Environment
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Pesticides plague Argentina's rural farming communities

Environment
by David Sonju
Posted 10/22/13, 03:15 pm

As Argentina’s agricultural industry grows, farmers are using more and more pesticides to produce larger harvests. But the massive agrochemical use is often unregulated and close to populated areas, causing health problems in Argentina’s rural communities.

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Pattern of silence shrouds North Dakota oil spill

Environment
by David Sonju
Posted 10/15/13, 03:40 pm

If oil spills and no one is around to see it, does the public have a right to know?

That’s the question North Dakota residents are asking this week after a pipeline rupture sent more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field in one of the largest spills in state history. Tesoro Corp. reported the spewing oil to the North Dakota Health Department on Sept. 29 after a local farmer discovered it. But state officials waited more than two weeks to tell the public about the spill—and this only after an inquiry from the Associated Press.

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Flushable wipes clogging pipes

Environment
by David Sonju
Posted 10/01/13, 02:52 pm

The increasingly popular, pre-moistened bathroom wipes—advertised as “flushable”—are wreaking havoc in sewer systems across America. 

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