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Ecology

California curbs injection of toxic fracking waste into aquifers needed in severe drought
California is shutting down 11 oil and gas wastewater injection sites and reviewing over 100 others in the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley as officials fear companies have pumped toxic fracking fluids into needed drinking water aquifers.

22.07.2014 15:26

Great Barrier Reef in 'worst state since records began', scientists say
The Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s east coast is “in the worst state since records began” and in 40 years large swathes of coral structures will be replaced by seaweed and algae, scientists told a senate inquiry.

22.07.2014 14:58

Sonic cannons for E. Coast: Obama approves oil exploration despite ‘threat to sea life’
The Obama administration has announced it is reopening the US Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, clearing the way for the use of sonic cannons to locate energy deposits - despite the threat to sea life.

19.07.2014 06:45

Texas town goes head-to-head against energy groups over fracking
The small city of Denton, Texas, which sits on a huge natural gas reserve, lost a bid to halt fracking after many hours of public testimony. The oil and gas companies are now threatening litigation if a ban goes into effect.

16.07.2014 11:32

Drought-damaged California hoses water wasters, sidewalk sprayers with $500 fine
California water regulators have instituted statewide water restrictions for the first time ever as authorities struggle to get a handle on the worst drought in decades.

16.07.2014 08:47

Nestle continues to sell bottled water sourced from California despite record drought
California is facing one of its most severe droughts on record, which is hurting farmers and recreation alike. But despite water restrictions, Nestle is bottling spring water from the state and selling it, creating controversy alongside profits.

15.07.2014 01:49

Ukraine to turn Chernobyl into ‘biosphere radiologic reserve’
The site of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history will be turned into a “biosphere radiologic reserve,” a Ukrainian minister has announced. The plan comes as a result of EU demands to expand reserve territories in the country.

14.07.2014 18:06

String of oil train disasters prompts review of US safety rules
A string of fiery derailments – including the deadly crash of a train shipping American crude in Canada’s Quebec last year which left 47 people dead – has prompted the US transportation agency to review regulations on rail shipments of flammable liquids.

14.07.2014 15:48

11 earthquakes hit fracking-heavy central Oklahoma over weekend
Eleven minor earthquakes shook central Oklahoma over the weekend, renewing speculation that the area’s oil and gas drilling boom - fueled by controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - is to blame for an increase in seismic activity.

14.07.2014 16:23

Yellowstone supervolcano 'turned the asphalt into soup' shutting down Natl. Park's roads
Extreme heat from a massive supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park is melting a major roadway at the popular summertime tourist attraction. Park officials have closed the area to visitors.

14.07.2014 15:19

Hundreds rally in DC against fracked gas exports
Hundreds marched through Washington DC and rallied at the Capitol on Sunday to protest plans for a new liquid natural gas (LNG) export facility in Maryland. Local residents fear possible environmental risks.

14.07.2014 04:41

Polluted Britain: ‘Longest running infringement of EU law in history’
UK urban centers are set to exceed European pollution limits until after 2030, potentially posing a serious threat to the health of British citizens.

11.07.2014 09:29

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