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Archive for March 25th, 2014

Give US a *^%$# Break!

Posted by feww on March 25, 2014



Oil leaks into Lake Michigan from BP refinery

BP says “an unknown amount” of oil has leaked from its Indiana Whiting refinery into Lake Michigan.

BP said the leak, which resulted in the discharge of crude oil from the refinery’s cooling system, was discovered Monday afternoon.

More than a half of the lake is covered in ice, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Save the Dunes environmental group has expressed great concern about the impact of the spill on the environment, drinking water, recreational, fishing and shipping industries, said Nicole Barker, the group’s executive director.

“This BP spill, while seemingly contained and currently under control exemplifies some of the concerns Save the Dunes has with transporting and refining oil near Lake Michigan,”said Barker.

“We are glad to see that the crews effectively responded to the spill and it is fortunate that winds were blowing in a way that pushed the oil toward the shoreline,” she said. “However, irreversible damage can be caused by spills into our waterways and it is our greatest hope that the oil was contained before causing great harm to the Lake Michigan ecosystem.”

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Community Vanishes in Deadly Oso Slide

Posted by feww on March 25, 2014


14 Killed, community buried under tens of millions of tons of earth

Death toll in the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash., climbed to at least 14, while the list of potentially missing people ballooned to 176 by late Monday.

However, the  Snohomish County officials said the number included many duplicate names, and could drop.

The massive mudslide struck Saturday morning, a time when most residents  are at home, totally destroying or damaging dozens of structures in the communities. At least 25 residences were fully occupied at the time, officials said.

FIRE-EARTH estimates the slide moved about 50 million tons of mud, rock and debris.


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A 54m (177ft) wall of rain-sodden earth separated from foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Stillaguamish River, leaving a trail of  mud, rock and debris up to 5m deep. It buried communities  near the town of Oso, north of Seattle.  Photo: WSDOT, Handout

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Photo: Handout, Snohomish County

Washington Emergency Declaration: Flooding and Mudslides (EM-3370)

The White House has signed Washington Emergency Declaration, authorizing FEMA to co-ordinate the disaster relief effort in the Snohomish County.

Washington Governor Inslee said it was “devastation beyond imagination” after surveying the area from the air.

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A massive landslide near Oso, Washington killed at least 14 people and buried an entire community. The slide created a dam on the North Fork of the Stillaguamash River on Saturday.  Photo: Snohomish County, Handout.


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7 Million People Killed by Air Pollution in 2012

Posted by feww on March 25, 2014


Air pollution the world’s worst environmental hazard: WHO

Based on its environmental models, FIRE-EARTH team believes the estimate by World Health Organization (WHO) is grossly underestimated.

“[About] 1 in 8 of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk,” said WHO.

The latest data reveal a more robust link between air pollution and cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, “in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases,” as well as between air pollution and cancer, said WHO.

Unsustainable Policies

“Excessive air pollution is often a by-product of unsustainable policies in sectors such as transport, energy, waste management and industry,” said a WHO public health expert.

“In most cases, healthier strategies will also be more economical in the long term due to healthcare cost savings as well as climate gains.”

Outdoor air pollution-caused deaths – breakdown by disease:

  • 40% – ischaemic heart disease;
  • 40% – stroke;
  • 11% – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • 6% – lung cancer; and
  • 3% – acute lower respiratory infections in children.

Indoor air pollution-caused deaths – breakdown by disease:

  • 34% – stroke;
  • 26% – ischaemic heart disease;
  • 22% – COPD;
  • 12% – acute lower respiratory infections in children; and
  • 6% – lung cancer.

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