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A coalition of environmental groups is threatening the EPA with a lawsuit if the agency fails to implement new regulations regarding disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracking. Wastewater injected into the ground has been linked to increased seismic activity and has caused concern regarding the contamination of drinking water. The coalition says that wastewater from fracking contains carcinogens and radioactive components.
It's been nine years since a major hurricane hit the U.S. and experts point to sheer luck as the determining factor. Defined as a category 3 or greater, the last major hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Wilma, which hit Florida in 2005. There's a reason you can't remember the last lull of this kind...it reportedly occurred between 1861 and 1868.
California's first known wolf pack since the last wolf was killed in 1924 was spotted by a trail camera in Siskiyou County. The two adults and five pups were named the Shasta Pack after nearby Shasta mountain. The wolves are protected by both federal and state endangered species laws.
A new study on microbeads reveals that they are present in huge quantities in everyday cosmetics and cleaning products, posing a danger to the environment and marine life. Microbeads, which are tiny pieces of plastic, are released into rivers and oceans when conventional sewage treatment fails to intercept them due to their small size. Hand cleaners, soaps, sunscreen and shampoos are just a few of the many products that contain microbeads.
A hot bath could be the ticket to flavor for those red, but utterly bland supermarket tomatoes we buy in the off season, say scientists. Dunking tomatoes in a hot bath while they're are still green results in greater retention of 13 aroma components that enhance flavor. Currently, market tomatoes are picked green and stored cold, which causes them to lose most of their taste.
8/28/15
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