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February 17 2014

08:00

California Farms Are Slow to Adopt Water-Saving Technology

Newsweek - By David Cay Johnston - Feb. 17 (Special Report) - Coming soon to a grocery store near you: higher food prices, because California, which grows more half of the nation's fresh fruits and vegetables, is in its third consecutive year of getting only about one-eighth the usual amount of water from snow melting in the High Sierras.

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February 02 2014

08:00

Severe Drought Has US West Fearing Worst - New York Times

New York Times - By Adam Nagourney, Ian Lovett - Feb. 02 (News) - LOS ANGELES — The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state's drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. Much of western US facing severe water shortage Boston Globe all 259 news ...

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December 03 2013

08:00

#ShutDownCanada: Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt

Common Dreams - By Lauren McCauley - Dec. 03 (News Report) - Anti-fracking activists across Canada have taken to the streets Monday, answering a rallying call by the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation who have called for an Emergency Day of Action to protest assault on native lands and right to protest. After a series of weekend anti-fracking blockades where members of the Elsipogtog community and their allies faced off against energy company SWN Resources in New Brunswick, supporters of the indigenous protest movement are rallying outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

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November 16 2013

08:00

House readies vote to thwart ‘fracking’ regs

The Hill - By Ben Geman - Nov. 16 (News Report) - The House will likely vote next week on GOP bills that would block Interior Department regulation of oil and gas “fracking” and set new deadlines for drilling permit approvals. On fracking, Rep. Bill Flores’s (R-Texas) plan is the latest GOP pushback against Interior efforts to toughen regulation of fracking on federal and tribal lands.

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October 30 2013

07:00

Naomi Klein: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

AlterNet - By Naomi Klein - Oct. 30 (Special Report) - He talked about system boundaries, perturbations, dissipation, attractors, bifurcations and a whole bunch of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.” There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance”

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October 27 2013

07:00

More than 15 Million Americans Now Live Within One Mile of a Fracking Well

| NationofChange - By Katie Valentine - Oct. 27 (News Report) - a recent Reuters analysis uncovered the unsettling trend of home developers keeping the rights to oil and gas reserves under the houses they sell, in many cases without notifying the homes’ buyers outright. That way, the home developer can lease the land of an entire neighborhood to a natural gas company — with or without the residents’ consent.

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October 18 2013

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October 11 2013

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Tropics first region on globe to hit a new climate era, research finds

wwwp.dailyclimate.org - By Douglas Fischer - Oct. 11 (News Report) - Upwards of 5 billion people in the tropics will soon find temperature and other weather conditions falling outside anything experienced in modern record-keeping, according to a groundbreaking study published Wednesday. What's past is no longer prologue. We are outside of our experience. - Stuart Pimm, Duke University The study, by a team of University of Hawaii researchers led by professor Camilo Mora, is the first to map the timing of "climate departures" – when a particular region's climate conditions escape the bounds recorded over the past 140-odd years by modern instruments.

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September 17 2013

07:00

Oysters dying as coast is hit hard

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Sep. 17 (Special Report) - Carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel emissions had turned seawater in Willapa Bay along Washington’s coast so lethal that slippery young Pacific oysters stopped growing. The same corrosive ocean water got sucked into an Oregon hatchery and routinely killed larvae the family bought as oyster seed.

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August 26 2013

07:00

Ocean Acidification Happening at 10X Rate Than Ever Before - Study

AlterNet - By Alex Kane - Aug. 26 (News Report) - The increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is leading to increasing rates of ocean acidification, a process that could have catastrophic effects. A new study published by Nature Climate Change shows that ocean acidification is happening at a rate ten times faster than ever before, according to the study’s author, German scientist Hans Poertner.

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August 25 2013

07:00

Congress, Public Waking Up to Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat

nationofchange.org - By Dave Johnson - Aug. 25 (News Analysis) - Not surprisingly, it appears that the agreement will promote the interests of giant, multinational corporations over the interests of labor, environmental, consumer, human rights, or other stakeholders in democracy.

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August 10 2013

07:00

The Fukushima Nightmare Gets Worse

readersupportednews.org - By Harvey Wasserman - Aug. 10 (News Report) - Massive quantities of radioactive liquids are now flowing through the shattered reactor site into the Pacific Ocean. And their make-up is far more lethal than the "mere" tritium that has dominated the headlines to date.

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August 07 2013

07:00

Bad News: Hackers Are Coming for Your Tap Water

Mother Jones - By Dana Liebelson - Aug. 07 (Investigative Report) - Kyle Wilhoit, a 29-year-old Missourian working for a cybersecurity company called Trend Micro , has spent the last year building fake water plant control systems that mimic the online control systems used by real American utilities. Dubbed "honeypots," these sorts of decoys are deployed to draw in the ill-mannered beasts of the internet—malicious hackers. Wilhoit's traps appear to be working. Hackers employing a software tool used by the Chinese army—as well as hackers that appear to originate from Russia, Palestine, Germany and other countries—have been breaking into Trend Micro's phony US water systems.

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July 23 2013

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Podcast: FEMA’s Flawed Flood Maps

ProPublica - By Minhee Cho - Jul. 23 (Investigative Report) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for drawing the flood maps that determine how much millions of Americans must pay in flood insurance premiums. A number of these maps, however, often rely on outdated data and can mistakenly place homeowners into high-risk flood areas.

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July 09 2013

07:00

Secret TPP Deal Would Void Democracy

labornotes.org - By Jane Slaughter - Jul. 09 (Special Report) - Corporations could sue governments over laws not to their liking. They are already doing so under existing “trade” agreements, but TPP would vastly expand the number of corporations and countries involved. For example, Australia passed a law requiring plain packaging for cigarettes (no Joe Camel). U.S.-based Philip Morris is in court over predicted lost sales.

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July 06 2013

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The real threat to our future is peak water

The Guardian - By Lester Brown - Jul. 06 (Comment) - As population rises, overpumping means some nations have reached peak water, which threatens food supply, says Lester Brown Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. T

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May 08 2013

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New hydro scheme on 70th anniversary

BBC News - May. 08 (News Report) - A hydro power scheme in Ross-shire is being given planning approval on the 70th anniversary of Scotland's hydro industry beginning.

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March 30 2013

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7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.

Huffington Post - By Alexander E.M. Hess, Samuel Weigley, Michael Sauter - Mar. 30 (Special Report) - The United States is in the midst of one of the biggest droughts in recent memory. At last count, over half of the lower 48 states had abnormally dry conditions and are suffering from at least moderate drought. More than 80 percent of

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March 29 2013

07:00

Frackers dodge responsibility for earthquakes, science be damned

Grist - By Susie Cagle - Mar. 29 (Special Report) - The least surprising part of all this? That the industry is reluctant to accept that it might be responsible for tearing peoples’ houses down — or at least that it doesn’t want to talk to lefty magazines about it. Some scientists are concerned that industry and government officials don’t want to work with them on the issue.

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