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Ben & Jerry’s throws fudge brownie into GMO food fight.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
Ben & Jerry’s support of Vermont's GMO labeling law — a swirl of savvy public relations, financial backing, and grass-roots activism — pits the ice cream maker against the world’s biggest food companies, including its own corporate parent.
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Many dead as gas explosions rock Taiwan city.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday in Taiwan’s second-largest city.
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Up to 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled near Hennessey, Oklahoma.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
It looks to be some time before the book will be closed on a hydrochloric acid spill in an alfalfa field in Kingfisher County. Between 350 and 500 barrels - up to 20,000 gallons - of acid spilled Monday in Hennessey.
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Making the Great Lakes safer for swimming, fishing and drinking the water.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The Health Professionals Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission has come out with a report proposing five ways to measure risks to our health from contaminants and other hazards in the Great Lakes.
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Old tank cars put Chicago at risk.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
America’s drilling boom means more freight trains are snaking through Chicago carrying oil, which can erupt into fireballs if the tank cars derail. A new federal proposal to make the cars safer should be enacted as quickly as possible, and any changes in the final rules should enhance safety, not weaken it.
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California needs to overhaul its protection of groundwater.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The state is searching for new sources of water, including aquifers that might have been inaccessible in the past, or whose water was previously considered unsuitable for drinking but can now be purified using new technology.
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The hidden hands behind war in Ukraine.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
To think that western leaders are reacting simply because they are outraged by the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 or what they see as Russian expansionist tendencies, misses a big piece of the puzzle. Referred to as the breadbasket of Europe, Ukraine's ample fields and rich soil make it the world's third-largest exporter of corn and fifth of wheat. It's a big prize for whoever ends up with control.
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Trash Into Treasure: 6 Cool Things Made from Sea Plastic

Yes! Magazine - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30

Photo courtesy of Studio Swine's "Sea Chair".

A recent study released by The Geological Society of America reveals that ocean pollution has already left a permanent mark in the planet’s geological record. The study announced the “appearance of a new ‘stone’ formed through intermingling of melted plastic, beach sediment, basaltic lava fragments, and organic debris.”

This substance was found on Kamilo Beach in Hawai’i, an area hit hard by marine debris due to wind and tide patterns. Discoveries like these  clearly prove the gigantic effect single-use plastics (which make up about 90 percent of ocean garbage) have on our planet.

While marine litter can be deadly to animals and catastrophic to the environment when it’s in the ocean, the litter itself is often useful material that can be made into all sorts things. Thankfully, as ocean pollution becomes an increasing threat to our ecosystems, more and more people are exploring ways to harvest it and transform it into a valuable resource.

Below, check out six creative projects that are cleaning up our oceans.

1. Rustic yet elegant “sea chairs”

Sea Chair from Studio Swine on Vimeo.

“Sea Chair” is a short film from Studio Swine that recently placed second in the Cannes Film Festival’s Young Director Awards for 2014. Dutch film director Juriaan Booij documents a group of fishermen in the U.K. as they collect plastic debris that regularly gets caught in their nets to sort it, melt it, and craft it into beautiful molded plastic stools.

The film, which is as elegantly constructed as the stools themselves, explores the role that individuals can have in ocean clean up, especially those living and working in coastal areas.

Want to try your hand at making a sea chair? The project is open sourced, and Studio Swine’s website offers an illustrated manual on how to make your own! (WARNING: This project is for the experienced upcycler and requires melting plastic over a camp stove as well as some carpentry skills.)

2. Fish scale patterned skateboards

Nets to Decks // Net Positiva // Bureo Skateboards from Bureo Skateboards on Vimeo.

Co-founded by friends Ben Kneppers, Dave Stove and Kevin Ahearn, Bureo Skateboards has created the world’s first skateboard deck made entirely out of recycled fishing nets.

Improperly discarded nets are a huge issue when it comes to ocean litter. According to the Marine Mammal Center, fishing nets make up 10 percent of the world’s marine trash and creates an environmental problem called “ghost fishing,” which occurs when fish and other sea life get caught and killed in abandoned nets drifting below the surface.

In an effort to put an end to ghost fishing and clean up the Chilean coastline, the guys behind Bureo created Net Positiva, Chile’s first collection and recycling program for commercial netting. Through Net Positiva, Bureo Skateboards harvests the litter and melts it down into their signature cruiser boards.

You can learn more about Bureo or buy a fishnet skateboard of your very own on their website.

3. Trendy sneakers and jeans

Pharelle Williams is pop music’s happiness guru and the man behind the hat with more than 20,000 followers on Twitter. Now he has added eco-friendly clothing design to his list of accomplishments. Pharelle’s company, Bionic Yarn, uses fiber made from plastic marine litter to create yarn, denim, and other textiles.

