Disasters

"Oil From BP Spill Slowing One of Ocean's Fastest Fish: Scientists"

"'The worry is that if you have reduced swimming performance you're going to be less effective at capturing prey, and less effective in avoiding (predators),' said Martin Grosell, a professor at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science."

Source: Reuters, 06/24/2014

"Reports Suggest Pipes Not Tested at Duke Energy's Dan River Plant"

"There’s no evidence in reports subpoenaed by a federal grand jury that Duke Energy ever performed a simple test engineers recommended, one that might have prevented the spill this winter at the utility’s power plant near Eden."

Source: Greensboro News & Record, 06/23/2014

Battling Over the Brazos: Dwindling River, Reservoirs Spark Disputes

"In 1957, author John Graves decided to take a canoe trip down the upper Brazos River before a series of dams would turn his favorite stretch of river into a string of lakes. Graves feared that his beloved river would be squeezed dry if five proposed flood-control dams were built in the upper Brazos."

Source: Denton Record-Chronicle, 06/23/2014

"Records: Duke Warned About Pipe That Caused Spill"

"RALEIGH, N.C. — Records subpoenaed by federal prosecutors show engineers working for Duke Energy warned the company nearly 30 years before a massive coal ash spill that a stormwater pipe running under an ash dump was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks."

Source: AP, 06/20/2014

"Details About Crude Oil Rail Shipments Shrouded in Secrecy"

"Trains carrying a potentially more flammable crude oil have begun rolling with little notice through Sacramento and California in the last year, prompting concerns about safety and calls for more transparency, but state officials said Friday they have decided for now not to release information to the public on where those trains run or how many there are."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 06/17/2014
October 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014

International Union of Forest Research Organizations - 2014 World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations is holding its every-5th-year World Congress in Salt Lake City, UT this year. Media professionals are encouraged to attend. All attendees with a media/press pass will have access to the conference plenary, sub-plenary and technical sessions, the media room and press events, and entry to the expo floor.

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