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C.D.C. Shuts Labs After Accidents with Pathogens

After potentially serious back-to-back laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced Friday that they had temporarily closed the flu and anthrax laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs.

The accidents, and the C.D.C.’s [...]

8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Chile; Tsunami Strikes Coast

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 has struck off the coast of Chile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami warning was issued following the quake, which was centered 49 miles west-northwest of Iquique, Chile, and was 6.21 miles deep, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said [...]

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Chinese scientists have warned that the country’s toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on the country’s food supply.

Beijing and broad swaths of six northern provinces have spent the past week blanketed in a dense pea-soup smog that is [...]

West Virginia’s Water May Still Be Tainted

The “flushing” recommended by the Tomblin administration and West Virginia American Water may not have effectively eliminated “Crude MCHM” and other toxic chemicals from plumbing systems at homes and businesses, experts are warning.

MCHM from the Jan. 9 leak at Freedom Industries may be stuck inside pipes and hot water tanks, and experts are concerned [...]

Ex-Fukushima worker says ‘duct tape, wire nets’ used to repair leaking radioactive water tanks

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the disaster stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, one of them is the continuous leaking of radioactive waste water into the ground beneath the plant and into the Pacific Ocean. A former employee in the facility has come out [...]

Fukushima and Radiation Contamination

I don’t know about anyone else, I have kids and grand kids and this article makes me more than just a little bit sick! If we continue to allow these type of nuclear atrocities, both here and abroad, what legacy are we leaving behind? I am disgusted by all the lies and the paltry reporting [...]

U.S. denies archives’ claim that Agent Orange was stored in Okinawa

NAHA—Defoliants used by the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War was stored in Okinawa, according to U.S. archives and testimony of a resident in Okinawa Prefecture. However, the U.S. government said in March that descriptions in the archive are wrong.

Some people have said that barrels of the defoliant, which contain highly toxic dioxins, [...]

Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug

The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying [...]

Staten Island Volunteers Fear City Will Hamper Their Hurricane Relief Efforts

Several organizations including Occupy Sandy, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, and another volunteer group called the Yellow Team also used the location. Mounds of donated supplies quickly took up the entire sidewalk for half a block in front of LaRocca’s Family Restaurant. … According to Farid Kader, 29, a Staten Island resident and a [...]

Weather related disasters on the upswing?

According to one insurance think tank over the past 3 decades natural weather disasters have quintupled [...]

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