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Ecological News

The high cost of dirty fuels.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:30
Ending subsidies for fossil fuels would save many lives, a report from the International Monetary Fund makes clear.
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Shift to clean energy helps Florida's low-income citizens.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:30
There is so much we can do right here in Florida to help low-income communities by investing in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.
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Experts blast New York Times hit piece on EPA.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:30
The New York Times put a 1,700-word piece on its front page Tuesday that accuses the EPA of violating federal laws on grassroots campaigning, despite knowing the accusation is not true. How is that journalism?
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Coal and climate change: a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:04
Over the Great Barrier Reef's coral has already been lost, writes Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and UNESCO is expected to add the site to its 'World Heritage in danger' list. The reef's survival will depend on the world's ability to control carbon emissions. So why is Australia planning to open vast new coal mines in the Galilee Basin?
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Get a (Red) Nose Job

Ecology Today - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:51
May 21, 2015 is the inaugural USA Red Nose Day It’s a tough act to follow…

For 30 years, the Brits with all their dour, dry humor, have raked in mega bucks in their Red Nose Day, a fundraiser for impoverished children at home and abroad, presented by the BBC.

This year, the first Red Nose Day USA is being celebrated and broadcast in a special 3-hour live event on NBC tonight, May 21. Walgreens and M&Ms are co-partnering the event.

Every Little Bit Helps

For many, the concept of charity giving to any extent that can make a difference is defined by the likes of the Gates Foundation, Angelina Jolie, Robert Redford, who give millions of dollars to support various causes, many aimed at reducing poverty around the world.

Comic Relief brought Red Nose Day to the people, giving them the opportunity to laugh and have fun, all the while making it possible to donate small amounts to help a huge cause. This concept works in the UK and the hoopla surrounding the first U.S. RND indicates that the concept of fun and giving will work here in the United States.

With climate change wreaking havoc around the globe, help is desperately needed, not just in rural areas of Africa and Asia, but here in the United States. Drought is threatening children and families in California’s Central Valley; fierce tornadoes have whipped through southern states, leaving devastation in their wake – and children and families in dire need.

In Africa and Asia, where poverty is a way of life to many, funds from charity events such as this, bring much needed help to those in need.

The charities earmarked to receive funds from this RND event are already on the ground helping the needy, and this extravaganza will help them continue their work.

Comic Relief, the 501(c)(3) charity and sister site to the UK charity of the same name is the lead fundraiser for the event, with 12 charities slated to benefit from the fundraiser. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

The Fun-Raiser

The line-up for this event is spectacular! Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Christian Slater, Al Roker, Andy Cohen, Kellan Lutz, Kermit the Frog Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Black, Michelle Rodriguez, Julianne Moore, Pharrell, One Direction, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, John Krasinski, Zac Efron, Nick Cannon are just a few of the stars who will be joining hosts Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski. Each host will present and hour-long portion of the show that is happening at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

The UK version of the event, one of the BBC’s highest-rated Friday night shows has raised over $1 billion in donations over the past 30 years. It will be fun to see if the original concept of creator/producer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”), that “mass media and celebrities can help raise money and increase awareness of poverty in order to save and change millions of lives” is a viable concept in the U.S.

Go to the Red Nose Day site to donate – all amounts, large or small, are greatly appreciate by those on the receiving end.

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Pressing ahead with Trident, only the UK hasn't noticed: it's time to get rid of nuclear weapons

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 01:32
Important developments are unfolding at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty negotiations in New York this week, writes David Lowry. These include the surprisingly large scale of the US's warhead scrapping, and a grassroots rebellion against the nuclear states led by South Africa. But the UK and its media remain aloof from it all - intent on renewing Trident no matter what.
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India: unlawful Pepsi plant wins police protection

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:39
First the Pepsi-Cola bottling company in south India caused outrage by depleting groundwater. Next it was found to be operating without valid permits.Then as protests grew the company won a High Court order giving it police protection. Now locals are vowing to keep the plant shut for good.
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What to do with old medications

ENN Health - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:36
Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, according to a State of Washington report, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks to public health and the environment. Drugs that are flushed down the toilet or tossed in the trash can – rather than properly disposed of – can end up in oceans and waterways, threatening both marine life and human health. Meanwhile, many individuals don’t get rid of their unused medications at all; they simply store the drugs in their medicine cabinets – a practice that can lead to drug misuse and abuse.
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Bellandur Amani lake froth catches fire.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
In a bizarre incident, froth floating in Bellandur Amani lake is catching fire, weeks after city's Varthur Lake made it to the headlines following huge pile of froth floating on it.
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Wyoming doesn’t want you to know how much cow manure is in its water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
In Wyoming, ranchers' efforts to stop people from reporting bacteria levels culminated in a controversial — and confusingly written — new law making it a crime to collect environmental data on behalf of the government.
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Experts warn of eco-disaster caused by mounting pollution in waters off Far East.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
A stretch of water once home to an array of wildlife is facing an environmental disaster if measures are not put in place to stop pollution, experts have warned.
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Organic foods: Why they're expensive, who owns your favorite brands.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Demand for organic foods keeping growing, and big box retailers and mainstream grocery chains, from Walmart to Costco, have jumped in.
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From Kansas to Copenhagen: Clean energy beacons around the world.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
From small islands to towns and cities, here are the climate trail blazers showing the way to an energy future that does not run on coal, oil and gas.
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NCR's liability in Fox River PCB cleanup reduced in judge's ruling.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Georgia-Pacific and other area paper companies may have to contribute a greater share in the $1 billion Fox River cleanup than they realized, according to a new federal court ruling.
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Fighting to keep an oyster ghost town alive.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
Chris Quartuccio and his team must deal with ocean acidification—and plenty of naysayers—to try to ensure that Long Island remains an important point for oyster harvesting.
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Mike Huckabee just can't seem to make up his mind about biofuels.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The GOP hopeful says that biofuels like ethanol hurt the environment and the poor. But he wants us to use more of them.
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Owens Valley ranchers and environmentalists brought together by drought.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The drought has worked a miracle in the Owens Valley, as environmental activists and ranchers have buried decades of enmity to forge a plan to save ranch land — at the expense of hard-fought environmental protections.
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Obama administration proposes reforms of Endangered Species Act.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The Obama administration this week proposed increasing the role states play in decisions about whether to list animals and plants as threatened or endangered.
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Hazardous pesticide use increases in California.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
The agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic insecticide linked to health problems, has increased — and activists say the state has done little to limit the risks.
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How an American with a knack for math saved India from famine.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:30
An account of what happened 50 years ago when science and policy met in a crisis and actually talked to each other.
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