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States line up to back Columbia coal project
Sunday May 13th 2018, 11:27 PM

Six states west of the Mississippi and several national industry groups have lined up against Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to reject permits for a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River.

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Lobster industry worries crustaceans have lost their crunch
Sunday May 13th 2018, 11:14 PM

Some members of U.S. industry have complained in recent years of poor shell quality among lobsters, most of which are plucked from the ocean off Canada and New England. They’ve raised concerns about warming ocean waters or acidification of the ocean having a negative effect on lobster shells.

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Coral scientists create gene bank for endangered pillar coral
Sunday May 13th 2018, 11:10 PM

Only 63 unique pillar coral colonies are currently alive in the Florida Reef Tract, so a group of scientists, including those at the Tampa-based Florida Aquarium have banded together to save the species, which is under threat of local extinction.

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Warning Cape York land-clearing approval puts Great Barrier Reef at risk
Sunday May 13th 2018, 11:05 PM

The Turnbull government faces a test of its

$500m budget commitment

to protect the Great Barrier Reef, after federal environment officials ruled that a farmer could clear almost 2,000 hectares of Queensland forest.

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Australian farmers adapt to dry conditions, with rainfall well below normal
Sunday May 13th 2018, 11:00 PM

Even for those with the greenest of thumbs, keeping a backyard garden or front lawn alive when rain doesn’t fall is a struggle. So how do Australian farmers plan to keep the country fed?

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G.M.O. foods will soon require labels. What will the labels say?
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:57 PM

The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed guidelines for the new labels, which are required by federal law.

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WIPP: Full air filtration mode a ‘conservative decision’ to protect environment, workers
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:52 PM

Air in the underground facility of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant continues to be heavily filtered to prevent radioactive particles from reaching the outside air, despite research that suggests it is not longer needed.

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High percentage of kindergartens exposed to transport pollutants
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:47 PM

Worsening air pollution from coal power and urban transport are threatening a high percentage of children across the world.

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Piping plover spraying plan irks environmentalists
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:36 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spray in Suffolk’s Smith Point County Park to create a sparsely vegetated habitat for the tiny birds.

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Pesticide makers’ representatives want more poisons in our food
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:33 PM

Campaign contributions buy a lot of agriculture committee votes.

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Residents worry Massachusetts waste incinerator is contaminating area waterways
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:24 PM

It was supposed to close 22 years ago. Now an aging waste incinerator landfill north of Boston has been given the go-ahead to add a half million tons of fly ash and bottom ash to its collection of materials — and local residents and community leaders are not happy about it.

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Montana: Flood raises worries about dike holding old mill toxins
Sunday May 13th 2018, 10:19 PM

A gallery of cottonwoods, trunk-deep in muddy Clark Fork River water, ends suddenly at the edge of the 1,200-acre drainfield south of a defunct pulp mill. That’s also where Missoula and Montana state officials suspect a half-century of toxic waste dumping sits behind a 2.5-mile-long earthen berm.

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