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Eco-friendly Portland baffled to discover an artisanal industry is polluting its air

Portland glass making industry polluting airInstead of eating the kale she grew in her backyard garden in Portland, Oregon, this spring, Jessica Applegate will submit the leafy green plants for toxic metal testing.

Recent revelations that heavy metals – specifically arsenic, cadmium and chromium – are hovering above the city in toxic hotspots have stunned the eco-conscious city. Along with the news came an unlikely culprit: artisan glass manufacturers.

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Hundreds flee wind-whipped wildfires in Oklahoma, Kansas

Wildfires in Kansas and OklahomaHowling winds whipped up several wildfires late Tuesday across Oklahoma and Kansas, destroying homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee the flames.

At least six fires were reported across the state Tuesday, and many are continuing to burn Wednesday, according to Hannah Anderson, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma Forestry Services.

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Keystone pipeline springs leak in South Dakota

Keystone leak in South DakotaA key section of the Keystone pipeline has been shut down due to an oil spill in South Dakota, TransCanada said on Monday.

TransCanada, which operates the pipeline, reported a spill of about 187 gallons of crude oil to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center on Saturday afternoon.

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U.S. judge approves BP civil settlement with U.S. government over 2010 spill

BP settlement with USU.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc's (BP.L) civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after it reached a deal in July 2015 to pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states.

The company at the time said its total pre-tax charges from the spill set aside for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs were around $53.8 billion.

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Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano violently erupts, launching burning rocks

Mexican volcano eruptsMexico's Popocatépetl volcano violently erupted over the weekend, launching ash and burning rocks into the air after weeks of increased activity.

Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention last week raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.

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Strong earthquake strikes off Vanuatu; tsunami unlikely

VanuatuA strong earthquake hit off of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, but authorities said any threat of a tsunami had mostly passed, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck 81 kilometers (50 miles) north of the town of Port Olry and 407 kilometers (253 miles) north of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles).

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Millions at risk from man-made earthquakes; fracking primary cause

Millions at risk from man made earthquakesCalifornia isn't the USA's only earthquake hot-zone anymore.

7 million people in the central and eastern U.S. live where damaging man-made earthquakes are likely to occur, according to a first-of-its-kind report released Monday by federal scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas are the most at-risk states from man-made quakes, according to the report.

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