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BP Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized ‘Bathtub Ring’ on Ocean Floor – October 28, 2014

Study finds 10 million gallons of oil settled and coagulated on the floor of the Gulf near the Deepwater Horizon rig

By Anastasia Pantsios

The aftereffects of the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent massive oil spill that gushed for three months go on and on and on—in the lives of  Gulf-area residents and businesses, the legal offices of BP and its contractors, and in the courts.

A new study reveals that the disaster, which BP claims has been cleaned up and its impacts exaggerated, left a deposit of oil the size of Rhode Island on the ocean floor.

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Toledo Water Ban Lifted, But Is the Water Safe and What Caused the Toxic Algae Bloom? – August 5, 2014

by Stefanie Spear

The City of Toledo issued a “Do Not Drink” advisory to more than 400,000 residents last weekend after chemical tests confirmed the presence of unsafe levels of the algal toxin Microcystin in the drinking water in three counties in Ohio and one in Michigan.

Last night on MSNBC’s the Ed Show, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, director of Ohio Sea Grant College Program at Ohio State University, discussed the possible causes, including farm fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plants.

“In order to solve this, we have to reduce the amount of phosphorus leaving our farm fields, coming out of our sewage treatment plants, failing septic… more

by: Ecowatch

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California Moves to Ban Plastic Mircobeads in Personal Care Products – May 26, 2014

Bill passed by state assembly sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species

In a historic vote on Friday, the California Assembly passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law to ban the sale and manufacturing of personal care products containing tiny, synthetic plastic microbeads. Thanks to 5 Gyres Institute, the group that authored the bill sponsored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), California sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species and pollute our waters.

illustration of microbead pollutionJohanna B., Grade 1, Minnesota/NOOA Marine Derbis ProgramResearchers have discovered large quantities of plastic microbeads escaping wastewater treatment in several New York watersheds, the Great Lakes, Chicago River, and Los Angeles… more

by: Ecowatch

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White House’s Alarming Climate Change Study Calls For ‘Urgent Action’ – May 6, 2014

No region, no economic sector will remain untouched by climate change, says White House science counselor John Podesta

While it remains unclear how many definitive reports it will take to convince everybody that climate change is a real, not-so-distant threat to our planet, the one released by the White House Tuesday morning will go a long way toward that cause.

Unlike other reports released in the past month, the National Climate Assessment (NCA) focuses solely on the U.S. and the droughts, downpours and more that will be boosted by manmade climate impacts. The report was prepared by 300 scientists managed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a collaboration of 13 federal departments and agencies.

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by: Ecowatch

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Thousands March at ‘Reject and Protect’ Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline – April 28, 2014

Cowboy and Indian Alliance calls on "Man Who Helps the People” to protect America's land and water

Thousands of people joined the farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession along the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday. The procession was the largest event yet of the five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment.

Cowboys and Indians ride horses in protest marchPhoto by Bora ChungReject and Protect has helped shine a spotlight on the strengthening opposition to Keystone XL amongst ranchers, farmers and Native American tribes along the pipeline route.

“Today, boots and moccasins showed President Obama an unlikely alliance has his back to reject Keystone XL to protect our land and… more

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