FORT MCMURRAY FIRE: IT’S APOCALYPTIC. NO WAY OUT BUT NORTH....

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud Wildfire in Fort McMurray. Photo provided by Dr. John Connor. It’s the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history. The entire city of Fort McMurray, the heart of the oil sands industry in the northern part of the province, was facing an evacuation order Tuesday night as a raging wildfire forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. “It’s apocalyptic,” said John O’Connor, a family physician who has treated patients with health problems in the region related to oil sands pollution. He said there was no way out but north. “The place looks like it’s all going,” O’Connor said. Anyone breathing the ash-filled air would be facing serious health risks, he added. Local officials from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo issued the evacuation order, instructing Fort McMurray residents...

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3 PESTICIDES ARE PUTTING NEARLY ALL U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES AT RISK...

May 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File   A few widely-used pesticides have the ability to harm nearly all the endangered species in America, a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency has found. The EPA’s draft report, which was released earlier this month, looked at three widely-used pesticides: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion. It found that both malathion, which is used in agriculture, for lawn care, and for mosquito control, and chlorpyrifos, which is used on a range of crops including cotton, almonds, and fruit trees, was “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of the 1,782 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The other pesticide, diazinon, which is used in orchards and vegetable crops, was found to likely adversely affect 79 percent of these species. Federal agencies like...

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NUCLEAR WASTE LEAKING AT ‘AMERICAN FUKUSHIMA’ IN NORTHWEST U.S....

May 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alexander Nazaryan NEWSWEEK U.S. Radioactive Material Washington The Hanford Nuclear Reservation sits on the plains of eastern Washington, where the state meets Oregon and Idaho. This is open country through which cars pass quickly on the way to the Pacific coast or, conversely, deeper into the heartland. The site is nearly 600 square miles in area and has been largely closed to the public for the past 70 years. Late last year, though, it became part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which will allow visitors to tour B Reactor, where plutonium for one of the two atomic weapons dropped on Japan in World War II was produced. This was a hopeful turn for a place that, for four decades, stocked the American nuclear arsenal. A total of nine reactors operated at...

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LEAKED TTIP DOCUMENTS CAST DOUBT ON EU-US TRADE DEAL...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health Protesters wear masks of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against TTIP free trade agreement. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Arthur Neslen in Brussels  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE     Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very...

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BE YOUR OWN DENTIST! HEAL CAVITIES, GUM DISEASE AND WHITEN TEETH WITH THIS NATURAL HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Erin Elizabeth –  HEALTHNUT While dentistry wasn’t a profession in the US until 1828, and before then little attention was paid to the health of our teeth, we’ve since done an about face. People now know how important a healthy mouth AND a good smile are. But, there is always room for improvement.   So, for those of you out there who love taking control of your health AND love to DIY- here’s an amazing natural toothpaste recipe for you using the awesome power of turmeric! Turmeric is a bright yellow spice with a peppery, warm and (somewhat) bitter flavor. It’s got a mild fragrance similar to orange and ginger, and packs a powerful punch. Long used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent, it has been used to treat...

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HEALTH CARE HAS A CAVITY: THERE’S NO GOOD REASON OUR TEETH AREN’T COVERED...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   We can’t keep pretending dental work is cosmetic. Poor oral hygiene can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke Susan Sered, The Conversation VIA SALON.COM   When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and health care in the U.S. in general – little attention is given to dental care. While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren’t required to offer dental coverage for adults. Medicare, the nation’s largest insurer, doesn’t cover routine dental work. And coverage for adults through Medicaid varies from state to state. It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance, and that one in four nonelderly Americans has untreated tooth decay. Oral health isn’t just about nice teeth. As the...

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NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH IN FOUR INFOGRAPHICS...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT The White House released a groundbreaking new scientific assessment on the impact of climate change on public health in the United States. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murphy said, “The changes are happening right now… Climate change is going to impact health, and it’s not a pretty picture.” This might seem like old news. But the Climate and Health Assessment connects the dots between climate change and its consequences for American public health more clearly than ever before. The new report (which is the product of three years of research by 13 federal agencies) emphasizes that climate change will continue to exacerbate existing threats to health as well as give rise to new ones. But like many scientific reports, it can get a little dense. So with some help...