Founded in 2010, the company recently announced a multitude of collaborations set to launch this summer. Among them are a line of jeans designed with Dutch designer clothing company G-Star Raw, and a line of sneakers with German sports and street wear company Adidas.

4. Vibrantly colored carpeting

The global carpet manufacturing company Interface has teamed with the Zoological Society of London to create carpet tiles made from recycled fishnets.

The project, called Net-Work, takes its regenerative process one step forward by not only using materials sourced from the polluted waters and coastlines of the Philippines, but also by generating jobs for residents of small fishing villages throughout the Philippines.

Washed up and improperly discarded fishing nets collected and sold to the company bring both an immediate and long-term benefits to Philippino coastal villages, explains Interface. Not only are people paid for the nets they collect, but by cleaning up trash they are working toward a healthier and more lucrative fishing business in the future.

5. Water bottle catamaran

In March 2010, the Plastiki—a sail boat made entirely of plastic bottles and other upcycled plastics—set sail on an 8,000-mile voyage to raise global awareness around the issue of marine plastic pollution. By designing a sturdy and sea-worthy vessel, the boat’s creators hope to highlight the potentially valuable nature of “single use plastics.”

“Plastic is not the enemy,” expedition leader David de Rothschild told National Geographic a few days before Plastiki set sail. “But it’s our understanding of disposal and reuse that’s to blame.”

During their 128-day journey, the Plastiki crew sailed across the Pacific Ocean, intentionally passing by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to observe the part of the Pacific Ocean that has been hardest hit by plastic waste.

6. Meaningful toys and gifts

Kenyan company Ocean Sole is getting lots of attention for transforming washed up garbage on the the country’s beaches into job opportunities by selling toys, gifts, and jewelry made from colorful discarded sandals found across the Kenyan coast.

The company has created more than 100 jobs by paying workers for coastal cleanup as well as paying artisans for product construction. Old discarded shoes, once an eyesore littering the country’s beaches, become adorable seahorse-shaped key chains or colorful sculptures of elephants. Beyond providing a job for coastal Kenyans, Ocean Sole is able to use their crafts to educate their global customer base about ocean pollution.

Liz Pleasant wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Liz is a graduate of the University of Washington's program in Anthropology, and an online editorial intern at YES! Follow her on Twitter @lizpleasant.

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Dads' exposure to solvents linked to childhood brain tumours.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
Brain tumours in children could have as much to do with the father's occupational exposure to solvents as they have to do with the mother's, a new Australian study has found.
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Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds.
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Contamination in Lac-Mégantic may be less than original estimate: Study.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
Estimates of soil contamination at Lac-Mégantic after last summer’s deadly train derailment may have been exaggerated, according to a new study commissioned by the provincial environment department.
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US court rules in favour of Union Carbide.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
A New York court struck what appeared to be a death blow to a case brought by victims of the 1984 poison gas disaster in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, when it ruled in favour of the defendant, the Union Carbide Corporation, finding that the company could not be sued for ongoing contamination from the chemical plant.
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Judge halts exploratory wells near Pinnacles.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
A judge has issued a preliminary ruling that unlawfully approved an oil-development project near California's Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed.
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Controversy over US carbon controls.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The first day of hearings in Pittsburgh on proposed federal carbon controls for coal-burning power plants spawned a march by thousands of coal miners and a rally by hundreds of environmentalists and succeeded in demonstrating that a major change in the nation’s energy policy will not be easy.
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California breaks drought record as 58 percent of state hits driest level.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday.
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Deal still not reached on North Carolina coal ash bill.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
North Carolina lawmakers said Thursday they still haven't reached agreement on legislation requiring Duke Energy to limit pollution leaking from its coal ash dumps across the state, nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with gray sludge.
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No cause found for thousands of dead menhaden reported in Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
Experts still aren't sure what killed thousands of dead menhaden that local fishermen reported floating in a long line near the northern stretch of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
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New rules say poultry plants can conduct own checks.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Agriculture Department released long-awaited poultry-inspection rules on Thursday that will give plant operators the option of conducting their own inspections for bird defects and feces on the processing lines and allow government inspectors to concentrate on other food-safety issues in the plant.
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Weak links in China's food chain.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The OSI Group, one of the top meat producers in the United States with more than $6 billion in sales and about 20,000 employees in 17 countries, is enveloped in a food safety scandal in China.
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USDA overhauls poultry-inspection system to better fight pathogens.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:30
The USDA has unveiled the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than fifty years, as part of an effort to better fight pathogens while placing more responsibility and trust on companies to protect the quality of their chicken and turkey.
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