RedskyNews Category: Americas

Yellowstone River Closes Over Deadly Parasite

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Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish. A 183-mile-stretch (294km) of the river is closed to prevent infected fish from spreading to other waterways. Wildlife workers are

Puerto Rico Expects Up to 270 Zika Microcephaly Cases

Eight-day old baby Allan, who was born with microcephaly, cries at home in Choluteca, Honduras, July 29, 2016. Picture taken July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

U.S. health experts estimate that as many as 270 babies in Puerto Rico may be born with the severe birth defect known as microcephaly caused by Zika infections in their mothers during pregnancy. The estimate is the first to project

80 Mile Crack Threatens Antarctic Ice Shelf

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A huge crack that scientists found across a fragile ice shelf in Antarctica is continuing to widen and grow, a new study reveals. For some time now, experts have been observing the progression of a large rift in Larsen C,

Flash Floods Hit San Bernardino County

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A and of thunderstorms and heavy rains in eastern San Bernardino County led to powerful flash flooding Monday evening that washed vehicles off the roadway. The storm system extended into western Arizona and southern Nevada, including northern Las Vegas, flooding

Indiana Residents Evicted After Arsenic And Lead Contamination

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After decades of nearby industrial pollution, residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana, were abruptly warned that they must vacate their homes for demolition given hazardous levels of lead and arsenic in the soil. More than

Shellfish Infected As Temperatures Rise

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Norovirus is the least of your worries. A sometimes-fatal bacteria is infecting more shellfish, even as those species are moving northward to escape warmer ocean waters. Vibrio has been making humans sick for a long time, but is more common

Rising Seas Create First American Refugees

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Climate change, particularly unprecedented sea level rise, is already creating refugees in the United States. Back in January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will allocate $1 billion in grants to 13 states to help them

Arsenic Contamination In Canada Permanent

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YELLOWKNIFE – A study of lakes near one of Canada’s most contaminated industrial sites suggests that the water immediately around Yellowknife’s Giant Mine won’t return to its natural state for generations – if ever. The assessment comes despite a billion-dollar,

Rising Seas Forces Alaskan Village To Move

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A coastal village in Alaska has voted to relocate amid the threat of rising sea levels in their area, city council officials have announced. The native community of Shishmaref — which consists of 600 people, almost all of whom are

Venezuelans Forage Trash For Food

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People all over Venezuela head to city dumps in hopes of finding food or scraps that can be exchanged or sold for food. This situation has become increasingly common in Los Puertos de Altagracia, the capital of the municipality of