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Virus poses particular danger to kids with asthma; cases in 12 states.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
A rare virus that threatens respiratory systems has sickened hundreds children in Kansas City, Mo., and and Chicago and could be responsible for far more cases in about a dozen states, national health officials said Monday.
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Secrecy and doubt shroud Nicaragua's huge canal plans.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
For hundreds of years, Nicaraguans have dreamed of carving a land-and-water route across their section of the Central America. Now, if all goes according to the Nicaraguan government's plans, work on the canal, a system of seaports, an oil pipeline and other infrastructure will begin.
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Mt. Polley debacle: BC Miles behind US on mine danger info.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Compared to Americans, British Columbians have very little information about the safety and regulation of that activity. And that means journalists, activists and citizens have very little power to stop mining problems before they become mining disasters.
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White House threatens to veto bill to kill EPA water rule.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
The Obama administration issued a veto threat Monday for a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward on a rule to redefine its jurisdiction over streams and ponds.
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Long Island cutbacks reduce water testing, pollution inspections.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Suffolk County, once known as an aggressive pollution watchdog, has cut water testing in half and reduced inspections of businesses that store hazardous chemicals by 90 percent over the past 15 years, county data show.
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Minnesota lake first in nation to use new product to kill zebra mussels.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
A small Minnesota lake is on the forefront of the national effort to kill off the zebra mussels that threaten lakes and rivers around the country.
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Dirty water politics.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
The idea originally was to bring clarity to what waters and wetlands fall under EPA purview, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. But so far, the only thing that is clear is that the opposition is more concerned about protecting big business and agriculture interests than protecting our state's steadily deteriorating rivers, lakes and springs.
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Overpopulation and the 10 billion person question.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
It is a pity that the real problem is global poverty—and if we can’t fix that we will be pounding past 15 billion people, with tens or even hundreds of millions of people in the Pacific and Bangladesh soon to become climate refugees.
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Why gender disaster data matters: ‘In some villages, all the dead were women.'

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Recent disasters in the Pacific have shown clear gaps in responding to the particular needs of women and girls. Despite the clear case for collecting more gendered data, the sector routinely fails to do this either at a global or regional level.
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Modi's 100 days: New green mantra of fast-track nod but strict pollution check.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
The NDA government’s mantra as it prepares to usher in a new environmental regime in the country seems to be two-pronged — to make it easier for industries to set up new facilities but difficult for them to pollute.
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Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Half of all bird species in North America - including the bald eagle - are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday.
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Boom in energy spurs industry in the Rust Belt.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
In Ohio, in an arc stretching south from Youngstown past Canton and into the rural parts of the state where much of the natural gas is being drawn from shale deep underground, entire sectors like manufacturing, hotels, real estate and even law are being reshaped.
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Cities prepare for warm climate without saying so.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject.
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India-Pakistan flood disaster prompts frantic rescue bid.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Authorities in India and Pakistan made frantic efforts Monday to pluck tens of thousands of people to safety from floods which have killed at least 350 as desperate residents huddled on rooftops.
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Desert ecosystem caught in crossfire of immigration battle.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which stretches across 57,000 acres of public land, is at the heart of a long-running fight involving environmentalists, federal agencies and Congress over how to control the nation's nearly 2,000-mile southern boundary.
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US Drug Enforcement Administration to allow return of unused pills to pharmacies.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the DEA announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies.
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Canadian beekeepers sue neonicotinoid makers Bayer, Syngenta for C$450 million.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:30
Canadian beekeepers have filed a class action lawsuit against Bayer CropScience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. claiming C$450 million ($414 million) in damages for negligence related to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
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Ocean acidification and greenhouse gases hit new records

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:29
New scientific evidence released today by the WMO shows the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record, writes Alex Kirby, with 2012-2013 a record year for emissions. Meanwhile oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.
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China - is it kicking its coal habit?

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:48
There are hopeful signs that China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is becoming less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise, writes Kieran Cooke. Great news for China, and the planet - but worrying for coal exporters!
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One more heave! Ministers' pre-election fracking drive

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:25
Ministers are determined to get fracking under way in the UK as fast as possible, so it's a 'fait accompli' in time for the election, writes Alex Stevenson. With a firm pro-fracking concensus in Parliament, only one thing can frustrate their plans - strong local campaigns to turn around MPs desperate for re-election in 2015. It even has a name: democracy.
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