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Cancer-Causing Flame Retardants Remain in Homes Years After Being Banned

November 29, 2012

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Flame retardant chemicals, which are designed to slow household fires from burning through homes, have been found in worrisome quantities in US homes, long after some of these were banned because of suspected links to cancer and other conditions. The scientists published their findings in the journal Environmental Science and Technology (1, 2) in two […]

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Communities in California Are Plagued by Contaminated Drinking Water

November 19, 2012

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Impoverished agricultural communities in Central Valley, California have been plagued for decades by contaminated drinking water. This is the result of more than five decades in which chemical fertilizers, animal wastes, pesticides and other substances have infiltrated aquifers, seeping into the groundwater and eventually into the tap. 20% of public water systems in Tulare County […]

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Protected California Sea Lions Devour Threatened Salmon in Columbia River

September 4, 2012

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Protected California sea lions are apparently gorging themselves on Chinook salmons and steelheads in the Columbia River, both of which are listed as threatened populations. Wildlife managers along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon are facing a quandary. Sea lions have been congregating there for the past decade to feast on salmon waiting to […]

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Record Numbers of Gray Whales Spotted Off California Coast

January 2, 2012

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Record Numbers of Gray Whales Spotted Off California Coast

According to Whale watchers, migrating gray whales are swimming through Southern California waters in record numbers this winter and amazing all who see them. Whale watchers at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have recorded over 163 sightings in December, which is a new record. It is the most that they have seen at that […]

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Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued in California

December 29, 2011

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Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued in California

On Tuesday, two malnourished mountain lion cubs were rescued in Burbank California. They weren’t found in the wild, but were found hiding under a parked car on Orange Grove Avenue. Though it may not have been the smartest course of action, residents of the area had been hitting the cubs with broomsticks in an attempt […]

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