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'The Harms of Fracking': New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

Fracking a clear health hazard"Our examination…uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health," states a blistering 266-page report released today by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Drawing on news investigations, government assessments and more than 1,200 peer-reviewed research articles, the study finds that fracking – shooting chemical-laden fluid into deep rock layers to release oil and gas – is poisoning the air, contaminating the water and imperiling the health of Americans across the country.


World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report

Wildlife to disappear at a catastrophic rate in Amazon because of earth's warming

The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on biodiversity hotspots.

Mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds are also likely to disappear on a catastrophic scale in the Amazon and other naturally rich ecosysterms in Africa, Asia, North America and Australia if temperatures rise by more than 1.5C, concludes the study by WWF, the University of East Anglia and the James Cook University.


Source of the Tainted Water Crisis In Upstate NY: The US Military

Lake Washington reservoir contaminated by US Military

The contamination started back in 1990 when the nearby Stewart Air National Guard Base, home to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, spilled 4,000 gallons of fire-fighting foam into a stream that flows directly into Lake Washington.

That foam contained perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, an invisible, flavorless industrial chemical that clings to water molecules. PFOS has been linked to cancer, thyroid problems and chronic kidney disease, and can accelerate puberty, delay mammary gland development, lower sperm count and raise cholesterol.


Trump to consider elephant trophy imports on 'case-by-case' basis

Trump to allow ivory on case by case basisThe Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will now consider all permits for importing elephant trophies from African nations on a “case-by-case basis," breaking from President Trump's earlier promises to maintain an Obama-era ban on the practice.

In a formal memorandum issued on Thursday, FWS said it will withdraw its 2017 Endangered Species Act (ESA) findings for trophies of African elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia, “effective immediately.”


Ban Ki-moon: US has caused serious damage to Paris climate efforts

Ban Ki-moon: US peril to progress on global warming

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement has created serious problems for global efforts to tackle climate change, Ban Ki-moon has said.

The former UN secretary general said Trump’s move was politically damaging to international action to limit carbon emissions and had created difficulties in delivering financial aid from richer to poorer countries to help the latter cope with a warming world.


Trump drilling plan faces backlash

Interior Ryan Zinke faces drilling backlashh

The oil industry has been put on the defensive in the fight over the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling.

The backlash against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to consider oil and natural gas drilling nearly everywhere along the nation’s coasts has been fierce and bipartisan.

Drilling opponents have dominated the public conversation since the plan was released in January. Meanwhile, almost all of the Atlantic and Pacific coast governors have come out in opposition to the plan, spurring Zinke to remove Florida’s waters just days after the plan was released.


Tyson Poultry to pay $2M fine for violating Clean Water Act

Tyson Poultry fined for violating Clean Water ActTyson Poultry Inc. will pay a $2 million fine after pleading guilty to violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its slaughter and processing facility in Monett, Mo., that led to a major fish kill event in 2014, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

In the plea agreement, the Springdale, Ark.-based company will also pay $500,000 for damages, serve two years of probation and retain an independent third-party auditor to examine environmental compliance at its facilities across the country.


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