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The ‘Insane’ Plan To Burn 80,000 Pounds Of Chemical Explosives, Out In The Open, Every Day For A Year

M6 propellantJust a few miles away from the population center of Minden, Louisiana, 15 million pounds of military explosives are sitting in cardboard boxes, waiting to detonate.

The massive stockpile of explosive M6 propellant has been stored at a Louisiana National Guard military training site called Camp Minden since 2010, when the U.S. Army sold it to a company to be destroyed. But the company, Explo Systems, never actually disposed of it — they just left it in the boxes. Now the M6 is rapidly deteriorating, and by August, its risk of spontaneous combustion will greatly increase.


This Thing Called MJO Is Spitting Out Nasty Weather Across Globe

MJO weather patternAnyone looking for evidence of the Earth’s larger connections doesn’t need to look any farther than the Pacific Ocean right now.

Four tropical systems are careening through the basin. Cyclones Nathan and Olwyn are bracketing Australia, Tropical Storm Bavi is headed toward Guam and Cyclone Pam, just to the east of Vanuatu, is on its way to becoming one of the largest systems to form in the South Pacific.

Pam’s sustained winds are forecast to reach 172 miles (277 kilometers) per hour Friday, based on measurements taken over one minute, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii, which is staffed by U.S. Navy and Air Force meteorologists.


Oil shipments to resume in pipeline that broke under Montana river

Oil shipments continue under Montana RiverA Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered.

Cleanup is on hold near the small city of Glendive, where the water supply for 6,000 residents was temporarily contaminated.

Bridger Pipeline LLC company was to begin restarting a 50-mile section of the line south of the spill site Wednesday, spokesman Bill Salvin said.


Fukushima victims speak. Will anyone listen?

Fukushima victimsOn March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northeastern Japan triggered a tsunami that led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

While immediate health consequences are yet to be determined, more than 159,000 people were evicted from areas deemed too radioactive for human habitation. The World Health Organization has warned about “increased risk of certain cancers” for people in the most contaminated areas.


Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

China's air pollutionIt's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on the ground. When is this winter going to end?

Many scientists think that climate change might be one cause of this year's "snowpocalypse" in Boston and bitter cold snaps in New York and Washington.  But physicists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been looking into another culprit: air pollution in China and India.

"Over the past 30 years or so, man-made emission centers have shifted from traditional industrialized countries to fast, developing countries in Asia," physicist Jonathan Jiang writes in an email.


Lack of snow forces Alaska to move Iditarod dog race

Ididerot moved due to lack of snowThe Alaskan Iditarod dogsled race has had to be moved for only the second time in 43 years because of a shortage of snow.
While a huge swathe of the US from New England to Alabama has recorded unprecedented snowfall, the same cannot be said of Alaska.

Snow has been so scarce that drastic measures have been taken to ensure the 1000-mile sledding marathon can take place at all. The starting point for this week’s event has been shifted 289 miles north from Willow to Fairbanks.


Third oil train in less than a month derails in Ontario and starts fire

Ontario oil train derailsSeveral cars have caught fire after a Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, prompting officials to advise nearby residents to stay indoors and avoid consuming water from local sources.

Ontario Provincial Police were called to the scene at approximately 2:45 a.m. ET. The Transportation Safety Board said 30 to 40 cars derailed four kilometres southwest of Gogama, Ont., and there were no initial reports of injuries


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