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NYC officials: Ebola patient rode the subway just hours before level-4 biohazard infection confirmed

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Ebola is now confirmed in New York City. I've just finished watching the press conference with Cuomo, de Blasio and Dr. Mary Travi Bassett, and what I'm hearing from these people is extremely irresponsible to public safety.For starters, every official in the press...

CDC worried that NYC may be 'ground zero' for Ebola entry into US

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Ebola has already arrived in the U.S., but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new warning that the disease could soon re-arrive, this time in New York City. Since the Big Apple is a major point of entry for West Africans, the health...

Is Obama's Ebola czar an advocate of human depopulation?

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Ron Klain, before he became President Obama's latest czar (Klain is the "Ebola czar"), was chief of staff to a pair of Democrat vice presidents, Al Gore and the current VP, Joe Biden. His appointment by Obama has been praised high and low by liberal politicians. U.S...

Herbal remedies for Candida overgrowth

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) The first step in eliminating an overgrowth of candida is to stop feeding it. Sugar is your worst enemy. This means eliminating all forms of sugar including simple carbohydrates that the body turns into sugar as well as yeast and moldy foods. Also, avoid all allergens...

Chicago schools become overcrowded disease factories feeding children rotten food as district runs out of money

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) A new deal between the Chicago Public School (CPS) system and a private custodial and cafeteria service was promised to save the district tens of millions but instead resulted in some students having to clean their own school before the school year began and being served...

GM corn offers no benefits for Vietnamese farmers, top scientist says

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Prominent Vietnamese scientists have publicly stated that genetically modified (GM) corn will not solve any of the country's agricultural problems and indeed offers no benefit over varieties already being grownThese statements fly in the face of the government's...

Tweeting about food poisoning shown to help combat the problem

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Some people curse technology, saying that it takes up too much of their time or that it's too hard to keep up with the ever-changing trends. Others revel in its many benefits, which have now extended to helping identify outbreaks of food poisoning.Twitter in particular...

Dallas hospital apologizes for Ebola mistakes in full-page newspaper ad

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas says it is "deeply sorry" for how its staff bungled the handling of Ebola, which left one patient dead and at least two nurses infected with the virus. In a recent full-page letter published in the local newspaper, the hospital's...

FBI report shows importance of armed citizens in stopping mass murder sprees

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) A new study from the FBI that says active shooter incidents have risen dramatically since 2000 doesn't focus on one aspect of such shootings: that the presence of armed private citizens can be the biggest factor in ending mass shooting sprees, saving countless lives...

Top foods to avoid and to eat when diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) According to the American College of Cardiology, atrial fibrillation, which results in racing heartbeats or ones that are arrhythmic, affects over 2.5 million Americans. Also referred to as "AFib," the fluctuations in heartbeat occur when the heart's electrical system...

Water bottles leach endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in warm temperatures

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) The results of a new study confirm what most already know regarding the dangers of drinking bottled water that's been left in the sun. Published in the September journal of Environmental Pollution, scientists warn against leaving plastic bottled water in any warm place...

CDC now monitoring 125 potential Ebola cases in Dallas

Natural News - 2 hours 28 min ago
(NaturalNews) With a second confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, besides "patient zero," health officials are now monitoring 118 people believed to have had either definite or possible exposure to Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.The U.S. Centers...

Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

Ecology Today - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 21:32

By Kieran Cooke

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is intense interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

The vast Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant in central Poland is Europe’s biggest polluter
Image: G.Mordalski via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, 23 October, 2014 − It has not been easy. Negotiations on the new energy and climate policy involving all 28 European Union member states have been going on for months – and, in some instances, for years.

The European Council meets today and tomorrow in Brussels with a heavy agenda – including the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The European Commission’s 2030 policy framework on climate and energy that is up for discussion has two key elements:

  • A binding agreement to cut overall EU CO2 emissions by 40 percent over 1990 levels by 2030.
  • Achieving savings of at least 30 percent in energy efficiency across the EU, also by 2030.

The long-term goal is an ambitious one – nothing short of the transformation of Europe’s energy system and its economy. The EU will be decarbonised: the plan is to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by between 80 percent and 90 percent by 2050.

