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Kalligrammatid lacewings looked like butterflies, but lived millions of years before butterflies

ENN Climate - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:30
New fossils found in Northeastern China have revealed a remarkable evolutionary coincidence: an extinct group of insects known as Kalligrammatid lacewings (Order Neuroptera) share an uncanny resemblance to modern day butterflies (Order Lepidoptera). Even though they vanished some 50 million years before butterflies appeared on earth, they possess the same wing shape and pigment hues, wing spots and eyespots, body scales, long proboscides, and similar feeding styles as butterflies.A photo of the modern owl butterfly (“Caligo Memnon”) shown beside a fossilized Kalligrammatid lacewing (“Oregramma illecebrosa”) shows some of the convergent features independently evolved by the two distantly-related insects, including wing eyespots and wing scales. (Butterfly photo by James Di Loreto/fossil photo by Conrad Labandeira and Jorge Santiago-Blay)In an incredible example of convergent evolution, both butterflies and kalligrammatids evol
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Promises be damned: TPP 'benefits' are strictly for the corporations

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:42
Boosters of 'free trade' agreements - like the Trans Pacific Partnership that's being signed today - like to make big promises, writes Pete Dolack: trillions of dollars of economic gains, billions of dollars of investment, millions of new jobs. But there's only one certainty, and it's one they never mention: the permanent redistribution of power and income from working people to capital.
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Breaking: Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax., Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
A controversial new way to fund transportation.
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Untold cities across America have higher rates of lead poisoning than Flint.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Over 40 percent of the states that reported lead test results in 2014 have higher rates of lead poisoning among children than Flint.
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Brazil confirms Zika infection from a blood transfusion.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a transfusion of blood from a donor who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas.
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Estimating the environmental impact of southern California’s great methane leak.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Aliso Canyon methane leak, one of the largest of its kind in U.S. history, will have a lasting environmental impact on local, state, and perhaps federal levels.
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California joins lawsuit over natural gas leak.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
The California Attorney General's Office took action Feb. 2 against Southern California Gas Co. over the ongoing leak at the utility's underground natural gas storage field near Los Angeles.
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Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
A review of hundreds of studies concludes organic farming can feed a growing global population.
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Views on coal mining clash in Senate hearing on stream protection rule.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
An ongoing cultural battle between coal mining and environmental groups played out in a Senate hearing Wednesday over an Obama administration proposal to mitigate the impacts of coal mining activity on streams.
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Many Flint residents are desperate to leave, but see no escape.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
People in poor and crime-ridden pockets of cities like Detroit and Baltimore often share the sense of being trapped because of market forces and limited resources. But the people of Flint have a special urgency about leaving.
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Zika is the latest example of how hard it is to be a woman in Latin America.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Countries won't budge on policies that could burden a generation of mothers.
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Birth defects in Brazil may be over-reported amid Zika fears.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
After many false alarms, the government is considering tightening the guidelines establishing when health care providers should report infants born with abnormally small heads.
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Why are we drawn to deep blue water?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
The powerful allure of the deep azure.
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Financial turmoil half a world away is melting Minnesota’s iron country.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
As global demand for resources plummets, ore mines here are idle, and 2,000 workers are out of jobs.
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Lake Champlain fish to be tested for pollution-related toxins.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury as well as toxins produced by cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue-green algae.
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Surge of Zika virus has Brazilians re-examining strict abortion laws.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Abortion rights activists are seizing on the crisis to push back against conservative lawmakers who want to toughen already stringent limits.
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Switching plans on U.S. plutonium disposal costly, risky: Study.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site.
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Lawmakers wrestle with who is responsible for Flint water crisis.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Democrats complained the state’s governor has not been called to testify for political reasons.
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Why are these male fish growing eggs?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
Fish in wildlife refuges are feminized, probably by hormone-skewing pollution. What does this portend for the health of all creatures—and people?
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Civil rights commission to hold hearing on environmental justice.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:30
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights plans to continue its probe Friday into the Obama administration's work on environmental justice, including efforts to enforce civil rights law.
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