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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening? 25.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water supplies in America's heartland. How much more do we need to know about the devastating effects of climate change before Congress takes action? In California, the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record, and 82 percent of the state is currently experiencing extreme drought. And the situation is expected to get worse -- recently scientists predicted that 2014 will end as the hottest year ever recorded. Experts also tell us that climate change has tripled the probability that the drought-causing weather conditions will continue. This historic drought is contributing to more frequent and intense wildfires. In the past, California's ...
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Doctors Without Borders says 20 dead, nearly 1,000 sickened by cholera in Niger 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Cholera sickens nearly 1,000 people in Niger 24.10.2014 World
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people.
Why the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine needs a formal health risk assessment 24.10.2014 MinnPost
Minnesota DNR The plan for the NorthMet mine site at year 20, when extraction operations are projected to end. Sulfides in waste rock at the mine site will need to be contained and treated for an additional 200 years. Click for larger version. A growing number of Minnesota’s health professionals and scientists are publicly expressing their concern about the potential health impacts of the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine near Hoyt Lakes. Earlier this week, several health-related groups, including the Minnesota Public Health Association and the Minnesota Medical Association , joined others in asking Gov. Mark Dayton to require the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct a formal health risk assessment of the controversial mine project. The health experts are particularly concerned about how the project will increase mercury in fish, contaminate drinking water with toxins such as lead and arsenic, and release pollutants — including nickel dust and asbestos-like mineral fibers — into the air. One of the ...
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Islamic State Militants Allegedly Used Chlorine Gas Against Iraqi Security Forces 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BALAD, Iraq — Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic State extremists.

The chlorine attack appears to be the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by the Islamic State on the battlefield. An Iraqi Defense Ministry official corroborated it, and doctors said survivors’ symptoms were consistent with chlorine poisoning.
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Islamic State militants allegedly used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces 24.10.2014 Washington Post: World
BALAD, Iraq — Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic State ...
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Concerns about cremation lead to empty beds at Ebola treatment units in Liberia 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
'Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide 23.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Texas hospitals prepare in case Ebola strikes again 23.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
With two Texas nurses diagnosed with Ebola still hospitalized, a newly formed state task force on infectious diseases met Thursday for the first time to review the state’s medical and public health preparedness to cope with the deadly virus.
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Mining in Armenia: New Campaign Focuses on Stemming Ecological Damage 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is the year that global warming and its man-made causes have raced to the top of headlines worldwide, including recently at the United Nations. While not a big greenhouse gas emitter, the small Republic of Armenia -- slightly larger than Belgium -- is facing an environmental challenge of its own, this one largely of its own making. High in the Caucasus mountains, with its green valleys and verdant peaks, unchecked mining is polluting water sources and making parts of this mountainous country uninhabitable. Since independence in 1991, Armenia has dealt with a devastating earthquake, a war with Azerbaijian and blockades on two of its four borders. As a result, it has turned to almost any options it has to generate revenue, including mining and mineral processing. Entire valleys are being stripped of vegetation and life; rivers are being turned into dump sites and the air becoming toxic as well. If carried out responsibly, mining and mineral processing can be important sources of economic growth and ...
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Ebola fears lead to an abundance of crazy 22.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Ebola fears lead to an abundance of crazy
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Under way: Live chat about lead poisoning at gun ranges 22.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Readers invited to live chat about Times investigation into lead-poisoning issues at gun ranges.
Under way: Live chat about lead poisoning at gun ranges 22.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Readers invited to live chat about Times investigation into lead-poisoning issues at gun ranges.
Let's Help The Media Be Better On Ebola 21.10.2014 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Let's Help The Media Be Better On Ebola
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Antibiotics may help animals spread salmonella 21.10.2014 Health

Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, US researchers experimenting on mice saidWashington (AFP) - Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, US researchers experimenting on mice said.


Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin 21.10.2014 NPR News
Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.
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What West Africa Can Teach the US About Ebola 20.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ebola Response: How AIDS Prepared Us 20.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ebola is the new catch-phrase to garner the world's attention. It is a virus that has struck fear into the hearts and minds of West Africans for decades. The virus is contracted through bodily fluids. It leads to non-specific symptoms such as fever and malaise, meaning people can respond differently to the same infection. The symptoms worsen until gastrointestinal issues arise, loss of weight, wasting, pulmonary disorders and normally rare infections occur. Sound familiar? The strain of Ebola currently plaguing Liberia and neighboring countries often leads to a rapid progression towards a painful death for nearly half of those infected. From onset of symptoms until death, Ebola can kill a human being in just a week's time. The transmission is not fully understood which leads to high levels of caution and fear of contagion. For good cause -- death via Ebola does not discriminate via age, race, gender, or socioeconomic class. It is very easy to transmit the virus, but it is also rare. We already know that ...
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Steinberg's Senate reign marked by fiscal triumphs, peers' scandals 19.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion.
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