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Ocean acidification is impacting phytoplankton now

ENN Climate - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 19:07
Scientists are warning that ocean acidification is impacting microorganisms in our ocean known as phytoplankton and, as they pay a key role in ocean habitats, any future loss or change in species numbers could impact marine life in a big way.Ocean acidification isn’t always mentioned in conjunction with phytoplankton blooms, and the U.S. Government has been slow to link the two, but MIT researchers say acidification of our oceans could impact phytoplankton in a big way, and that will be bad news for our marine life.
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Railroad companies don't want to disclose where — and when — their 'bomb trains' are traveling.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has doubled down on a demand that railroads notify state officials when large shipments of crude oil move through their towns, even as two of the largest rail companies fight in court to keep some of the information hidden from the public.
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Dolphin fertility can be damaged by chemical pollutants, say scientist.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of industrial chemical pollution in European waters that can linger in the animals' bodies for a lifetime, a study out Wednesday said. Researchers focused on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were used widely in industrial equipment and paints until they were banned over 30 years ago.
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Ag industry, reformers taking cultural battle to the people.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Ten years ago, most South Dakotans probably didn't know what "GMO free" meant. Now it's a sales factor on par with "new and improved."
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Monsanto fires back at Neil Young over new documentary.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Monsanto, a company that manufactures genetically engineered seeds for agriculture that has sparked the ire of Neil Young, has issued a statement to Rolling Stone responding to the singer-songwriter's mini-documentary Seeding Fear.
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Fracking and construction boom create huge demand for sand.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Even the name sounds strangely illicit: Northern White. It’s not a narcotic. It’s sand – a very particular kind of sand mined in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest. It’s prized in large part because it can stand the pressure of being rammed deep into the earth – an invaluable part of fracking, one of the world’s most lucrative industries.
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Study: Sandy caused record sea levels, $23 billion in damage in New York.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Superstorm Sandy caused $23 billion in damage in New York state alone and delivered the highest water levels there on record, according to a new federal report.
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A New Blue Marble.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972. We knew we lived on it, and had a vast amount of useful information about its makeup, its processes, and its place in the solar system. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet., No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet.
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Oil producers’ ugly duckling refineries just turned into swans.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Oil companies’ least-loved business over the past five years is proving to be their lifeline. Margins from refineries in northwest Europe rose fivefold last quarter to the highest since at least 2003, data from Total SA show. In the preceding quarter, the share of profit from processing crude and chemicals at Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc was four times higher than the same period a year earlier.
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Clean power goals realistic.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency is about to finalize a plan to substantially reduce carbon pollution, state-by-state. Because of its traditional reliance on coal for power generation, Pennsylvania is the third-highest carbon pollution producer among the states. But, for a variety of reasons, it is well-positioned to make the program work.
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We have a moral obligation on climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Last month, Pope Francis reminded us all that “the Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” In his encyclical, the pope laid out the threat that global climate change poses to that inheritance — to the clean air, clean water, and healthy environment that are the foundations of our society. He called on “every person living on this planet” to join together in defense of “our common home.”
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Victory! Toxic chemical banned in EU textile imports

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:56
'Detox' campaigners scored a huge victory this week when EU countries voted unanimously to ban imports of clothes and textiles containing the toxic 'gender bender' chemical NPE.
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Global warming's record-breaking trend continues

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:47
A detailed update of key climate indicators by hundreds of scientists reveals that 2014 saw rises in temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases to record levels, writes Alex Kirby.
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Japan and IAEA risk Fukushima victims' lives with forced return

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:33
A massive decontamination exercise is under way in Iitate Village near Fukushima, writes Kendra Ulrich: step one in a plan to force 6,000 residents back into the evacuated zone in 2017. But as radiation levels remain stubbornly high, it looks like the real plan is to 'normalize' nuclear catastrophe, while making Iitate residents nuclear victims twice over - and this time, it's deliberate.
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Buy Conservative! No other party washes greener

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 20:20
Are you suffering from cognitive dissonance? You should be, writes Oliver Tickell. After the most ferocious attack a UK government has ever mounted on the environment, David Cameron just claimed that his is the 'greenest government ever', as Amber Rudd proclaims her commitment to climate action. What's going on?
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Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity. After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas.
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Would you like some oil wastewater with your produce?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops sold in major grocery chains around the country.
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Study gets a handle on gas leaks: 80 billion cubic feet.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million.
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To protect kids, get the lead out!

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
The brain impacts of low levels of lead — from peeling paint and other sources — can be seen within large groups of kids.
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House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.
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