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Ecological News

Water is called casualty of Syrian war.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:30
Water availability in Syria has been halved since the conflict there began nearly four and a half years ago.
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Study links three phthalates to miscarriage.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:30
Although some phthalates are widely recognised as toxic to reproduction, the researchers claim this is the first time that an increased risk has been clearly shown in non-occupationally exposed women.
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China lawmakers discuss new pollution bill, coal cap clause expected.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:30
Chinese legislators are considering a new air pollution law that could give the state new powers to punish negligent local authorities and industrial enterprises and provide a legal mandate to impose caps on coal consumption.
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Living with smoke.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:30
The famous crystal clear views of the Gorge have been little seen in the past three weeks, but the concern with our smoke-congested environs more for health than aesthetics – especially for the sake of the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and for children.
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Culling sharks doesn't work - here's what we can do instead

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:36
Following six shark attacks this year on the beaches of New South Wales, Australia, the press are demanding a shark cull as a 'permanent solution' to the problem, writes Jane Williamson. Trouble is, culling is indiscriminate, ineffective, disrupts ocean ecosystems, and diverts resources from more effective responses.
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Anti-aging proteins

ENN Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 17:50
Individuals previously diagnosed with heart disease may be less likely to experience heart failure, heart attacks, or stroke, or to die from these events, if they have higher blood levels of two very closely related proteins, according to a new study led by a UC San Francisco research team.One of these proteins, known as GDF11, has attracted great interest since 2013, when researchers showed that it could rejuvenate old mice. Based on these findings, scientists have speculated that drugs that increase GDF11 levels might reverse physiological manifestations of aging that lead to heart failure in people.
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Access to nature may help you sleep better

ENN Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 02:38
Men and persons age 65 and older who have access to natural surroundings, whether it’s the green space of a nearby park or a sandy beach and an ocean view, report sleeping better, according to a new University of Illinois study published in Preventive Medicine.
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London's Garden Bridge: a damaging folly at public expense

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:47
It sounded wonderful: a futuristic 'garden bridge' across the Thames dripping with flowers and foliage, writes Will Jennings. But really it's a private enclosure of valuable public space, mature trees and views, backed by £60m of taxpayers money, that delivers no benefits to London's wildlife, environment or transport needs.
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The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back?
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Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.
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Golden Rice: A shining solution, or an impending danger?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Beta-carotene enriched Golden Rice is a much touted humanitarian solution to widespread Vitamin A deficiency in poor countries. But many argue the golden grains are only meant to improve the image of big biotechs.
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What does that air pollution reading actually mean?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Share My Air converts air quality data into more relatable terms, like the equivalent number of cigarettes smoked.
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Can house dust make us fat?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Fats lurking in house dust may signal cells in the body to fatten up.
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Ecologists embrace their urban side.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Climate change and the rise of cities have broadened what it means to study ecosystems.
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Government permission to use banned pesticides faces legal challenge.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Temporary approval for two of the three neonicotinoid pesticides linked to decline in bees and banned by the EU is to be challenged in the high court.
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Particles from the edge of space shine a light on Fukushima.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
It's one of the greatest, and most disturbing, questions of the Fukushima disaster: What happened to the nuclear fuel inside the plant? Now physicists are trying to shed some light on the problem using particles from the edge of space.
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Mercury finds its way into Grand Canyon.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
New research shows that mercury, as well as selenium, aren’t staying put in Lake Powell, but are slipping past Glen Canyon Dam and ending up in everything from algae to bugs and fish downstream.
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The US Congress is finally poised to rethink its outdated chemical laws.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Congress, industry and environmentalists all agree that regulation of chemicals in the U.S. is broken – but change could soon be on the way.
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Okinawans decry noise, chemical pollution at US bases across island.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
Contaminated soccer field and near-constant aircraft maneuvers are grim reminders of U.S. militarization (Part 2 of 2).
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Autism cases among younger children on the rise, but reason why still unclear.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:30
A new study indicates that the number of autism cases in Australia is increasing among younger children.
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