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Ecological News

Report shows schools vulnerable to toxic exposure.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Dozens of facilities across the Chicago area store or use toxic chemicals which - if released in an accidental leak or explosion - could directly affect hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and suburbs.
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Mexican farmers stung twice by toxic spill, hurricane.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
The combination of Mexico’s largest mining spill and heavy rains swelling the chemical-tainted Sonora River are causing losses to almost all cattle ranchers and crop damage in an area the government says accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state economy.
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Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green shoots, but the leaves are full of holes. The driest September on record has meant a plague of flea beetle. The pest is normally controlled by coating the seeds in a systemic pesticide called neonicotinoid.
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More time requested for tank car upgrades.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.
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Take comfort in latest pesticide findings.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
We applaud California officials for its efforts to effectively regulate pesticide use and to verify the effectiveness of their programs with continuous environmental monitoring.
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British Columbia stonewalls on mine disaster: America take note.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
The collapse of a tailings dam on Aug. 4, at a big British Columbia mine breached the credibility of B.C.’s government. The province’s lack of transparency should be a wakeup call on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.
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Essay: Heed the nightingale's warning.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: "Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world – I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds." Our changes to the planet are narrowing those bands – a warning sign for our times. Concluding essay of EHN.org's "Winged Warnings" series.
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Lakota values soar with the eagles.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Winged Warnings Part 16. College student Tristan Picotte, born and raised on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota, describes how the feathers of bald eagles have inspired and motivated generations of Native Americans. “Eagle feathers pushed our culture forward to better the people, not just the individual,” he writes. “Oyate kin yanipi kte lo. So that we will live: Not just our people, but the winged creatures that have embodied our best values.”
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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. "This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said.
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China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
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Oil in the Amazon: Who stands to win and lose?

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Yasuni National Park is unique. It’s regarded as one of the world's most biodiverse places. A refuge to more than 20 types of endangered mammals, just 2 ½ acres of its Amazonian forest contains more than 100,000 species of insects, and is home to nearly as many kinds of trees and shrubs as there are in the United States and Canada, combined. But this incredible natural richness is at risk.
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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.
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Venice on the Charles? Boston’s solution to rising seas includes novel canal system in Back Bay Canals.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
A report scheduled to be released Tuesday about preparing Boston for climate change suggests that building canals through the Back Bay neighborhood would help it withstand water levels that could rise as much as 7 feet by 2100.
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Cement factories cast pall over village in northern Vietnam.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Thousands of people from Ha Nam Province have sought relief from the thick factory smoke and omnipresent cement dust that's plagued their community for years, but authorities have failed to act.
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China’s ‘strictest’ air pollution laws introduced in city.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Shanghai introduces “China’s strictest air protection law,” with maximum fines of US$81,244 — five times the current level. And this fine itself will be hiked on a daily basis if polluters don’t take action.
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EPA wins another round on Spruce Mine veto.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday won another round in the long legal saga involving one of the largest mountaintop removal mining permits in West Virginia history.
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Feds unveil cleanup plan for New Mexico nuclear waste dump.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.
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Study: Residents near crude plant face health risks.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Residents who live in a public housing project near the crude oil operations at the Port of Albany face significantly higher risks of cancer and other diseases, despite assurances from state officials the air was safe, according to a study by the University at Albany.
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Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.
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Ohio grant saves family from dangers of lead.

Environmental Health News - 8 hours 18 min ago
With grant assistance from the Ohio Department of Health’s Lead Hazard Control Program, Jennifer Cornell and her husband, William, were able to rid their home of the paint – part of an initiative to prevent the exposure of 8,000 children diagnosed with elevated lead levels in Ohio every year.
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