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CDC ADMITS FLU SHOTS FAIL HALF THE TIME...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER By Barbara Loe Fisher To activate and view hyperlinked references, please click here once and then click any superscripted number below to access a hyperlinked reference, or scroll down to the bottom of the article to view all hyperlinked references. Americans have never been big fans of flu shots. During the 2009 “swine flu” influenza A pandemic, only about 40 percent of adults bothered to roll up their sleeves. 1 Last year, flu vaccine rates were still just 47 percent for adults but pediatricians had vaccinated 75 percent of children under two years old. 2 Perhaps it is because parents are being thrown out of pediatricians’ offices if they don’t give their children every federally recommended vaccine – or maybe it is just because adults can talk about how...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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VAXXED, THE MOVIE COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK!...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]              THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CDC WHISTLEBLOWER–        VAXXED: FROM COVERUP TO CATASTROPHE-IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK! “VAXXED” opens with special Q&A with the filmmakers- Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree and Polly Tommey – Tickets now on sale. For more info: www.vaxxedthemovie.com Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… Landmark California Theatre 2113 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… .. EXCLUSIVE SAN DIEGO ENGAGEMENT STARTS – 4/22 Angelika Film Center (San Diego, CA) –11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92128 TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/film/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-catastrophe Group Ticket Sales: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/events/group-ticket #  #  #  #     PRESS CONTACT: Dawna Shuman, Lighthouse Public Relations  PH: 818.789.1077; dslighthousepr@aol.com                                        LightHouse PR LightHouse...

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THIRTY WAYS CHERNOBYL AND THE DYING NUCLEAR INDUSTRY THREATEN OUR SURVIVAL...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     (Photo: Fi Dot)HARVEY WASSERMAN OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It comes as Germany, which is phasing out all its reactors, has asked Belgium to shut two of its nukes because of the threat of terrorism. It also comes as advancing efficiencies and plunging prices in renewable energy remind us that nukes stand in the way of solving our climate crisis. And it makes us remember the second and third biggest lies told us by the atomic power industry: that no commercial nuke could explode, and that no one would be harmed by reactor fallout. Prior to the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, there was at least one minor explosion (on March...

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CHICKEN POX VACCINE MAY INCREASE SHINGLES RISK...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Kate Raines  NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER   10 52 print this page Story Highlights Following recovery from varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus infection, the virus lies dormant and occasionally reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles) later in life. When the live virus chickenpox vaccine was licensed in 1995, it was known that an increase in the incidence of shingles was likely if the vaccine was mandated and children obtained artificial vaccine immunity rather than natural immunity. The predicted increase in shingles incidence has been verified, and future research may more fully explain if and why natural “exogenous boosting” prevents reactivation of the chickenpox virus as shingles. Before the licensing of the live varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus vaccine in 1995 and subsequent mandating of the vaccine for all children in the U.S., chickenpox itself was considered one...

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COURTS CONFIRM LINK BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  By: Atreyee Chowdhury AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL REVIEW Finally, courts in the US have confirmed that MMR vaccine can cause autism and stomach disorders, vindicating the stance of Dr Andrew Wakefield who had first made the claim about 15 years ago. The doctor was then maligned by drug companies and the media for his research and findings to such an extent that he had to end up not being able to practice medicine. He however stuck to his stance against the vaccine and became a best-selling author and also the founder of Strategic Autism Initiative and the director of the Autism Media Channel. After so many years of belittling the doctor and destroying his career, the media and the courts have confirmed that MMR vaccine was the most likely cause of autism and stomach disorders...

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Fracking a Possible Cause of Disturbing Birth Defects and Deaths Found in Horses...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Research has linked the presence of the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to numerous animal deaths and stillbirths. By Lorraine Berry / Raw Story Photo Credit: Screenshot/Ithaca Journal In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Vernon Downs. The foals have survived, although all of them have had to be transported to Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine, located fifty miles north in Ithaca, New York. An earlier study by Cornell professor Robert Oswald...

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A Member of Congress Just Issued a Warning to the World Bank: ‘Stop Privatizing Water’...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Water Rep. Gwen Moore’s actions could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit pursuits. By Jesse Bragg / AlterNet Photo Credit: Wikipedia Around the globe, people’s access to water is being threatened every day by one of the most powerful institutions on the globe—the World Bank. Under the guise of development, the World Bank and its investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, invest hundreds of millions in water privatization schemes that reduce access to water, increase costs and have a devastating impact on people. What’s worse is that the IFC often positions itself to profit from these projects, creating an irreconcilable conflict of interest. But one congresswoman just took a stand against this threat that could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit...

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‘Catastrophic Leak’ Found at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history.” The Watchers Radioactive waste ; Chemist in protective suit the disposal of radioactive waste Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, with up to 13,000 liters (3,500 gallons) of new waste. The leak occurred at the double-shell storage known as AY-102, which has been leaking small amounts of nuclear waste since 2011. It is estimated that about 265 liters (70 gallons) of waste leaked from the tank in recent years. Although it’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out over the weekend, estimates place the amount at somewhere between 11,300...

