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Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

Dr. Nancy Beck, from chemical corp. to EPA toxic chemcial adviserFor years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems.

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

China's glaciers are melting

At the end of every summer, scientist Li Zhongqin takes his seasonal hike near the top of a glacier in the Tianshan mountains in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Li scrambles over a frozen ridge and heads toward a lone pole wedged in the ice. Clouds emerge from a peak above and quickly blow past. He stops to catch his breath. He is at 14,000 feet. The snow is thick. The air is thin.

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Pollution Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Pollution killing 9 million people a year

Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, according to the most comprehensive global analysis to date, which warns the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies”.

Toxic air, water, soils and workplaces are responsible for the diseases that kill one in every six people around the world, the landmark report found, and the true total could be millions higher because the impact of many pollutants are poorly understood. The deaths attributed to pollution are triple those from Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Ecological armageddon warned because of lower insect numbersThe abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

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California wildfire death toll rises to 35, earthquake hits Mendocino County

California fire deaths reach 35At least 35 people have been killed and hundreds more remain missing as multiple wildfires continue to burn throughout Northern California.

Two more people were confirmed dead on Friday as the bodies of 89-year-old Dr. George Chaney and a 79-year-old man were recovered from their home in Napa, raising the total number of deaths reported by authorities to 35.

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New airplane biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests', warn campaigners

Airplane biofuels destroying rain forests

A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world’s rainforests might have to be cleared to produce the necessary crops.

Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, with an 8% leap reported in Europe last year and a global fourfold increase in CO2 pollution expected by 2050.

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Hospital, homes, resort evacuated amid scorching California fires in wine country

California forest fires

Wind-whipped fires sweeping across California's wine country Monday burned homes and forced evacuation of communities, a hospital and a golf resort hours after completion of a PGA tour event.

In Santa Rosa, 50 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, police cited "fast-moving fires" as they continually expanded the area of mandatory evacuations Monday. More than a dozen evacuation centers were opened, though some quickly filled.

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EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

Scott Pruitt rolls back EPA planThe Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday.

Speaking in Kentucky, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday "to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration."

The clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. It was a centerpiece of the Obama administration's environmental policies.

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JPMorgan Facing A New Environmental Fight Over Tar Sands Funding

JP Morgan funding tar sandsJPMorgan Chase is the target of a new environmental push demanding the bank end funding for tar sands drilling, HuffPost has learned.

In a new campaign set to be announced Tuesday, the San Francisco-based Rainforest Action Network criticizes the country’s largest bank by assets for providing over $3.1 billion to tar sands producers between 2014 and 2016 alone.

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