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Hurricanes have a new target: The North Atlantic
Friday November 10th 2017, 9:17 PM

Warming seas may see countries in the higher latitudes battered by major storms usually associated with tropical regions.

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‘On life support:’ Research shows common pesticides starve, disorient birds
Friday November 10th 2017, 8:27 PM

This is really important science. It demonstrates that neonicotinoid pesticides and chlorpyrifos harm more than insects. They interfere with bird orientation and feeding.

Key finding from

the study

: “These results suggest that wild songbirds consuming the equivalent of just four imidacloprid-treated canola seeds or eight chlorpyrifos granules per day over 3 days could suffer impaired condition, migration delays and improper migratory direction, which could lead to increased risk of mortality or lost breeding opportunity.”

On a personal note, in 1988 I was beginning research into this issue, and while my efforts never took that hypothesis beyond speculation it led to my work with Theo Colborn and our book,

Our Stolen Future


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Breathing Fire: Health is a casualty of climate-fueled blazes
Friday November 10th 2017, 8:03 PM

As the planet warms, wildfires such as the latest disastrous blazes in Northern California have increased in frequency and scope. Beyond the environmental effects, people suffer health repercussions…

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Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows
Friday November 10th 2017, 2:26 PM

There’s growing evidence that Alzheimer’s disease resembles a new form of diabetes known as type 3.

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As Irma flooded Alafia homes, Swiftmud sent more water their way
Friday November 10th 2017, 2:00 PM

Having lived along the Alafia River all his life, Mike Cribbs has seen plenty of floods.But nothing like the near record-level surge of water that inundated his home in the wake of Hurricane Irma

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These fake GPS-implanted sea turtle eggs will help track poachers
Friday November 10th 2017, 1:57 PM

The eggs of the endangered animal are considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. But now when someone grabs a handful from the sand, people will know.

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Miami ‘starchitects’ under scrutiny for cutting protected mangroves. Again
Friday November 10th 2017, 1:50 PM

A neighbor in a posh neighborhood along Biscayne Bay recorded a confrontation with renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia as a landscape crew cleared protected mangroves from his $5 million property in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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The Suburbs tapping in to geothermal power
Friday November 10th 2017, 12:42 PM

From Austin to Atlanta, planned communities are tapping into geothermal power—and it has applications for denser urban neighborhoods, too.

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Trump’s budget kills funds for clean tap water in struggling small towns
Friday November 10th 2017, 12:33 PM

St. Joseph, Louisiana, is one of thousands of small U.S. towns with no access to safe, clean drinking water. The reason: The towns can’t afford it.

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5 programs helping soldiers become farmers
Friday November 10th 2017, 12:28 PM

Transitioning from military service to civilian life is filled with challenges. These are some of the programs that heal and empower the nation’s veterans.

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Dolores Huerta is still fighting for farmworkers’ rights.
Friday November 10th 2017, 12:26 PM

The 87-year-old community organizer and mother of farmworkers’ rights is having a celebrity moment, but says her work is far from over.

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Is China really stepping up as the world’s new climate leader?
Friday November 10th 2017, 12:17 PM

Climate change isn’t expected to feature during President Donald Trump’s trip to China. But his meeting with President Xi Jinping does hold symbolic significance as a summit of old and new leadership on climate change.

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