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Peru: uncontacted tribe flees massacre in the Amazon

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:10
Survivors of a previously unknown Amazon tribe have escaped gunmen in Peru, seeking refuge with settled indigenous communities in Brazil. But as Alice Bayer reports, their problems are far from over. Many remain under threat in Peru, and even the refugees are at risk of common but potentially lethal infections.
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Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should avoid all tuna.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposed a minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time since fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The problem: Fish also can be a good source of mercury — and, in an article published Thursday, Consumer Reports is taking issue with the new guidelines.
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Is fluoride in private wells causing an IQ decline?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine's drinking water—and potentially other New England states.
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Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The Buffalo River was everyone’s – industries’ and individuals’ – dumping ground for most of the last century. But when finished at year’s end, the $44 million cleanup of the waterway will allow residents to use the Buffalo River in ways no one thought imaginable.
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China mine disasters point to poor safety record.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Rescuers sought Wednesday to reach 36 coal miners trapped underground after two separate fatal incidents. Deadly accidents highlight the perils of mining in China. Despite recent safety gains, China remains home to the world's deadliest coal mines, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths last year.
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Judge rules Corps can ignore mining health studies.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge in Charleston, West Virginia, ruled this week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider scientific studies linking mountaintop removal to public health problems when the agency approves new Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.
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Toronto is smog free for the first summer in decades. But why?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The summer of 2014 has been a tentative triumph for air quality in Toronto, according to a new study demonstrating remarkable improvements in regional air pollution since 2000, but that success is tentative.
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Maryland fracking study cites toxic air emissions as top concern.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
A state-commissioned report found that air emissions trump water pollution and drilling-induced earthquakes as a top public health threat posed by future fracking projects in Maryland.
Categories: Ecological News

North Carolina House passes compromise coal ash bill.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The state House voted 83 - 14 Wednesday to approve a measure that leaders are calling a "first in the nation" bill that manages the removal of coal ash from 33 unlined pits throughout the state, despite objections from some environmental groups that it leaves too much of the decision making to an appointed board.
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Earthquakes in Colorado near deep-earth wells raise concerns.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
A series of small but unusual earthquakes near a well being pumped full of liquid drilling waste north of Denver has reignited a debate about the impacts of oil and gas development near homes.
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In the Rockaways, pipeline debate takes a contentious turn.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
A natural gas pipeline under construction worries New York residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Activists say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States’ energy infrastructure.
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If you think the California water crisis can't get worse, wait until the aquifers are drained.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates, threatening our future.
Categories: Ecological News

California gives away more water than it has.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
In the past 100 years, California has promised five times more water than actually flows through its rivers and streams.
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Water dispute boils in Oregon.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Oregon ranchers and farmers are being falsely accused by environmental groups of not doing enough to protect fish and natural resources, according to Maupin rancher Keith Nantz.
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Thai locals tested for toxic metals.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Volunteer doctors, health activists and environmentalists yesterday travelled to Phichit to gather first-hand information about health problems of villagers living near gold mines in tambon Khao Jed Luk in Thap Khlo district.
Categories: Ecological News

Tribe official: Tests not shared on North Dakota brine spill.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its North Dakota reservation, and criticized leaders for leaving the public "in the absolute dark" on its severity.
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First Enbridge trial begins.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The trial before Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge James Kingsley is the first involving Enbridge Energy Inc., responsible for the spill which dumped nearly 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek near Marshall and the Kalamazoo River all the way into Kalamazoo County.
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Kejimkujik National Park mercury source still a mystery.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
It has been nearly 20 years since scientists made a the shocking discovery of mercury in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park: Loons were contaminated by the pollutant methyl mercury, leaving them with some of the highest levels in North America. Researchers are still trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
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New formaldehyde report supports EPA's assessment that chemical is 'human carcinogen.'

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The ongoing debate about the risks of formaldehyde is intensifying in light of a new report by the National Academy of Sciences that said the Environmental Protection Agency's labeling of the chemical as a "human carcinogen" is supported by research.
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Microbes thrive below Antarctic ice.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The discovery of bacteria in an ice-bound lake bolsters the case that similar life could exist elsewhere in the solar system. But on Earth, the find raises the prospect that Antarctic melting will release greenhouse gases.
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