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Pesticide Manufacturers’ Own Tests Reveal Serious Harm to Honeybees

Bayer and Syngenta criticized for secrecy after unpublished research linked high doses of their products to damage to bee colonies

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research. The research, conducted by Syngenta and…
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by: The Guardian – September 22, 2016

Chromium-6: ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical Threatens Two-Thirds of Americans

New report finds 200 million people exposed to toxic drinking water

In the 2000 biographical film about a legal clerk who brings a major utility company to its knees for poisoning residents of Hinkley, California, Erin Brockovich ended on a Hollywood high note with a $333m settlement from PG&E. But chromium-6 contamination of…
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by: The Guardian – September 20, 2016

‘A Historic Change’: California First State to Pass Overtime Pay for Farmworkers

State’s 800,000 farmworkers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay after 40 hours of work a week phased in over four years

Farmworkers in California are celebrating this week after governor Jerry Brown signed a new law on Monday entitling them to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in the state. Photo by Bob NIchols/USDAMigrant workers harvest corn on Uesugi Farms…
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by: The Guardian – September 15, 2016

US Beekeepers Fear for Livelihoods as Anti-Zika Toxin Kills 2.5m Bees

‘It kills everything’: conservationist warns over threat to other animals

Huddled around their hives, beekeepers around the south-eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihood: a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed from the sky by officials at war with mosquitos that carry the Zika virus. Photo by Allagash Brewing Around…
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by: The Guardian – September 5, 2016

Obama Makes Climate Change Personal With Call for Action in Home State Hawai’i

President delivers two major speeches on climate change, pleading with politicians to act in the interest of future generations

Barack Obama has issued perhaps his most personal plea yet to overcome the existential threat posed by climate change. The US president gave two major speeches on climate change in the space of a day, one in Nevada and another in Hawaii,…
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by: The Guardian – September 1, 2016

Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii

Expanded Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument is now more than twice the size of Texas

Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy. photo by NOAA’s National Ocean ServiceBigeye…
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by: The Guardian – August 26, 2016

Native American Protesters Will Defy North Dakota Pipeline Construction ‘For as Long as it Takes’

Some 2,000 activists have descended on the site of the $3.7 billion pipeline construction project

Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as not just protecting the local community from a new oil pipeline — but also the country and the earth.…
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by: The Guardian – August 22, 2016

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