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A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

Image caption A bathroom of a home stained by polluted water near a coal mine in West Virginia In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Now, they must decide if they will fight back against an industry they have relied upon for generations. Casey (not her real name) wears a one-dollar wedding ring now. She bought the blue plastic band after her original ring was…

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Manchester United: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned around a toxic atmosphere

Saturday’s win at Fulham extended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start to 11 games Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hardly have done any better in his first 11 games as Manchester United’s caretaker manager. What happens in the next 11 – starting against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday – will probably determine whether the 45-year-old Norwegian gets the job of replacing Jose Mourinho full-time. But off the pitch, he has hit the reset button at Old Trafford, restoring the ethos of Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden time in charge. In eight short…

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Brazil dam disaster: How do you clear tonnes of toxic sludge?

Image copyright AFP Dozens of people died and hundreds are still missing after a dam collapsed at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The rupture released a sea of contaminated muddy sludge sliding towards the town of Brumadinho, eventually covering an area the size of 300 football pitches. The mud buried the dam site’s cafeteria, where workers were eating lunch, before engulfing nearby houses, vehicles and roads. As hopes of finding anyone alive dwindle, thoughts are now turning to how to deal with the 12 million cubic metres of mud…

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Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Image copyright abayliss Image caption A desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, a country that produces one-fifth of the brine in the world Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study. The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from the sea. Researchers found that plants are now producing 50% more of this chemical laden cocktail than expected. The brine raises the level of salinity and poses a major risk to ocean life and…

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South Africa’s ‘toxic’ race relations

Image copyright Getty Images BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane visits South Africa’s conservative rural areas nearly 25 years after white-minority rule ended, and finds that racism is still deeply embedded but there are also symbols of racial reconciliation. It was a young boy who noticed us and ran to tell his father. Around 10 years old, blond-haired and barefoot, he rushed indoors. The child looked scared. It was dusk and we were strangers. I caught sight of him in the rear-view mirror as we drove along the dirt road that…

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Seal pups across the UK are ‘at risk from toxic chemicals’

Although banned decades ago, man-made chemical compounds, once manufactured in vast quantities, have amassed in the environment and made their way into the sea. These marine pollutants are locked in the ecosystem and accumulate in mother seals from eating fish. These are then passed on to pups when the mother feeds them. Researchers believe that the contaminants which are passed on to the seal pup can hamper its ability to put on fat – which is vital to its survival. Source link

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J Hus’s toxic relationship with east London

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption J Hus was jailed for eight months on Friday, after being found guilty of carrying a knife For many people living in east London, the Westfield that opened in Stratford in 2011 was a blessing. J Hus probably only has bad memories of it. The shopping centre has been the setting for numerous arrests and altercations the rapper’s been involved in over the last seven years. He was sentenced on Friday to eight months in prison, after admitting to carrying a knife when a…

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Ed Farmer inquest: Student died from ‘toxic effects’ of alcohol

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEd Farmer death: CCTV shows student after “initiation-style” event A university student died from the “toxic effects” of consuming excessive alcohol on an “initiation-style” bar crawl, a coroner has ruled. Newcastle University’s Ed Farmer died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in December 2016. The 20-year-old, from Leicester, had been on a night out organised by members of the Agricultural Society. Mr Farmer’s family criticised the university over its stance towards initiation events. Coroner Karen Dilks said there had been a…

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Toxic masculinity: Life as a man isn’t always easy either

Image copyright James Livitski Image caption James Livitski, a Canadian graphic designer, says men should be able to talk about their feelings Stories of the difficulties of being a modern woman are often told, but how much do you read about the downsides of being a man? A searingly honest conversation unfolded online this week as men shared the negative impact of “toxic masculinity” on their lives. It was a rare chance for many to express how societal expectations of toughness, sexual virility and emotional reserve lead to isolation, loneliness…

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France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

Image copyright AFP Image caption The tyres were sunk in the 1980s but are being removed again in stages Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals. The operation is costing well over a million euros ($1.1m; £898,000) and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state. The divers are supported by a boat with lifting equipment. Fish had…

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