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Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here's how it could affect your health

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

If you care about what you eat, you should care about what it comes in

The internet cheered in December when Trader Joe’s announced it would take meaningful steps towards making its packaging more sustainable. The supermarket chain outlined a plan that included reducing and eliminating excess waste, using materials that could realistically be recycled and avoiding harmful substances. It’s the last part that medical and environmental activists are keeping an eye on.

We’re just beginning to understand some of the short- and long-term risks associated with the chemicals in packaging: obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other health issues. Some consumer advocates say phasing out some of the riskier substances that come into contact with our food is long overdue.

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From chicken to tomatoes, here's why American food is hurting you

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00pm

The recent news about glyphosate and cancer only highlights a broader problem with our system: our obsession with killing the natural world is poisoning us

The recent headlines announcing billions of dollars in damages to people who have gotten cancer after using Roundup are just the tip of a very large iceberg. There are over 1,000 lawsuits against Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, waiting to be heard by the courts. Beyond concerns about that specific glyphosate-based weedkiller, we should be talking about the innumerable other potentially punishing chemicals in our food system.

After all, our food and our health are deeply connected. American healthcare spending has ballooned to $3.5tn a year, and yet we are sicker than most other developed countries. Meanwhile, our food system contains thousands of chemicals that have not been proven safe and many that are banned in other countries.

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Angus Taylor calls for bipartisanship on climate policy

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 8:36pm

Energy minister effectively demands Labor back away from stronger emissions reduction target of 45%

Angus Taylor has reiterated his calls for Labor to back the government’s climate policies, saying the opposition had to “decide whether they want to join us”.

The energy and emissions reduction minister was referring to the Coalition’s 26%-28% emissions reduction target, a policy much less ambitious than the 45% target Labor took to the election and one that is not aligned with the ultimate aim of the Paris agreement, which is to limit global heating to no more than 2C.

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Greens to use EU election mandate to focus on climate crisis

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:00pm

Green politicians to push agenda urging climate action, social justice and civil liberties

Europe’s Greens, big winners in Sunday’s European elections, will use their newfound leverage in a fractured parliament to push an agenda of urgent climate action, social justice and civil liberties, the movement’s leaders say.

“This was a great outcome for us – but we now also have a great responsibility, because voters have given us their trust,” Bas Eickhout, a Dutch MEP and the Greens’ co-lead candidate for commission president, told the Guardian.

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'American Soil' Is Increasingly Foreign Owned

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 1:17pm

The number of acres of U.S. farmland held by foreign-owned investors has doubled in the past two decades, raising alarm bells in farming communities.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 12:22pm
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Warren Entsch declares war on plastic in new Great Barrier Reef envoy role

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 11:00am

Veteran Liberal MP is aiming to rid beaches of plastics, micro and nano plastics, but won’t commit to a ban

The Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched a crusade against single-use plastics as part of his new role as special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.

Entsch told Guardian Australia he was inspired by the 10-year-old campaigner Molly Steer – who convinced Cairns to phase out single-use plastics – comparing her example favourably with activists who he accused of “frightening the living Jesus out of kids” to recruit school students to climate strikes.

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Right whale population decline linked to ocean warming, research says

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 10:36am

A report shows that the animal’s food supply shifted, causing them to travel farther for food and moving them closer to shipping lanes

The endangered North Atlantic right whale faces increased odds because its main food supply has shifted due to ocean warming, according to new research.

Related: What’s the future for Sri Lanka’s ‘lost’ population of whales?

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Every Breath You Take: An Indoor Smog Story (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 8:06am

Just keep breathin' and breathin' and breathin' and breathin'...

(Image credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Memorial Day: sweltering heat and storms follow tornadoes and flooding

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:09am

Sweltering heat, storms and possible twisters were expected to hit the southern plains and south-eastern states on Memorial Day, on the heels of deadly tornadoes and flooding.

Related: Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame?

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Dog Sledding After Divorce (Rebroadcast)

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2019/05/27 - 7:06am

The wild called to Kristin Knight Pace. And she responded.

(Image credit: KATIE ORLINSKY)

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World's rivers 'awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 4:01pm

Largest global study finds the drugs in two-thirds of test sites in 72 countries

Hundreds of rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics, the largest global study on the subject has found.

Antibiotic pollution is one of the key routes by which bacteria are able develop resistance to the life-saving medicines, rendering them ineffective for human use. “A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria,” said Prof William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter who studies antimicrobial resistance but was not involved in the study.

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For NPR Student Podcast Challenge, Many Students Tackle Climate Change

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 2:06pm

This year, NPR challenged students across the country to make podcasts about anything. Hundreds of students took on one topic: climate change.

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but we shall all be changed...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 1:30pm
1 Corinthians 15: 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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South Africa's Carbon Tax Set To Go Into Effect Next Week

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 11:22am

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the measure into law on Sunday. Some 40 countries have adopted various programs aimed at changing the price of carbon.

(Image credit: Jerome Delay/AP)

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Fiat Chrysler and Renault expected to announce tie-up talks

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 8:21am

Renault board reportedly plans to go public with partnership after a meeting on Monday morning

Fiat Chrysler and Renault are expected to announce on Monday that they are in talks on a potential tie-up, in a move that could address some of the main weaknesses of both carmakers at a time of transformation for the sector.

The Renault board is planning to go public about the possible partnership after a meeting in the morning to discuss the deal, according to reports.

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Likely Tornado Kills At Least 2 In Oklahoma

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 6:31am

The storm struck the city of El Reno late Saturday night, causing severe damage to a motel and mobile home park.

(Image credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

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Scientists call for volunteers to help pre-empt deadly plant disease

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/05/26 - 4:42am

Britain free of Xylella fastidiosa, known as cuckoo spit, but experts are on high alert

Scientists are calling for thousands of keen-eyed volunteers to report findings of frothy spittle, often called cuckoo spit and found on plants across the UK, in a pre-emptive strike against a deadly plant disease.

Xylella fastidiosa, is described by the European commission as “one of the most harmful pathogenic bacteria worldwide”. It arrived in Europe six years ago and has already struck several countries, devastating olive groves in southern Italy, and spreading to other EU countries including parts of France and Spain.

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Snake mistake: CSIRO says it's a myth that Australia is home to world's deadliest species

Guardian Environment News - Sat, 2019/05/25 - 7:12pm

Australian science agency says there are a ‘negligible number of human deaths’ from snake bites in Australia

The popular suggestion that Australia is home to the world’s deadliest snakes is largely a myth, with the risk of bites and death far greater across Asia, Africa and South America, the nation’s science agency has said.

Herpetologist Ruchira Somaweera from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said the myth was born a few decades ago and came out of a study of the relatively high toxicity levels found in Australian species, such as brown snakes.

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new doves update...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2019/05/25 - 3:04pm
The hatchlings are sprouting feathers...92,103,75,0,B
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