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What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?

BBC News - Science & Nature - April 15, 2014 - 07:24
Just what is the black ring in Leamington Spa?
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Life in the shadow of an oil refinery.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
On the blocks surrounding Calumet Specialty Products’ Shreveport Refinery the stench of rotten eggs is nearly constant. It’s a sign that hydrogen sulfide is in the air, and residents say the chemicals they’ve come to associate with that smell are responsible for a host of health issues — from cancers to lung disease to nerve damage — that plague families in the area.
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Southern California air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution.
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EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Drilling operations at several natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania released methane into the atmosphere at rates that were 100 to 1,000 times greater than federal regulators had estimated, new research shows.
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Ohio shale fracturing rules tough enough to bench Seattle Seahawk fans.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Enthusiastic Seattle Seahawks fans have actually caused earthquakes large enough that they might set off alarms under the new special permitting rules the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued on hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells, prompting concerns that a Seahawks visit to Cleveland could have geological and political implications.
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The world’s cities are gobbling up land faster than they’re gaining people.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Throughout the last two centuries, cities across the globe – as you might view them from space – have expanded in a relatively uniform way: first incrementally, then at a breakneck speed.
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E-cigarettes are targeted at youths, report says.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies has found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running advertisements during youth-oriented programs.
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Hunt continues for materials that withstand radiation exposure.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Efforts to develop materials that stand up to damaging radiation were the focus of a symposium in the Nuclear Chemistry & Technology Division at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas last month.
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Kumamoto launches mass chicken cull over H5 avian flu scare.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Kumamoto prefectural government workers began destroying thousands of chickens on April 13 to prevent an outbreak of a highly pathogenic subtype of the H5 avian flu virus.
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Experts see incidents of asthma, allergies increasing.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 12 people in the U.S. have asthma. Experts believe early life exposure to allergens such as dust or pollen, maybe even exposure before birth, could be a reason why so many people have the disease.
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Are we nearing post-antibiotic era?

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
The first patient with pneumonia resistant to all antibiotics was recorded in South Africa last year, raising the terrifying possibility of a "post-antibiotic era". Without antibiotics, people could once again start dying from infections, and procedures such as organ transplants would be impossible.
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The 100 exotic birds on the verge of extinction.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Hunting, deforestation and habitat degradation have pushed one in eight bird species to the edge of extinction, according to top scientists from the UK and US.
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Casanare drought raises Colombia climate fears.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
The rotting corpses of dead cows and wild capybaras line the road that leads from Paz de Ariporo to Hato Las Taparas in the Colombian province of Casanare. And many fear this year's drought is only heralding a future of increasingly harsh summers and even more severe water shortages in Colombia's plains.
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Canadian cities top climate resiliency ranking.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Quantifying how resilient a city is to climate change and its attendant threats can be difficult, but a London-based property company might have performed the most comprehensive analysis to date. Topping the list were three Canadian cities, led by Toronto.
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Turtles change migration routes due to climate change.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and Costa Rica is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of a national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.
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IPCC climate change report: Averting catastrophe is eminently affordable.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.
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Political rifts slow US effort on climate laws.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Aggressive efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with political reality in Washington, where some Republicans question the underlying science and lawmakers' ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change.
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March was the 4th warmest on record globally.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
March 2014 was the fourth-warmest March on record globally, according to recently released NASA data, making it the 349th month — more than 29 years — in which global temperatures were above the historic average.
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Hybrid cars: Where do they perform most efficiently?

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
Recent research suggests that precisely how green hybrid vehicles are may depend on traffic levels, road design and, perhaps most intriguingly, national driving styles.
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Dual turning point for biofuels.

Environmental Health News - April 15, 2014 - 07:00
There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and always will be. A Spanish company, Abengoa Bioenergy, has bet $500 million on robbing that joke of its punch line.
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