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US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
The growing anxiety over the safety of U.S. pork and other food products could thwart an expanded trade deal between the two economic superpowers, a top priority for President Barack Obama.
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UN body sets new standards for milk, rice.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
A new set of standards by a United Nations food-standards body identified maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice.
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Families sick from fracking exposure turn to concerned scientists.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, PA, have complained of health problems. Instead of waiting years for studies, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is using best available science to help people with ailments.
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Is this US coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Drummond — a closely held company based in Birmingham, Alabama, with revenues that reached $3 billion last year—has helped Colombia become the world’s fourth-largest coal exporter. It has also been named in several lawsuits alleging financial ties to paramilitary groups since the mid-1990s.
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China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
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Autism linked primarily to common gene variants.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
The main cause of autism disorders isn't environmental influences or DNA mutations but the inheritance of certain common gene variants, according to a study based on data from an unprecedentedly large population sample.
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Chemicals produced by body pose challenge in gauging exposure risks, EPA advisers say.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
A scientifically appropriate way the EPA could base safe lifetime exposure decisions about a chemical using data from human studies is just one of the questions a scientific advisory panel is wrestling with as it develops advice on a draft agency analysis of ammonia.
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Kelp wanted: Pioneering the seaweed farm of the future.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Seaweed from vast underwater farms could fill our tanks with biofuel, clean up pollution and even harvest uranium. Meet the vanguard of the marine revolution.
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Tighten Chesapeake coal waste regulations.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Everyone agrees on the goal: The million tons of coal ash produced by Dominion Virginia Power's Chesapeake Energy Center must be kept out of the Elizabeth River.
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Drill into facts in debate over fracking.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Those who support the fracking process note that energy is critical to our way of life and our economy and that Colorado has strong regulations compared to some other states. However, it is acknowledged that large numbers of fracking sites have not been and are not being inspected.
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GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Biotechnology offers an opportunity to boost the security of staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa. We ignore this at our peril.
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An author's take on renewable energy and the end of capitalism.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Jeremy Rifkin is the author of 23 books about the economy and technology, including his latest, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society." In it, he postulates that a confluence of technologies - distributed renewable energy, 3-D printing and the Internet of Things, among others - will lead to the decline of capitalism and the rise of a new, collaborative economic system.
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Would you like flame retardants with that couch?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
For consumers worried about the potential health hazards of upholstered foam furniture treated with flame retardants, options abound. Yet the latest changes in standards, ongoing pushback from the chemical industry and resulting flux in the marketplace are also posing challenges for people shopping for new furniture.
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The region covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii is the first in the agency to ban neonicotinoids.
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The rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can be seen from space. Those who ingest it suffer fevers, headaches and nausea from the toxins.
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Genome editing of crops may be restricted by EU rules, warn scientists.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
A fledgling technology to manipulate the genes of crops in order to make them less susceptible to disease and more productive is at risk of falling foul of the European Union’s genetic modification rules, scientists warned on Monday.
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Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation's water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.
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Tinderbox explodes in wildfires across Northwest.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Spreading mostly across sparsely populated areas in the Northwest, the fires have a vast scope: Less than a week into the typical three-month fire season in Washington and Oregon, the total area of scorched ground is already higher than in any full year in at least a decade.
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Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
The current drought in Colorado is worse and longer-lasting than anyone here has ever seen — so punishing that it’s pushing people, whose families have survived on the land for decades, to the brink of giving up.
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Putting coal ash at the airport still on the table.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:30
Charlotte city officials and Duke Energy are still trying to figure our where to put millions of tons of coal ash sitting on the banks of Mountain Island Lake as they consider sites at Charlotte Douglas International Airport other than under runways.
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