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The mother of endocrine disruption science.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
Theo Colborn may have waited until her 50s to get her PhD, but she still became a trailblazer in the field of environmental health. Theo died last December, and in this season of Earth Day fellow scientist and collaborator Laura Vandenberg and host Steve Curwood remember Theo's life and discuss her contributions to scientific knowledge.
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BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
FIVE YEARS ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15, more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf.
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Beyond the headlines.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, host Steve Curwood and Peter Dykstra discuss the prevalence of asthma among Olympic-level swimmers and look back on Richard Nixon’s environmental record and the 45 years since the first Earth Day.
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U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a U.N. study said on Sunday.
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Breathing poison in the world's most polluted city.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
In London last week, the most dangerous particles - PM 2.5 - hit a high of 57 - that's nearly six times recommended limits. Here in Delhi, we can only dream of such clean air.
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Earth Day at 45: How environmentalism has evolved.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
This is definitely not your parents' Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for '60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America's land, air and water.
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Feds tout progress in rebuilding fisheries.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
Federal biologists said they’re making progress rebuilding important fisheries, including valuable species like bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic, which along with five other species, was removed from the “overfishing” list.
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Dr. Oz responds after prominent physicians call for his firing from Columbia University.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
You know Dr. Oz. He has a popular show where he dishes medical advice, some of which has earned him criticism. But he's not just a television host: Dr. Mehmet Oz is also a cardiothoracic surgeon who holds the surgery department vice chairmanship at Columbia University's medical school.
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Conflict over soil and water quality puts ‘Iowa nice’ to a test.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
After years of mounting frustration, the Des Moines Water Works sued the leaders of three rural Iowa counties last month. Too little has been done, the lawsuit says, to prevent nitrates from flowing out of farm fields into the Raccoon River and, eventually, into the drinking water supply for roughly 500,000 Iowans.
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California releases revised water consumption rules.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
In case there was ever any doubt, forcing a 25 percent cut in urban water use by Californians in the fourth year of a searing drought is not going to be easy.
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California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
Anti-vaccination parents showed up last week in Sacramento threatening to leave the public schools en masse, and the Senate Education Committee crumbled like a batch of overbaked cookies. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who has written legislation that would mandate vaccines for almost all public school students, was forced to take back his bill for revision.
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The giant rats that save lives.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 52 min ago
I’m walking in a minefield here in rural Angola, tailing a monster rat. This is a Gambian pouched rat, a breed almost 3 feet from nose to tail, the kind of rat that gives cats nightmares.
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The battle for the future of farming - why is the World Bank on the wrong side?

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:38
The World Bank exists to fight poverty. So why does it promote a profit-driven model of agriculture that enriches corporations at the expense of the small farmers who provide most of the world's food, creating poverty by stealing their land and water, depleting resources and undermining sustainable livelihoods?
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Sesame Street’s Elmo call anti-vaxxers out.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
In a campaign likely to infuriate anti-vaccination advocates, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy paid a visit to Sesame Street to allay Elmo’s own concerns over keeping a proper vaccine schedule, in a video produced by the Daily Dot.
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Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway. But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.
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Intrusive legacy.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
Five years have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Finish the Hudson River PCB dredging job.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
After a billion-dollar, six-year project to remove millions of cubic yards of PCB-laden sludge from the Hudson River, General Electric plans to shut down its dredging and mud processing operations. But there's still more work to be done.
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Opinion - White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An environmental movement in need of a makeover.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway. But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.
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Obama to visit Florida Everglades on Earth Day — to talk about climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
In the President’s weekly Saturday morning address, he declared that he’s headed to the Florida Everglades Wednesday — Earth Day — to “talk about the way that climate change threatens our economy.”
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Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'.'

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:30
To hear BP tell it, the environmental disaster that struck the Gulf of Mexico five years ago is nearly over – the beaches have been cleared of oil, and the water in the Gulf is as clear as it ever was. But how do you spot a continued disaster if its main indicator is the absence of something?
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