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Judge dismisses pollution suit targeting Moorestown plant 20.8.2014 Philly.com News
A federal judge in Camden has dismissed a lawsuit in which two Moorestown couples alleged that their families were exposed to health risks and a loss of property value because of underground contamination caused by a toxic chemical spill at a plant now owned by Lockheed Martin.
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Wendy's Worker Says She Was Fired For Being Sick 19.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A 6-year veteran Wendy's worker in Alabama is alleging that management fired her for "job abandonment" while she was being treated for an ovarian cyst that would require surgery. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Friday, Jamila Richey accuses Wendy's of Bowling Green, Inc. of dropping her from the store schedule after two absences due to the cyst. According to Richey, she provided a doctor's note to prove she was sick and would have to be hospitalized. Richey says in the lawsuit that she learned through coworkers that her manager "told everyone [she] had abandoned her job." After a series of meetings with managers, Richey alleges, she was told "she should not come back to work." Wendy's of Bowling Green is a franchise group that operates more than 30 Wendy's restaurants in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Indiana. A Wendy's of Bowling Green spokesman said the company just became aware of the lawsuit on Monday and was reviewing it. A Wendy's spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for ...
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If Your Fridge Dies, Should You Put Frogs In Your Milk? 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Milk can go bad four hours into a blackout , even if it's kept in a closed refrigerator. But rather than letting a power outage make us feel powerless to store food, or otherwise live our lives, we can usually find inspiration among the timeless life hacks our ancestors passed down from simpler eras. Some are obvious, like burning candles for light, burning wood for heat and wearing cotton to stay cool. Others, however, require a longer leap of faith. If you really need to preserve milk in a lengthy blackout, for example, you could try the old Russian and Finnish trick of dropping in a live frog. People in Russia and Finland did this for centuries before modern refrigeration, and the technique reportedly survived into the 20th century in some rural areas. Yet iceboxes and electric refrigerators eventually made it obsolete, letting it fade from use and become seen as an old wives' tale. Thanks to modern science, we now know the frog-in-milk method ...
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California's proposed meat regulations believed too weak 18.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, touts SB 835 as a critical early step in fighting an emerging national health crisis: the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which sicken more than 2 million people and cause 23,000 deaths every year. The problem, environmentalists say, is that the law would be easy for industrial livestock operations to skirt.
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Air pollution means death in cities 17.8.2014 Earth Times
Throughout Eurasia, we have several developments in regulations that may protect your health. Particulate matter of both PM2.5 and PM10 sizes is being recognised as an enormous health risk, almost parallel to the former risks taken by farmers, mine and other workers with pneumonocosis.
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Researchers take flight to measure air quality around Colorado 16.8.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
A National Center for Atmospheric Research C-130 plane lumbered off a runway Friday, one of the final flights in an unprecedented pollution-sniffing mission that project leaders say is yielding unexpected and useful ...
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How CDC lab mixed up deadly flu virus 16.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A lab mix-up involving a deadly flu virus strain added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public relations nightmare this summer.
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New app displays air pollution data for 1000 cities worldwide, offers personalized alerts 15.8.2014 TreeHugger
Get the latest data on the air quality index, including ozone, NO2, and particle pollution, as well as weather reports, for major cities around the world with this app.
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CDC scientist took shortcuts handling deadly bird flu virus, investigation finds. 15.8.2014 Washington Post

An investigation into the mistaken shipment of deadly bird flu virus from a government laboratory earlier this year found that a scientist took shortcuts to speed up the work and accidentally contaminated the samples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

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Pennsylvania: yet another report on dangerous environmental and health impacts in the frack patch 15.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.: Exactly three years ago, I blogged about Pam Judy in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Pam's family experienced severe health symptoms after a compressor station was built on her neighbor's property, including nose bleeds, vertigo, mouth blisters, extreme headaches, fatigues, vomiting, and emergency room visits. Air...
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SeaWorld, Under Fire, Pledges To Improve Killer Whale Conditions 15.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

NEW YORK (AP) — SeaWorld says will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks, and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.


Business for the Orlando, Florida, company has been hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales.


SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. will build a tank with 10 million gallons of water at its San Diego park, almost twice the size of the current tank. It says the new environment wills be more stimulating for the whales. It will open to the public in 2018. SeaWorld has similar plans for its Orlando and San Antonio locations.


The company also pledged $10 million for killer whale research as well as a multimillion-dollar partnership focused on ocean health.

