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Fukushima: Japan Promises Swift Action on Nuclear Cleanup

Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised to act quickly to address the buildup of huge quantities of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo Wikimedia CommonsJapan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised prompt, comprehensive steps to clean up the…
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by: The Guardian – September 2, 2013

Environmentalists Blast Plans to Frack in South African Beauty Spot

Activists promise to fight government's plans to drill for shale gas in the Karoo

A South African government plan to allow fracking in the vast Karoo semi-desert has been condemned as "completely irresponsible" by environmental campaigners, who have vowed to fight it in court. Photo by Wildlife Wanderer/FlickrThe name Karoo derives from a San phrase meaning…
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by: The Guardian – August 23, 2013

Fukushima Warning: Danger Level at Nuclear Plant Jumps to ‘Serious’

Japan's nuclear agency dramatically raises status after saying a day earlier that radioactive water leak was only an 'anomaly'

Japan has issued its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a half years ago. Photo courtesy Nuclear Regulatory CommissionA file photo of Nuclear Regulatory Commission…
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by: The Guardian – August 22, 2013

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in Yasuni National Park in the Amazon Rainforest

Environmentalists devastated as president blames lack of foreign support for collapse of pioneering conservation plan

Ecuador has abandoned a pioneering conservation plan in the Amazon that attempted to raise funds from the international community instead of drilling for oil in a pristine corner of the Yasuni national park. Photo by Geoff GalliceThe decision is likely to upset…
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by: The Guardian – August 16, 2013

A Texan Tragedy: Ample Oil, No Water

Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last…
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by: The Guardian – August 13, 2013

US government assessment of BP oil spill ‘will not account for damage

Efforts to put a price on damage from disaster fails to capture full extent of environmental losses in Gulf waters, says report

The United States government cannot hope to arrive at a full accounting of the environmental destruction caused by the British Petroleum oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico using its current methods, an expert panel has said. Photo by Kris KrugThe report…
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by: The Guardian – July 17, 2013

Millions March against GMO Crops

Organizers celebrate huge global turnout and say they will continue until Monsanto and other GM manufacturers listen

Organizers say that two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the US and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday. "March Against Monsanto" protesters say they wanted to call attention to the dangers…
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by: The Guardian – May 27, 2013

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