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Drinking water panel urges DEP to adopt nation's strictest limit on PFOA.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Scientists want New Jersey to reduce the permitted level in drinking water of a chemical that has been linked to cancer.
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Deadly pathogens repeatedly dispatched by US labs to unsecure sites.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
The government isn’t regulating how highly dangerous viruses and bacteria are rendered safe for shipment, posing risks to the public, auditors say.
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'Limited' CDC funding preventing PFOS/PFOA health study.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
On Thursday representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said “limited funding” is preventing the agency from performing a comprehensive health study for local towns affected by drinking water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds.
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Decline of salt farming leads to shorebird shakeout.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
A key habitat for migratory birds, salt pans are threatened by shifting industrial priorities.
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Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Bayer and Syngenta criticised for secrecy after unpublished research obtained under freedom of information law linked high doses of their products to damage to the health of bee colonies.
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Soil is soaking up less carbon than we thought — which could make it warm up even faster.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
New soil carbon research presents bad news about the pace of climate change.
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River pollution puts 323m at risk from life-threatening diseases, says UN.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Waste water, pesticide run-off and pollution threatens people across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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Lawmakers slam 'disturbing' firing of agency scientist.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
"Disturbing." "Frightening." "Shocking." Those were some of the adjectives used by Republican lawmakers yesterday to describe the firing of a Department of Energy radiation biologist in 2014 for allegedly providing answers to Congress that countered the wishes of Department of Energy officials.
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Waste crime is 'the new narcotics', says Environment Agency chief.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Waste crime is the “new narcotics” according to the head of the Environment Agency, offering huge profits as the authorities race to catch up with the damage caused to society.
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Zika didn't drive her from Miami Beach - but questions about the pesticide being used to stop it did.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Some Miami Beach residents are more afraid of naled, an insecticide being used to curb the spread of Zika, than the disease itself.
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State board approves coal-ash wastewater permit for Chesterfield.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
The State Water Control Board unanimously approved a complex and expansive permit Thursday that will allow Dominion Virginia Power to drain millions of gallons of wastewater from the coal ash ponds at its Chesterfield Power Station, the largest fossil fuel plant in Virginia, then treat it and discharge it into the James River.
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EPA response to East Chicago lead typical for soil contamination.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
Government officials first found high levels of lead and arsenic at an East Chicago lead smelting plant in 1985. Thirty years later, after countless soil samples and elevated blood lead level tests, clean-up has begun. Why did it take so long?
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Farming on the edge: The Indian salt producers coping with 48C heat.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
An initiative to support female salt farmers in Gujarat provides loans to help them switch to solar in the face of climate change.
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Water Control Board to decide on Dominion draining coal ash ponds in Chesterfield.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:30
The State Water Control Board will decide on a water-discharge permit today that will govern the dewatering of coal ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power’s 1,640-megawatt Chesterfield Power Station, the largest fossil-fuel power station in Virginia.
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A Cruise Ship Just Sailed the Northwest Passage, Thanks to Climate Change

ENN Climate - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 17:37
The Northwest Passage originated as an unattainable and lethal legend when Europeans arrived in the Americas and longed for an easy sea route across North America. Now, a cruise ship has successfully traversed the route in only a month.It wasn’t until 1906 that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen successfully — but with extreme difficulty — navigated what had, until then, been a theoretical journey. In the years since, heavily fortified ships with icebreakers could only make it through the floes of the Arctic in summer, when sea ice was at its lowest.Now, a massive 14-deck cruise ship has completed the journey that was a pipe dream just over one hundred years ago — and it’s raising a lot of concerns.
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A Subzero Winter Is Coming to Standing Rock—Here’s Their Plan

Yes! Magazine - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:30
The camps are preparing to keep the Dakota Access pipeline blockade going strong—keeping resolve firm, spirits high, and thousands of bodies warm.
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Soil will absorb less atmospheric carbon than expected this century, study finds

ENN Climate - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 03:53
By adding highly accurate radiocarbon dating of soil to standard Earth system models, environmental scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have learned a dirty little secret: The ground will absorb far less atmospheric carbon dioxide this century than previously thought.Researchers used carbon-14 data from 157 sample sites around the world to determine that current soil carbon is about 3,100 years old -- rather than the 450 years stipulated by many Earth system models."This work indicates that soils have a weaker capacity to soak up carbon than we have been assuming over the past few decades," said UCI Chancellor's Professor of Earth system science James Randerson, senior author of a new study on the subject to be published in the journal Science. "It means we have to be even more proactive in finding ways to cut emissions of fossil fuels to limit the magnitude and impacts of climate warming."
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What’s killing native birds in the mountain forests of Kauai?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:30
Biologist Eben Paxton is sounding the alarm about the catastrophic collapse of native bird populations on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. His group's research has uncovered the culprit: disease-carrying mosquitoes that have invaded the birds' mountain habitat., Biologist Eben Paxton is sounding the alarm about the catastrophic collapse of native bird populations on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
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VIDEO: Drug-resistant superbugs are a 'fundamental threat', WHO says.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:30
On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to take "a broad, coordinated approach" to go after antimicrobial resistance.
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America is not the greatest country on earth. It’s no. 28.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:30
Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S. But the rest of the world isn’t doing much better.
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