"Reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu on Monday painted a picture of utter destruction after a monster cyclone tore through the South Pacific island nation, flattening buildings and killing at least eight people."
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- Source: Reuters, 03/16/2015
"The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country."
"West Virginia lawmakers approved a measure on Saturday to roll back strict water-protection rules enacted last year after a chemical spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people in West Virginia’s capital."Source: Wall St. Journal, 03/16/2015
"The Ohio River once again leads the nation for industrial pollution."Source: Louisville Courier-Journal, 03/16/2015
"At a time when Alaska state officials are eager to provide low-cost fuel to the energy-hungry Fairbanks region, the Alaska Railroad Corp. is seeking to become the first U.S. company to ship liquefied natural gas by rail."Source: EnergyWire, 03/16/2015
"A virulent strain of avian flu that has killed turkeys in the heart of the nation's poultry region has been found through molecular testing to be nearly identical to viruses isolated in migratory ducks."
"Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA TODAY analysis shows."Source: USA TODAY, 03/16/2015
"The 100 global power companies most at risk from growing pressure to shut highly polluting coal plants have been revealed in a new report from Oxford University. Chinese companies dominate the top of the ranking but US companies, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, occupy 10 of the top 25 places."Source: Guardian, 03/16/2015
"A federal appeals court upheld a district judge's decision to drop manslaughter charges against two former BP Plc (BP.L) well site managers over their roles in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster that killed 11 people."
"With its sewer system under siege, tallying millions of dollars in equipment damage across its underground maze, New York City is confronting a menace that has gummed the gears of plumbing networks around the world: the common wet wipe."Source: NY Times, 03/16/2015
"The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fiery crashes."Source: AP, 03/13/2015
"A maximum category five tropical cyclone was heading towards the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, packing destructive winds of up to 185 kph (115 mph) and heavy rain, Vanuatu Meteorological Services (VMS) warned."Source: Reuters, 03/13/2015
"Over the last year, federal authorities built what appeared to be a strong criminal case against Exide Technologies, the Vernon battery recycler that has long faced scrutiny for spewing lead and arsenic into neighborhoods in southeast Los Angeles County."Source: LA Times, 03/13/2015
"The Obama administration projects the United States could draw 35 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2050, in a new report released Thursday."Source: Huffington Post, 03/13/2015
Since Florida Gov. Rick Scott's flat denial that his administration has banned state employees from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming," employees from other agencies have come forward to confirm the "unofficial" policy not to use the terms.Source: Florida Ctr for Investigative Reporting, 03/13/2015