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Ecological News

Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Call-data records can tell epidemiologists where people have been, when – and perhaps also where they are headed, based on their past movements. Analysing the records has proved helpful in tracking the spread of diseases on previous occasions and may help combat the Ebola epidemic.
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Millions of Ebola vaccine doses by end of 2015, WHO says.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said "several hundred thousand" would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014.
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Delhi's Diwali hangover as air pollution tops safe limit.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Diwali celebrations mean firecrackers, and with crackers comes pollution. The Capital is now choked with sulphur and toxic pollutants that are nearly eight times the prescribed limits.
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Delhi air is 16 times worse than normal.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
When Diwali celebrations ended, the air in Delhi was left poorer for it. Delhi Pollution Control Committee figures indicate that Thursday was one of the most polluted days in recent years. Peaks for Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter or PM 10 across Delhi were 10 to 16 times their prescribed standard.
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EPA seeks input on safety of strontium.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment about its preliminary determination to regulate strontium, a naturally occurring element found in drinking water that can negatively impact bone strength.
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Humanitarian crises demand better response.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
While we live in an era of incredible technological advances and major achievements in combating disease, we also live in a time of great uncertainty where conventional drivers of humanitarian crises such as natural disasters and conflicts are increasingly interacting with new forms of hazards.
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Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:23
Left wing governments across the Americas are faced with a dilemma, writes Daniel Macmillen - high social spending programs financed by income from destructive mining and hydrocarbon extraction - or a slower but sustainable development path that puts ecology, equity and justice first. Their answer - a constant pushing back of the resource frontier.
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FoE sues to keep Devon's wild beavers free

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:53
Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit to challenge Natural England's secretive grant of a licence allowing the Government to trap wild beavers on the River Otter in Devon.
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In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast's weakest protections.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. The spraying happens under the Pacific Northwest's most industry-friendly regulations.
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A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Beneath Stratford, this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford, California fell 100 feet in two years.
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Michigan landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state's low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold.
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Anglers angered over possible ban on lead weights, lures.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Anglers threw down their waders in anger this week over a decision by a state agency to look into regulating and possibly banning lead sinkers and other fishing gear as part of a comprehensive probe of toxic household products.
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'Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, California.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Local activists are trying to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through Richmond neighborhoods. An elementary school, a public-housing project and an affluent, elderly community fall within the oil-train evacuation zone.
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São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.
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Secret maps shed light on Montara spill.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Maps of the 2009 Montara oil spill released under Freedom of Information laws show the disaster was closer to Indonesian shores than previously thought.
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Pollution level increases in India post-Diwali.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Pollution levels have risen significantly following the excessive use of fireworks during Diwali. Bursting of firecrackers added to the air, noise and garbage pollution even as massive awareness drives advocating a noiseless and pollution free festival were conducted.
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Senators: Obama misleading country on agency's water rule.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
A group of 25 Republican senators accused the Obama administration Thursday of misleading Americans about the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Waters of the United States rule.
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Five pesticides used in US are banned in other countries.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
As the European Union moves to phase out 22 toxic pesticides, a new study raises the question of what will happen to crops without them. In the United States, growers rely on many pesticides that other countries have banned.
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$7.5 billion plan won’t fix drought.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Uncertainty about water supply can only harm our economy, while investing in wise water use will secure our state's future. The water bond will give the state the means but it is up to Californians to make sure the funds are used to address our most basic water problem: high demand but inefficient use of what water we have.
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Military responds to climate change.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
It has long been a source of disquiet among global warming skeptics that the Pentagon won't heed their conspiracy theories. For good reason, of course.
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