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Suffering bobcats, coyotes, owls spur Thousand Oaks neighborhood to rethink war on rats 8.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The sight was heartbreaking: a thin, mangy bobcat trembling against a brick wall separating the Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Dos Vientos from open space that is habitat for wildlife and popular among hikers.

The wildcat was too sick to move, even as passersby stepped closer one recent morning...

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Zika: Why not just kill all mosquitoes? 6.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The mosquito was never going to win any popularity contests, but as the "deadliest animal in the world" spreads the Zika virus, it's become the target of tough talk and powerful pesticides.
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Zika virus: Is DDT an option? 5.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus known as Zika has rapidly spread to more than two dozen countries.
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The Latest On Zika: Florida Declares A Health Emergency 4.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  confirmed the first case  of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the United States, in Dallas County, Texas. The patient -- who contracted the virus from a sexual partner who had recently visited a Zika-afflicted country -- marks the first case of locally acquired Zika in the U.S. The virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    With the high volume of news about the Zika virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date.  Check out our full coverage , or read our daily recaps . Here's the latest information you should know as of Wednesday night:  1. Florida's governor declares a health emergency Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four Florida counties:  Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa ...
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A "Probable Carcinogen," Monsanto's Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Weed-Killer Ever 4.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed killer ever and its use has exploded in the past decade, a new report finds, a fact that may portend "a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences."

The new paper on the global use of the herbicide comes less than a year after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

