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Hundreds in Detroit protest over move to shut off water.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
At least 300 demonstrators marched through downtown streets on Friday, protesting a move by the city’s Water Department to force tens of thousands of delinquent customers to pay up or face a cutoff in service. From the Cobo Center to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River, protesters chanted, “Fight, fight; water is a human right.”
Categories: Ecological News

Let doctors do their jobs.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
For the second time, Commonwealth Court took a stab this week at deciphering several provisions of Act 13, the convoluted state law governing Marcellus Shale development. The results mean that the Legislature also needs to give it another go.
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Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
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Proposed Freedom spill settlement could fund health studies, water testing.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
More than $2.9 million in insurance money, and potentially funds from other assets of Freedom Industries, could be spent for health studies, water testing or other projects to benefit Kanawha Valley residents and businesses affected by the company’s January chemical spill, under a new legal settlement made public this afternoon.
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Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Most of the Duke Energy coal ash that spilled into the Dan River in February will stay there, creating a rift between regulators and river advocates over the cleanup.
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Flattened mountains, poisoned rivers: China's engineers face off against engineer-created problems.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
China's rapid industrialisation has not been accompanied by a respect for the natural environment - but, as pollution problems become so severe that they can no longer be ignored, engineers are beginning to dream up ambitious solutions to problems created by ambitious modernity.
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Sewage-treatment plants described as giant 'mixing vessels' after scientists discover drug-resistant bacteria in British river.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Superbugs resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics in the medical arsenal have been found for the first time in a British river - with scientists pinpointing a local sewage-treatment plant as the most likely source.
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Sulphur surplus: Up to our necks in a diabolical element.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Sulphur has many uses, from making acid to stiffening rubber, but right now we have more than we need - a lot more. It's worth hanging on to, though, because one day it may help feed the world.
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The remarkable comeback of sea otters to the British Columbia coast.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
The revival of sea otters on the West Coast is seen by some as a great environmental success story, but it is triggering dramatic ecological change and pitting native fishermen against animals that have a voracious appetite for urchins, crabs and clams.
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Report says Kitimat, B.C., airshed can accommodate oil, gas, smelter industries.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Kitimat's air, water, land and residents can handle prospective oil, gas and aluminum industry expansions in the area, says a British Columbia Environment Ministry report released Friday.
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Billionaire to spend money in Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Billionaire Tom Steyer and his Super PAC, NextGen Climate, are making big moves in Pennsylvania this year. The organization aims to call out elected officials who deny the existence of climate change while working with those who are fighting to stop it.
Categories: Ecological News

How to boost food production but not emissions? Researchers identify key ways.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
The international agricultural system already produces a hefty share of the world's greenhouse gases, making expansion of food production a delicate balancing act. But it might not be as hard as it seems, researchers say.
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Caribbean grapples with intense new cycles of flooding and drought.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.
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EPA review of Utah plant will impact Western Slope.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to impose new pollution controls related to a past upgrade of a northeastern Utah coal-fired power plant could have cross-border environmental and economic implications in northwestern Colorado.
Categories: Ecological News

The Pope and the sin of environmental degradation.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Pope Francis has called environmental exploitation the sin of our time. He is working on an encyclical about humanity’s relationship with nature.
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Independent tests find 'alarming amount' of carcinogens in Malibu schools.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
The level of toxic contaminants in Malibu school buildings is "dramatically higher" than previous reports, according to two groups pushing for the school district to address the environmental concerns they believe caused several teachers to develop cancer and other illnesses.
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Grasslands conversion may increase water pollution in SE Minnesota.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Southeastern Minnesota farmland has been getting a makeover in recent years, and the outcome will degrade private water wells for hundreds of homeowners, according to University of Minnesota researchers.
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It’s 2025. Maternity wards are Empty.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
Television sure seems eager to end life as we know it, or at least disrupt it catastrophically. On Sunday even the normally soft and weepy Lifetime channel joins in with "The Lottery," a new series that postulates a world in which human beings can no longer reproduce the old-fashioned way.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola in Sierra Leone: battling sadness, fear and disgust on the frontline.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30
I was expecting the Ebola epidemic to be quite gruesome and unlike anything I had seen before. But I really didn't expect its magnitude – this outbreak is enormous. In Sierra Leone, it killed off a lot of health workers before MSF even arrived.
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Update: Melting permafrost and Global Warming

ENN Climate - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 17:44
You have probably heard that melting permafrost is a big contributor to increasing the levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and that melting permafrost may even cause an unstoppable acceleration of global warming. New research, however, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), counters this widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming, indicating instead that certain arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. The study, published this week in the journal Nature, focuses on thermokarst lakes, which occur as permafrost thaws and creates surface depressions that fill with melted fresh water, converting what was previously frozen land into lakes.
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