon. They suspect the beautiful formations account for a significant loss of the glacier’s ice, and they have set out to measure how much the inside of the glacier is melting each year. Continue reading

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Scientists should be up on the ramparts

Guardian: Despite the enormous success of the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s, we have fundamentally failed to use each of those battles to broaden the public understanding of why we were battling. It wasn’t just the power of environmentalists against developers, environmentalists against the oil industry Continue reading

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Wildfires top Californians’ climate-change fears, survey shows

Press-Enterprise: California residents’ No. 1 fear about climate change is that it will cause more severe wildfires, according to a survey released Wednesday, July 31. A majority of residents also say state government should act right away to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, rather than wait until the economy improves, found the report by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research group based in San Francisco. Continue reading

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