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Cut emissions at the Sherco plant? Switch instead to emission-free nuclear power 15.8.2014 MinnPost
Xcel's Sherco plant burns about 30,000 tons of coal per day. Xcel Energy is under increasing pressure to limit output at its largest power plant, the Sherco coal plant, which burns about 30,000 tons of coal per day, releasing more than 20 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, not to mention mercury and sulfur emissions.  There are a dozen new generation Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear plants under construction in China, Georgia and South Carolina. One of those AP1000s could replace the Sherco facility with round-the-clock emission-free electric power.  The 1979 Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania raised irrational fears about nuclear energy and interrupted nuclear expansion in the United States, exposing us to additional pollution from fossil fuels. Japan’s Fukushima accident has added to those fears. In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly asked the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation , or UNSCEAR, to undertake a “full assessment of the levels of exposure and ...
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Stop Fracking Our Oceans, Californians Say 15.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Contaminated water, polluted air, increased earthquake risk: As fracking has expanded across America, this dangerous form of oil and gas production has caused massive harm to our environment and public health. Now the oil industry is ramping up fracking offshore, in our delicate coastal ecosystems. The Gulf of Mexico, industry sources say , is about to experience a steep increase in offshore fracking, which involves blasting water and industrial chemicals into the sea-floor at high pressures to crack the rock and release oil and gas. Here in California, the oil industry has already fracked hundreds of offshore wells near Seal Beach and Long Beach and in the Santa Barbara Channel. There's been almost no oversight of this dangerous practice by federal and state officials, who can't even say exactly where or how often fracking has been used off our coast. But Californians are fighting back, determined to protect the Golden State's coastal communities, beautiful beaches and endangered marine wildlife. A ...
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Sayur Manis: Delicious, But Also Deadly, Greens From Borneo 15.8.2014 NPR News
Sayur manis is a green vegetable that tastes like spinach with a hint of asparagus when cooked. It's packed with nutrients, but the raw leaves have been linked to outbreaks of lung failure.
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New Air Quality Index May Help India's Cities Breathe Easier 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These days in New Delhi, white shirts stay a lot whiter after a long day outside than they did in the late 1990s. Back then, India was in the thick of rapid industrialization, and millions of cars were being introduced to the roads. The actual particles of air pollution - specifically particulate matter, the mix of airborne liquids and solids produced by industry, transportation, and household combustion - were larger, and thus more noticeable. Fewer, too, are the days of burning eyes and noses, symptoms caused by the high sulfur content in the diesel that fueled India's urban bus fleet. By 2001, all buses were mandated to transition from diesel to compressed natural gas . Although a large proportion of India's overall vehicle fleet still runs on diesel, the sulfur content is lower. "The air pollution has gotten much smarter," says Parthaa Bosu, Director of Clean Air Asia's India office. "It's no longer as visible and no longer stuck in your nose. Instead, it's landing directly in your lungs, getting you ...
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What You Need To Know Before You Reuse That Plastic Water Bottle 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If it's just filled with water, what's so bad about not washing my water bottle? The answer: If you have a bottle that you use every day for water-drinking purposes, congratulations! We're all about hydration here at Healthy Living. But here's a question for you: When's the last time you actually washed that water bottle? After all, if it's just filled with water, it's not actually dirty, right? Not exactly, especially if you're using a disposable water bottle that isn't really meant to be used more than once. In an article in a 2007 issue of the journal Practical Gastroenterology , experts pointed out that commercial bottled water manufacturers don't recommend that consumers reuse their disposable bottles. That's because "everyday wear and tear from repeated washings and reuse can lead to physical breakdown of the plastic, such as visible thinning or cracks. Bacteria can harbor in the cracks, posing a health risk," they wrote. In addition, "reuse of plastic water bottles can lead to bacterial ...
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6 challenges hospitals aim to beat for a green bill of health 14.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative releases its second report taking the temperature of environmental performance.

6 challenges hospitals aim to beat for a green bill of health
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L.A. County supervisors blast cleanup of only 2 homes near Exide plant 13.8.2014 LA Times: Top News
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'Green News Report' - August 12, 2014 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: If it seems like there's more extreme weather -- you're right; What sanctions? ExxonMobil begins drilling with Russia in the Arctic; Methane rising in the melting Arctic; PLUS: Oops: Looks like the U.S. State Dept. vastly underestimated emissions from the Keystone XL pipeline ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has; Bamboo is the new 'green' steel; California Drought Transforms Global Food Market; Uranium mining poisons Navajo drinking water; Colgate Total Ingredient Triclosan Linked to Hormones, Cancer; Right-Wing Press' New Climate Change Lie; Media Still Disproportionately ...
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Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows 12.8.2014 LA Times: Nation
Some companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists.
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