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Drought — and neighbors — press Las Vegas to conserve water.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
An ongoing drought and the Colorado River's stunted flow have shrunk Lake Mead to its lowest level in generations. The reservoir, which supplies 90% of Las Vegas' water, is ebbing as though a plug had been pulled from a bathtub drain.
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Harper’s vision of Canada as energy superpower thwarted by opposition to pipelines.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
A grassroots movement against B.C.’s Northern Gateway project and a White House decision to delay approval of Keystone XL are the latest blows to Conservatives’ plans to ship more oilsands crude abroad.
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Documents show New York fracking health study is ongoing, group claims.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show New York's governor Cuomo administration is conducting a thorough health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The group is now wondering why the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.
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Court upholds US EPA cement kiln rules.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
A federal appeals court April 18 upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's revised air toxics standards for cement kilns but said the agency overstepped its authority when it tried to limit the authority of federal district courts to impose civil penalties for emissions violations during equipment malfunctions.
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Processed meat elevates the risk of colorectal cancer among those with genetic variant.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
A large scale study discovered that consumption of red meat is tied to an increased risk of colorectal cancer and the risk is highest in the population carrying a genetic variant.
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Chip detects multiple waterborne pathogens at once.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
To monitor water for harmful bacteria, scientists look for Escherichia coli. But this method isn’t always reliable. Researchers now report a more accurate approach: a microfluidic technique that can quickly detect a whole suite of pathogens at once in environmental water samples.
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Disinfecting water in an emergency.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
EPA may be recommending more bleach than is necessary to render untreated water safe to drink, says a team of researchers funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
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Experts say deal with mold before health issues arise.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Health experts say any apparent mold growth or dampness needs to be taken care of swiftly or it could lead to asthma or other respiratory problems.
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Biodiversity survives extinctions for now.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
A meta-analysis of ecosystems finds that species losses in any given place do not yet translate to large changes in the number of different species in that place. David Biello reports.
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House by house, Brigantine, N.J., is getting higher.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Tom and Jo Brehm's new wheelchair lift sits next to their new back staircase. Their block, hit with four-foot waves during Sandy, is a locus of a still-odd but steadily emerging post-Sandy reality: the raised houses of the Jersey Shore.
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Harsh winter leaves shortage of pussy willows for annual celebration.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Dyngus Day celebrations, to be staged Monday in Buffalo and a handful of other U.S. cities, trace their roots to ancient Polish fertility rites. But this year, after an especially harsh winter, organizers are worried that there won't be enough pussy willows to go around.
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Setbacks aside, climate change is finding its way into the world's classrooms.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
From Mauritius to Manitoba, climate change is slowly moving from the headlines to the classroom. Schools around the world are beginning to tackle the difficult issue of global warming, teaching students how the planet is changing and encouraging them to think about what they can do to help slow that process.
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Opinion: More light, less heat over endocrine disruptors.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Over the past year, scientists have engaged in a vigorous dispute over Europe’s potential regulations for endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The debate began last summer, when 18 scientists wrote an editorial that was sharply critical of a leaked European Union plan. Other scientists countered that the plan was reasonable and supported by scientific evidence.
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Two charts that put the Chinese pollution crisis in perspective.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption. More sobering still: Air pollution, while the most visible (literally), is not the most serious of China's environmental problems. Water pollution, and water shortage, are worse.
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California’s thirsting farmland.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Heading into the third year of a prolonged drought, the Allen brothers are among the many California farmers forced to make dire choices that could leave as much as 800,000 acres, or about 7 percent of the state’s cropland, fallow. The consensus is that drier and drier seasons are on the horizon.
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Corn biofuels worse than gasoline on global warming in short term: Study.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.
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UK nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency.
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California air quality board to consider another relaxation of diesel rules.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
California air quality officials are again moving to relax tough rules to clean up aging diesel trucks that are among the state's worst remaining sources of air pollution.
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Brunner Island power plant rolls with mercury, smog pollution decisions.

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Brunner Island coal-fired power plant, one of the largest in Pennsylvania, could be affected by two recent developments aimed at curbing smog and mercury pollution.
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Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Environmental Health News - April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley created tetraethyl lead - a compound that made car engines more efficient. But did the lead that we added to our petrol do something so much worse? Was it the cause of a crime wave that is only now abating as the poisonous element is removed from our environment?
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