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New study: Hidden dangerous chemicals in popular costumes, party supplies.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
A new study by a trio of environmental organizations has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies.
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Lead in licorice.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Most worries about kids and candy concern tooth decay, but research shown some black licorice is contaminated with the neurotoxin, lead.
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UN climate change report sees risks of irreversible damage.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst.
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Drought, disease wait in Valley for migratory birds.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
This year, predators may be the least of the worries for the birds in the San Joaquin Valley. Starvation, avian cholera and botulism may be bigger killers than usual. It’s another dark twist from California’s destructive drought.
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Michigan's sewer overflows raise regional concerns.`

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Almost 10 billion gallons of sewer overflows poured into southeast Michigan's waters in the historic August flooding, according to a Detroit Free Press review of data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
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FDA approves cancer drugs without proof they're extending lives.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
For decades, researchers have focused ondeveloping new cancer drugs that save lives or improve the quality of life. But when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed Inlyta, a $10,000 a month drug, on the market in 2012, there was no proof that it did either. Inlyta is not an exception to the rule.
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U.S. Ebola fighters head to Africa.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Hundreds of Americans have flown to Liberia in the past few days. Thousands more are on the way. This Ebola corps is a collection of doctors, nurses, scientists, soldiers, aviators, technicians, mechanics and engineers. Many are volunteers with nonprofit organizations or the government. Most are military personnel.
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Recycling e-waste.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Discarded electronics are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and a new survey from Best Buy found that only about 40% of people in the United State recycle old computers, TVs and phones, even though Best Buy and Staples are among companies that will take it for free.
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WHO reports Ebola cases believed to now top 10,000.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
More than 10,000 people in West Africa are believed to have contracted Ebola in the biggest outbreak of the deadly disease, and nearly 5,000 have died, according to the latest World Health Organization report, amid concerns about a potential spread of the disease in Mali.
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Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
The smartphone-sized grave marker is nearly hidden in the grass at Rock Point Cemetery. The name printed on plastic-coated paper — Beau Murphy — has been worn away. Only the span of his life remains. "June 18, 2013 - June 18, 2013"
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Chemicals and medicines tainting Congaree National Park waters.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Scientists are finding potentially harmful levels of medicines, chemicals and bacteria in waterways at Congaree National Park as the preserve’s managers scramble to resolve what they suspect is a growing threat from leaking sewage and farm runoff.
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GMO wheat mishaps foster skepticism of USDA.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
The discovery of another unapproved variety of genetically modified wheat in Montana has increased pressure to tighten the regulation of biotech crops, a change that could cause havoc for farmers in Iowa and across the U.S. eager to get their hands on the newest varieties.
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Backyard chicken lead poisoning alert.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Tanya Middleton had lived in her rented house in Glen Eden for 10 years with her seven children, aged seven to 17. It was a sick chicken that first alerted her to the lead toxins there. Her chickens had lead levels "off the scale."
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All eyes on Oregon as voters decide GMO labeling.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
On Nov. 4, in the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history, voters will decide whether to force food manufacturers to label their products that contain genetically modified ingredients sold in the state.
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'Silent revolution' in biotech farming overtaking GM, says Greenpeace.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
The row over GM crops should be a thing of the past because they have failed to live up to their promise, according to Greenpeace, which will publish a report highlighting the successes of biotechnology projects it claims are outstripping GM in improving food production.
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After Diwali, Delhi chokes on toxic smog.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Thick smoke hung over New Delhi this week as millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, but calls for a boycott highlighted growing concerns over air quality in one of the world’s most polluted cities.
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Dividing and conquering the trash.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
Across the country, millions of companies are creating trash, including food waste, cardboard, plastics and various other materials. These companies hire waste management firms to pick up their trash and truck it to a landfill. Companies hire Rubicon as a kind of waste consultant. It is a lucrative niche.
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Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed.
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After Hurricane Sandy, New York rebuilds for the future.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
As a partner at the Bjarke Ingels Group, a Danish architecture firm, Kai-Uwe Bergmann is one in a cast of hundreds trying to fortify New York against another storm like Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the region two years ago this week.
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White House hopes all politics stays local for Keystone XL.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:30
The environmental movement leaders do not want give a Republican Congress any time to pass a new law that forces approval of KXL, particularly if that law could be attached to "must-pass" legislation, such as military budgets.
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