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Ecological News

Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
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Thalidomide survivors cheer Ottawa’s new annual pension program.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The Canadian government will provide thalidomide survivors with pensions of up to $100,000 a year for the remainder of their lives, a major breakthrough for the nearly 100 Canadians who have been fighting an emotional and hard-fought battle for compensation.
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Chief of Shell’s Arctic drilling program searches for ‘the prize’.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
In a brief summer drilling season off Alaska’s Arctic shore, Shell’s Ann Pickard is on the hunt for a giant oil field, and she thinks she knows where to find it.
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Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Nearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. That the catastrophic flooding of this city was caused not merely by a powerful storm but primarily by fatal engineering flaws in the city's flood protection system has been proved by experts, acknowledged by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and underscored by residents here to anyone who might suggest otherwise.
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Fracking to resume in Texas city that banned fracking after state steps in.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.
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Killing season for enviros: Death threats still coming to Goldman Prize winner.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Winning an international environmental award highlighted Berta Cáceres’ efforts to block a dam in her people’s homeland in Honduras, but it has not stopped the death threats. “There have been many—they have intensified since December,” said Cáceres, a Lenca leader and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).
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Stormwater can’t go to waste in drought.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
If the city of Sacramento is going to jack up customer rates to fund a major upgrade to its storm drainage system, officials have to think big. They have to think of the drought.
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The messages sent by coal-ash penalty.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Duke Energy is going to pay, and pay heavily, for its admitted negligence regarding coal ash lagoons and the environmental disasters that occurred as a result.
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Vaccine skeptics put our children at risk.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
A quirk of modern culture is the way that science has become a matter of belief. People say they don’t “believe” in climate change or say that evolution by natural selection is “just a theory.”
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Santa Barbara spill underscores need to go green.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
It’s hard to overstate the beauty of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. To stand at its edge — the dolphins leaping, the pelicans soaring, the Pacific Ocean blue and limitless before you — is to glimpse California before the advent of man.
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Anti-city legislation inconsistent with Texas history.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Texas has long touted “local control” as a defense in the courts and public policy debates, and as an offense in actions against the federal government. Now that powerful Texas interests are threatened by cities that seek to protect their residents, Texas leaders have been attacking local control.
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Beyond the headlines.

Environmental Health News - 4 hours 55 min ago
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about how a new Wyoming law that restricts data collection on private lands can conceal environmental violations. Also concerns about drone aircraft that spray fields with pesticides and a look back twenty-five years to the mysterious bombing of two Earth First! activists who were trying to protect California’s redwoods.
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Once-stable Antarctic glaciers have suddenly started melting

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 22:45
A dramatic shift has taken place in the glaciers of the southern Antarctic peninsula, writes Bert Wouters. Six years ago these previously stable bodies suddenly stated shedding 60 cubic kilometres of ice per year into the ocean. A stark warning of further surprises to come?
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Fighting pollution from microbeads used in soaps and creams.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
Stiv Wilson is not much of an exfoliator. Mr. Wilson, a 42-year-old environmental advocate, lives on a sailboat, wears flip-flops and doesn't care much for personal care products like fancy creams and moisturizers.
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School bus pollution is dangerous, and efforts to control it are still uneven.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
The federal government says diesel exhaust likely causes lung cancer, asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis and heart disease. Yet millions of children ride school buses powered by diesel fuel — and stand in lines next to idling buses nearly every day for months.
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Ex-Freedom Industries officials indicted on new charge.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
Two former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a second superseding indictment stemming from a massive chemical spill last January.
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Oil industry pushing for carbon tax in Alberta.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
The biggest players in Canada's oil and gas industry are urging Alberta's government to step up its environmental policies and introduce a carbon tax.
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Boom to protect Breton wildlife refuge as platform continues to burn.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
Fire on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast has forced the evacuation of 28 workers Friday, but no one was injured.
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Special Report: The war on big food.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back?
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EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:30
EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal.
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