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Land rights in Latin America: Where are the voices of indigenous women?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
How are deforestation and climate change affecting the lives of indigenous women? Latin America NGO director Omaira Bolaños explains the barriers to getting women's voices heard in climate-change talks.
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Revealed: The dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry.
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Food safety in China still faces big hurdles.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an industrial chemical.
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Proposed oil train safety rules include lower speeds, improved braking.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
The Transportation Department on Wednesday issued proposed rules to upgrade the safety of trains carrying crude oil, following half a dozen explosions that occurred in the last year after derailments in the United States and Canada.
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Panel's report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month.
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Why is Canada’s bee population in rapid decline?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
A new report on the health of honey bees in Canada says 58 percent of the colonies in Ontario did not survive the winter. Among the possible causes cited for the colony failures are starvation during a long winter, weak queens, viruses, and poisoning from pesticides.
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If it's raining, NYC's raw sewage is probably pouring into the waterways.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
When it rains in New York City, raw sewage bypasses treatment plants and flows directly into city waterways. Even a relatively small amount of storm water - one-twentieth of an inch of rainfall - can overwhelm New York’s aging sewer system.
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Feds to test chemical that tained West Virginia water supply.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Federal authorities said Wednesday that they will conduct extensive tests on the health effects of MCHM, the chemical that spilled and tainted the public water supply of 300,000 West Virginians in January.
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Victorian diseases have come back to haunt us.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Diseases which were rife in the Victorian era – such as gout, cholera and whooping cough – are making a comeback, according to official figures.
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Early puberty could increase girls' chances of diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, scientists warn.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
The age at which a girl reaches puberty could affect her risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer later in life, scientists believe.
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As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
As if the Carlton Complex fire -- the biggest in Washington state history -- wasn’t bad enough already, meteorologists have heaped yet another plague on the suffering residents of north-central Washington: the possibility of flash flooding Wednesday.
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States against EPA rule on carbon pollution would gain, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
A new study to be released Thursday found that Texas and Oklahoma would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change.
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The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Goose Island beer mostly starts out as water from Chicago's municipal supply, which is copious, glittering and immortalized in two blue bands on the city's flag. The water is a brewer's dream. Ian Hughes wants to keep it that way. Climate change appears to be complicating his task.
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Can you trust that organic label on imported food?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Maybe you’ve wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth. Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn’t just wonder. He’s an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices.
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What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico's at WIPP?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:30
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are still trying to determine exactly what caused a barrel buried at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project to burst open in February, said LANL chemist Nan Sauer, but they now have a pretty good idea of the materials that were involved.
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Cambodia: indigenous protests repel dam builders - so far

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:43
Since the 1980s Cambodia has lost 84% of its primary forests, and the remote Cardamom mountains are the country's last great natural treasure, writes Rod Harbinson. Just the place for grandiose dam projects? 'No way!" say indigenous people and young eco-activists.
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Armed robbery in Gaza - Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine's stolen gas

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:00
Israel desperately covets Gaza's gas as a 'cheap stop-gap' yielding revenues of $6-7 billion a year, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The UK's BG and the US's Noble Energy are lined up to do the dirty work - but first Hamas must be 'uprooted' from Gaza, and Fatah bullied into cutting off its talks with Russia's Gazprom.
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Climate warming may not drive net losses of soil carbon from tropical forests

ENN Climate - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:46
The planet's soil releases about 60 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is far more than that released by burning fossil fuels. This happens through a process called soil respiration. This enormous release of carbon is balanced by carbon coming into the soil system from falling leaves and other plant matter, as well as by the underground activities of plant roots.
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Germany's renewable revolution shows the way

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:36
How did Germany do it? No, not its World Cup victory - how did Germany engineer Europe's highest penetration of renewable energy, plus fast-dropping electricity prices? Keith Barnham explains - and says the UK could do the same, and better!
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Wind energy not growing in Europe as quickly as expected

ENN Climate - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:00
Europe's installed wind capacity will increase at a slower rate to the end of the decade than previously estimated, due to regulatory uncertainty and weak economic growth, an industry association said on Wednesday (23 July). European Union countries will have a combined 192.4 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind energy capacity by 2020, 64% higher than 2013 levels, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said in a report.
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