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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa 23.2.2017 NPR News
Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.
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Burning down the globe: Climate change denial in Canada's house 23.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Environment You might think that even after virtually every scientist with expertise in the discipline agrees that human-induced climate change is not only real but a dire threat to the stability of our civilization and our environment; that after virtually every scientific academy on the planet concurs with this view; that after the phenomenal work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, arguably the most thorough and extensive international scientific enterprise of all time) has definitively established the causes and consequences of this danger; that after 174 countries on the planet put their signatures to the Paris Agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to undertake immediate action to try and halt this phenomenon; that after over a century of increasing global temperatures, and in recent years, record monthly and annual temperatures records; that after an increase in atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide by 42 per cent (from 280 parts ...
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New studies quantify the impacts of water use on diversity of fish and aquatic insects in NC streams 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
The health of fish and aquatic insects could be significantly affected by withdrawals of fresh water from the rivers and streams across North Carolina according to a new scientific assessment.A series of studies were conducted by a team of researchers, led by Jennifer Phelan, Ph.D., a senior ecologist at RTI International, to understand the relationships between changes in streamflow and the diversity of fish and richness of aquatic insects.
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"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration 22.2.2017 Mother Jones
As we embark on month two of Donald Trump's presidency, it's hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty than the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. Industry ally and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt can be viewed only as an agent of profound change, and he's already faced intense opposition from Senate Democrats and from the staff he inherits . In recent days, both Bloomberg and the Washington Post have reported that the first moves Trump and Pruitt will make in their overhaul of US environmental policy will be to roll back parts of Barack Obama's climate legacy and the "Waters of the US" rule—a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers. This comes as no surprise—both of these policies were identified at the top of the administration's "America First Energy Plan" agenda the moment the White House website switched over on inauguration day . After his hostile nomination process, Pruitt made an appeal to civility Tuesday in his first address to EPA staff . "We as an ...
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More than 500 Leaders Call for Doubling Strength of America’s Best Regional Climate and Clean Air Program 22.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

546 health professionals, businesses, academics, elected officials, conservation, consumer and environmental groups and community leaders from nine states in the Northeast called on their Governors to strengthen the nation’s best regional climate and clean air program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). 
 

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Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish 21.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According to the conclusions of another Spanish study, mercury exposure is linked to reduced foetal and placental growth in pregnant women.The presence of the toxic metal mercury in the environment comes from natural sources, however, in the last decades industrial waste has caused an increase in concentrations of the metal in some areas of the sea. In the food chain, mercury can be diluted either in organic form as methylmercury (MeHg+) or as an inorganic salt, the cation Hg2+.
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Is President Trump The Kick In The Butt We Need To Get Onto A Sustainable Path? 20.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For someone with such immense financial wealth—and now power—President Trump displays a baffling “can’t do” attitude and “poverty mentality.” In his worldview, coal miners and mine owners can do only one thing to survive: mine coal. And the rest of us can do only one thing to help save them: keep buying and burning coal. The President is doing his best to deliver on his promise to revive the coal industry and “cancel job-killing restrictions” on energy production. Who Will Pay the Price? “Donald Trump is hoping to install the most anti-environmental cabinet in our nation’s history,” says Gene Karpinski , president of the League of Conservation Voters. Sure enough, on February 17 Scott Pruitt was sworn in as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Pruitt, with a record of fighting environmental protections, has repeatedly sued the USEPA. Last week President Trump scrapped the “stream protection rule” aimed at stopping the coal mining industry from dumping waste into nearby ...
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Al Gore: 'Horrific' Health Risks From Climate, But 'We Have Solutions' 20.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ATLANTA — The climate crisis will have significant effects on health, but “we do have solutions at hand,” former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said today. Some of the health risks that Gore, an environmental expert, a book author and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, highlighted in his speech included the spread of infectious disease , the dangers of extreme heat and the health effects of air pollution. These health risks, and their potential solutions, were discussed here today (Feb. 16) at the Climate & Health Meeting, a gathering of experts from public health organizations, universities and advocacy groups that focused on the health impacts of climate change. [ 5 Ways Climate Change Will Affect Your Health ] The problems are already here, Gore said, as infectious diseases are now spreading to areas where they previously were not found. In addition, heat stress from extreme heat waves causes more deaths each year in the United States than all other extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, ...
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London coughing through winter as air pollution makes people sick 19.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

