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Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Initially, the mining occurred on a small scale, with coal hauled out in sacks. Soon excavators and heavy equipment appeared on the scene. Then villagers got their first glimpse of the environmental disasters to come when, in 2008, toxic waste leaking from an open tailings pond contaminated the rice fields and waterways.
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Rubber band looms from certain retailers are safe.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
SPRING Singapore said on Friday (Sep 26) that rubber band loom products from retailers speculated to use excessive amounts of phthalates in their products, did indeed meet the safety requirements for phthalates.
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Google kills birds.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Our headline has the virtue of being true – as we will explain – unlike Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt's assertion this week that people who oppose government subsidies for green energy are liars. The real charlatans are businesses like Google that use climate change as a pretext for corporate welfare.
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Only natural for China, U.S. to lead fight against global warming.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
In addition to talking about their commitment to tackling this challenge, the United States and China should lead the world in efforts to stop the deterioration of the health of this planet by setting specific targets and taking specific measures.
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Clashing military, economic interests at play in the Arctic.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Largely out of the public eye, the Arctic has become a hotbed of activity, with everything from fishing vessels from China to nuclear submarines from Russia wanting to get in on the action.
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Making headway against climate change.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
I urge all finance, business and government leaders to take inspiration from the many bold new announcements at the Climate Summit. Climate change demands an urgent solution. We must scale up action and reach an agreement in Paris that matches the seriousness of the challenge.
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Fish still contaminated with phased-out Scotchgard chemical.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
A persistent chemical formerly used in Scotchgard still contaminates most fish in U.S. rivers and the Great Lakes despite a phase-out a dozen years ago, a new federal study shows.
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Toxic water found below Delaware Air National Guard base.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Pollution investigators have found toxic compounds in groundwater below the Delaware Air National Guard base matching those that prompted shutdowns this summer of the city of New Castle's entire three-well public supply network and two Artesian Water Co. wells.
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A rising tide of contaminants.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
The number of chemicals contaminating our environment is growing at exponential rate, scientists say.
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California regulators target popular farm pesticide for limits.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
California pesticide regulators are seeking to limit one of farming's most widely used bug killers over concerns that it poses a threat to the public and environment.
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Lead poisoning stalled, Maryland plans new efforts.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
The decades-long decline in lead-poisoned children in Maryland has essentially stalled, but state officials said Thursday they are taking steps in the coming months to address gaps in the marathon effort to eliminate the environmental health threat.
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Pesticides in Salinas, California, air exceed certain levels.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
The air breathed in Salinas is mostly free of pesticides, but state regulators said that two compounds used extensively in strawberry operations will need to be watched closely.
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New rules for Detroit demolitions designed to protect public health.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Many of the homes being razed in Detroit are in neighborhoods where people still live. So Detroit officials sat down before the blitz to come up with some new regulations designed to keep people safe from dust, and from hazardous materials that could be in that dust – like lead, or asbestos.
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US oil and gas fracking boom could drive up silica sand mining operations.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
As fracking accelerates in the U.S., demand for "frac sand" could climb 30 percent from 2013 to 2015. Environmental groups and residents said they are worried that expanding sand production will lead to increased health, air and water complications in nearby communities.
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Despite split from group, Google's links to climate change denial run deep.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Despite their commitment to renewable energy, Google employees and the company’s political action committee gave $699,195 since 2008 to members of the “climate denier caucus” in Washington.
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Drought has 14 communities on brink of waterlessness.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Fourteen California communities are approaching a crisis point and trucking in water while they work to find a solution.
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Open wide, Doc: EPA wants that excess mercury.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act standards would order dentists to use devices to remove mercury and other toxic metals before they go down the drain.
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Outbreak of a respiratory illness mystifies scientists,

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
An outbreak of respiratory illness first observed in the Midwest has spread to 38 states, sending children to hospitals and baffling scientists. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 226 cases of infection with enterovirus 68.
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Rooms with water damage may be linked to skin problem in children.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:30
Water damage in living rooms or children's bedrooms, as confirmed by infrared cameras, could be associated with worse eczema in children, says a new study.
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Melting “Future” Statue Captures a City’s Imagination

Yes! Magazine - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 19:18

Dawn of the Anthropocene Time Lapse from LigoranoReese on Vimeo.

While hundreds of thousands of people marched for climate justice on Sunday, September 21, the future was melting away. Or that was the image that artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese provoked viewers into considering with a massive ice sculpture that slowly but steadily melted over a span of 13 hours.

“By the end of the day,” writer Chantal Bilodeau wrote, ”The Future will be reduced to a puddle of melt water. But hundreds of people will have engaged with it: touched it, photographed it, talked about it, posted or tweeted about it. They may not remember or even know that we recently passed the 400 ppm threshold, or that the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world. But they'll remember the poetry of a melting block of ice. Perhaps they'll even be touched by it and shape their next present moment in a way that protects that ever elusive future.”

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