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DRUG MAKERS SPEND BIG TO FIGHT CALIFORNIA PRICE CONTROL REFERENDUM...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By William D. Cohan GettyImages-56616392.jpg | Getty The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative. By Nancy Cook and Sarah Karlin-Smith   Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a version of that idea in the most populous state. That ballot initiative “is a grenade being rolled into the conversation, and it is being taken very seriously,” says a Republican drug lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Drug companies are expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the referendum in what will be a test of the industry’s strength at a...

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9 Ways Global Warming Is Making Us Sick...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Thanks to climate change, we’ll be seeing more asthma, allergies, Lyme disease and foodborne illnesses. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet The Obama administration has released a major new report on how manmade global warming is making Americans sicker—and it’s only going to get worse. Developed over three years and involving approximately 100 climate and public health experts, the 332-page report was based on more than 1,800 published scientific studies and new federal research, and was reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences. The report, titled The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States, “significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it,” according to a White House fact sheet about the report. “As the climate continues...

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The Creepy Way Processed Food Packaging Messes With Your Hormones...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A new study shows common plastic packaging steeps food in industrial chemicals. By April M. Short / AlterNet As if it weren’t already enough of a headache to find non-toxic, safe and healthy food to eat, a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspective reveals that the packaging used to contain certain food products can impact your hormones. Researchers for the study found that people who eat more fast food have significantly increased rates of phthalates—industrial chemicals used to make plastics—in their systems. The study authors attribute the trend to those chemicals seeping from plastic packaging into foods. The study asked 8,877 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Surveys between 2003 and 2010 to report all the food they had eaten within last 24 hours. Participants also donated a urine sample...

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR VACCINES?

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If you are preparing for you baby’s next well baby visit, you probably know about the shots. The CDC recommends vaccines against infectious illnesses and most are given as a series of shots starting at the 2 month well baby visit (Hepatitis B shots are recommended at birth for all infants). There is a lot of conflicting information available on the topic of vaccines. While the CDC, the media and doctors claim vaccines are safe and effective, many parents are convinced the shots caused harm to their baby. There are some good ways to reduce the possibility of vaccine harm. Please read the whole list, because there are many important points at the end, but I didn’t know the order to put them in, or which might be the most important for YOU to know....

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JUST MONTHS AFTER THE LARGEST NATURAL GAS LEAK IN U.S. HISTORY, PORTER RANCH IS HIT WITH ANOTHER LEAK...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Brian Melley This photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 shows a neighborhood in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles where residents have moved out because of a natural gas leak from a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility. Porter Ranch already experienced the largest recorded natural gas leak in U.S. history over the winter, when a leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility spewed more than 97,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere. Thousands of families were evacuated during the nearly four-month long leak, which was sealed in February. Over the weekend, the neighborhood was hit with another natural gas leak. “This is horrible,” Porter Ranch resident Gabriel Khanlian told ThinkProgress. “This issue is not over with in any way.” Residents had been complaining...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY TURN CROPS INTO JUNK FOOD...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY   Tove Danovich is a journalist based in New York City. Rising CO2 levels will make plants produce more carbohydrates and fewer nutrients and protein. (Photos: Neil Howard/Flickr; Lew Robertson/Getty Images)   Plants love carbon dioxide. Higher levels of CO2 in the air increase the rate of photosynthesis—it’s why planting more trees helps to clean the air, after all. For a time, that love had some scientists convinced that the world’s greenery could keep CO2 levels in the atmosphere in check—but research has now shown not only that plants alone can’t halt the rise of CO2 but that the increase will make food crops less healthy for human consumption. According to one new study, higher carbon dioxide levels could turn healthy fruits and veggies into junk food. According to a report...

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SIGNS OF THE ‘HUMAN AGE’...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR  NYTDOT   Welcome to the “Anthropocene” — a new epoch in our planet’s 4.5 billion year history. Thanks to the colossal changes humans have made since the mid-20th century, Earth has now entered a distinct age from the Holocene epoch, which started 11,700 years ago as the ice age thawed. That’s according to an argument made by a team of scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group. Scientists say an epoch ends following an event – like the asteroid that demolished the dinosaurs and ended the late Cretaceous Epoch 66 million years ago – that altered the underlying rock and sedimentary layers so significantly that its remnants can be observed across the globe. In a paper published Thursday in Science, the researchers presented evidence for why they think mankind’s...

