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Peabody Energy exploited Ebola crisis for corporate gain, say health experts.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company.
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Shift from coal at Lake Julian represents end of an era.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The closing of the coal-fired Lake Julian power plant mirrors a nationwide trend of utility companies shifting from environmentally cumbersome coal usage to cleaner burning natural gas, although that energy source carries its own negative ecological freight.
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White House makes bid to save honeybees but ignores toxic pesticides.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The White House has announced an ambitious plan that makes millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly but does not ban the use of neonicotinoids, which research shows are closely linked to bee life loss.
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Groups jockeying to shape EPA water rule.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Advocates representing industry groups, companies and environmental organizations are flocking to the White House in a last-ditch effort to influence controversial regulations that would redefine the reach of the federal government’s water pollution enforcement.
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Obama overhaul draws GOP support, raises legal questions.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
In a move that drew rare cheers from Republicans, industry groups and states, the Obama administration yesterday announced a suite of changes that it claims would make Endangered Species Act decisions more efficient, collaborative and transparent to the public.
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About 21,000 gallons of oil leaked off Santa Barbara County beaches.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Emergency officials were responding Tuesday afternoon to a ruptured pipeline that was estimated to have leaked 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean off the Santa Barbara County coast, authorities said.
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Asbestos-contaminated community to weigh in on final cleanup.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.
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California oil regulators could lose power over aquifer mess.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Under fire for letting petroleum companies pump wastewater into aquifers, California oil-field regulators could see some of their responsibilities taken away - and handed to other agencies.
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Missile site cleanup east of Cheyenne questioned.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
A proposed missile site cleanup could take 200 years and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. And some local residents and government officials are not even sure if it will work.
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Bird flu is slamming factory farms but sparing backyard flocks. Why?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
USDA secretary Tom Vilsack has speculated that the virus could be entering farms through biosecurity breaches.
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States, not EPA, can regulate water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works panel hit an Obama administration clean water rule proposal as an example of federal overreach on Tuesday as they began considering a bill that would undo it.
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California should ban the use of microbeads.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Microbeads are as problematic as plastic bags in our rivers, lakes and oceans. California's lawmakers should force them to be removed from personal care products.
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Faeces, bacteria, toxins: Welcome to the chicken farm.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Whether it’s welfare standards, environmental impact or the emerging threat to human health, we’ve got to change our insatiable greed for this meat.
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Climate change, national security and nuclear energy.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
To address the leading issues of our time - from climate change and energy diversity to nonproliferation and economic security - Congress and the administration must do all they can to maintain and grow our nuclear energy capabilities.
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If bees can't survive, we might not make it either.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Albert Einstein once prophetically remarked that, "Mankind will not survive the honeybees' disappearance for more than five years." There, that should wake you up.
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Coal power in Turkey to double if Turkey's plans go forward

ENN Climate - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 18:56
Turkey is planning to double its coal power capacity in four years, the third largest investment in the polluting fossil fuel in the world, health campaigners have warned.The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) today called on the European Union to promote sustainable development in Turkey and end lending for new coal projects.
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Stopping the corporate power grab - it's not all just about TTIP

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:36
Thanks to TTIP the corporate drive for free trade is once more facing critical public scrutiny, writes Alex Scrivener. But in the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn't lose sight of the context in which the deal is being negotiated - the hundreds of bilateral treaties that give corporations the right to sue in secret 'trade courts'.
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As Chipotle goes GMO-free, Monsanto's worst fear is coming true

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:31
Next to MacDonalds, Burger King and KFC, Chipotle's Mexican Grill is a minnow, writes Jonathan Latham. But its decision to go GMO-free will ultimately compel all America's consumer-facing food brands to follow suit - because that's what their customers want. Could this be the beginning of the end of GMOs? That's what Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta fear.
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These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys‏

Yes! Magazine - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:30
Much as blight can be contagious, so can renewal. How grassroots community groups are saving neighborhoods and building new businesses.
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Where Do “Rednecks” Really Come From? A New Museum Has the Surprising Answer

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:30
Tourists spend $400 more per trip on average when their trips focus on history and culture. That could be a big opportunity for West Virginia's changing economy.
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