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One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

ICYMI, on Monday the planet Mercury made one of its rare appearances transiting the Sun.  It won’t do that again until 2032, and that one won’t be visible in the U.S.  It was super hard to see, but NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) had several special cameras filming it and on Wednesday they released a […]

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A rare bipartisan effort to stop weakening of mercury regulations

A rare bipartisan effort to stop weakening of mercury regulations

a bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to newly appointed EPA administrator (and former coal lobbyist) Andrew Wheeler urging that the agency withdraw December’s proposed MATS rollback rule.

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Interactive Map Shows Pollution Locations In Louisiana

Interactive Map Shows Pollution Locations In Louisiana

The state of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality starting in December first published an interactive map that shows where it is unsafe to swim and where fishers should not eat their catches, according to an Associated Press story in nola.com.  The map provides information on 58 lakes, bayous and waterways and even covers almost 1,200 miles of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are under state jurisdiction.  And the map is a very much needed tool because it turns out there are some serious contamination issues in Louisiana.  

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