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January 24, 2015
Mystery pollutant kills 200 birds in San Francisco Bay
San Francisco (UPI) Jan 21, 2015
The toll of dead birds found along the shores of San Francisco Bay has now topped 200. That's more than double the estimate that was offered yesterday, as efforts to locate struggling animals (as well as the source of the goo responsible) kicked into high gear. The growing casualties suggests the number will likely continue to rise over the course of the rest of the week, though wildlife advocates are hopeful that the worst of it has passed. Local officials and volunteers began collectin ... read more

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China air quality dire but improving: Greenpeace
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New contaminants found in oil and gas wastewater
Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil an ... more
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Yak dung burning pollutes indoor air of Tibetan households
Tibet, the highest region on Earth and one of the most remote, is associated with vivid blue skies and the crystal clear air of the Himalayas. During the long cold season, however, the traditional n ... more
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Pollution soars in Chinese capital amid winter smog
Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague. ... more
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India bans burning cow dung near yellowing Taj Mahal
India has banned the burning of cow dung near the Taj Mahal amid fears the famed white-marbled mausoleum was turning yellow from air pollution, an official said Tuesday. ... more
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Mercury from gold mines accumulates far downstream
Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves. Based on a study of gold-mining operations in Peru, the mine ... more
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China encourages environmental social groups to sue
China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. ... more
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Beijing dangerous smog down four percent in 2014: govt
Air pollution in Beijing dropped slightly last year, municipal authorities said, although levels of the most dangerous small particulate matter remained more than three times the internationally recommended limit. ... more
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Tehran air pollution puts nearly 400 in hospital
Almost 400 people have been hospitalised with heart and respiratory problems caused by heavy air pollution in Tehran, with nearly 1,500 others requiring treatment, an official said Tuesday. ... more
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China firms fined record $26m for polluting river
Six Chinese companies have been fined $26 million for discharging tens of thousands of tonnes of waste chemicals into rivers, state media said, the biggest such penalty ever in China. ... more
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Urban Stream Contamination Increasing Rapidly Due to Road Salt
Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly double ... more
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Microplastics in the ocean: biologists study effects on marine animals
Ingestion of microplastic particles does not mechanically affect marine isopods. This was the result of a study by biologists at the North Sea Office of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centr ... more
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Pilot plant for the removal of extreme gas charges from deep waters
Being part of the mining area Herrerias in Andalusia, deep waters of Pit Lake Guadiana show extremely high concentration of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2). In the case of a spontaneous ebullition, h ... more
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Bangladesh development 'threatens fragile Sundarbans
Bangladesh's rapid development on the doorstep of the ecologically fragile Sundarbans mangrove forest means "environmental disasters" like this month's oil spill in the massive delta are increasingly likely, experts warn. ... more
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More research links pollution exposure during pregnancy to autism
For the second time this year, a scientific paper has linked air pollution and autism. The latest study, carried out by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, suggests exposure to air particulates during pregnancy - especially the third trimester - may increase a woman's child developing autism. ... more
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Super-bacteria found in Rio bay ahead of 2016 Olympic sailing
Brazilian scientists have discovered antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria thought to emanate from hospital waste in the latest bad news for the polluted bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics. ... more
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Scientists estimate weight of plastic floating in the ocean
Nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world's oceans, according to a study published December 10, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marcus Eriksen from Five Gyres ... more
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New tracers can identify coal ash contamination in water
Duke University scientists have developed new forensic tracers to identify coal ash contamination in water and distinguish it from contamination coming from other sources. "These new tools can ... more
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EU clean air, waste laws at risk
EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker faces a clash with lawmakers after leaked documents Friday revealed his plans to drop laws on clean air and waste recycling. ... more
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Dead dolphin triggers fears after major Bangladesh oil spill
A dead dolphin has been found in Bangladesh's protected Sundarbans delta following an oil spill which has spread over several hundred square kilometres, heightening fears for the area's rare wildlife. ... more
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Lower IQ seen after exposure to plastic chemicals
Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of common household chemicals found in plastics, cosmetics and air fresheners had children whose intelligence suffered years later, a US study said Wednesday. ... more
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Asbestos: An ongoing challenge to global health
Challenges to global health can evolve from policies and decisions that take years or decades to unfold. An article in the current issue of the Annals of Global Health describes the current state of ... more
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French ecology minister slams 'ridiculous' log fire ban
French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday a ban on using open fireplaces in the Paris region was "excessive" and vowed to reverse the anti-pollution measure before it comes into force next year. ... more
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Burning issue: Dismay as Paris bans log fires
Lounging by a roaring fire on a cold winter evening may be one of life's simplest forms of pleasure for homebodies but this will soon be a distant memory in Paris as authorities ban wood burning. ... more
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Bhopal film 'tells truth' of disaster on 30th anniversary: director
A new film depicting the toxic gas leak that killed thousands in India's Bhopal city puts the blame squarely on Union Carbide for the disaster, the director said. ... more
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