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Critics question study that denied pesticides' danger to bees

bee pesticidesSeveral government ministers in the United Kingdom are facing criticism over the scientific legitimacy of a two-year-old bee study.

The study in question -- sponsored and quoted by several government figures but not originally peer-reviewed -- claimed to find no relationship between a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and declining bee health.

"The absence of these effects is reassuring but not definitive," study author Helen Thompson, a scientist with the government's Food and Environment Research Agency, said in 2013.

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Watch as People Across the Globe Switch Off Their Lights for Earth Hour

Earth hourSeven thousand cities in 162 countries across the globe are turning off their lights for Earth Hour this year. Each city will dim their skyline beginning at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a World Wildlife Fund event in Australia and has grown to become a global message that citizens across the world must work together to fight climate change.

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EPA regulations face new test at high court

EPA regulations challengedThe Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power faces another key test at the Supreme Court Wednesday, when justices weigh arguments that the agency failed to consider industry costs before issuing a landmark air quality rule.

The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants, slated to take effect next month for some plants.

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Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church

Climate denial immoralThe highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.

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Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before

Gulf stream slower than ever beforeThe Gulf Stream is the weakest it's been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal.

A team of researchers recently analyzed an exhaustive catalog of geologic samples -- including ice cores, tree rings and coral, as well as ocean and lake sediments -- dating back to the year 900. Using sea-surface and atmospheric temperature data derived from the samples, scientists were able to plot a history of ocean current behavior.

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Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact'

China climate changeClimate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.

Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a "serious threat" to big infrastructure projects.  He said temperature rises in China were already higher than global averages.

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New Fracking Rules on Public Lands ‘A Giveaway to Oil and Gas Industry,’

new fracking rules a giveaway“Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations,” said Jewell. “This updated and strengthened rule provides a framework of safeguards and disclosure protocols that will allow for the continued responsible development of our federal oil and gas resources.

As we continue to offer millions of acres of public lands for conventional and renewable energy production, it is absolutely critical the public have confidence that transparent and effective safety and environmental protections are in place.”

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