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Cities Across The West Coast Are Uniting Against Monsanto

Cities Across the West Coast Unite Against MonsantoMonsanto may have stopped developing Polychlorinated Biphenyls — typically known as PCBs — nearly four decades ago, but on the West Coast, lawsuits associated with this toxic group of chemicals keep mounting against the agrochemical giant.

On Wednesday, the Portland City Council voted to sue the Monsanto Company in federal court. Once Portland files the suit, it will become the seventh city to go after Monsanto over the toxic chemicals it produced, Portland City Attorney Tracy Reeve told ThinkProgress.

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Atlantic Ocean to be free from drilling

No drilling in AtlanticWith Washington poised to pull the Atlantic Ocean off the oil and gas drilling list, environmentalists declared victory after their hard preservation efforts.

The White House is expected to announce plans to remove portions of the Atlantic from consideration in a drilling lease plan. Washington in 2014 opened up Atlantic waters from Virginia to Florida for seismic testing, though advocacy group Oceana said there are more than 100 members of Congress and regional municipalities that have stated their public opposition to oil and gas activity in the Atlantic.

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Nitrogen from fertilizers poses long-term threat to drinking water

Fertilizer threat to drinking waterEven if farmers stopped using nitrogen fertilizers today, levels of dangerous nitrates in rivers and lakes would remain high for decades, researchers report.

Canadian scientists analyzed more than 2,000 soil samples from the Mississippi River Basin and found an accumulation of nitrogen. This buildup was not evident in the upper "plow" layer, but instead was found 2 inches to 8 inches beneath the soil surface.

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13 million along US coast could see homes swamped by 2100, study finds

sea level riseUS coastal areas occupied by more than 13 million people will be at risk of being completely swamped by the sea under a worst-case climate change scenario, new research predicts, potentially leading to a population upheaval comparable to the Great Migration of the 20th century.

Population growth in coastal areas over the course of this century, particularly in vulnerable areas of Florida, is likely to collide with the reality of rising seas caused by melting glaciers and thermal expansion as the planet warms.

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Record-Shattering February Warmth Bakes Alaska, Arctic 18°F Above Normal

Alaska, Arctic bake in 18 degree rise in temperatureHow hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train.

It was so hot that NASA now reports that last month beat the all-time global record for hottest February by a stunning 0.85°F, when such records are usually measured in hundredths of a degree.

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Over 24 Inches of Rain Triggers Record Flooding in the South

Record rain in southRecord flooding is already occurring along a stretch of the Sabine River, and will move downstream the next several days along the Texas/Louisiana border, due to previous record releases from Toledo Bend Reservoir, first put in service in 1966.

The river already crushed a previous record crest near Burkeville, Texas by over 5 feet, and that crest is headed downstream for the town of Deweyville, Texas, where it may top the previous unofficial record crest from 1884 by more than three feet. On Sunday morning, the Sabine River hit 29 feet in Deweyville, which is the point the town becomes "isolated" with numerous homes flooded, according to the National Weather Service. At 29.98 feet, widespread major to catastrophic flooding occurs in the town.

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Grand Canyon threatened despite win against developers, conservationists say

Grand CanyonPlans for a huge commercial development that would transform a tiny town near the edge of the Grand Canyon have been thrown out by federal officials in a surprise victory for conservation and indigenous interests – but campaigners warn that the world famous natural wonder remains in peril.

Tusayan, in northern Arizona, has a few low-key hotels and a population of just 560.

A mile from the entrance to Grand Canyon national park, it is the last settlement tourists pass through, if they even notice it, before entering the park to gawp into the spectacular sandstone abyss.

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