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Heart risk in drinking water.

Ana Navas-Acien can’t quite recall the moment she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease. Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh. And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile. She decided to see if similar links could be found in the U.S.
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Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor's impact on Columbia River.

Three environmental groups sued a Washington state agency Thursday over the effects of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.
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Richard Berman energy industry talk secretly taped.

If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.
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Australia coal port expansion will not get environmental impact study.

Australia appears set to fast-track approval of a coal port expansion project that would dump millions of tons of dredged material onto wetlands near the Great Barrier Reef, government documents show.
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Why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists.

"I’m not a scientist," or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change in the 2014 campaigns. In the past, many Republican candidates questioned or denied the science of climate change, but polls show that a majority of Americans accept it, making the Republican position increasingly challenging.
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In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive.

Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing next month.
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Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air.

The severe air pollution in Beijing, especially in autumn and winter, has been a headache for outdoor exercisers and sporting event operators in recent years. However, Beijing's joint bid with Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games has offered a chance to reduce the pollution through cooperative efforts.
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Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat.

Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal.
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Two locations in Michigan dropped from list of Great Lakes contaminated sites.

Two waterways in Michigan have been removed from a list of highly contaminated sites around the Great Lakes – progress in the effort to restore toxic hot spots left over from the region's early manufacturing era, federal officials said Thursday.
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'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happen.

Valuable insight into the health of cities is lurking beneath our city streets. Researchers are working to characterize the bacteria, viruses, and chemicals leaving peoples' bodies.
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Killer fungus threatens salamanders.

Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge.
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Our failing weather infrastructure.

Last week the National Weather Service’s satellite network crashed. An underfunded weather program will ensure that future disasters could be equally catastrophic. This is a matter of national security.
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Better water management needed to eradicate poverty.

2015 will put the world to the test. Are we willing to commit to and act upon goals and targets that are necessary to accomplish a future for all? Water, as we have shown, plays an important role in securing the future we want. And the future we want is a joint effort.
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The great Hallowe'en pumpkin rescue

The Ecologist Magazine - 1 hour 37 min ago
Every Hallowe'en the UK throws away enough pumpkin to make 360 million portions of pumpkin pie, soup, or cake, writes Gavin Ellis - a shocking waste in these hungry times. Hence a bold new initiative to rescue all those pumpkins from landfill, and turn them into delicious food we can all enjoy as part of our seasonal festivities.
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How to be eco-friendly when you're dead.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
Standard burial and cremation take tons of energy and resources. So what's the most environmentally sound way to deal with a dead person?
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Scientists implicate more than 100 genes in causing autism.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.
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As infrastructure crumbles, trillions of gallons of water lost.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it. That's the amount of water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters.
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Politics and the pipeline.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
Shannon and Kevin Graves are typical of those involved in the pipeline fight in Nebraska. The Keystone has activated once politically dormant sections of the state, creating alliances between liberals, independents and conservatives. (Part 1 of 3)
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A mysterious killer of common eiders.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
After seven years of research by 18 federal agencies and academic institutions, scientists still don't know if the water birds, who wash ashore listless, thin and weak, are exposed to a virus here or bring the disease with them from elsewhere.
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Coastal havoc boosts jellies.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:30
Jellyfish blooms have probably struck the world’s seas periodically for hundreds of millions of years, but researchers suspect that human activity has made them worse, with knock-on effects on marine ecosystems and especially on fish, because jellyfish compete with fish for food and feed on their larvae.
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