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Cosco Busan oil spill captain grounded, will not get license back – San Jose Mercury News

Cosco Busan oil spill captain grounded, will not get license back
San Jose Mercury News
John Cota, who crashed the Cosco Busan cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007, causing the worst oil spill in San Francisco Bay in two decades, has lost his battle to restart his sailing career. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White

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Photos: African Elephant Slaughter – San Jose Mercury News media center

Photos: African Elephant Slaughter
San Jose Mercury News media center
Tanzania, Botswana, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo and Kenya are suffering from elephant poaching. But Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of the London-based nonprofit Save The Elephants, says he is most worried about Tanzania's because

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California bill would target fracking industry’s water use – San Jose Mercury News

California bill would target fracking industry's water use
San Jose Mercury News
It is one of several related to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, floating around the Capitol. In addition, the state Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is weighing new fracking rules. The agency has scheduled several meetings around the
Report recommends more stringent regulation of fracking in CaliforniaLexology (registration)



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Mountain View joins plastic bag ban club; ordinance goes into effect on Earth Day – San Jose Mercury News

Mountain View joins plastic bag ban club; ordinance goes into effect on Earth Day
San Jose Mercury News
Similar to other cities that have adopted a bag ban under the joint effort, Mountain View's ordinance is scheduled to take effect April 22, Earth Day. Recycled-content paper bags will be available for purchase at 10 cents each, but that cost will climb

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Earth Day honoree inspires Pacificans – San Jose Mercury News

Earth Day honoree inspires Pacificans
San Jose Mercury News
The Sea Turtle, Earth Day 2012's honoree, has already exceeded all expectations inspiring students, teachers, community groups, businesses and even visitors to a year of volunteerism that has rallied well over 10,000 volunteers to pick up litter

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Face the Facts USA: Natural gas boom driven by fracking, horizontal drilling – San Jose Mercury News

Face the Facts USA: Natural gas boom driven by fracking, horizontal drilling
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The U.S. produced a record amount of natural gas in 2011, 23 trillion cubic feet, largely because of hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling. Pennsylvania alone more than quadrupled its natural gas output 2000-2010, to 573 billion cubic feet

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Ecology Action, Cruzio earn gold rating for green remodel downtown – San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CRUZ – A green remodel of the former Sentinel newspaper office downtown has won Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design gold certification for co-owners Ecology Action and Cruzio. It is the third privately owned project in the …
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Python cook-off to raise awareness about ecology – San Jose Mercury News

MIAMI—Python, wild boar and lion fish will be on the menu this weekend in Miami. Three local chefs will participate Saturday night in a cook-off competition using the invasive species as key ingredients. The goal is to raise awareness about …
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My Turn: Our Enviroment is our Economy – San Jose Mercury News

Ten thousand people participated in Earth Day in Pacifica. Two whales were seen frolicking near by. Yes, our natural assets are special and alluring. Yes, I coined the phrase, “our environment is our economy.” In my view, environment means all …
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After 17 years, Virginia Johnson, head of Ecology Action, to step down – San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CRUZ – Virginia Johnson, executive director and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Ecology Action, announced her retirement Monday, ending a remarkable run that sped the transformation of a small recycling operation into one of the …
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