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Ecological News

China's war on pollution could leave Australia's dirty coal out in the cold

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 20:09
To tackle its serious air pollution, China is imposing stringent restrictions on dirty coal high in ash or sulphur, writes Shabbir Ahmad. One result: half of Australia's coal exports to China face exclusion, or extra 'washing' costs. But Australia's response is not to raise environmental quality. Instead, it's increasing production.
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New generation of GM crops puts agriculture in a 'crisis situation'.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
With the first of a new generation of genetically engineered crops ready to hit the market, the battle lines are being drawn.
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The Gulf’s red snapper fishery makes a comeback.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
The National Marine Fishery Services once predicted that the Gulf’s red snapper population wouldn’t rebound fully until 2032. But with a new management system in place since 2007, and a growing emphasis on sustainability, both fish and fishermen are now flourishing.
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Brazil warming to 'green' policies.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Marina Silva rose from poverty deep in the Amazon jungle to become a prominent politician and the advocate who kick-started Brazil’s battle against deforestation. Now she is clashing with an old foe, President Dilma Rousseff, in a wild election that could reshape the nation’s environmental policy.
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Death toll mounts to 43 in India's flood-hit northeast.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
At least 43 people have died and many are missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed India's remote northeast, officials said on Wednesday, in the second flood tragedy to strike the subcontinent this month.
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Tucson, Arizona, may ban some nicotine-based insect killers.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Tucson city leaders may be asked to ban nicotine-based insecticides, which some believe may be killing bees.
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Federal judge rejects BP's request for repayment on oil spill claims.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal judged Wednesday ruled that BP has no right to recover more than $185 million the company says was overpaid to claimants under its oil spill settlement. BP said it plans to appeal the decision.
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On patrol with the weed warriors.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata), an invasive plant from Asia, is a sticky vine with tiny barbs and triangular leaves that grows six inches a day. Called the kudzu of the north, it deprives plants of light and air, so they fail to flower and fruit.
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Climate change is not hysteria – it's a fact.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
I believe humankind has looked at climate change as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.
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Tackling toxics with green chemistry.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Finding safer alternatives to toxic chemicals is an area where opportunities abound.
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Will green chemistry save us from toxification?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
A swath of green chemistry initiatives could revolutionise the industry – but just taking the toxic stuff out isn’t the answer. Ingredients and design need to change.
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EPA unveils second phase of plan to reverse Great Lakes damage.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
The federal government issued a new blueprint Wednesday for its efforts to restore the Great Lakes, including plans to clean up 10 contaminated rivers and harbors and step up its attack on poisonous algae blooms that coat parts of three lakes each summer.
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Top chefs, grocers choose farmed salmon.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Farmed salmon has long been dismissed as environmentally harmful, chemical-laden or simply not that tasty by many fish lovers. Now farmed salmon producers are courting high-end chefs and improving some aspects of how they farm to win over naysayers.
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Switch to natural gas won't reduce carbon emissions much, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Switching from coal to natural gas for power generation won't do much to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them slightly, in part because it will discourage the use of carbon-free renewable energy, according to a study released Wednesday.
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China says first-half results exceed target for cutting water pollution.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
China is on track to exceed its 2014 target for cutting water pollution, the government announced on Wednesday, amid reports that it plans a $326 billion action plan to clean up its rivers and lakes.
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Duke Energy creates $10 million water fund.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
Duke Energy says it will create a $10 million fund to improve Carolinas waterways, including those that flow into neighboring states. The money will be used to improve water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and expand public access, Duke said Wednesday.
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Obama to create world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
President Obama will use his legal authority Thursday to create the world's largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.
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General Mills shareholders reject proposal to dump GMOs.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
General Mills Inc. has made strong commitments to natural and organic foods. But when the industrial food behemoth’s shareholders were presented with a proposal to dump all genetically modified ingredients from the company's vast lineup of brands, they responded with a resounding "No."
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Berkeley, California, drafts cell phone health warnings.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
On Oct. 28, the Berkeley City Council will consider legislation that could make it the first U.S. city to require retailers to warn consumers that radiation from cell phones may be hazardous to their health.
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Hunters take a hit to preserve sage grouse.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:30
With federal officials weighing whether to protect the chicken-like bird under the Endangered Species Act, ranchers and oil companies in U.S. West are dialing back activities in a bid to preserve the bird and stem Washington interference.
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