Nutrient pollution, also known as nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, is one of the most pervasive and elusive forms of water degradation in the United States. Within our borders, there are approximately 101,000 miles of nutrient-impaired rivers and streams – a distance great enough to encircle the globe… four times over! These rivers and streams represent only a fraction of the more than 15,000 water bodies across the U.S.
The first official presidential debate isn't until Oct. 3 in Denver. But as The New York Times writes, last night on CBS News' 60 Minutes there was something of a "shadow debate that offered a likely preview of the tone and substance" of what will happen on stage next week.
Violent protests in eastern Libya have set in motion a movement to take back the nation from dozens of militias born from the revolt against strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Since the dictator's demise, Libya has been beholden to men with guns.
The transitional state is weak, and it depends on the militias to help secure the streets. The state has now promised to integrate the militias into the security forces.
Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 7:05 pm
Sunday's sad news about the death of a giant panda cub that was just less than a week old is being followed this morning with reports about how the staff at Washington's National Zoo tried hard to save it and have been hit hard by its death.
NPR's Frank Langfitt talks with Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'
At one point overnight as many as 2,000 workers at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China, were involved in a riot that drew 5,000 police officers to the site and has closed the facility that makes parts for Apple's iPhones and hardware for other companies including Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s “Project Saving Species” and the Gorilla Glue Company are teaming up for the second annual Go Bananas Challenge. Zoo Spokesman Thayne Maynard says the competition challenges school and community youth groups to “answer the call” and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones and help save gorillas.
A large children's hospital in Durban, South Africa, is being rebuilt two decades after it closed owing to apartheid. It opened in 1931 as a facility for all races, but racial tensions in the 1980s forced its closure.
Now with Durban and the surrounding province of KwaZulu-Natal extremely hard hit by AIDS and tuberculosis, local leaders are hopeful they can begin reopening the hospital early in 2013.