London is choking from record levels of pollution, much of it caused by diesel cars and trucks.
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Air Pollution Linked To Millions Of Premature Births Around The Globe 18.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If protecting the environment alone wasn’t reason enough to take measures to reduce air pollution, the massive global health implications of rising preterm birth rates certainly should be.  Each year, 15 million babies around the world ― that’s roughly 1 in 10 infants ― are born prematurely , according to the World Health Organization. Along with factors like poverty and maternal health status, new research suggests that air pollution is a major risk factor for births occurring at 37 weeks or earlier.  The findings,  published last week in the journal Environment International , showed that 2.7 million preterm births across 183 countries in 2010 were associated with a common air pollutant known as fine particulate matter, or PM.  PM is a dangerous form of air pollution consisting of tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and can cause air to appear hazy. Primarily released from sources like diesel vehicles and agricultural waste-burning, PM can penetrate deep into the lungs and contribute to ...
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Fish affected by Deepwater Horizon spill give clues to air pollution heart disease 18.2.2017 Environmental News Network
A study by Manchester and Stanford scientists into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans’ hearts.The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted in a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an area of water which is heavily populated with fish species. In a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, the team analysed the effects of individual components of crude oil on the hearts of fish.
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Environment America: Scott Pruitt Won’t Protect America’s Air, Water or Families 18.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Environment America Today the Senate voted to approve President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment America’s Executive Director, Margie Alt, issued the following statement in response: “This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency administrator whose top priority is protecting our air and water and our families’ health. We need somebody willing to enforce and defend our bedrock environmental laws and a leader guided by science when creating and implementing ...
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Near-Partisan Vote Confirms Pruitt for EPA, Imperiling Public Health Protections 18.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

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Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote" 17.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote"
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Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater 17.2.2017 Environmental News Network
“The seagrass appear to combat bacteria, and this is the first research to assess whether that coastal ecosystem can alleviate disease associated with marine organisms,” said lead author Joleah Lamb of Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, where she is a Nature Conservancy NatureNet fellow.
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Environmental And Health Justice Intersect for Healthy Black Futures 17.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Creating healthy Black futures requires attention and action to protect the environment in the spaces we call home. The environment greatly influences health status and outcomes, especially for communities of color where many are already overburdened by experiences of injustice that have health, social, and economic consequences. For a healthy future, we need environmental practices and health policies that strengthen our ability to be and stay healthy.    Unfortunately, the current political climate doesn’t bode well for the environment or our health. In the first two weeks of this new U.S. presidential administration alone, Trump has advocated for the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward, lead the ongoing Republican denial of climate change, met with pro–land transfer groups who advocate selling federal land currently used for public purposes, and attempted to silence and halt the normal activities of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies tasked with protecting and promoting ...
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Study links outdoor air pollution with millions of preterm births 16.2.2017 Environmental News Network
The study, which was led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally – or 18% of all pre-term births – were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter.
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Nearly 800 Former EPA Staffers Sign Letter Opposing Scott Pruitt 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hundreds of former Environmental Protection Agency officials have signed a letter in protest of Scott Pruitt’s nearing confirmation as EPA Administrator.  The letter, put together by the nonprofit group Environmental Integrity Project, was signed by 773 former EPA staffers, including scientists, engineers and attorneys. The EIP sent the letter to the Senate, where members could confirm Pruitt as early as Friday, the organization said in a statement.  “Pruitt, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, has made a career of suing EPA and attacking the idea of federal action to reduce pollution – while simultaneously failing to enforce environmental laws in his own state and shutting down the Environmental Protection Unit in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office,” the EIP said in the statement. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times . He is a climate change denier whose own LinkedIn page refers to himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” In a ...
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Crystal Growth, Earth Science and Tech Demo Research Launching to Orbiting Laboratory 16.2.2017 Environmental News Network
The tenth SpaceX cargo resupply launch to the International Space Station, targeted for launch Feb. 18, will deliver investigations that study human health, Earth science and weather patterns. Here are some highlights of the research headed to the orbiting laboratory:Crystal growth investigation could improve drug delivery, manufacturingMonoclonal antibodies are important for fighting off a wide range of human diseases, including cancers. These antibodies work with the natural immune system to bind to certain molecules to detect, purify and block their growth. The Microgravity Growth of Crystalline Monoclonal Antibodies for Pharmaceutical Applications (CASIS PCG 5) investigation will crystallize a human monoclonal antibody, developed by Merck Research Labs, that is currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of immunological disease.
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Method to predict surface ozone pollution levels provides 48-hour heads-up 16.2.2017 Environmental News Network
A novel air quality model will help air quality forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources, according to a team of meteorologists.The method, called regression in self-organizing map (REGiS), weighs and combines statistical air quality models by pairing them with predicted weather patterns to create probabilistic ozone forecasts. Unlike current chemical transport models, REGiS can predict ozone levels up to 48 hours in advance without requiring significant computational power.
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