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Fracking Fluid Contains A Stew Of Known Toxic Chemicals -- And That May Not Be The Worst Of It

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 6:42 PM

Arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, lead and mercury are among more than 200 toxins found in fracking fluids and wastewater that may pose serious risks to reproductive and developmental health, according to a paper published on Wednesday.

And that list may just be just...

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How Do You Fight The World's 'Largest Environmental Health Problem'? Harness The Sun.

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 11:05 PM

Cooking with energy from the sun -- a technique featured last month in an episode of "Top Chef" -- could soon put a major dent in what some experts call the world's greatest environmental health issue.

Every day, nearly half the people in the...

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End Of Fossil Fuels Won't Come Too Soon For Millions Breathing Toxic Air

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Fossil fuels' days are numbered. That's a good thing given the toll that burning coal and oil takes on our climate and health. But especially for the people of Beijing -- and Delhi and Tehran, among other cities currently choking on dirty emissions -- that final...

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Costa Rica's Green Energy Feat Shows Hope For The Planet

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Green energy beacons continue to pop up around the world -- from a small Scandinavian island to a Japanese resort town to other first-world enclaves such as Burlington, Vermont. But one source of lessons and inspiration in the transition to renewable energy may come as a bit...

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Community Solar Brings Renewable Energy 'To The Masses'

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Solar panels aren’t just for Arizonans living in sprawling ranch houses anymore.

Homeowners who lack adequate roof space or who enjoy the shade of big trees -- even condo owners and renters such as Joe and Vanessa Goldberg of notoriously rainy Seattle -- are now...

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A Weapon Against Climate Change May Be Right Under Our Feet

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 8:03 PM

Scientists battling to slow climate change and cope with its effects are harnessing an overlooked, yet potentially powerful partner -- one that happens to be right beneath our feet.

Soil, they say, is critical to reducing the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, where...

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Historic Climate Change Agreement Adopted In Paris

(8) Comments | Posted December 12, 2015 | 7:25 AM

After two weeks of tense talks, word-wrangling and marathon overnight meetings, diplomats in Paris agreed to a global climate change accord on Saturday evening -- a day after the summit's scheduled conclusion.

Leaders and experts cheered the historic agreement that...

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New Draft Climate Agreement Leaves Major Sticking Points

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:05 PM

The latest draft of a new global climate agreement was met with cautious optimism on Thursday night, as the clock ticks down on the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21, in Paris.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented...

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Greenpeace Says Fossil Fuel Industry Misleads On Climate Science

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 3:06 PM

An undercover Greenpeace investigation released on Tuesday suggests that fossil fuel companies secretly funnel money into prominent scientists' pockets to manufacture doubt about mainstream climate change science.

Greenpeace UK took an unconventional approach to the research: Members of the environmentalist...

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After Years Of Lukewarm Climate Talks, Paris Turns Up The Heat: A Timeline

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:57 PM

World leaders gathered in Paris on Monday for the latest chapter in what is now a decades-long series of meetings, negotiations and proposals on how to collectively stave off catastrophic climate change.

Hopes are high that this 21st Conference of the Parties, or

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World's Pledges To Reduce Carbon Emissions Aren't Enough To Tackle Climate Change, UN Warns

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:22 PM

Countries around the world are pledging to cut their carbon emissions ahead of next month's climate meeting in Paris, part of a desperate team effort to stave off catastrophic climate change. But even if these promises are kept, they won't go nearly far enough, according to an 

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Spiders Inspire Fear -- Along With Novel Products That Could Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Spiders, or at least caricatures of them, are out in full force this Halloween weekend. But next time you see the eight-legged creature carved into a pumpkin, or dropping from the ceiling of a haunted house, perhaps consider feeling more than just spooked. A little respect is also appropriate....

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Major Medical Groups Increasingly Warning Of Toxic Chemical Risks To Unborn Babies

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:01 PM

During her five-and-a-half-year battle with infertility, Julieta Pisani McCarthy bought organic foods and chose personal care products free of synthetic ingredients such as parabens and phthalates. And when she finally did become pregnant with her first son, Nicolas, she continued her diligence, including ridding her home of any furniture foam that might...

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Fracking Chemicals May Mess With Hormones, Lower Sperm Counts

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Prenatal exposure to a cocktail of chemicals commonly used in the various phases of oil and natural gas production, including fracking, could carry long-term reproductive health consequences, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

Scientists tested 24 fracking chemicals -- including benzene,...

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If You Want To Stop Violence Against People, Stop Violence Against Animals

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 8:33 PM

Denise asked the animal service officers if she could look in the green bag. They told her she really didn't want to do that. In the bag were the remains of Pepper, her family's beloved 8-year-old dog.

Pepper, a black-and-white Jack Russell mix, had been beaten, skinned...

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Senators Hammer VA's 'Intolerably Long' Delay In Addressing Toxic Exposures

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:58 PM

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from senators and advocates who urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to remove roadblocks to care and compensation for veterans sickened by environmental toxicants, including contaminated drinking water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune.

"Agents within the VA system...

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This Rocker Has A Heavy Metal Warning For Fellow Parents

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 11:25 AM

When Jon Fishman's family moved into their 200-year-old Maine farmhouse years ago, they didn't think to be concerned about lead paint hazards. That all changed this February, a few minutes after a pediatrician pricked their toddler son's toe. The rapid blood test revealed the presence of lead.


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Internet Addiction Isn’t An ‘Official’ Diagnosis, But This Center Is Devoted To Treating It

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 7:16 PM

FALL CITY, Wash. -- When Roey Gabay finally got home from the college library, he found his twin sister, Reut, waiting for him in the living room. It was around 1 a.m. on June 9, the night before finals. But she knew he hadn't gone to the library to study....

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Toxic Chemicals Taint The 'Best Possible' Food For Babies

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Nature created the perfect food for a growing baby. A mother's breast milk is chock full of the essential vitamins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates needed to best build the brain, fight infection and resist chronic disease. But as new research published on Thursday reminds us, a mother's milk...

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VA May Finally Expand Disability Benefits For Camp Lejeune Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:22 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans on Monday to begin revising how it grants disability benefits for veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, during the 30-plus years that toxic chemicals tainted the base's...

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