Archive for January 8, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/world/americas/oil-sand-industry-in-canada-tied-to-higher-carcinogen-level.html?_r=1&

OTTAWA — The development of Alberta’s oil sands has increased levels of cancer-causing compounds in surrounding lakes well beyond natural levels, Canadian researchers reported in a study released on Monday. And they said the contamination covered a wider area than had previously been believed.

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http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/cameras-disabled-after-manus-island-photos-revealed-20130107-2ccu3.html

Tablet computers for asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their camera functions removed days after Fairfax Media published photographs of life in the island’s camp.

The photographs, which were sent from the camp to the mainland without the knowledge of the Department of Immigration, showed conditions there are very basic.

Despite the prevalence of malaria on the island, they appeared to show little protection offered for children from disease-carrying mosquitoes, with flywire hanging loose over doorways.

There were no doors on the dongas pictured to offer privacy and protection from mosquitoes, and no air-conditioning to offer respite from the island’s intense heat.

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