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Mar. 6, 2014

Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' seeks to boost number of women editors
The Guardian
Faced with a paucity of female editors on Wikipedia, one of Britain's oldest institutions is stepping in to help fill the gap. The Royal Society, founded in 1660 to promote excellence in science, hosted a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon" in conjunction with the Royal Society of Engineers in an attempt to right the imbalance. The online encyclopedia has a readership with a largely even gender balance, but it is thought that only around 1 in 10 of its editors are female.More

Study: Gas is often in water before drilling begins
The Patriot-News
A new peer-reviewed study demonstrates the appearance of gas in a water well — especially in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania around Dimock — is not necessarily the result of drilling. Natural gas, the study shows, is often already in the water before any drilling begins. More

Comprehensive guide to the EPA's new pollution-reducing gasoline rules
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized major new regulations that it says will create a cleaner environment, improve public health, and help flight climate change — all by requiring oil refiners to put less sulfur in American gasoline. While the concept seems simple enough on its face, the 1,000-plus page doozy-of-a-rule was adopted despite harsh objections from the oil industry, which said the new standards would cost too much to implement and do little to help the environment. More

USDA announces new program to improve pollinator health
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five Midwestern states: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. More

Illinois expands crackdown on petroleum coke
Chicago Tribune
Already targeted as a source of lung-damaging air pollution, a company that has been piling petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side now faces new accusations that it illegally allowed contaminated runoff to spill into the Calumet River. In a lawsuit, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged a Cook County judge to cite KCBX Terminals for violating water quality and open dumping laws by failing to prevent petroleum coke and coal from washing into the river at the company's site on 100th Street in the South Deering neighborhood.More

High-tech boat developed to monitor coral reefs in 3-D
The Asahi Shimbun
A new boat-based system has been developed that will allow for more effective monitoring of changes in delicate coral reefs in 3-D imaging unavailable from diver observations. The approximately 3-meter-long boat has been jointly developed by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, based in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, and Tokyo-based Aero Asahi Corp.More

Hydrogen fuel cells might clean up ports
Scientific American
If all goes according to plan, Honolulu's main port may soon get a power source as clean as the water sloshing under its docks. A consortium of partners headed by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories is looking to integrate a portable hydrogen fuel cell unit into the operations of the primary shipper of goods throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Its architects say the technology demonstration could serve as a model for similar facilities in ports around the nation.More

Debate over aging oil pipeline intensifies
An aging oil pipeline buried below the Straits of Mackinac is continuing to stir up concerns. Environmentalists around Michigan are concerned about the future of the 60-year-old Enbridge pipeline. Each day it carries more than 22 million gallons of oil underneath the Great Lakes.More

Olympic memories reside at museum in Vancouver
CTV News
While Olympic history was being made in Sochi, the curators of British Columbia's Museum of Vancouver were sitting on some golden memories of their own. More than 2,000 artifacts from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games are currently stored in the museum, representing a piece of the city's recent past. Currently, the items are only available for virtual viewing through the museum's website, but plans are in the works to put them on display in the future.More