People & Population

Special Report: Japan's Homeless Recruited for Murky Fukushima Clean-Up

"SENDAI, Japan -- Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. He isn't a social worker. He's a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head."

Source: Reuters, 12/31/2013

"Many Amish Selling Land To Flee Encroaching Oil Boom In Ohio"

"ST CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- Farmers in the close-knit Amish community who eschew electricity and most technology, are among landowners capitalizing on a new financial trend in the United States energy boom - selling decades of future oil and natural gas royalties for an immediate pile of cash."

Source: Reuters, 12/23/2013

Docs Reveal Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Archaeological Site

"BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Three summers ago the company that wants to build the largest coal export terminal in North America failed to obtain the environmental permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres of land, including some wetlands."

Source: EarthFix/OPB, 11/26/2013

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