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GEOGRAPHY’S ROLE IN THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF THE POOR...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By THE EDITORIAL BOARD NYTDOT Photo Poor New Yorkers tend to live longer than other poor Americans. Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times An important new study shows that the poor in some cities, like New York and San Francisco, live longer than those with similar incomes in places like Detroit and Oklahoma City. The findings could help local and state governments figure out what they can do, or do better, to help people live longer and healthier lives. Researchers long ago found that the rich tend to live longer than the poor. What’s striking about the new research, which was published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is that where people live also makes a big difference. For example, 40-year-old New Yorkers who are in the bottom...

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Climate Will Become the Most Dominant Factor in Human Health, but We Are Woefully Ill-Prepared...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate change is the ticking time bomb in global public health that is being ignored. What needs to be done? By Susie Pearn / AlterNet   MILAN MALPENSA – NOVEMBER 12, 2014: Ebola emergency simulation in Malpensa. A bogus infected patient has arrived in the airport, and then carried to “Sacco Hospital” by a special modified ambulance. Photo Credit: Davide Calabresi / Shutterstock.com The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 140,000 people die annually as a direct result of the climate change that has occurred since the 1970s. As the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, we will fast reach a tipping point where the climate will be the most dominant influence on human health and our health systems, far outstripping current drivers such as the aging population and lifestyle related diseases. By 2050,...

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CONTROVERSIAL VACCINE DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS IN NYC, PLOTS THEATRICAL EXPANSION...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Brent Lang Senior Film and Media Reporter @BrentALang April 3, 2016 | 11:31AM PT A week after it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival,  “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” debuted at New York City’s Angelika Film Center to an estimated $22,000 in receipts. In two weeks, the controversial documentary will open at the Laemmle in Santa Monica, and possibly one or two other Los Angeles locations. Distributor Cinema Libre Studio hopes to expand the film’s national footprint in the coming months, eventually screening “Vaxxed” in between 250 and 300 theaters before it debuts on home entertainment platforms in July. The film raises questions about the link between vaccinations and autism — a potential connection that has been widely discredited in the scientific and medical communities. It was originally intended to debut in June, but...

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LA ‘VAXXED’ PREMIERE: ON THE GROUND SPECIAL REPORT...

Apr 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] To many California residents, today was no different from any other spring day. The raised evening temperatures were busy alerting everyone that spring was here. Yet spring wasn’t the only thing in the air tonight on 2nd Street, Santa Monica. As the public descended upon the Monica Film Center, one could feel the electric buzz in the air. The moviegoers all sensed aspects of the momentum generated by some tipping point entered over the last few weeks. What the near future held no one could predict. The ticket holders and media present at the Friday premiere of the documentary film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe were riding the electric eel roller coaster created just days before by The De Niro Moment on the Today show. By the size of the crowd, it appeared...

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THIS MAY BE THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER NOONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] HUFFINGTON POST Researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane gas leaks at over 8,000 U.S. sites. Casey Williams Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post David McNew via Getty Images Concerns about gas came to the fore in February, when Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, near Porter Ranch, California, leaked roughly 100,000 tons of methane gas into the atmosphere before it was plugged. The oil and gas industry has a major methane problem, according to an extensive environmental study. Odorless, colorless methane gas is seeping out of wells and tanks at hundreds of natural gas facilities across the U.S., said the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, whose researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane leaks at over 8,000 sites in the U.S. They found hundreds of leaks scattered in an unpredictable pattern around the...

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AS FRACKING CHEMICALS REACH A CREEK COMPANIES FIGHT AGAINST A FRACKING WASTE BAN...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CREDIT: Bill Dickinson/Flickr View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. A tributary of the New River has traces of endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with fracking, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.   The smell of gas surrounding the northern streets of Lochgelly, West Virginia, was so pungent that Brad Keenan could taste it as he was driving home with his windows up that evening in 2004. He called 911 and the gas company, thinking a punctured gas line was to blame, but the smell and the evacuation it prompted came from something few knew existed in town: fracking waste. “I had no idea what was going on,” said Keenan, 54, who by...

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WHY WORLD LEADERS ARE TERRIFIED OF WATER SHORTAGES...

Apr 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] From Yemen to Syria to Arizona, droughts are a growing threat. —By Nathan Halverson MOTHER JONES WVillagers ride donkeys to get water in Yemen in 2012. Yemen is one of the most arid countries in the world and relies almost exclusively on groundwater and rainfall for its water supply. Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua/ZUMA This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more at revealnews.org. Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States. Classified US cables reviewed by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting...

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