News for 2011-04-20

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] UN Chief Issues Nuclear Warning on Chernobyl Visit
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — The head of the UN warned on a landmark visit to Chernobyl on Wednesday that the Ukrainian tragedy and the recent accident in Japan prompted "painful questions" about the future of atomic power. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon visited the site of the Chernobyl disaster a day...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mekong Ecology in the Balance as Laos Quietly Begins Work on Dam
Environmentalists opposed to a controversial dam that could have a devastating impact on one of Asia's most important rivers have accused the authorities in Laos of starting work on the project without formal approval.
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Nigerian Unrest Kills More Than 200: Rights Group
KANO, Nigeria – Post-poll unrest in Nigeria has killed more than 200 people, a rights group said Wednesday, as the Muslim opposition candidate who lost alleged rigging but said he did not instigate the riots. Aid workers rushed to help nearly 40,000 displaced, many of whom had taken refuge in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fossil Fuel Firms Use 'Biased' Study in Massive Lobbying Push
Senior executives in the fossil fuel industry have launched an all-out assault on renewable energy, lobbying governments and business groups to reject wind and solar power in favour of gas, in a move that could choke the fledgling green energy industry.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gas Drilling Emergency in Bradford County
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is at a natural gas drilling site in Bradford County where, officials said, crews were fracking when a well blew out near the surface. A massive operation is underway in Bradford County to deal with a spill at a natural gas well in LeRoy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Photographer Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya, Other Journalists Wounded
Photographer Tim Hetherington has been killed covering the escalating violence in the Libyan city of Misrata while three other western journalists have been injured. Hetherington, 40, the British photographer and co-creator of Oscar-winning documentary Restrepo, was killed in Misrata on Wednesday...
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[title] Deepwater Drilling Resumes Despite Unclear Impact of BP Spill: "It is All about Hiding the Oil, Not Cleaning It Up"
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Take on Coal in Chicago
UPDATE: 11am EST: As part of a nationwide day of direct action , six local activists with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Rising Tide North America, Rainforest Action Network and the Backbone Campaign unfurled a banner–“Close Chicago’s Toxic Coal Plants”–at the Crawford coal...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Is This The Start of Foreign Ground Troops in Libya?
When the United Nations authorized the Libya war on March 17, it balked at allowing foreign ground troops into the country. But its vague language and broad commitments to protecting Libyan citizens besieged by Moammar Gadhafi led many to wonder if the mission would expand . A month later, the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Activists Arrested at US Capitol
Six Utahns associated with climate activist and convicted energy lease auction imposter Tim DeChristopher were among 30 arrested in and around the U.S. Capitol in recent days for disrupting government activities, including House floor debate.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 3,200 Gulf Wells Unplugged, Unprotected
More than 3,200 oil and gas wells classified as active lie abandoned beneath the Gulf of Mexico, with no cement plugging to help prevent leaks that could threaten the same waters fouled by last year's BP spill, The Associated Press has learned.
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[field_image_caption-raw] A War Powers Challenge to President Obama's Libya Project
President Obama failed to seek a declaration of war before ordering U.S. attacks on Libya. Now, he faces a challenge under the War Powers Resolution.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nil, Baby, Nil: Congress Fails To Pass A Single Oil Spill Law
NEW YORK -- Soon after his son Gordon died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion last April, Keith Jones made eight trips to Washington D.C. to push for stronger safety measures in offshore oil drilling and to increase the compensation paid to victims of the tragic accident. He met with President...
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[title] Back on the Horizon: Deepwater Oil Drilling Barely Breaks Stride
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Increasing Wages at Wal-Mart Would Barely Affect Shoppers
Wal-Mart is the largest private-sector employer in the United States. It employs more than 1.4 million workers here, but pays them an estimated 12 percent less than average retail workers in the country. Many argue that, while unfortunate, such low wages help poor families since by allowing them to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US to Move WikiLeaks' Suspect in Prison Upgrade
WASHINGTON — Bradley Manning, a US serviceman held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, is headed to a US military facility for a potentially "multi-year" stay with an upgrade in conditions, the Pentagon has said. Manning's imminent transfer to a Kansas military facility with...
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