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Face-cleansing microbeads harm marine life, targeted for bans.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Microbeads, the tiny plastic particles found in many exfoliating facial and body cleansers, are passing through wastewater-treatment-plant filters and winding up in rivers and oceans, where they pose dangers to marine life.
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Four years after BP spill, questions linger.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Emotional claims’ forums and bitterness toward the Obama administration for a moratorium on deepwater drilling marked local reaction to the 2010 BP spill. Now, four years later, the furor has calmed down.
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Desalination plant proposed near Beijing, reports say.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
A coastal desalination plant planned for east of Beijing could provide a large portion of the drinking water for the parched Chinese capital by 2019, the state news media quoted officials as saying on Tuesday.
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Mothers' weight tied to stillbirth, infant death risks.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Women who are carrying extra weight before pregnancy or early in gestation are at heightened risk of having their infants die shortly before or after birth, according to a new analysis of past research.
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Changing lifestyles blamed for cancer rise.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Colorectal cancer is now second only to lung cancer in Shanghai after a four-fold increase in the number of cases since the 1970s, city health officials said yesterday.
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Increases in women's BMI linked to fetal, infant deaths, study says.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
As a woman’s body mass index rises before she is pregnant or early in pregnancy, there is an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth or infant death, and severely obese women have the highest risk, researchers said Tuesday.
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Guinea says few new Ebola cases, outbreak nearly under control.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
The number of deaths caused by Ebola has slowed dramatically in Guinea and the outbreak is nearly under control, the country's health ministry said on Tuesday.
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EU lawmakers vote for redesign to make trucks safer and greener.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
European trucks will be transformed to make driver cabs more aerodynamic, cutting emissions and improving safety, under new rules backed by EU politicians on Tuesday that could divide the industry due to the cost.
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Rio Tinto heavily blamed by protesters over 41 mine worker deaths.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Protesters and unions from around the world heavily criticise mining company Rio Tinto on Tuesday over alleged lapses in safety leading to the deaths of 41 people and a string of claimed environmental abuses.
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Governments urged to stop rising killings of environment defenders.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Killings of people who try to defend land rights and the environment have risen sharply in the past 12 years amid fierce competition for natural resources, and governments must do more to stop these deaths, campaign group Global Witness said on Tuesday.
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Get ready to battle with alien invaders.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Government inspectors should be allowed to go on to people’s land without permission to destroy invasive species such as Japanese knotweed or “killer shrimp” originating from the Caspian Sea, MPs recommend in a report published today.
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Come on in . . . the water really is lovely.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Families considering a holiday at home this summer have another reason to resist the lure of foreign beaches: the water at Britain’s beaches has been judged to be the cleanest on record.
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Invasion of killer shrimp spurs demand for special powers.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Britain needs powers to battle invaders from Asian hornets to Caspian killer shrimp before its natives are overrun.
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Green party dubs Kent 'air pollution capital' of South East.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Kent has the highest number of air pollution deaths in the region, it's been revealed. Thanet tops the county's pollution death league, with 90 deaths from long-term exposure to air pollution in 2010, the latest figures available.
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French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically-modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.
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Government renews pledge on reliable water supply.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Tanzania's government has promised to ensure the majority of people in rural areas can access a safe and reliable supply of water for domestic, irrigation and industrial purposes between June of this year and the end of next year.
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Hyogo blocks release of nuke crisis study data.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Hyogo officials are blocking the release of data from a simulation run last year predicting what would happen to surrounding prefectures in the event of a meltdown crisis at one of Fukui Prefecture’s four atomic plants.
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Farmers acted fast to fight latest avian influenza outbreak.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
The avian influenza that struck a chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture was the first outbreak in Japan in three years and came as authorities were already on high alert about migrant birds after reports of the disease hitting South Korea since the beginning of this year.
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Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.
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Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces.

Environmental Health News - April 16, 2014 - 07:00
Poultry farmers in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures are on high alert following an outbreak of avian flu at two farms in the neighboring town of Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, over the weekend that forced the prefecture to cull 112,000 birds.
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