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Lost in an acid sea: A fish's sense of smell.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Acidic ocean water blunts the sense of smell in fish and makes them bolder – perhaps recklessly so, according to a new study offering a glimpse of the oceans of the future.
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In some of Alaska's most pristine parks, fish show traces of banned pesticides.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A study led by the National Park Service found "historic-use"contaminants in fish at three Alaska parks famous for their wilderness qualities and reputations of being pristine and protected: Lake Clark National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Katmai National Park.
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More testing, strong state response sought on link to arsenic in wells, IQ.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A five-year study in Maine that looked at 272 students in grades 3 through 5 found that exposure to even low levels of arsenic could be linked to lower intelligence levels — a difference of as much as five or six points on an IQ test.
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Health expert: Toxic parks in Miami pose no danger to the public.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Despite widespread concern about the potential effects of toxic metals in the soil of Coconut Grove’s parks, only a few people have apparently undergone testing for contamination.
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A 'ghost town' created in Detroit, with a little help from Canadian oil wealth.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
It looks like a ghost town, and Canadian oil helped build it. The burned-out, abandoned parcels of property in a west-end Detroit neighbourhood are the reverse image of an oil boom town — a ramshackle yin to the thriving yang of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Chemical trespass in Oregon.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
The people of Cedar Valley, and all around rural Oregon, don’t know exactly when a spray will happen or what chemicals will actually be in the spray. While aerially sprayed toxics are not supposed to hit their homes and farms, there is no buffer to protect them and only small buffers for some streams.
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Post-Fukushima Japan chooses coal over renewable energy.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.
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World must end 'dirty' fuel use: UN.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels. There must be a "massive shift" to renewable energy, says the study released in Berlin.
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Marijuana's thirst depleting North California's watersheds.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Streams in Northern California's prime marijuana-growing watersheds likely will be sucked dry this year if pot cultivation isn't curtailed, experts say.
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Blasts blamed for China's toxic water contamination.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
According to preliminary results of an investigation by Lanzhou government Sunday, the water source for a local water plant was poisoned by oil pipeline leaks resulting from two explosions at a Lanzhou Petrochemical Company plant in 1987 and 2002.
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Drummond building barge wrecked in Colombia; some diesel spillage.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.
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Hundreds of earthen dams pose dangers across New Mexico.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
More than 100 dams regulated by New Mexico that have a high potential to cause deadly flooding if they fail do not have state-required emergency action plans and maintenance manuals, according to to officials.
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Insurers urged to fund research into asbestos cancer.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Lung experts say the insurance industry should fund research into the deadly asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. Symptoms of mesothelioma take decades to develop after exposure to asbestos fibres, but it can then kill quickly.
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Cost, rules stop some farmers from going organic.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
In the late 1990s, Matt McLean, a fourth-generation citrus farmer from Clermont, went to his grandfather for advice. He asked him whether organic farming was realistic. His grandfather assured him it was. "'That was how we used to farm,' he told me," recalled McLean, 42, who started Uncle Matt's Organic in 1999.
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Toxic smog clouds have hit Britain 900 times in just five years.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Between April 2009 and March 2014, level 10 pollution - the highest category - was reached on 25 days. The environment ministry's website advises people to avoid going outside or exercising when this level is reached.
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RSPB pining to renew Caledonian forest.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A project to expand Scotland’s native Caledonian pine forest to its former glory by planting around 100,000 trees will help preserve some of the most iconic species in the UK, according to RSPB Scotland.
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Public safety risk posed by illegal dump site.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A local councillor has drawn attention to an illegal dumping blackspot on the Southside where he took pictures of a dead rat and a discarded hypodermic needle among the rubbish.
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EPA report: No serious impact from Ballymount fire.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
A report by the Environmental Protection Agency into the fire that broke out at the Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility in Ballymount in January has revealed that there was no significant impact on pollution levels in the air.
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Deadly virus's spread raises alarms in Mideast.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
Saudi Arabia on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks, even as it tried to counter criticism that it wasn't doing enough to contain the outbreak.
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US looks into new Syria chemical weapons attack claims.

Environmental Health News - April 14, 2014 - 07:00
The United States said Sunday that it was looking into claims of a new chemical weapons attack in Syria, after rebels and the government traded accusations over the use of chlorine gas in a central village.
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