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Ecological News

Lead is new water worry in Hoosick Falls.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
Hoosick Falls schools, struggling to cope with high levels of PFOA over the past year are now showing elevated lead levels.
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‘Thunderstorm asthma’ kills 8 in Australia.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
About 8,500 people went to the hospital after a storm last week spread ryegrass seed fragments, so fine they could be inhaled, throughout the Melbourne area.
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Tom Price, Obamacare critic, is said to be Trump's choice for health secretary.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
The six-term Republican congressman from Georgia has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
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The cost of caring for a child with microcephaly for 53 years.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
We kept him at home despite a doctor’s advice — and kept costs down.
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Waters muddy further around Hawke's Bay bore contamination issues.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
Hastings district mayor Lawrence Yule says people's efforts to conserve water since restrictions were put in place last week is making a difference, but he warned that care would be needed at least until Christmas when it's hoped one of the Brookvale bores will be back in action again.
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Worcester school district defends handling of PCBs in schools.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
A School Department-hired consultant on Monday night gave a presentation downplaying concerns about health risks to a small but skeptical audience at Burncoat Middle School.
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Local transmission of Zika virus is reported in Texas.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
A probable case of local transmission of the Zika virus has been reported in Texas, state health officials announced on Monday.
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I know what it’s like to care for a son with microcephaly. My child is 53 years old.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:30
Brain damage caused by the Zika virus can be a mystery if you haven’t had to cope with it.
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Can Road Salt Change Sex Ratios in Frog Populations?

ENN Pollution - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 18:04
Naturally occurring chemicals found in road salts commonly used to de-ice paved surfaces can alter the sex ratios in nearby frog populations, a phenomenon that could reduce the size and viability of species populations, according to a new study by scientists at Yale and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
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How Northwest Tribes Joined Forces to Beat Fossil Fuel Initiatives

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:30
Their victories have been inspiring to members of the Standing Rock Sioux in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.
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The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:30
Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank.
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Why the “Rule of Law” Is a Powerful Idea for Standing Rock

Yes! Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:30
Although the governor cites the rule of law in his eviction order, the Sioux have this: the Constitution’s Article 6, declaring “treaties as the Supreme Law of the Land.”
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Agroecology versus 'climate smart' - our next big challenge from COP22

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:09
How to make farming 'climate friendly' was one of the hot topics at COP22 in Marrakesh, writes Natalie Bennett, with two contrasting models on show: 'climate smart' agriculture, with its reliance on industrial farming systems; and agroecology, which works with nature to build fertile, high-carbon, moisture-retaining soils, and sustain employment for millions of skilled land workers.
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In the age of Trump, Big Art must cut off Big Oil!

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:04
With Trump denying climate change and threatening to reject the Paris Agreement, it's more important than ever for society to hold a firm ethical line, writes Chris Garrard. The last thing we need is our most revered museums and galleries muddying the water by courting the sponsorship of leading climate criminals.
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India's 'economic miracle' is built on debt, dispossession and now, monetary destruction

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:02
After two decades of neoliberalism, India's magnates and corporations are profiting as never before, writes Colin Todhunter. But the entire economic edifice is built on the dispossession of the poor, locked into debt servitude, and ever rising income inequality. Prime Minister Modi's latest move, 'demonetization', is yet another example of the state stealing from the poor to give to the obscenely rich.
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West Antarctic ice shelf breaking up from the inside out

ENN Climate - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 21:37
A key glacier in Antarctica is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the continent.The Pine Island Glacier, part of the ice shelf that bounds the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is one of two glaciers that researchers believe are most likely to undergo rapid retreat, bringing more ice from the interior of the ice sheet to the ocean, where its melting would flood coastlines around the world.A nearly 225-square-mile iceberg broke off from the glacier in 2015, but it wasn’t until Ohio State University researchers were testing some new image-processing software that they noticed something strange in satellite images taken before the event.
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Sea Shepherd captain 'guilty' of causing suffering to dolphins

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 21:13
The captain of a Sea Shepherd speedboat who was attempting to guide a pod of over 200 Atlantic white-sided dolphins from slaughter on a Faroe Islands 'killing beach' has been convicted by a Danish court on animal cruelty charges.
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For Flint residents, a fog of unanswerable questions.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 19:30
Amid government ignorance and equivocal science, Flint residents mold their lives around perpetual crisis and endless unanswerable questions.
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Artificial sports pitches 'should be torn up' to prevent risk of cancer.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 19:30
Nearly all artificial sports pitches contain high levels of substances that can cause cancer, according to research made public at the weekend.
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In Robeson County: Fighting grim statistics with work and hope.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 19:30
Health outcomes in the far southeastern part of North Carolina are some of the worst in the state. But some folks are making a concerted effort to turn those numbers around.
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