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Ecological News

Foreign-owned mines operate royalty-free under outdated US law.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Let’s say you own 245 million acres. And underneath that land are billions of dollars’ worth of minerals. Would you let foreign companies in to tear up your land, put your water at risk and take those minerals without paying royalties? You already are.
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Atrazine’s path to cancer possibly clarified.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
A controversial weed killer may inadvertently act as a fertilizer for human cancer cells — and scientists are closer to understanding how.
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GOP operative plans anti-Steyer effort.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Veteran GOP strategist Rob Stutzman said that he plans to launch an anti-Tom Steyer effort if the billionaire environmental activist runs for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.
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Pharrell Williams and Al Gore announce Live Earth 2015.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
The unlikely combination of Pharrell Williams and Al Gore have announced what they hope to be the largest global campaign in history, in the form of a second round of Live Earth concerts to promote awareness of climate change.
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This animation of shrinking sea ice is a startling illustration of climate change.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
This new animation released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a startling illustration of the toll climate change is taking on our planet.
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Everything you need to know about nanopesticides.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Their minuscule size makes them efficient, but also unpredictable. That's what worries scientist Stacey Harper: The first nano-formulations of pesticides are quietly making their way onto agricultural fields, and she wants to know what happens next.
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Creating a 'genetic firewall' for GMOs.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Synthetic amino acids may one day allow scientists to create "genetic firewalls" that prevent GMO crops or animals from escaping into the wild and causing environmental damage, according to Harvard and Yale researchers.
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Tanneries in Bangladesh are spewing toxic waste and making workers sick.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
There are around 15,000 workers who work inside Bangladesh tanneries and are not given proper attire to protect themselves from the dangerous chemicals they encounter on a daily basis.
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Land of opportunity – and fear – along route of Nicaragua’s giant new canal.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
In an era of breathtaking engineering feats, there is unease about what Nicaragua's mega project will mean for people and their homes, wildlife and ecosystems. Will it bring wealth and growth or confusion and destruction?
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Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; North Dakota oil boom's largest leak.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, the largest such spill since the state's current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than previous record spills.
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China's smog provides cover for burglar in novel by environment official.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
China's pollution crisis has inspired an environmental regulator in a smog-blanketed northern province to write a novel whose extracts have gone viral online, spurring plans for two more books.
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Smog changes everything.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Smog has darkened Beijing’s skies and sullied the city’s reputation, but northern China’s persistent pollution plague is now getting more artful treatment from one of China’s most famous filmmakers.
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E-cigarettes can produce more formaldehyde than regular cigarettes, study says.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
A preliminary study in the New England Journal of Medicine raises a new worry about electronic cigarettes – exposure to formaldehyde.
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Measles cases linked to Disneyland rise, and debate over vaccinations intensifies.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
The outbreak has increased concerns that a longstanding movement against childhood vaccinations has created a surge in a disease that was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.
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Taking contraceptive pill for five years doubles risk of brain tumour, warn scientists.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Female sex hormones used in the contraceptive pill may increase the risk of some cancer types, scientists say.
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Insecticide risk map exposes threat to aquatic life.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
The global threat that insecticides pose for aquatic biodiversity has been revealed in a recent modelling study that pinpoints areas at greatest risk.
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Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive.
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Going for the gold sends mercury down the river.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
Bill Pan and his colleagues at Duke show in a new research paper that illegal mining boats in Peru, along with open-pit artisanal mines, are responsible for toxic levels of mercury not just near the miners but also hundreds of miles downstream.
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Obama's about to get a whiff of India's air pollution.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
The Times of India newspaper carried a cartoon this month of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a gas mask when he attends the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. Next to it was table showing air quality, or rather the lack of it.
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Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:30
When an oil pipeline burst in July 2011 and poured 63,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River 200 miles upstream from Dena Hoff’s farm of wheat, beans and corn on the Great Plains in Glendive, she felt disgusted. When it happened again Saturday, she felt terror.
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