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Ecological News

In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts

Yes! Magazine - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:33
The shift in approach in West Virginia is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.
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Guardian's fossil fuel divestment pledge allows gas, fracking

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:53
The Guardian Media Group is to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels over five years. But the promise excludes natural gas and other 'hydrocarbons' - leaving the door open for it to retain controversial investments in fracking.
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Managing marine plastic pollution: Policy initiatives to address wayward waste.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
Beach cleanups yield enormous amounts of trash, with plastic items a major constituent. The human health impacts of this marine plastic pollution remain poorly characterized, but it is widely seen as an emerging problem that deserves much more research attention.
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Checking in? This 'bee hotel' could save the forest.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
The idea, according to builders, is to give native bees and bugs a pesticide free refuge to winter and rest so they can survive and thrive in the surrounding forest.
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Lead paint hazards linger at aging Portland schools.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
A Portland mother who has been recognized nationally for her activism against lead hazards is petitioning Portland Public Schools and the City of Portland to clean up lead hazards in district schools built before 1978.
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New tool for EDC research: In vivo assay screens for estrogenic effects.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
With more than 84,000 chemicals currently listed in the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory and many of them lacking significant toxicologic data, it’s no easy task to pick out potential endocrine-disrupting compounds.
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Petition calls for lay summaries in ecology journals.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
In a bid to make research papers more accessible to non-scientists, journals should require scientists to write lay summaries of their articles. That is the proposal put forward in a recent opinion piece and online petition that caught the attention of researchers on social media.
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Air pollution and neonatal blood pressure: Examining earlier exposures.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
Ambient air pollution has been associated in some studies (but not all) with increased blood pressure in adults and children. A study in this issue of EHP examines even earlier exposures during gestation, an important period of cardiovascular growth and development.
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Germany sets very high bar for fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.
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Will US partisanship block a global climate accord?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
Ahead of December climate talks in Paris, the US today committed to cut its greenhouse emissions 28 percent. Mexico and the EU have made their pledges, reluctant nations and the GOP still stand between Obama and a climate deal.
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7 questions with John Christy and Roy Spencer: Climate change skeptics for 25 years.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
The silver anniversary of Roy Spencer's career-defining moment arrived with no expectation in March. He didn't realize it until someone mentioned it to him.
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Warming trend: How climate shapes vibrio ecology.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
Cholera infects millions of people each year, killing up to 142,000 of its victims. Localized outbreaks have been recorded since ancient times. A current ongoing pandemic reportedly began in Indonesia in 1961 and has spread to more than 50 countries.
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Watch shipping lanes carry carbon dioxide around the globe.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
A new map showing the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide around the world finds that many of the world's biggest shipping routes are surprisingly polluted, given their location far from land.
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Mom, please don’t smoke before I’m born.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
A new study shows ultrasound pictures of nonsmokers’ fetuses looking peaceful, while the smokers’ fetuses look much more distraught, clawing at their faces and grimacing.
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EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world's most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned.
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Oregon Legislature targets antibiotics in factory farms.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
The Oregon Legislature is considering limiting the nonmedical use of antibiotics in large animal farms through two bills, with the hopes of preventing the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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Ohio EPA tries to block Cleveland harbor sediment from being dumped in Lake Erie.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued a permit that would allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Cleveland's harbor, but not permit it to put any of the dredged material in Lake Erie.
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Obama submits 'ambitious' global warming plan.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
The U.S. formally submitted to the United Nations a commitment to reduce its climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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New Hampshire residents concerned after possible exposure to toxic levels of contaminated well water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
Thousands of New Hampshire residents may have been exposed to toxic levels of chemicals from contaminated well water.
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Public lands: Watchdog groups slow proposed expansion of uranium mines in Utah.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 19:30
An environmental study for the proposed expansion of uranium mines in Utah was flawed and needs to be redone, a regional U.S. Forest Service officer said last week, rejecting an earlier decision to permit the project.
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