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Ecological News

What's in your soda? An oil dispersant that might make you fat.

A chemical used in sodas and some laxatives for years assumed safe by federal health officials might make people more prone to obesity.
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POPs and gut microbiota: Dietary exposure alters ratio of bacterial species.

Exposure to one particular persistent organic pollutant alters the gut microbiome in ways that may prove to contribute to obesity and other metabolic diseases.
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Cuba's environmental concerns grow with prospect of US presence.

Some fear development and tourism would result in the destroyed forests, polluted rivers and damaged coral reefs faced by some of Cuba’s neighbors.
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Docs: Wireless devices can harm pregnancies.

Doctors and researchers from Boston to Sydney are sounding the alarm on the potential risks of using wireless devices during pregnancy, calling for a closer look at technology they say could have serious long-term consequences for 
unborn babies.
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US political and generation gaps on science issues.

There are dramatic generation gaps in opinions on global warming, offshore drilling, nuclear power, child vaccines, gene modification to reduce a baby’s disease risk, untested medicine use, lab tests on animals, and evolution, according to the Pew Research Center.
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London needs a new runway because holidays 'make you happy'. Really?

The Ecologist Magazine - 4 hours 5 min ago
With the UK's business air travel falling, the Airport Commission says we need a new London runway to make us happy! But all their data really shows is that people who go on holiday lead happier lives than those who don't, writes Chris Goodall, and that people enjoy holidays: a flimsy basis on which to expand airport capacity, and blow the UK's emissions targets out of the water.
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Coming closer this month: a UN Human Rights Treaty for corporate abuses

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:50
This month the UN is meeting to enact binding global rules on the conduct of business and transnational corporations, writes Sam Cossar-Gilbert, reversing the trend for increasing business empowerment in TTP, TTIP and TISA. The new UN Human Rights Treaty aims to provide justice for the victims of corporate criminality anywhere in the world.
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Coming closer this month: a UN Human Rights Treaty treaty for corporate abuses

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:50
This month the UN is meeting to enact binding global rules on the conduct of business and transnational corporations, writes Sam Cossar-Gilbert, reversing the trend for increasing business empowerment in TTP, TTIP and TISA. The new UN Human Rights Treaty aims to provide justice for the victims of corporate criminality anywhere in the world.
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How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood

Yes! Magazine - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:30
Catholic environmentalists are channeling the power of the Pope’s words into action.
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EPA to propose banning chlorpyrifos insecticide.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
The EPA says it plans to ban the common insecticide chlorpyrifos but may change its mind based on discussions with manufacturers.
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A hard nut to crack: Reducing chemical migration in food-contact materials.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Although food packaging serves important safety functions, these painstakingly engineered containers can also leach chemicals and other contaminants into the food and drink they protect.
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Experts endorse Parma consensus on ‘metabolic disruptors.'

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Over 30, mainly US and Italian, experts have drawn up a consensus statement on environmental chemicals which disrupt metabolism, and are associated with “epidemics” of obesity and metabolic syndrome.
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Buying the farm.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Some activists see a battle looming for the control of our nation’s food production, pitting multigenerational farmers with a long-term vision of sustainability against the short-term needs of large, conventional investment funds.
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Water use skyrockets as fracking expands.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought.
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The drought's scapegoat.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Mainstream and conservative media and politicians have wrongly blamed the tiny delta smelt for causing water cutbacks for agriculture during the drought. Why?
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Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.
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The future of infrastructure.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
The last installment of the Reimagining Infrastructure series looks at projects that are not yet real, but represent ambitious thinking about the built environment of the future.
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The new regions at risk from mosquitoes carrying diseases.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Cases of yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue fever might rise as the ideal conditions for the mosquitoes that can carry the viruses become more widespread.
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Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time?
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New study shows kids exposed to toxic chemicals on artificial turf.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:30
A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals.
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