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Obama hails NOLA ‘resilience’ five years post-Katrina

President Barack Obama, marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Sunday, praised the city’s resilience and pledged support for rebuilding “until the job is done.” He acknowledged that the famed jazz city, where at least 1,500 people died in the storm and its aftermath, was still in…

Newly discovered oil-eating microbe ‘flourishing’ in Gulf

Researchers say previously unknown microbe thriving by eating spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following…

Thousands of dead fish surface at mouth of Mississippi River

Thousands of fish have turned up dead at the mouth of Mississippi River, prompting authorities to check whether oil was the cause of mass death, local media reports said Monday. The fish were found Sunday floating on the surface of the water and collected in booms that had been deployed…

Activist: Gulf fishermen being held responsible for toxic seafood

Federal government admits not testing for arsenic, mercury or other toxic heavy metals in seafood The US government, and even President Obama himself, have said that Gulf seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the massive BP oil spill. But an admission from the federal government that it…

Major study charts long-lasting oil plume in Gulf

New study: Oil plume under Gulf surface is big – 22 miles long – and likely to survive awhile. A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably loiter for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the…

SC mom charged with suffocating sons due in court

Sheriff: Jobless SC mom who ‘wanted to be free’ suffocated young sons, faked drowning accident Broke, jobless and berated by her mother for her failings, Shaquan Duley killed her young sons, then strapped their lifeless bodies into their car seats before rolling the vehicle into a South Carolina river in…

US sends helicopters, boats, bridges to flood-hit Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States is rushing helicopters, boats, bridges, water units and other supplies to flood-hit Pakistan as part of an initial 10-million-dollar aid pledge, the government said Sunday. “The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United States is standing with them as the tragic human toll…

Pakistan’s worst-ever flash floods, landslides kill over 800

Rescue workers and troops in northwest Pakistan struggled Saturday to reach thousands of people affected by the country’s worst floods in living memory, as the death toll rose to 800. Hundreds of homes and vast swathes of farmland were destroyed in the northwest and Pakistani Kashmir, with the main highway…

Floods wash 3,000 chemical barrels into China river

BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities were scrambling on Thursday to recover 3,000 barrels full of hazardous chemicals that were washed into a major river in northeastern China by recent flooding. A total of 7,000 barrels were swept into the Songhua river in Jilin province on Wednesday following heavy rains, but most…

UN declares access to clean water a human right

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right, a move hailed by water advocates as a momentous step toward a future treaty. After more than 15 years of contentious debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor…

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