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Catching a snowflake on your tongue just isn’t as fun when mercury-tainted precipitation enters the equation. In central areas of North America, mercury levels in rain appear to be rising, according to a recent study from The Science of the Total Environment, despite the fact that me...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Federal authorities have initiated an investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources following last week's coal ash spill in the Dan River. The Associated Press first obtained a copy of a grand jury subpoena that the U.S. attorney’s office in Ra...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Pollution from China travels in large quantities across the Pacific Ocean to the United States, a new study has found, making environmental and health problems unexpected side effects of U.S. demand for cheap China-manufactured goods.On some days, acid rain-inducing sulphate from burning of fossil f...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms—household names ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Coal mining companies in Australia have been enjoying the good life in recent years, making millions of dollars from feeding the seemingly insatiable energy appetites of Asia's tiger economies - particularly that of China. But a new report by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (...
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Posted by on in Food
University of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery: how does mercury get into open-water fish? The researchers maintain they have an answer, and that their research indicates that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In 1982, complying with a federal court order stemming from a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finally issued regulations governing toxic pollution discharges under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Industry polluters had used political clout to delay those regul...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Anyone who happened to be scanning the skyline in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday witnessed a startling transformation. In the space of a minute, the four towering 350-foot-high, candy cane-striped smokestacks atFlorida Power & Light's Port Everglades oil-burning power plant—a loc...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  According to the China Electricity Council, China's coal demand will reach 4.3 billion tons by 2015, an increase of 970 million tons compared to the year 2010 and an annual increase of 5.2 percent, Shanghai Securities News reported on Monday. An expert told the paper that as the cost...
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