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2008-07-29 09:00:45

By Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 29--Cameron County is up to its armpits in brush from an endless supply of downed and snapped trees and other debris that Dolly, a Category 2 hurricane, trashed. County officials on Monday estimated a $6 million price tag for removing the brush and debris that the storm scattered, blew and destroyed for rural Cameron County and its smaller cities. The larger cities like Brownsville and Harlingen are making their own...

2008-07-25 21:00:29

ARLINGTON, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi announced the findings of a recent report on marine debris. At the American Chemistry Council (ACC) we agree that even one piece of plastic in the ocean is too many. Plastic is a valuable resource -- too valuable to waste. Plastics do not belong in our waterways or on our beaches; they belong in the recycling bin. While we agree that a solution to the problem of marine debris must be found,...

2008-07-12 03:00:17

By Michael Sorba Authorities are urging anyone in San Bernardino County mountain areas this weekend to use caution and be aware of the dangers of debris flows, especially around the areas charred by 2007's Slide and Grass Valley wildfires. Thunderstorms, expected in mountain areas this weekend, have county officials concerned storm runoff from barren, charred areas could result in dangerous debris flows consisting of rushing water, soil and rock. The county Public Works Department...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 4--The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Thursday issued a warning to boaters that the majority of the debris washed downstream from the Lake Delton area by floods is still present in and along the Wisconsin River from Lake Delton to approximately the Columbia Power Plant. The agency said the debris can prove hazardous. "We've documented more than 80 visible piles of debris along this portion of the river," said Barbara Wolf, regional...

2008-07-02 09:00:31

By P.J. Lassek, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 2--City crews are picking up storm debris as their regular duties allow. Residents waiting for the city to collect tree debris left in the wake of thunderstorms early last month should be prepared for it to sit at the curb for a while, an official said this week. "If you want the debris removed quickly, it may be better for residents to haul it to the city's free green-waste site," said Paul Strizek, the Public Works Department's contract...

2008-06-14 09:00:20

By Jennifer Burk, The Macon Telegraph, Ga. Jun. 14--Bibb County officials have hired Florida-based Crowder Disaster Recovery to complete debris cleanup in the unincorporated area of the county, Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop announced Friday. Sarasota, Fla.-based Solid Resources Inc. also was hired to monitor the cleanup, Bishop said. The two private contractors will relieve county crews of cleanup duties resulting from the Mother's Day storm that dropped an estimated more than...

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2008-02-21 10:20:00

About 12 million pounds of manmade space junk, such as the dead satellite the U.S. government shot down last night, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over the past 40 years, according to the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies.  However, no one has ever been reported hurt by it. The reason is simple, and mainly a matter of probability; 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water.  And greater than 99.9 percent of the land is not occupied by a person at a...

2007-04-20 12:00:15

By MARTYN McLAUGHLIN and GRAEME MUTCH RECORD levels of sanitary products - more than three times the UK average - have been found on Scotland's beaches. The humble cotton bud stick was the number one pollutant, with people all too eager to flush them through the sewerage system. In contrast to the overall UK picture, where most litter could be attributed to beach visitors discarding rubbish, sewage-related debris represented the majority of litter found on Scotland's shores. In the...

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2006-01-19 19:55:00

WASHINGTON -- More than 9,000 pieces of space debris are orbiting the Earth, a hazard that can only be expected to get worse in the next few years. And currently there's no workable and economic way to clean up the mess. The pieces of space junk measuring 4 inches or more total some 5,500 tons, according to a report by NASA scientists J.-C. Liou and N. L. Johnson in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Even if space launches were halted now - which will not happen - the collection of...

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2005-03-21 11:35:00

ESA -- Assessing the risk that space debris pose to operational spacecraft and satellites is a challenge and depends on whether you are worried about being hit by a known, tracked debris object or by an unknown object. At least the known objects are, well, known. These include old spacecraft, other satellites, rocket bodies and large fragments from past break-ups. "It's now standard practice that near-Earth satellites carry an allowance of fuel simply for taking evasive manoeuvres...