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Toledo Water Ban Lifted, But Is the Water Safe and What Caused the Toxic Algae Bloom?

by Stefanie Spear The City of Toledo issued a “Do Not Drink” advisory to more than 400,000 residents last weekend after chemical tests confirmed the presence of unsafe levels of the algal toxin Microcystin in the drinking water in three counties in Ohio…
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by: Ecowatch – August 5, 2014

California Moves to Ban Plastic Mircobeads in Personal Care Products

Bill passed by state assembly sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species

In a historic vote on Friday, the California Assembly passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law to ban the sale and manufacturing of personal care products containing tiny, synthetic plastic microbeads. Thanks to 5 Gyres Institute, the group that authored the bill sponsored by…
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by: Ecowatch – May 26, 2014

White House’s Alarming Climate Change Study Calls For ‘Urgent Action’

No region, no economic sector will remain untouched by climate change, says White House science counselor John Podesta

While it remains unclear how many definitive reports it will take to convince everybody that climate change is a real, not-so-distant threat to our planet, the one released by the White House Tuesday morning will go a long way toward that cause.…
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by: Ecowatch – May 6, 2014

Thousands March at ‘Reject and Protect’ Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

Cowboy and Indian Alliance calls on "Man Who Helps the People” to protect America's land and water

Thousands of people joined the farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession along the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday. The procession was the largest event yet of the five-day “Reject…
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by: Ecowatch – April 28, 2014

Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive

Initiative can now appear on the state's November 2014 ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests last week, allowing for the possibility of a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot. photo by on FlickrIn…
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by: Ecowatch – March 19, 2014

Fukushima Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating

Three years on, cases of post traumatic stress disorder are on the rise

So much of the impact of a disaster like the earthquake and tsunami three years ago in Fukushima, Japan is tangible—radioactive leaks, food scares, petitions and lawsuits have all taken place since March 11, 2011. Photo courtesy IAEA ImagebankExperts measure radiation as part of an IAEA workshop exercise…
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by: Ecowatch – March 12, 2014

Americans in Biggest Cities Driving Less

"The driving boom is over"

Even if you saw agitating, bumper-to-bumper traffic during your morning commute, know that the numbers say things are changing. The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004, according to a report issued today by…
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by: Ecowatch – December 5, 2013

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