Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain

February 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Imagine looking out the window over your morning cup of coffee and seeing a giant orange cloud rising up from your hometown. Pretty terrifying, right? Residents of two towns in northeastern Spain were ordered indoors due to a massive cloud of toxic gas in the air but they are now breathing a bit easier. According to the Associated Press , nearly 40,000 people in the Spanish province of Catalonia were told go indoors and close their windows after an explosion at a warehouse sent an orange cloud of chemical gas into the air over the region. Now, officials in the region have given a “partial all clear for people to leave their homes,” after the cloud dissipated. Read the rest of Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: caladonia , chemicals , cloud , explosion , gas , igualada , nitrous , Spain , Spanish , toxic

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Cozy Malacahuello Cabin is a Minimalist Winter Retreat Hidden Deep in the Chilean Forest

February 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Cozy Malacahuello Cabin is a Minimalist Winter Retreat Hidden Deep in the Chilean Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Araucanía Region , Architecture , architecture in chile , cabins in chile , chilean architects , forest homes , Malalcahuello winter cabin , MC2 Arquitectos , rustic architecture , small homes , winter cabin In Malacahuello , wood cabins        

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Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling

April 12, 2012 by  
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Lloyd’s of London market and the Royal Institute of International Affairs have released a new report which  predicts huge risks for those looking to invest in the Arctic. The companies believe that if economic development ramps up in the region — with estimated investments reaching $100 million within the next decade — the lack of infrastructure and gaps of knowledge about the most northernmost part of the globe could outweigh the economic benefits of their projects. To that end, Lloyd’s chief executive officer advises companies interested in the region to “step back” and think about the long term consequences of their pipeline projects, which range from oil exploration to fisheries. Read the rest of Lloyd’s of London Report Forsees Disaster in Arctic Development and Drilling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Arctic Council , arctic exploration , canada , environmental destruction , greenland , lloyds of london , offshore drilling , oil exploration

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49 Animals Killed After Suicidal Owner Released Them

October 20, 2011 by  
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Photo: wwarby / cc For more than twelve tense hours, heavily armed police officers near Zanesville, Ohio scoured the region for big cats, bears, and other exotic animals set loose from a local wildlife farm — ultimately killing nearly 50 of the 56 escapees. Among the dead animals are 18 endangered Bengal tigers, 17 lions, two grizzly bears, six black bears, a baboon, and seven bobcats. Although the public was cautioned to rema… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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It’s Not Too Late to Plant a Fall Garden! What to Plant in Your Region Now

September 12, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: themissiah , Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License . Fall gardening is rewarding in a way that can be hard to explain. You get to plant and harvest in cooler weather, which is always nice. But it’s more than that. The variety of things you can harvest that you weren’t able to during the heat of summer, the return of cool-season veggies such as spinach and lettuce — both of these are reason enough. But there’s also the sense that you’re getting the most from your garden, and that’s always … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Humans Are Hardwired to Respond to Animals, Says Study

September 12, 2011 by  
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Photo: snowflakegirl / cc Whether it be the millions of livestock animals sent to the slaughterhouses every year, or the countless species endangered across the world from poaching or habitat loss, it seems too often that non-human life is a merely a commodity — though a recent study suggests that that is not how our brains see things. In fact, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and UCLA say that the region of the human brain which dictates emotions, both positive and negative, is more responsive to the sight … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ski resort in Arizona to make snow using sewage waste

August 26, 2011 by  
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Amit Singh: Snow Sewage water to be recycled into snow for Arizona Ski Resort Skiing as an adventure sport and the business that comes with it, have always been a lucrative option for mountain based resorts and hotels. But in the past few years, due to increased global warming and green house effect, melting snow caps have become a huge problem for both environment and the adventurers. An Arizona based holiday resort ‘Arizona Snowbowl’ has come up with a potent but controversial solution to the same problem. Very soon, they will be covering the mountains with self made snow – created out of treated sewage water. The decision had an immediate polarizing effect on the local people and the authorities. This is not the first time the resort has proposed anything this radical, even in the 1970’s they came up with the same idea but were refuted. The current movement to go green and the bank of study to prove what they are doing is safe, have made their case stronger. Snowbowl is citing an environmental protection agency report, as one of its sources. According to the report, the treated sewage water is safe for humans. As a result, Snowbowl has already started construction work on a 15 mile long pipeline. Through which they will receive 1.5 gallons of water from city of Flagstaff. On the other side of the debate, some environmentalists are not satisfied with EPA’s findings. They claim to have studies by US geological survey and university of phoenix, going contrary to ‘treated water is safe’ assumption. They further add that treated water also contains high doses of carcinogens, industrial pollutants and other harmful chemicals. Some reports also predict that this can bring a change in the soil chemistry and can be severely harmful for the natural habitat of the region. Another set of opposition is coming from the tribal population of the region. The Hopi tribe has filed a lawsuit against the resort claiming that the land is sacred to them and it should not be polluted with sewage water. Via: Discovery

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Enormous Underground River Discovered in the Amazon

August 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: EduardoDuarte / cc The sprawling Amazon rainforest is easily one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions on the planet, what with its dark, dense vegetation that stretches across the horizon like an unimaginable vast sea of green, home to an untold number of undiscovered species — but the depths of the Amazon’s secrets just got a whole lot deeper. According to a team of Brazilian scientists, over 2 miles beneath the region’s lush surface lies an enormous underground river which runs nearly the entire length of the Amazon river…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Arctic Ice Still Melting, But We May Never See An Actual Tipping Point

August 5, 2011 by  
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There’s no doubt that Arctic sea ice is melting at record rates, with rising temperatures in the region outpacing the global average increase, but a new article in Science questions whether there will ever be a tipping point in Arctic ice melting …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Shell Finally Accepts Liability for Nigeria Oil Spills Requiring $1 Billion Clean Up

August 5, 2011 by  
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image via Crack Two While the Gulf oil spill was no doubt horrific, it’s nothing compared to what’s been going on in Nigeria for decades . In 2008, two Shell oil spills wiped out the entire community of Bodo , and for nearly 50 years prior to that, oil spills occurred with shocking regularity. After long denying responsibility for the massive 2008 spills, which sent 11 million gallons of crude oil into a region of the Niger Delta, Shell has finally taken responsibility for the disaster. A class action lawsuit was filed against the company, prompting them to admit that more than 275 times the amount of oil they reported was actually spilled. The U.N. has harshly criticized the oil company , and says that the region requires the world’s largest ever oil spill clean up which will take up to 30 years and cost potentially more than $1 billion. Read the rest of Shell Finally Accepts Liability for Nigeria Oil Spills Requiring $1 Billion Clean Up Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bodo oil spill , bodo oil spill damage , class action lawsuit against shell , largest oil spill clean up in the world , niger delta oil spill , oil spills nigeria , shell accepts liability , shell nigeria oil spill , shell oil , shell oil spill bodo , shell petroleum , UNEP , unep study , United National Environment Programme , United Nations

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