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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution
Friday, 03 January 2014 09:08
by DAN CHARLES

It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water.

Take the case of one simple, essential chemical element: phosphorus.

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. "There was this battle to have enough available phosphorus for optimum crop production," says Kenneth Staver, a scientist with the University of Maryland's Wye Research and Education Center, which sits between farm fields and the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards!
Friday, 13 December 2013 09:18

EPA just announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards! EPA sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to recognize cutting-edge Green Chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists across the nation. These technologies are contributing to the use of chemicals and products that are safer for people’s health and the environment. They are helping to solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, including climate change, water availability and pollution, and hazardous waste while improving the bottom line for America’s manufacturing sector.

Read more at http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2013/12/2013_green_chemistry_awards

 
Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant begins fuel rod removal
Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:58

Workers at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building.

The delicate operation is seen as a necessary step in stabilising the site.

It will take about two days to remove the first 22 fuel rod assemblies, plant operator Tepco says.

Overall, more than 1,500 assemblies must be removed in what correspondents describe as a risky and dangerous operation set to take a year.

Experts say hydrogen explosions after the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 have made the current storage facility vulnerable to further tremors.

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Family discovers their faucet water is flammable
Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:03
DIXIE, LA (KSLA) - By Victoria Shirley

A Dixie, Louisiana family made a startling discovery recently when they lit a flame next to the water coming out of their household faucet and it burst into flames. They don't live far from a natural gas drilling site, but experts say that may have nothing to do with it.

The Parker family has two houses on property that shares a private well. They explained they've been having issues with their water for about a year, but didn't know how serious it was until now.

"Especially in the morning, you come in and turn the water on and there is so much air pressure in the lines that is just blows water everywhere, you're soaked," said Sarah Evans, who was visiting her parents from out of town, when she came up with the idea to put a lighter to her parents' faucet.

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Parents, Teachers and Press Urged to Spread Message of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26
Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

(Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 26, 2013) - United behind a theme of “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” EPA Region 7 is urging parents, teachers and news media representatives to join federal, state and local health and environmental agencies in spreading the message of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26.

While lead poisoning is a health issue that can affect persons of any age, young children are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 4 million households in the U.S. have children living in them at risk of exposure to toxic lead.

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