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December 17, 2014
Super-bacteria found in Rio bay ahead of 2016 Olympic sailing
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Dec 16, 2014
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. Contact with the bacteria, which was found at three locations in a river feeding Guanabara Bay, could cause infections that require hospitalization, said microbiologist Ana Paula d'Alincourt, who led the study by the Oswaldo Cruz Institute. So far no swimmers have been affected. "You cou ... read more

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French ecology minister slams 'ridiculous' log fire ban
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Protests as Bhopal marks 30th anniversary of disaster
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Bhopal kids paying price 30 years after India disaster
When Champa Devi Shukla's granddaughter was born with a raft of facial deformities in the Indian city of Bhopal, she was not left short of advice. ... more
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US proposes stricter ozone limits
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Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places
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India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution
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China's Xi says he checks pollution first thing every day
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Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists
Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics - and experts are at a loss to explain why. ... more
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Beijing stamps out funeral fashion fires for APEC: report
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