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Ecological News

Ecological agriculture: investing today in tomorrow's farms

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 20:40
Ecological farming has taken root in the UK, writes Phil Moore: drawing inspiration from the past while employing the latest ideas and techniques from organic, no-dig, permaculture, agroecology and agroforestry methods. But with agricultural fields selling for up to £10,000 an acre, there's a big difficultly for many would-be eco-farmers: access to land. Now, with public support, that's a problem the Ecological Land Cooperative is determined to solve.
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How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Over the last 50 years, the yearly migration of salmon from the Pacific dwindled, and poverty, addiction and lawlessness gripped the Yurok reservation.
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Food shortages at the heart of Venezuelan economic and political crisis.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Venezuela which has been coping with extreme inflation, chronic shortages of basic needs like food and medicine and near daily protests.
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A decade later, the state still hasn’t enforced laws curbing mercury.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
More than a decade after Massachusetts lawmakers passed sweeping legislation to reduce the amount of mercury released into the environment, state regulators have yet to enforce the law.
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‘Swimmable’ goal still eludes Baltimore harbor — but not all the time.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
It was safe to jump into waters off of Fort McHenry almost 90 percent of the time in 2016, but the Baltimore harbor is still far from meeting a goal of becoming "swimmable and fishable" by 2020, according to a report being released Monday.
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Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Many suspected EDCs are already in your home — but how much risk do they really pose? At what exposure level do they become unsafe? Unfortunately the answer is not straightforward, with a range of opinions held by scientists, industry and regulators.
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My month with California’s conspiracy theorist farmers.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Tammi Riedl and her partner believe ‘chemtrails’ are damaging our health. They prove conspiracies have gone mainstream – and aren’t just for the right wing.
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Former DuPont worker claims retaliation for pesticide complaints.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
A former employee of DuPont Pioneer on Oahu is suing the company, claiming she was retaliated against for raising concerns about its use of pesticides.
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China looks to capture millions of tons of CO2.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
China is planning to capture millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide generated by its energy and steel plants for use in extracting crude oil from the country’s increasingly barren oilfields.
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House to take up EPA pesticide bill.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
A GOP-backed bill to loosen environmental regulations is poised to advance in the House.
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Contaminants in animals give clues about the health of the north.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Why do endangered Steller sea lions, birds and marine and freshwater fish in America's westernmost islands have bodies with elevated levels of mercury, a toxic metal usually associated with industry?
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Farming the world: China’s epic race to avoid a food crisis.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food.
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Scientists skeptical over quick fix to ocean plastics problem.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Even the project’s creator admits it’s ‘guess work.’
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New ‘blue card’ proposal would protect farmworkers from deportation.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Trump’s immigration policies are crippling farms’ ability to hire workers. Can this proposed legislation counter that and gain support?
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The "License to Kill" bill is as terrifying as it sounds.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
The Regulatory Reform Act would make regulating industries—and protecting the health of consumers—much more difficult.
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A California regulator’s curious crusade to remake the Clean Air Act.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
In the smoggy San Joaquin Valley, an air pollution control officer is under fire for aiding members of Congress who want to weaken the law.
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New coalmines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds., New coal mines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
New coalmines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coalmines and to end public subsidies for coalmining., New coal mines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coal mines and to end public subsidies for coal mining.
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Water breaches 'Doomsday' vault; seeds safe.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Unseasonably warm temperatures last fall caused water to breach the entrance to the Arctic's so-called "Doomsday" seed vault, one of humanity's last hopes after a global catastrophe, the company that manages the vault said last week.
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Experts reject Bjørn Lomborg's view on 2C warming target.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Experts have challenged a claim by Bjørn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre that holding global temperature rises to 2C is a poor investment.
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Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas has a problem with science – and with voters.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:30
Lamar Smith is facing a wave of outrage from constituents in Texas that could present the first real challenge for his seat in 30 years.
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