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A Definite Threat to Our Native Forests and Water Supplies

INTER PRESS SERVICE
News Agency

U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 2014 (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

Clean Water

Just like Charleston, West Virginia last fall another major metropolitan area this morning finds itself unable to access healthy drinking water. Toledo, Ohio and a large area surrounding the city have been warned not to drink the water due to toxins in Lake Erie water derived from an algae bloom. In the case of Charleston, 300,000 people went without clean drinking water for months due to a leak from a chemical tank upstream from their drinking water intake on the Fox River. In Toledo this morning 500,000 people plus are without potable water.

Tank Farm Threatens the eleven Point River!

Company, EPA lapses lead to hazards on the Eleven Point River
by Jack Suntrup

Coastal Energy’s set of tanks overlook the dry headwaters of the Eleven Point River on April 13, 2014. The tanks have drawn the ire of some residents because of their proximity to the river. Photo by Jack Suntrup
By Jack Suntrup
WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. — Signs of industry were everywhere: the hulking petroleum tanks, the steam, the barbed wire—all next to the Eleven Point River in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

The Change Within

Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External

April 24, 2014
byNaomi Klein

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Published in The Nation via http://www.naomiklein.org

This is a story about bad timing.
One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call "mismatch" or "mistiming." This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall out of step with a critical food source, particularly at breeding times, when a failure to find enough food can lead to rapid population losses.

Jolin Globe Supports National Parks

The Joplin Globe

March 26, 2014
Our View: Park idea a mistake
— Debate is heating up in Jefferson City over a Republican proposal to transfer Ozark National Scenic Riverways from the National Park Service to the state of Missouri and make it part of the state park system.

People living near the Current and Jacks Fork rivers are unhappy with a recommended management plan for the park, and they’re pushing to remove those rivers from the federal control the park has been under for 50 years.

A similar proposal has been introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo.

Tax and Spend Liberals Want Missouri Taxpayers to Pay for Park

Missouri House keeps funding for park takeover

Chris Blank, The Associated Press

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Money for a possible state takeover of a southeastern Missouri park remains in next year’s proposed state operating budget, but funding for expanding the Medicaid health care program for the poor was left out.

More on the Tank Farm Threat

MIDKIFF: Fuel tanks threaten a pristine Missouri river
Columbia Heartbeat
19 Mar 2014
Published Date
Written by Ken Midkiff
"It is much easier to prevent pollution than to clean it up."

By Ken Midkiff

COLUMBIA, Mo 3/19/14 (Op Ed) -- Near the Willow Springs, Missouri headwaters of the Eleven Point River -- an Ozark National Scenic River, a National Wild and Scenic River, and a favorite float stream -- Coastal Energy has a tank farm.

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