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Lawsuit Targets EPA's Failure to Release Public Records on Toxic Herbicide 4.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to provide public records regarding its approval of Enlist Duo, a pesticide blend that’s highly toxic to a wide spectrum of terrestrial and aquatic plants, birds and mammals, and has significant adverse effects on human ...
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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.
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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 AP Top News
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) -- Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings....
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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the […]
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Denver releases 28K marijuana products it had recalled for pesticides 3.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
The city of Denver has released more than 28,000 packages of marijuana-infused edibles back into the market after recalling the products late last year when they tested positive for pesticides that are banned for use on ...
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Enlist Duo remains on the market, but EPA can still get it right 28.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sylvia Fallon, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC: In disappointing news a court recently denied EPA's request to take Dow's Enlist Duo, a combination pesticide, off the market. However, the court's decision still gives EPA the ability to more fully evaluate the effects of Enlist Duo or even...
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8 Reasons To Avoid Doing Business With Monsanto 27.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's a formula that seems to be working to chip away at the coal industry: What you can't beat, financially isolate. But for Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director at the anti-GMO nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology, the target isn't an ailing, polluting industry. It's Monsanto, the pesticide and bioengineering firm once dubbed the world's "most evil corporation."  In an open letter to investors, obtained by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, Smith said weak sales of biotech-corn seeds and other financial headwinds have left Monsanto vulnerable. He cited as proof the company's announcement earlier this month that it planned to cut a total of 3,600 jobs.  Now, it's worth noting that Smith has made a career for himself standing against Monsanto. Since founding his nonprofit in 2003, the author has railed against genetically modified organisms -- specifically fruits and vegetables engineered to grow bigger or avoid pesticides. Advocates say GMO foods are unhealthful and badly regulated. But the jury ...
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"Gene-Editing" Produces GMOs That Must Be Regulated 24.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Just like traditional genetic engineering, gene-editing techniques can cause unintended alterations in DNA. (Image: GMO seeds via Shutterstock) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by the mainstream media. Help Truthout grow stronger by making a tax-deductible donation today! The EU is considering the exclusion of gene-edited plants and animals from GM regulations. However, gene-edited organisms clearly fall within the definition of GMOs in both European and international law. They also present real risks to the environment and human health - and must be regulated like any other GMOs. There has been a lot in the news recently about the ethics of gene editing in humans. But, as yet largely unnoticed is that the European Commission is considering whether the gene-editing of plants and animals, for example in agriculture, be exempted from regulation or even  falls outside the scope of EU law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In other words, whether the products of ...
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Scientists answer: Is it safe to eat snow? 23.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
As it falls through the sky, snow, with its intricate latticework, forms a sort of net for catching pollutants that may be in the atmosphere.
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Healthy Child Healthy Pet: Common Pet Treatments Can Harm Young Children 22.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Nancy Chuda , co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World, and Megan Boyle , Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org . The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a ban on a harmful chemical that kills fleas and ticks on household pets. The chemical in question, tetrachlorvinphos, or TCVP, is the active ingredient in Hartz brand flea and tick products, including Hartz' Longlife 90 Day Collar, and in some livestock treatments. In preparation for taking regulatory action, a decision prompted by a petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2009, the EPA released a draft human health risk assessment and other documents last month. You can find them here . In our view, EPA's assessment is commendable - but long overdue. Scientists, regulators and manufacturers have known for years that insecticidal treatments are dangerous to pets and humans alike. The chemicals block nerve signals in ...
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Republican Lesson From Flint: Support Measures to Increase Contamination in Water Supplies 22.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After seeing news reports over the past several weeks concerning the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, I was shocked and dismayed at a meeting yesterday of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) to consider S. 659, the so-called "Bipartisan Sportsmen Act," which included an unrelated amendment that weakens our nation's drinking water protections. We have all seen disturbing reports of children being poisoned by lead in Flint's drinking water supplies. And what message do you think Republicans have taken from these upsetting news stories? At a time when Congress should be doing more to protect the American people from contaminated or polluted water, the Republican majority on the EPW Committee did the exact opposite. They chose to vote for legislation to undermine the federal government's ability to protect drinking water supplies. Specifically, the legislation as approved by the Republican majority takes away the right of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue permits when pesticides are ...
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Monsanto sues to keep herbicide off California list of carcinogens 22.1.2016 Health
Monsanto Co said it filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its weed killer Roundup, from being added to California's list of known carcinogens, stepping up its defense of the widely used herbicide. The seed and agrochemicals company filed the suit against the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency's acting director Lauren Zeise in California's Superior Court in Fresno county, according to the court filing seen by Reuters. OEHHA said in September that it planned to list glyphosate under proposition 65, a state initiative enacted in 1986 to inform residents about cancer-causing chemicals, after the World Health Organization's cancer research committee classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen last ...
Mosquito-Borne Illness Fueled by Climate Change Linked to Spike in Birth Defects in Brazil 13.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As the earth warms and grows more humid, virulent infectious diseases are on the rise. Last year, more than 3,000 babies in Brazil were born with a congenital condition of the brain, which may be linked to a mosquito-born illness called Zika. Zika has already reached 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Our ever hotter and more humid world is becoming increasingly hospitable to virulent infectious diseases spread by insects. (Photo: Mosquito via Shutterstock) Ever since the dawn of humankind, climate has been inextricably tied to human health. A stable climate and receding Ice Age were essential to the rise of modern civilization. From the physiologic stress of excessive heat, to the widespread failure of agriculture, in many and varied ways, the climate crisis is first and foremost an advancing public health crisis.   A hotter, more humid world is already becoming a world of more serious, virulent infectious diseases. West Nile, Lyme disease, dengue fever, Chagas, yellow fever, chikungunya, Rocky ...
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GreenScreens Show Neonic Pesticides Pose Human Health Hazards: NRDC Asking NTP for An Independent Data Review 12.1.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C.: After years of frustration with the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs (EPA-OPP) for conducting hazard assessments of pesticides that are almost totally reliant on industry-sponsored toxicity testing data, I contracted ToxServices to review the published scientific hazard data using the...
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Cal/EPA Assessment Finds Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Poses Risks to California Children 11.1.2016 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SAN FRANCISCO (January 11, 2016) –  A long awaited health assessment from the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) finds that children are at risk from the dangerous agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos. The chemical is a widely-used toxic pesticide that can interfere with brain development in fetuses, infants and ...
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