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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012

Climate change is making the news for a number of reasons, including Showtime’s new series called "Years of Living Dangerously." The rise in greenhouse gas emissions is responsible for climate change, and the majority of scientists agree that most of the increase is caused by human activity. That said, there is a bit of good news when it comes to U.S. GHG emissions. The Los Angeles Times reports that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012. The report is based on the EPA's recently released inventory, which cites "multiple factors" for the decrease in emissions — including reduced emissions from electricity generation, fuel efficiency in vehicles, a decrease in the price of natural gas and reductions in miles traveled.

Greenland was green

Greenland the second largest body of ice on Earth was actually green at one point in history. Researchers, including a scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have unearthed cryogenically frozen ancient dirt previously buried under nearly two miles of ice.

Green-N-Fit

On April 26, 2014, 1,000 volunteers will repair and renovate more than 20 homes on Pendleton Avenue and Pickett Place, in Springfield's Old Hill Neighborhood.

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China seeks solution to providing clean drinking water supplies.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Large colonies of micro-organisms - some capable of causing serious disease - have been discovered inside pipelines carrying drinking water to homes in most major mainland cities.
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Studies: Links between fracking and smog pollution stronger than state claims.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
New research suggests that pollution from fracking contributes a much larger share of Dallas-Fort Worth's smog problem than state officials have said.
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As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.
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Triclosan aids nasal invasions by staph.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap. Microbiologist Blaise Boles and colleagues swabbed the noses of 90 adults and found that having triclosan-containing snot could double a person’s likelihood of carrying staph. The microbes may have adapted to triclosan.
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Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
One in three people carry a gene that significantly raises the risk of developing bowel cancer from eating processed meat, new research shows.
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Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person's risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of mice.
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Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn't.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
It's not what you've got but how you use it. The first maps of gene expression in two of our extinct cousins flag up important differences between the activity of their genes and our own. The results suggest that brain disorders like schizophrenia and autism may be unique to us.
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The fracking industry faces its climate demon.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Controlling methane is key to lowering the climate footprint of the natural-gas industry and its efforts to sell itself as the environmentally friendly fossil fuel.
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Into the maelstrom.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the northern polar jet stream, the high, fast-moving torrent of air that circles the pole. The jet stream is slowing and meandering more, she proposes, causing extreme weather patterns to linger longer over North America.
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Loan guarantees for U.S. renewables making a comeback.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
More than two years after closing the last loan guarantee program, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”
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Gulf Coast facilities put U.S. on track to make more oil than we need.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
U.S. refiners are sending a "tidal wave" of gasoline, diesel and other refined products onto the world market, taking advantage of the surge in domestic oil development that has helped drive Gulf Coast crude stockpiles to record levels, according to a new report.
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Wildfires really are on the rise in West, Utah researchers say.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Over the past three decades, wildfires in the western United States have been getting larger and more frequent, according to new research from the University of Utah.
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Oil industry launches new ad campaign.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
The oil industry’s leading trade group broadened its pitch beyond the Beltway on Thursday, rolling out new advertisements and a series of state polls highlighting widespread support for domestic energy development from New York to Nevada.
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Rising food prices pinching consumers.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Beef, pork, poultry, eggs and milk have had the most dramatic price increases as drought, a virus outbreak and rising exports have thinned U.S. supplies.
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Washington governor weighs tenfold increase in cancer risk for fish eaters.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian tribes and environmentalists. It would allow a tenfold increase in allowable cancer risk under the law.
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Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Global technology giant IBM has joined the opposition to a Vermont proposal to regulate chemicals in children’s products that the state’s health department considers harmful.
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Lowe's agrees to $500,000 fine to settle claims of lead paint rules violations.

Environmental Health News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday.
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