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States suing to stop CO2 cuts prep for them anyway.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Sue the Obama Administration to derail its plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, but prepare for the cuts anyway.
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Fracking ban hastiness backfires in Nova Scotia.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Did Energy Minister Andrew Younger or other government officials expect that quickly promising to outlaw fracking would quietly shelve debate?
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Our self-healing planet.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Given a chance, the earth has an amazing capacity to heal itself. As the recent report on the ozone shows us, there is still hope that we can turn things around. All we have to do is stop, or at least reduce the abuse we're inflicting on the planet.
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What we're afraid to say about Ebola.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has the potential to alter history as much as any plague has ever done. We are in totally uncharted waters and Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time. There are two possible future chapters to this story that should keep us up at night.
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Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.
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Pesticide levels in waterways have dropped, reducing the risks to humans.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.
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C8 panel says it didn’t rely on ex-WVU researcher.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
A panel of scientists that linked exposure to the DuPont Co. chemical C8 to human illnesses said Thursday those findings did not rely on the work of a former West Virginia University researcher whose qualifications have been questioned by a national news report.
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9/11 responders with rare cancer denied coverage.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
A growing number of firefighters, police officers, contractors and civilians who worked or lived near the site of the 9/11 attacks are being diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer – but some are being denied insurance coverage because their cancers were diagnosed too soon after 9/11.
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Kashmir monsoon floods leave 460 dead and displace almost a million.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced nearly a million people, and still threaten many more.
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Business finds new ways to save water for the future.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
To bulwark themselves and cut costs, sectors from pulp and paper to oil and gas are turning to technology to cut water use.
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Aquifer is no quick fix for central Texas thirst.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
As drought continues to grip Central Texas, those looking to provide water to the region’s fast-growing cities and suburbs see a solution in a relatively untapped aquifer.
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Fecal matter, mold and more found on Foster Farms chickens.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
A New York-based consumer advocacy group posted more than 300 pages of USDA reports on their Web site Thursday that show widespread health and safety violations at Foster Farms plants across the nation, including mold growth, fecal contamination and cockroaches.
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Activists question dumping toxics.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Sappi Saiccor – the world's biggest producer of dissolving wood pulp – has been accused of "dumping tons" of potentially toxic ash that was allegedly seeping into the river systems south of Durban and possibly threatening the environmentally sensitive Aliwal Shoal off the coast.
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Interior watchdog accused of withholding information from Congress.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee accused the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General of withholding information about a rule on mountaintop removal mining.
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EPA assessment of methylene chloride in paint strippers identifies health risks.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
The primary ingredient in paint strippers—methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane—poses a risk of cancer, as well as neurological and liver problems, in workers exposed to the chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency says.
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Ehrlich: Ebola, population and evolution whip up a wicked recipe for disaster.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:30
The 1918 influenza pandemic infected one-fifth of the world's population. On an increasingly hot, overcrowded planet, could Ebola be our next global scourge? Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich calls for a holistic defense.
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California Drought: Why Farmers Must Adapt

ENN Climate - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:10
The entire state of California is in a drought. A big part of the state, including the fertile Central Valley, is experiencing the worst category of drought, exceptional. California supplies much of the fruits, vegetables and nuts the nation eats. In inland areas such as the Central Valley, as well as the combined Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, agriculture truly rules.
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Toxic glyphosate herbicides fly under the EU's regulatory radar

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:48
The widely used herbicide glyphosate has been judged 'safe', write Pete Farrer & Marianne Falck. But by the time it's used, it's in a 'formulation' with toxic surfactants, which escape EU regulation despite their known dangers. Germany alone has forbidden the use of the most dangerous surfactant - but is keeping its evidence secret.
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Art and Ecology Now

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 22:24
This intriguing new book is a bold attempt to strike a new direction for ecological art, writes Martin Spray - not to communicate environmental issues, but to create new connections with the world around us and imbue our lives with 'artfulness'.
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Community Energy Fortnight - happening somewhere near you

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:23
Community energy presents a real solution to Britain's energy trap, writes Hugh Bowring. And here's the perfect opportunity to find out more: Community Energy Fortnight is now under way, with over 80 events across the UK - from visits to wind farms and hydro stations, to DIY solar panel workshops and a community share offer festival.
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