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It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Independent
Category: Environmental Health
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AUSTRALIA: Pope ‘manipulates science’ on HIV/AIDS 5.4.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
According to a 2008 report by UN agencies UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation, an estimated 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007, bringing the number of people living with HIV in the region to 22 million.
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India: Anti-poor policies made worse by crisis 5.4.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Kavita Krishnan is the national secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association and a former president of the All India Students' Association. She is also a central committee member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) and editor of Liberation magazine. Krishnan will be an international guest at the World at a Crossroads conference in Sydney, April 10-12. For more information, or to register, visit World at a Crossroads.
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Startling Revelations about Three Mile Island Disaster Raise Doubts Over Nuke Safety 4.4.2009 AlterNet
A growing body of personal and scientific evidence contradicts the official story that the accident posed no threat to the public.
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First Accurate Test For Arsenic In Soil Developed 3.4.2009 Environmental News Network
If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact assessment. The method holds some promise for detecting naturally occurring high arsenic levels in Asian rice, as well.
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Startling Revelations About Three Mile Island (Nuclear) Disaster 3.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Sue Sturgis

It was April Fool's Day, 1979 -- 30 years ago this week -- when Randall Thompson first set foot inside the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa. Just four days earlier, in the early morning hours of March 28, a relatively minor problem in the plant's Unit 2 reactor sparked a series of mishaps that led to the meltdown of almost half the uranium fuel and uncontrolled releases of radiation into the air and surrounding Susquehanna River.

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3 Bets 2.4.2009 Orion Magazine Articles
A successful environmental human rights movement is worth everything you can possibly wager.
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New Study: Black Carbon Responsible for Half of Arctic Warming 2.4.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
Washington, D.C., April 2, 2009 – An article published this week in Nature Geoscience shows that black carbon is responsible for 50 percent, or almost 1˚C of the total 1.9˚C increased Arctic warming from 1890 to 2007.
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Concerns Raised About Coastal Levels of Flame-Retardant Chemicals 2.4.2009 Truthout.com
US study finds widespread, high concentrations near Southern California and Chicago, as well as Alaska. Flame-retardant chemicals that have been linked to reproductive and neurological problems in animals have seeped into coastal environments even in remote regions and have been found in high concentrations off populated areas such as Chicago and Southern California, a federal study revealed Tuesday. "This is a wake-up call for Americans concerned about the health of our coastal waters and their personal health," said John H. Dunnigan, assistant administrator of the National Ocean Service, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released the report. The study, part of the Mussel Watch Program, was the most ...
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Seeing the Light on Darkness: Studies Link Light Pollution and Cancer 1.4.2009 Environmental News Network
During a power outage in California in the 1990s, alarmed residents reportedly called in to report a strange, cloudy shape in the nighttime sky. It turned out to be the Milky Way- seen for the first time. For those of us who live in urban or suburban areas, an overabundance of artificial nighttime light, or light pollution, is nothing new. But light pollution isn't just a bane to astronomers and an annoyance to the rest of us: studies show that it also poses real health risks, including some increased rates of cancer.
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Pistachio Salmonella Risk: FDA Urges Caution 31.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FRESNO, Calif. — In another food scare sure to rattle consumers who watched the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts unfold, federal food officials are now...
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U.S., Canada Seek to Control Air Emissions from Ships 31.3.2009 ENS
U.S., Canada Seek to Control Air Emissions from Ships
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Three Mile Island: Exposing the Government's Cover Up of Our Most Infamous Nuclear Accident 31.3.2009 AlterNet.org: Environment
We mourn the deaths that accompanied the biggest string of lies ever told in US industrial history.
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US and Canada Seek International Approval of Air Pollution Reduction Zone for Ships 31.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009

Friends of the Earth

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today during a noon conference at Port Newark, New Jersey, its submission of an Emission Control Area application to the International Maritime Organization.  If the application is successful, it would require steep pollution reductions from large ships in U.S. and Canadian coastal waters. 

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AUSTRALIA: PSA pioneer farewelled 29.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
One hundred people gathered on March 17 at the Wollongong City Diggers Club to celebrate the life of NSW Public Service Association (PSA) activist Anne Meehan who passed away on March 12 after a long illness.
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Networking out of natural disasters 26.3.2009 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Open-source software could transform response to disease outbreaks and natural disasters. "8 cases suspect avian influenza." "3 in second village." "Suspect AI outbreak in Stung Treng." "Close access to village." "Is school open?" "Does anyone have a car?" This stream of text messages was sent by health officials, field scientists, police and local villagers. They were testing a social-networking approach to tackling an outbreak during an influenza pandemic planning exercise in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, last October ...
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EPA Revs Up Leased Construction Equipment Retrofit Program Release date: 03/26/2009 26.3.2009 Environmental News Network
Working to boost the economy while protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction projects throughout the Northeast.
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Border Patrol Poisoning Plants Along Mexican Border 25.3.2009 TreeHugger
Rio Grande via When Michael Chertoff was in charge of Homeland Security, he He justified the wall he was building between Mexico and the United States: ....there are also environmental reasons to stop illegal crossings....illegal entrants leave trash and high concentrations of human waste, which impact wildlife, vegetation and water quality in the habitat. Wildfires caused by campfires have significantly damaged the soil, vegetation, and cultural sites, not to me... ...
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EPA Environmental Justice Grants Fund Projects in 28 States 25.3.2009 ENS
EPA Environmental Justice Grants Fund Projects in 28 States
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Boca Raton Tap Water Violations Trigger Health Probe 25.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Palm Beach County Department of Health is now looking into low pressure problems that compromise the drinking water supplies of Boca Raton, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The South Florida city had fired two of its key water Quality Control staff members this past December 17th for raising similar concerns.

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EPA finds greenhouse gases endanger health 24.3.2009 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that climate-warming greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, pose a danger to human health and welfare, a White House website showed on Monday.
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