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The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Posted on 11 May 2015 by asb

A boat wends its way around the curves of Reflection Canyon, part of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon. The “bathtub rings” on the walls show past water levels.

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic Creative

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‘A Danger on Rails’

Posted on 07 May 2015 by asb

This short documentary warns about the dangers posed by trains that transport explosive oil across North America. By Jon Bowermaster, Published April 21, 2015 NYTimes

In recent years, small towns across the United States have begun hosting an increasingly common phenomenon: long trains, made up of 100-plus black cylindrical cars, rolling slowly past our hospitals, schools and homes.

Few who see them know what they carry: highly flammable crude oil from the shale fields around North Dakota.

I live in the Hudson Valley and see these trains daily; Albany is a major hub, and trains traveling south down the Hudson River toward mid-Atlantic refineries hug its shores. Every day on the East Coast, as many as 400,000 barrels of this explosive mixture travel through our backyards over shaky bridges, highways and overpasses.

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