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Dams hurt indigenous and fishing communities in Brazilian Amazon.

Water quality - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
The change in the natural flow of the Teles Pires river is reducing fish catches, which native people living in the lower stretch of the basin depend on as their main source of protein.

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

Water quality - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases - but cows still trump them.

State’s own evidence shows tunnels project will harm fish.

Water quality - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
The Brown administration is denying scientific evidence when it comes to the impact that the proposed Delta tunnels project would have on endangered species and fisheries, says scientist Jonathan Rosenfield of The Bay Institute.

Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults.

Florida’s migrant farm workers struggle after hurricane damaged homes, crops.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Jobs, homes and lives are at risk when extreme weather strikes the communities that grow America's food.

As drought makes harvests uncertain, Kenya’s farmers mull a seed change.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say.

Pesticide traces in New Zealand honey surprises researcher.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees.

Rabobank, UN launch $1 billion fund to boost sustainable farming.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Rabobank NA is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency.

Senior adviser admits failure to eliminate hunger.

Pesticides - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Suggesting a new regulatory authority for food safety standards, Senior Advise Ministry of National Food Security and Research Malik Zahoor on Monday admitted the failure of the state to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming.

Distorting science - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
A proposed overhaul of New Mexico’s state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.

Skeptics suspicious of Pruitt plan to press him on red team.

Distorting science - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Climate skeptics have been holding closed-door meetings to identify candidates for U.S. EPA's "red team" exercise aimed at poking holes in mainstream science and to discuss ways to prevent agency Administrator Scott Pruitt from reneging on his promise to do it.

Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.

Children's health - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults.

Trump abandons efforts to clean up Utah's air.

Children's health - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House.

Puerto Rican families draw water from Superfund site.

Cancer - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Past water tests at the site have shown the presence of potentially harmful industrial solvents.

Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.

Cancer - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults.

EPA cleanup plan for Houston Superfund site opposed by industry.

Cancer - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
The San Jacinto waste pits were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. EPA and industry differ on how to minimize contaminant risk.

The Texas town where all the energy is green.

Cancer - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists.

Trump abandons efforts to clean up Utah's air.

Cancer - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House.

Pesticide traces in New Zealand honey surprises researcher.

Bee Colony Collapse - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees.

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site.

Endocrine disruptors - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
In Puerto Rico, water is being pumped to people by water authorities from a federally designated hazardous-waste site.

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