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Apr. 23, 2015

5 years after BP oil spill, effects linger and recovery is slow
Five years ago, BP's out-of-control oil well deep in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was more than a deadly accident — the blast unleashed the nation's worst offshore environmental catastrophe. In the spring and summer of 2010, oil gushed from the Macondo well for nearly three months. More than 3 million barrels of Louisiana light crude fouled beaches and wetlands from Texas to Florida, affecting wildlife and livelihoods.More

17 pictures that will make you appreciate Utah even more
Deseret News
Looking to enjoy the great outdoors of Utah this summer? With such a vast variety of unique destinations in one state, it will be tough narrowing down which places to see. To help you out, here are a few of the most incredible views Utah has to offer.More

What cancer in clams might tell us about cancer in humans
The Washington Post
Why, the researchers wondered, had outbreaks of a leukemia-like cancer been ravaging soft-shell clams along the East Coast for decades? Perhaps a virus was spreading the disease. Maybe something about the environment made the mollusks prone to the fatal illness. The answer was far more surprising: The tumor cells themselves were contagious, and each had the same origin. The cancer had originated in some ill-fated clam long ago, grown and divided, then made its way into other clams, from Long Island to Canada. More

Nobody knows the real price of a forest — and that's a problem
Wealth itself is observable and objective, a measure a value. And something has value if it is desired. But isn't desire inescapably subjective? If it is, how can economics determine wealth? Almost 250 years after Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, the answer to this question remains unclear. "These are still early days in the measurement of the wealth of nations," says Cambridge economist Sir Partha Dasgupta. But he thinks that we now have the tools, both theoretical and empirical, to begin to understand how wealth grows and declines. More

Fishable? Swimmable? Charleston waters in trouble
The Post and Courier
The water quality in the Charleston Harbor estuaries has been deteriorating for years, while the monitoring has fallen off and efforts to maintain it for fishing or swimming aren't stopping the degradation. Sewer system discharge, rain runoff and litter are increasing as population growth and development turn a coastal town into a city. Recent research is damning, finding pollutants such as flame retardants, stain repellents and plastics in the tissue of marine animals.More

45 years of Earth Day: How environmentalism has evolved
NBC News
This is definitely not your parents' Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for '60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America's land, air and water. Ten thousand flocked to the Washington Monument for a folk music concert featuring Pete Seeger and U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie.More

Assessment questions plastics' non-hazardous ranking
A study has questioned plastic's non-hazardous ranking, as an estimated 150 million tons "disappears" from the global waste stream each year. Researchers outlined measures that can be used to shed light on the wider environmental impact of waste plastic. An estimated 150 millions of tons of plastic "disappears" from the global waste stream each year, much of it is believed to end up in the environment.More

Soil nutrients may keep plants from slowing down climate change
Nature World News
Plants have been hailed as possible saviors of the planet as it continues to warm up, especially considering that they can absorb more harmful carbon dioxide than previously thought. However, now new research says soil nutrients may hinder this plan, keeping plants from slowing down climate change. More

Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize
A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti's north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism prize. Jean Wiener was awarded a Goldman Environmental Foundation prize for his efforts to establish the Caribbean nation’s first Marine Protected Areas while working with local communities to promote sustainable fishing practices and preserve mangrove forests.More