"EPA's Colorado Mine Disaster Plume Flows West Toward Grand Canyon"

"Three days after EPA workers triggered a huge blowout at a festering mine in southwestern Colorado, a mustard-colored plume — still fed by 548 gallons leaking per minute — stretched more than 100 miles, spreading contaminants including cadmium, arsenic, copper, lead and zinc."

Source: , 08/10/2015

Making ‘Rain’ For the Caring Middle

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Author Cynthia Barnett experiences a sun shower in the rainiest place on Earth, Cherrapunji, in India’s state of Meghalaya.                                                                                                                  Photo by Rimjhim Gogoi

"Freight Trucks at New Jersey Port Must Curb Idling"

"The air in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, is expected to clear up now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized agreements with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and port terminal operators that will cut air pollution caused by idling diesel trucks at the port."

Source: ENS, 08/07/2015

"One Year On, Toxic Sonora River Spill Prompts Lawsuits"

"In August 2014, chemicals from a Grupo México mine contaminated a main waterway. A Mexicoleaks Alliance investigation reveals that the spill control equipment at the Buenavista Copper Mine was not in compliance with regulations that federal authorities had failed to enforce since 2011. Now residents of seven Sonora municipalities are filing suit."

Source: El Daily Post, 08/06/2015

Big-Ag-Fueled Algae Bloom Won't Leave Toledo's Water Supply Alone

As August warms waters seasonally in many parts of the U.S., harmful algal blooms are causing health hazards. A prime example is Toledo, where high levels of an algal toxin made city drinking water unusable last year. Algal blooms in the warm, shallow Lake Erie are worsened by agricultural runoff. With climate warming, new algal blooms are showing up in new places, like the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Mother Jones, 08/06/2015


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