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Massachusetts fails to meet federal guidelines on lead in homes.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Three years after federal health officials cut by half the amount of lead in a child’s blood that they said warrants medical attention, Massachusetts has yet to tighten its standards.
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We’re exposed to hormone-disrupting BPA just by breathing.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Researchers have long known people can be exposed to bisphenol from plastic packaging, receipts and the lining of food cans. But a new study has found people also can be exposed to the chemical just by breathing.
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Cellphone ordinance puts Berkeley at forefront of radiation debate.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Under the so-called Right to Know ordinance, passed by the Berkeley City Council, retailers are supposed to notify customers that “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure” to radio frequency radiation by carrying a cellphone.
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Wearable technology takes on air pollution and smog with personal air-quality monitors.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
By gathering hundreds of hyperlocal readings each day, wearers of personal air-quality monitors can track their exposure to harmful pollution in the same way others chart their sleep patterns, jogging routes and heart rates.
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Plastic water bottles: Australia, should we ban these things?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
A disturbing thing happened in America last week and it parallels a fight bubbling away in Australia too.
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Some hoses found to leak excessive lead into the water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Garden hoses can help you cool off in hot weather, but they many also leak excessive lead into the water - especially after they've been lying out in the sun.
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Lawmakers want programs to curb Great Lakes farm pollution.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Two members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that encourages states in the Great Lakes region to develop voluntary programs aimed at reducing farm pollution that causes harmful algae blooms.
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Oregonians have among nation's smallest 'ecological footprint.'

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Oregon might be a shining example of low carbon emissions compared to other U.S. states, but it's middling when it comes to exploitation of other resources.
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Recession, not gas, drove drop in US emissions: Study.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Economic recession was the main cause for a drop in United States carbon dioxide emissions between 2007 and 2013—not a shift from coal- to gas-fuelled energy as widely claimed, researchers said Tuesday.
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How nature changes the brain.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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At US Capitol, Arizona Apaches protest planned copper mine.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
Scores of Native American demonstrators protested at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday against a proposed $6 billion copper mine in Arizona at a site that members of the Apache tribe say is sacred.
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GE wants to stop before river is clean.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:30
The real hope of those who have worked so long to clean the Hudson River lie with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the governor.
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Disaster displacement on the rise

ENN Climate - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:24
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been forced to flee their home by a natural disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone, according to a new report. The research suggests disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
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Disaster displacement on the rise

ENN Health - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:24
In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been forced to flee their home by a natural disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone, according to a new report. The research suggests disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it.
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Renewable energy sacrificed on the altar of corporate profit

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:57
Perplexed by today's sharp cuts in solar power and other attacks on renewable energy in the UK? Don't be, writes Oliver Tickell. Really, it all makes perfect sense. You just have to understand their real purpose: to keep your energy bills high, along with power company profits. And never mind the 'green crap'!
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NASA finds Greenland glaciers melting faster than thought

ENN Climate - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:19
Greenland's glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much faster than currently estimated, according to a team of researchers led by Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.The researchers battled rough waters and an onslaught of icebergs for three summers to map the remote channels below Greenland's marine-terminating glaciers for the first time. Their results have been accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and are now available online.
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Senseless and damaging: UK's solar cuts

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:27
The UK government has announced massive cuts in support for solar roofs and farms that appear designed to undermine investor confidence just as the technology is on track to be subsidy-free by 2020.
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Senseless and damaging: UK's solar cuts

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:27
The UK government has announced massive cuts in support for solar roofs and farms that appear designed to undermine investor confidence just as the technology is on track to be subsidy-free by 2020.
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Trying to Shrink Your Footprint? The Most Effective Ways to Cut Carbon (Part 1 of 2)

EarthEasy Blog - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 23:41
With so many ways to minimize your carbon footprint, where best to start?

Trying to Shrink Your Footprint? The Most Effective Ways to Cut Carbon (Part 1 of 2) is a post from: The Eartheasy Blog. © 2011 Eartheasy.com This article may not be republished without permission.

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EPA Releases Updated Environmental and Public Health Indicators in Online Database

ENN Health - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:34
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated environmental and public health indicators in an online database, making information about the current and historical condition of the nation’s environment and human health more accessible to the public. This is an online update to EPA’s Report on the Environment. Users can explore 85 individual indicators-- on our air, water, land, human exposure, health and ecological condition-- using interactive graphs, tables, and maps, and download the data for each indicator.
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