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20,000 to practice readiness for Northwest megaquake, tsunami

PORTLAND — Imagine a devastating earthquake and tsunami have cut off Pacific Northwest coastal communities. Phone and internet service have collapsed. Ham-radio operators living on the stricken coast fire up their radios, contact emergency managers and report on the magnitude of the disaster so that no time is wasted in saving lives.
This is the kind of scenario that will be rehearsed during the second week of June in a massive earthquake and tsunami readiness drill that has been developed by the U.S. government, the military, and state and local emergency managers over the past few years to test their readiness for what — when it strikes — will likely be the nation’s worst natural calamity.

Pharmaceutical Chemicals Found in Every Stream Sampled in USGS Study

A team of researchers, led by hydrologist Paul Bradley, recently collected water samples from 59 small streams in the Southeast from Virginia to Georgia, which were analyzed for 108 pharmaceuticals and degradates. All 59 streams or 100% tested positive for at least one of compounds and the overall average was six different compounds per stream.

What tiny plastic particles are doing to tiny fish

Yet another study is adding to scientists’ growing suspicions that tiny bits of plastic in the ocean are causing big environmental problems. A paper published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that microplastics — small plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter — could be hurting the survival of European perch, and likely other species as well.

Undamming this major U.S. river is opening a world of possibility for native cultures and wildlife

Renee Lewis, 5/4/16
The run of salmon in the Klamath River this year is the heaviest it has ever known. There are millions of fish below the falls near Keno, and it is said that a man with a gaff could easily land a hundred of the salmon in an hour, in fact they could be caught as fast as a man could pull them in.”

Repeated fracking leaves the water and land around it DOUSED in formaldehyde, benzene and hydrochloric acid

Isabelle Z., April 26 2016
Although the harm caused by consistent hydraulic fracturing – or fracking, as it is casually known – to the global climate is widely known, for many people, its ill effects are striking much closer to home, as their water and land become poisoned with toxic chemicals released by this destructive process.

Portland Becomes 7th City to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

health freedom alliance, 23 March 2016
Portland, Ore., is suing Monsanto over contaminating the city’s waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a highly toxic group of chemicals that endangers human health and the environment.

Artificial sweetener Splenda found to release potentially toxic class of compounds when heated

Tara Paras, March 11, 2016
A new study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health has just called into question the safety of popular artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).