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Australian health authorities reveal cancer spike in area surrounding Wunderlich ‘factory of death’.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Health authorities have revealed a spike in deadly mesothelioma rates in the area around an old asbestos factory in Melbourne’s west.
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Louisiana shrimp safe to eat after BP Gulf of Mexico spill, local study says.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Louisiana shrimp was safe to eat following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a new study concluded, reaffirming previous federal and state studies.
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Hawaii group threatens lawsuit to stop dairy.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
If necessary, Friends of Mahaulepu says it's prepared to take legal action to stop Hawaii Dairy Farms' proposed $17.5 million, 578-acre dairy in the Mahaulepu Valley. The group's concerns surrounding the plan range from water contamination to economic consequences and health risks from flies.
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Hand sanitizer may increase BPA absorption.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
About 15 billion pounds of Bisphenol A, or BPA, are produced for commercial use each year. This week a new study in PLOS One, authored by endocrinologist Frederick vom Saal, reports that touching thermal paper after using hand sanitizer can increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin 100-fold.
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Ban of vulture-killing drug in India is working.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
There's hope for India's imperilled vultures. There has been a big reduction in the use of veterinary diclofenac, a painkilling drug given to livestock that is deadly to vultures that dine on their carcasses.
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Living near main roads can cause heart disease.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
A new study that looked just at women has determined that living near a major roadway significantly increases their risk of dying from sudden cardiac failure.
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Study links mountaintop mining to lung cancer.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
A new study by researchers at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Cancer Center strengthens mountaintop coal mining’s link to high cancer rates in nearby communities.
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Pro-GM labelling campaign hugely outspent in Colorado and Oregon ballot.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Biotech and supermarket giants are spending more than $25m (£15.6m) to defeat ballot initiatives in two western states that would require labelling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.
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Ecuadorians ask international court to open criminal investigation of Chevron CEO.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
A group representing some 30,000 Indians and other inhabitants of Ecuador's Amazon region who are affected by oil pollution have requested that the International Criminal Court open a criminal investigation of Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson.
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Diwali leaves denizens of Delhi gasping for breath.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Diwali has left the Capital gasping for breath with the city recording nine times higher air pollution level than normal. The Meteorology Department has cautioned that Delhiites will have to fight the increased air pollution level over the weekend too.
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Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.
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Appeals court clears way for start of EPA's cross-state rule.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Federal appellate judges greenlighted yesterday U.S. EPA's implementation of a program to curb air pollution that drifts between states. The order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit comes after the Supreme Court upheld many aspects of the program in April.
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Pragmatism on climate change trumps politics at local level across U.S.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Many politicians at the national level still steer clear of the politically charged topic of climate change. But in communities across the country where the effects are lapping at the doorsteps of residents, pragmatism often trumps politics, and candidates as well as elected officials across the political spectrum are embracing the issue.
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Unsafe groundwater only adds to California drought misery.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
With surface water supplies decimated from the ongoing drought, more Californians are forced to use groundwater. But groundwater is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board.
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E.U. greenhouse gas deal falls short of expectations.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
The deal reached early Friday by the European Union to cap its greenhouse gas emissions was meant to increase pressure on the rest of the world to achieve a landmark accord on climate protection next year, the bloc’s leaders said. But environmentalists said the agreement amounted to a weak compromise.
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Indonesia to clamp down on coal mine pollution.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep, open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick, black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia.
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Deaths of tiny clams in Galveston Bay may portend problems.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Scientists are finding fewer rangia clams in a northeast inlet of Galveston Bay, suggesting that not enough fresh water is flowing from the Trinity River to protect the ecological health of a drought-plagued state's most bountiful estuary.
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As Brazilians head to the polls, what does it mean for green?

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
The good news about the Brazilian presidential elections is that both incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aécio Neves have formally committed themselves to building a low-carbon economy. The bad news is they haven’t said a whole lot yet about how they intend to get there.
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Fracking companies using benzene in drilling.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today. Benzene isn’t banned in hydraulic fracturing, although diesel is restricted.
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Blocked on Keystone XL, oil-sands industry looks east.

Environmental Health News - 31 min 28 sec ago
The oil-sands industry in Alberta has a problem: It's capable of producing more oil than it can get to market. It has tried building new pipelines south into the U.S. – the Keystone XL project – and west to B.C. But both projects are stalled. Now a battle is heating up over the latest proposal: a 2,858-mile-long pipeline to Canada's east coast.
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