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August 21, 2014
Mexico closes 80 schools after chemical leak
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 18, 2014
Authorities in Mexico said Monday they have closed about 80 schools after sulfuric acid leaked from a copper mine in the country's northwest and contaminated the Sonora River. "About 5,000 students from around 80 schools will not have classes this week because of a lack of water and in some locations their proximity to the river," said the director of the Sonora state civil protection agency, Jesus Arias. On August 6, some 40,000 cubic meters (10.6 million gallons) of sulfuric acid used to disso ... read more

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Chemical leak at Mexican mine fouls water supply
Water supplies to 20,000 residents of seven Mexican towns were cut on Tuesday after sulfuric acid leaked from copper mine in the northwestern state of Sonora. ... more
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Authorities Sunday imposed restrictions on the water supply to several towns and cities in northwest Mexico, after toxic substances from a nearby mine reportedly turned a river orange, killing fish and livestock. ... more
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Scientists warn time to stop drilling in the dark
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Air pollution modeling reveals broad-scale impacts of pollution removal by trees
In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and ... more
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Pollution blamed for drop in Beijing tourism: Xinhua
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