Ocean acidification may be worse now than during last four major mass extinctions

By Agence France-Presse High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday. The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history when natural pulses of … Continue reading Ocean acidification may be worse now than during last four major mass extinctions

Major river in India flowing from occupied Tibet mysteriously dries up

By Agence France-Presse A major river in India’s northeast that originates in Tibet has suddenly dried up, triggering speculation that China might be responsible, a local official told AFP on Thursday. The Brahmaputra has its source in China’s southwestern Tibet region where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, and it enters India in the … Continue reading Major river in India flowing from occupied Tibet mysteriously dries up

Scientists double estimates of Fukushima cesium discharge to 40 quadrillion becquerels

By Akiko Okazaki / The Asahi Shimbun A mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 disaster, scientists say. Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher at the Meteorological Research Institute, released the finding at a … Continue reading Scientists double estimates of Fukushima cesium discharge to 40 quadrillion becquerels

Giant corporation converting Sumatran tiger habitat into tissues and paper packaging

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian The habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger is being rapidly destroyed in order to make tissues and paper packaging for consumer products in the west, new research from Greenpeace shows. A year-long investigation by the campaigning group has uncovered clear evidence, independently verified, that appears to show that ramin … Continue reading Giant corporation converting Sumatran tiger habitat into tissues and paper packaging

Mining corporations sweeping globe in search of profits, devastating landbases and communities

By John Vidal / The Guardian The global mining, oil and gas industries have expanded so fast in the last decade they are now leading to large-scale “landgrabbing” and threatening farming and water supplies, according to a report by environment and development groups in Europe, Africa and India. “The catalogue of devastation is growing. We … Continue reading Mining corporations sweeping globe in search of profits, devastating landbases and communities

Grassroots movement forces shuttering of two Chicago coal plants

By Jeff Biggers In a move that should electrify the clean energy movement across the country, the tireless champions with the Chicago Clean Power Coalition have announced that Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of multinational giant Edison International, will soon shut down the Windy City’s two Model-T-era coal-fired plants. The historic victory, after a decade-long battle, … Continue reading Grassroots movement forces shuttering of two Chicago coal plants

Nuclear plants in United States experienced fifteen “near-misses” in 2011

By Environment News Service The Union of Concerned Scientists has documented 15 “near-misses” at 13 U.S. nuclear plants during 2011 and evaluates the response of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to each event in a report released today. The second in an annual series of reports, “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2011 Report: Living … Continue reading Nuclear plants in United States experienced fifteen “near-misses” in 2011

WikiLeaks release shows Stratfor surveilled activists for DHS, Dow Chemical, and Coca-Cola

By Allison Kilkenny / In These Times Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings last night posted a story on an internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street,” dated October of last year. The five-page report, part of five million newly leaked documents obtained by Wikileaks, sums up the history of the movement and assesses its … Continue reading WikiLeaks release shows Stratfor surveilled activists for DHS, Dow Chemical, and Coca-Cola

Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay In a bid to fast-track industrial projects, India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is opening up 25 percent of forests that were previously listed as “no-go” areas, reports the Hindustan Times. The designation will allow between 30 and 50 new industrial projects to go ahead rapidly, including road construction and coal mining. … Continue reading Indian government stripping forest protection in order to fast-track industrial projects

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