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Desperately dry California tries to curb private drilling for water.

For a century, California farmers believed that the law put control of groundwater in the hands of landowners, who could drill as many wells as deeply as they wanted, and court challenges were few. That just changed.
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Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay.

It began forming in May, when heavy spring rains loaded the rivers and creeks with fertilizer washed from farms and suburban lawns. It grew rapidly over the summer, as a broth of chemicals, animal waste and microbes simmered in the warm, slow-moving waters of the Chesapeake Bay. By early August, the “dead zone” was back.
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Dubbed terrorists, Mayans fight back against Guatemalan mining projects.

Community leaders in the Mayan Mam village of Agel say that the Marlin mine has contaminated the water sources that they use to wash and irrigate their crops and that the subterranean explosions have caused houses to collapse – charges that the mine’s owners deny.
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Food security faces growing pest advance.

Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. Wherever they can make a living, they will. This does not bode well for food security in a world of nine billion people and increasingly rapid climate change.
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California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?

Why did the era of big dams end, when California has built new roads, schools, universities, hospitals and freeways? Experts say there are a confluence of factors, from environmental laws to funding to a lack of suitable sites. Now supporters of new reservoirs are trying to start a new dam-building era.
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Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste.

Rob Greenfield spent the morning shopping for food, but not in the supermarket. Greenfield is an environmental activist who is traveling part of the country to shop in Dumpsters behind grocery stores, drugstores and other places to draw attention to the amount of food wasted every day in America.
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Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline.

With two deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound continues to decline. The number of whales has dropped to 78, a figure not seen since 1985.
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Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue.

Bacteria in the gut could hold the key to a new way of tackling bowel cancer, research suggests. Scientists have discovered a powerful link between high fat diets, intestinal bacteria, and the disease.
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The secret to happiness can be found by digging in the dirt.

By now, many of us are familiar with the “hygiene hypothesis” — the idea that an environment that’s too clean may actually increase our risk of disease. This hypothesis usually gets discussed in terms of ailments like allergies or autoimmune disorders, but some research shows that dirt might be good for our mental health, too.
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How to buy a mine in Wisconsin.

Last year, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled State Legislature approved the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. The mine legislation was bad enough from an environmental point of view. It turns out to be even more shocking from an ethical viewpoint.
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What’s missing in the Ebola fight in West Africa.

It would be scandalous to let this crisis escalate further when we have the knowledge, tools and resources to stop it. Tens of thousands of lives, the future of the region and hard-won economic and health gains for millions hang in the balance.
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Liberation is our birthright! Palestine stands with Ferguson

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:27
Blacks, Indigenous peoples and Palestinians are all engaged in a single struggle against a racist empire that systematically robs, colonises, impoverishes, terrorises, enslaves, imprisons, tortures and murders its subject populations. Their struggle for liberation is one, and will ultimately vanquish as the empire collapses from within.
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Monsanto Trickbag 101

Farm Wars - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 23:15
Use a GMO contaminated bag of conventional seed, get sued for patent infringement. By the way, expect contamination.
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It was already the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Now it’s moving into Africa’s cities.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Already, the hardest-hit West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported more than 3,000 cases, including the infections of 240 health-care workers. Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space.
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Fracking fire points out failings.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Three years ago, before the shale-gas industry started booming in Ohio, oil and gas companies had permits for five hydraulically fractured wells in Monroe County. As of June 28, the day a well pad caught fire there, oil and gas companies had permits for 135 wells that either had been or could be hydraulically fractured.
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Amid oil and gas boom, Colorado continues role as earthquake lab.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
In an area peppered with wells pulling energy resources from below ground — and many pumping wastewater from the process back into it through injection wells — an old question resurfaced: Could the same geological tinkering that has revved a formidable economic engine also trigger potentially damaging earthquakes?
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Century-old extinction of the passenger pigeon still a cautionary tale.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Monday is the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon in North America. And conservationists are marking the date as an opportunity to rekindle efforts to protect species currently at risk.
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‘People are swimming in a plastic sea’.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
No part of the Mediterranean Sea is immune to plastic pollution, and area to the east of Malta hosts a particularly high concentration of such debris, a research expedition has discovered.
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Hot harbinger: Torrid summer a glimpse into region's future.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Heat, massive wildfires and violent thunderstorms: The summer of 2014 will be remembered for its intensity and disruption. Climate scientists say it is also a look into the future.
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WHO: Climate change major threat to human health.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
The World Health Organisation is warning climate change is the greatest threat to human health this century. It has just concluded its first-ever global conference on climate change, and a New Zealand doctor who was there says the effects of a warming world are already being felt.
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