There are other ingredients in the package, which is designed to replace the existing policy, focused on 2020 targets. These include commitments to renewables and to the reform of the EU’s ailing Emissions Trading System, moves towards a more integrated cross-border energy system, plus the phasing out of subsidies for Europe’s coal industry.

Many compromises

The devil, as always, is in the detail. Achieving agreement among EU member countries – each with its own distinctive political set-up and economic ambitions – is difficult, some would say impossible. Many compromises have had to be made.

Some countries still have reservations about the whole idea of setting binding emission reduction targets, saying this will increase energy costs and result in Europe losing its economic competitiveness − particularly with the US, where the price of energy has dropped significantly due to the widespread take-up of shale oil and gas.

Poland is one of the countries that will be hard to convince. It is heavily dependent on coal for its energy, and is fighting against any move to phase out subsidies for the coal industry.

A group of countries, led by Germany, wants EU energy efficiency targets to be binding, while others, led by an increasingly Euro-sceptic UK government, say each country should be allowed to set its own energy efficiency goals – and that there should be less interference by Brussels.

Meanwhile, scientists and economists say the new package – even if it is approved − is not nearly ambitious enough.

Professor Jim Skea, a vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says countries are doing only what is politically achievable, rather than what is necessary to transform the EU’s energy sector.

“I don’t think many people have grasped just how huge this task is,” Skea told BBC news. “It is absolutely extraordinary and unprecedented. My guess is that 40 percent for 2030 is too little too late if we are really serious about our long-term targets.”

Some business interests remain firmly opposed to the EU’s new energy regime, but many of Europe’s biggest corporations − frustrated by frequent changes in policy and by political interference − are backing a call for more robust action on climate change.

“We remain increasingly concerned at the costs, risks and impacts associated with delayed action on climate change on our markets, supply chains, resources costs, and upon society as a whole,” says an open letter to the European Council from the Climate Group and 56 other leading EU businesses and organisations.

Relations strained

With relations between the EU and Russia increasingly strained due to events in Ukraine and elsewhere, European countries are concerned about their energy security and dependence on gas imports from Russia.

A report by the ECOFYS consultancy and the Open Climate Network group says gas imports into Europe could be cut in half by ramping up investment in renewable energy and achieving greater energy efficiency. Emissions targets would also be met much sooner.

A separate report by Ernst & Young, the professional services company, says the EU is in danger of missing out on the financial benefits of developing renewable technologies.

Stable long-term targets and smart industrial policy, Ernst & Young says, can help Europe secure its slice of “a cake that will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars by the turn of the century”. – Climate News Network

Categories: Ecological News

Researchers say breathing toxic air in the first two years of life linked to autism.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
Pollution could be a factor in autism, researchers have found. They say children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life.
Categories: Ecological News

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
If you doubt that parts of the planet really are warming, talk to residents of Barrow, the Alaskan town that is the most northerly settlement in the US. In the last 34 years, the average October temperature in Barrow has risen by more than 7°C − an increase that, on its own, makes a mockery of international efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above their pre-industrial levels.
Categories: Ecological News

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
Bonnie Marsh is worried that many of her neighbors’ health problems stem from big companies farming genetically modified crops around her in Maui County, Hawaii. So she helped collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot.
Categories: Ecological News

What if age is nothing but a mind-set?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
Psychologist Ellen Langer believes that one way to enhance well-being is to use placebos. Placebos aren’t just sugar pills disguised as medicine. Entire fields like psychoneuroimmunology and psychoendocrinology have emerged to investigate the relationship between psychological and physiological processes.
Categories: Ecological News

Upper Peninsula power plant's fate will cost whole region millions.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
Michigan's entire Upper Peninsula is facing an energy crisis. A nearly 60-year-old, coal-fired power plant near Marquette, Michigan, and its operator's desire to close it, could cause a big spike in all Upper Peninsula electric customers' bills.
Categories: Ecological News

Why receipts and greasy fingers shouldn’t mix.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
An order of French fries may be bad for your health in ways that extend well beyond the outsize calorie count. According to a new study by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper.
Categories: Ecological News

Report: Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:30
Federal laws meant to keep drinking water safe require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. But a loophole in the law allows many oil and gas companies to inject the same toxic chemicals during fracking without a permit, according to a report released today by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project.
Categories: Ecological News
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