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World Rhino Day 2014

Ecology Today - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:21

Today, September 22, the focus is on all rhinos around the world. The World Rhino Day theme this year is Five Rhino Species Forever, celebrating the white, black,  Sumatran, greater one-horned and Javan rhinos.

What began as a small idea in Zimbabwe in 2011, has grown to be a recognized and internationally important day, celebrated by numerous countries. Special events are organized to highlight the plight of these amazing animals.

Fittingly, South Africa is hosting a variety of events including The Youth Rhino Summit, bringing together youngsters from around the world to learn about the rhino’s plight and conservation. 140 delegates, or Rhino Warriors from 20 countries, including the United States, UK, Vietnam and New Zealand are meeting in the the iconic iMfolozi Game Reserve in Kwa-ZuluNatal, where they will spend three days becoming Rhino Ambassadors. When they return to their home countries, they will share the facts about poaching and the devastation to all wildlife and the surrounding communities.

A few facts:

  • Last year, 1004 rhinos were killed in South Africa; that’s  three every day.
  • Three of the species, Black Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, and Sumatran Rhinoceros,are listed on the critically endangered list; one, the Western Black Rhino, was officially declared extinct in 2013.
  • Besides the enormous poaching threat, rhinos face habitat loss and lack of protection due to their locations in war zones and politically unstable areas.

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'Political will is only barrier to 100% renewables'

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:13
A report published ahead of tomorrow's UN Climate Summit shows that we can meet all our energy needs from renewables, writes Paul Brown - poor nations and prosperous, tiny islands and great cities, in any part of the globe. And some are doing it already ....
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Cancer-causing diesel emissions on many underground Western Australia mine sites.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Underground mines in Western Australia are recording dangerous levels of cancer-causing diesel emissions, raising health fears for the state’s 10,000 underground miners.
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Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
From Pennsylvania regulators’ perspective, all the spills, leaks and fires in the Marcellus Shale well field the past eight years were simply part of the learning curve.
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Food makers to revamp additive safety process.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Industry plans to revise how food ingredient safety is assessed, but safety advocates want more.
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Harvest of change: Farm families confront a nation in transition.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Consumers' increasing desire to know where their food comes from and how it is grown is prompting large-scale farms to adjust to more food-conscious markets, following the path of smaller operations that sell directly to customers.
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Great Lakes: Canadian nuclear waste plan opposed by Senate resolution.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron.
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Lawsuit: Drivers' cancers caused by exhaust fumes at Transit's bus depot on Yukon Avenue.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
A potential killer lurked inside the New York City Transit bus depot on Yukon Avenue, New Springville, alleges a lawsuit.
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Fracking is safe if...

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
A study has found that, if done correctly, fracking doesn’t pose a danger to drinking-water supplies. But the study’s findings also imply a serious responsibility: Because poorly constructed wells can allow groundwater contamination, Ohio must be vigilant in enforcing up-to-date regulations on how wells are constructed.
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Disparity in Ebola aid shows nations' views of joint responsibility.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Without food, water, assistance with crowd control and compliance on the part of the affected population with rules intended to reduce the risk of contagion, conditions in already dysfunctional nations will escalate into a global security threat as a regional health crisis.
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Minnesota's global outlook helps land sustainability conference.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
An announcement expected Monday in New York will break the news that Minneapolis will host a major global conference on sustainability that will attract the former heads of state of nearly 100 countries to Minnesota in October 2015. Given the governing crises in many democracies – and the challenge of climate change – the timing couldn’t be better.
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John Muir, a century on.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
John Muir, the grand old man of the Sierra Nevada, died 100 years ago in a Los Angeles hospital bed with only an unfinished book manuscript for company. He was seventy-six years old, still proselytizing—from his deathbed—on the wonders of nature. A century later, is anyone still listening?
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Earth is not a garden.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Some of the world's most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake.
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'Her day was getting up, eating if she could, then crawling back to bed.'

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
As Lyme disease spreads in the U.S., those in its path cope with a debilitating, bewildering array of maladies, misery and afflictions. A Climate at Your Doorstep story.
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Catching Lyme disease in the womb?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Justine Donnelly's medical journey began the day that her mother's 30-year quest to solve her own health mystery ended. A Climate at Your Doorstep story.
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Detroit cuts off water for families - and hopes for future.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
For months, thousands of families in Detroit have been living without water. It is not because of natural disaster, but because of a controversial decision by the city to enforce bans for those who do not pay their bills.
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Global rise reported in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported Sunday, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.
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What climate activists can learn from the fight against Big Tobacco.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
As climate activists call for governments to take real action on climate, the decades-long fight against Big Tobacco - specifically, how public health advocates successfully kept companies away from the negotiating table - holds powerful lessons.
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Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
For 140 years, the Rockefellers were the oil industry’s first family, scions of a business empire that spawned Exxon, Mobil, Amoco and Chevron. So it was no trivial matter when a group of Rockefeller heirs decided recently to begin severing financial ties to fossil fuels.
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West Virginia officials are concerned about Freedom Industries cleanup.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:30
While managers at Freedom Industries work to get their Elk River facility into a “voluntary” industrial remediation program, Department of Environmental Protection officials want the company more focused on actually cleaning up contaminated soil.
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