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One of America's Most Toxic Places: a Town Called Picher

Only 3 residents remain

(Newser) - The former lead and zinc mining boomtown of Picher, Okla., has seen better days. It swelled to some 14,000 residents when bullet demand rose during both World War I and II, with Wired reporting previously that "most" of the lead found in bullets used by America during those... More »

BP May Have to Pony Up $14B for Oil Spill

New Orleans judge assessing fine for Deepwater Horizon disaster

(Newser) - The $4.5 billion criminal penalty that BP had to pay for the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill was pretty hefty, but a New Orleans judge may be about to triple that fine. Nearly five years after the disaster that dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the... More »

Modern Society Pretty Much Doomed

NASA-funded study says the end is nigh

(Newser) - Don't look now, but industrial society is going the way of the Dodo bird. According to a NASA-funded study , modern societies will self-destruct in the vein of past empires (think Roman, Han, Mesopotamian) because the 1% are consuming too much and we're bound to run out of resources.... More »

How Drought Is Killing This Texas Town

Plainview may not survive the loss of its residents: NYT

(Newser) - Texas is experiencing its third-worst drought since 1895, and the New York Times humanizes the environmental disaster today with the story of Plainview. The drought, which has gone on for two years now, is affecting cattle, and finally forced the town's largest employer, a Cargill beef-processing plant, to close... More »

Hungary Arrests Toxic Sludge Boss

PM wants state to take over the firm

(Newser) - The head of the company behind Hungary's toxic sludge spill has been arrested, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked parliament to take over. "The company should be put under state control and its assets under state closure," he said. Zoltan Bakonyi, of aluminum firm MAL Co,... More »

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