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Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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Legislation would ban state GMO labeling measures.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
A bill introduced Wednesday would put the U.S. government in charge of overseeing the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, preventing states from enacting their own requirements to regulate the controversial ingredients.
Categories: Ecological News

E-cigarettes affect cells.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Electronic cigarettes can change gene expression in a similar way to tobacco, according to one of the first studies to investigate the biological effects of the devices.
Categories: Ecological News

Is your milk full of girly hormones?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
By milking pregnant cows, dairies produce a product with elevated estrogen levels - which may be detrimental to your health.
Categories: Ecological News

46 House members urge Great Lakes cleanup fund cuts reversed.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
A bipartisan group of 46 House lawmakers, including six from Michigan, want Congress to reject proposed cuts by the White House to a Great Lakes cleanup fund.
Categories: Ecological News

Dangerous levels of mercury left for waste by gold miners.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
The gold mining industry is dumping an estimated 36 pounds of mercury – a dangerous and toxic mineral – into Myanmar’s waterways per day, from where it is entering the food supply and potentially poisoning the population, a former government official has warned.
Categories: Ecological News

Fears free trade agreements will hamstring chemical legislation.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Language in two separate free trade agreements between North America and Europe that are currently in the pipeline would allow foreign investors to challenge government measures that could harm their profitability, and corporate watchdogs warn that this could gut regulations governing the environment and chemical safety.
Categories: Ecological News

Floods: Holding back the tide.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Global warming is raising sea levels around the planet by 2–3 millimetres each year. That only adds to bigger problems in the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta, which is sinking so rapidly that the local, relative sea level may be rising by up to 2 centimetres each year.
Categories: Ecological News

Death on the farm.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
For decades, farmers across the country have been dying by suicide at higher rates than the general population. And this isn't just a problem in the U.S.; it's an international crisis. One factor disputed among agricultural and mental health professionals is the connection between pesticides and depression.
Categories: Ecological News

Politics won't end California's drought.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Changing the rules to benefit one set of water users will harm the rest of California and will not make it rain. California needs to move away from efforts to divert water and find better ways to conserve, reuse, recycle and manage each region's water.
Categories: Ecological News

E-cigarettes have risks but they also offer public health benefits.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
In the fight against the profound misery and death that conventional cigarette smoking causes, even an imperfect tool is worth welcoming if it can reduce smoking. The CDC news does not disqualify e-cigarettes from helping - as long as the government regulates them.
Categories: Ecological News

Ohio: Don’t lower the clean energy standards.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Since Ohio's clean energy law was enacted in 2008, it has helped promote an alternative-energy industry that has created more than 25,000 jobs, and has shrunk electric bills. These positive outcomes evidently displease the Republican state senators, who want to take the first step toward killing them.
Categories: Ecological News

Memo to Congress: Protect public health, not toxic chemicals.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Americans have long been unwitting subjects in an uncontrolled experiment. For decades, U.S. manufacturers - with the federal government's blessing - have been producing tens of thousands of untested, potentially toxic chemicals, many of which wind up in our bodies.
Categories: Ecological News

A green revolution, this time for Africa.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat yields were six times what they had been in 1950.
Categories: Ecological News

New Zealand: A nation in denial?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
We face urgent and difficult choices. If we want to restrict the expansion of dairying in vulnerable river catchments, are we prepared to contemplate a less buoyant economy - at least in the short term?
Categories: Ecological News

For North Carolina environmental regulators, mission long a moving target.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
When a new administration took over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under Gov. Pat McCrory in 2013, environmental advocates raised an alarm over a change in the agency's mission statement.
Categories: Ecological News

Urban wetland offers glimpse at successful Everglades restoration.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
In the last two years, engineers have been fine-tuning a small but uniquely accessible project: an urban wetland sandwiched between tennis courts and walled mansions near Palmetto Bay.
Categories: Ecological News

Cot mattresses emit chemicals, study finds.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Babies are exposed to chemical emissions from cot mattresses while they sleep, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.
Categories: Ecological News

Wal-Mart plans to bring its compete-on-price approach to organic food.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Wal-Mart has managed to out-muscle competitors in the grocery business by using its mammoth size to promise low prices. Now the retailer plans to use the same strategy to upend the market for organic foods.
Categories: Ecological News

Treasure Island’s toxic bullets: Someone’s about to get hit!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
The Treasure Island community seems warehoused on extremely valuable, dangerously poisonous property. These sweet people, bombarded from every direction by radionuclides, chemicals, and asbestos, lead and mold contaminants, appear to be placeholders until the island is populated with condos for 19,000 high-end renters.
Categories: Ecological News

Puerto Rico probes darkening of Vieques bio bay.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:30
Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.
Categories: Ecological News