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Top Eco Stories Week of 4/4/2012

April 12, 2012

APRIL 4, 2012

by Lindsay E. Brown

Earth Hour Sweeps Across North America
If you happened to be touring a city this past weekend and noticed a famous landmark’s lights go out suddenly, you weren’t going mad, nor were any fuses blown. At 8:30 p.m., March 31, 1.3 billion people in more than 5,400 cities in 147 countries turned off their lights for an hour in their support for climate change action. New York City’s Empire State Building, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace were among the many well-known landmarks that went dim worldwide.

Start Stockpiling Maple Syrup
If you love the gooey stuff as much as I do, according to this article, it might be time we start stockpiling it. Maple syrup farmers have been hit hard by this year’s out-of-season warm temperatures, and it’s been devastating to their syrup production.

Don’t Miss “Foul Water Fiery Serpent” on PBS This Month
Few know about Guinea worm disease and the havoc it’s wreaked in Africa. For thousands of years, the Guinea worm parasite has caused disabling pain, infecting people who drink water contaminated with the worm’s larvae. After growing inside the victim for a year, the adult worm — up to three feet long — emerges from the body through an agonizing skin blister that can incapacitate and cripple. The disease spreads when blisters are immersed in water and the worm releases its larvae, continuing its life cycle. My sincerest apologies if your appetite for lunch has vanished.

In 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases of Guinea worm in 20 countries in Africa and Asia. GWD typically strikes poor communities that do not have safe water to drink. But after a 23-year eradication campaign led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the Atlanta-based Carter Center, the total number of Guinea worm cases has been dramatically reduced. This film follows the dedicated health workers engaged in the final battles of the international campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease from Africa.

LCV Releases 2011 National Environmental Scorecard
For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by the League of Conservation Voters has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues. 2011′s scorecard reflects the most anti-environmental session of the U.S. House in history. “In 2011, the House Republican leadership unleashed a truly breathtaking and unprecedented assault on the environment and public health, the breadth and depth of which have made the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.

Find out how your Senators and Representatives voted on issues that directly affect you, your family, and your community.

For 25 U.S. Cities, Last March Was Hottest on Record
Last month was the warmest March on record across half of the United States. The  warmer-than-normal month had many of us breaking out attire reserved for the Summer months.

Aerosmith Heats Up Summer With ‘Global Warming’ Tour
Speaking of heat and summer, Aerosmith just announced a new tour, called “Global Warming.” But will concert proceeds go toward efforts to combat climate change?

Uranium Mines Dot Navajo Land, Neglected and Still Perilous
At hundreds of sites scattered across the 27,000 square miles of Navajo land in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, remaining uranium mines are exposing communities to hazardous levels of radiation. For nearly five decades, these mines supplied materials to the United State’s nuclear weapons program.

Navajos unknowingly inhaled the radioactive dust and drank contaminated well water, and many of them fell ill to cancer and other diseases. This article examines who’s to blame.

America’s Top Ten Most Polluted Waterways
You might consider having a peek at this list before you or your children dive into any waterways this Summer. According to a new report from Environment America Research and Policy Center, industry discharged 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers and streams in 2010. The article includes a list of the bad guys who are responsible for the pollution.

Have a tip you’d like us to include in our next roundup? Tweet @LauraSeydel and@LindsEBrown using hashtag #EcoRoundup

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