Residents breathing air by Tonawanda Coke were put at risk for years because the company released dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals. Preliminary residential soil tests also turned up contamination. The company and an employee were convicted last year. Residents, some with cancer, want a portion of the fines for comprehensive studies. A story from WGRZ.
“Intercept,” the first online publication produced by the partnership involving Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald, serves up this troubling report: “Western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer is good with Comcast’s pending purchase of Time-Warner. Would it have something to do with the fact his brother helped put the deal together? A report from our friends at Little Sis.
“Trump very badly wants to be taken seriously as a potential political candidate and not be written off as a man-boy who cried wolf. But, at the same time, he plainly has no interest in actually running for office,” reports BuzzFeed in an interesting profile.
Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic in over 100 beauty and cosmetic products. Toxic chemicals attach to the beads and fish eat them. Research led by SUNY Fredonia’s Assistant Professor of Chemistry Professor Sherri Mason found high levels of microbeads in Lake Erie. Now, lawmakers and the attorney general want them banned.
Levels of three artificial sweeteners found in Canada’s Grand River, which flows into Lake Erie, are the highest ever found in surface waters worldwide, according to a new study. Researchers aren’t sure what this means for fish and other aquatic species. A report from Environmental Health News.
A nifty map tracks the impact of global warming over the past 60 years. “2013 was one of the warmest years on record … driven by man-made emissions,” reports Fast Company.
Federal officials, concerned about health impacts of Peace Bridge, secretly considered, then rejected plans to divert truck traffic north, in part because of political considerations. A very important story by Jerry Zremski of The Buffalo News.