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Slumdog mapmakers fill in the urban blanks 24.10.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
The Missing Maps initiative aims to chart slums around the world as a way of fighting disease outbreaks and hastening ...
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Early, high quality Ebola treatment may be a factor 20.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
There's no cure for Ebola. So why have some patients walked away healthy while others in the West died ?
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India launches air quality index to warn over dangerous pollution events 17.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Index will track eight major pollutants, after World Health Organisation said New Delhi was worlds most-polluted city

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The Making of Ferguson 13.10.2014 American Prospect
This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. OCTOBER 15, 2014 In 1968, Larman Williams was one of the first African Americans to buy a home in the white suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. It wasn’t easy; when he first went to see the house, the real estate agent wouldn’t show it to him. Atypically, Williams belonged to a church with a white pastor, who contacted the agent on Williams’s behalf, only to be told that neighbors objected to sales to Negroes. But after the pastor then gathered the owner and his neighbors for a prayer meeting, the owner told the agent he was no longer opposed to a black buyer. Williams had been living in the St. Louis ghetto and worked as an assistant school principal in Wellston, a black St. Louis suburb. His wife, Geraldine, taught in a state special education school. They could afford to live in middle-class Ferguson, and hoped to protect their three daughters from the violence of their St. Louis neighborhood. The girls would also get better ...
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Gadrian Hoosan: the land is the most important thing for Indigenous people 10.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The government and mining companies need to know that we are going to fight to protect it, for future generations both black and white Each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account to discuss topics of interest as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. In partnership with IndigenousX, were inviting its weekly host to tell us about who they are, what issues theyre passionate about, and what they have in store for us during their upcoming ...
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Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money 6.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

New research shows there are many benefits from tackling climate change

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Cancer risk from air pollution drops in Southern California 3.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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The battle for the soul of British milk 2.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The supermarket price wars that let you buy a four-pint carton of milk for one pound are driving farmers out of business. Are American-style mega-dairies the only way for them to survive? On a still, close afternoon in early September, diggers and dumpers excavated and flattened a once-green field beside the winding country road that leads to the Victorian village of Leighton in the Welsh Marches. Behind 300 metres of gleaming chain-link fence, men in high-vis jackets paced and measured, while one man stood and watched. It had taken Fraser Jones six years of persistence, a public inquiry and a high court ruling to get to this point, and he still could not quite believe it was happening. This is it, then, he said, an ample grin splitting an earnest face. The future. Jones is the fourth generation of his family to work the land in this part of the Borders, near Welshpool. He is 34, a fit, affable and enterprising young farmer. The future, as he sees it, looks like this: three huge, hangar-like sheds fitted ...
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Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children 29.9.2014 Mother Jones
ClaudioVentrella/Thinkstock It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom—as well as on our own children. "In species after species, climate change is creating pressures that are depriving life-forms of their most essential survival tool: the ability to create new life and carry on their genetic lines," Klein writes. "Instead, the spark of life is being extinguished, snuffed out in its earliest, most fragile days: in the egg, in the embryo, in the nest, in the den." Take the case of the leatherback sea turtles. These ancient creatures have been around for 150 million years , making them the ...
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The UN climate summit reveals India's hypocrisy on saving forests 26.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Environment minister argues for historical justice on cutting carbon, but denies it to tribes living in the countrys forests

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Rousing UN speeches belie piecemeal results of world climate change summit 24.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Barack Obama leads assembly with call to action but nations pledges fall short by billions of goal to combat global warming US refuses to commit to climate change aid for poor nations A United Nations climate summit promised to step up international efforts to combat climate change on Tuesday but still fell behind demands from street protesters and big business to deliver immediate action. On a day of impassioned speeches including a cameo from the actor and UN ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio the 120 presidents and prime ministers told the summit there was no time to waste to deal with climate ...
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Boris Johnson wins international award for Londons air quality efforts 23.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Accolade for mayor of a city with growing air pollution problem is laughable, say clean air campaigners Boris Johnson, mayor of London, surprised clean air campaigners on Tuesday night by winning a prestigious international award for his efforts to improve the citys air quality. The city faces stiff fines from Brussels over its repeated breaches of European Union air quality standards, with air quality likely to continue to fall below standards for years to come. Johnson was recently sharply criticised by a committee of MPs for failing to tackle air quality . Earlier this year, London suffered serious smog problems that led to warnings for vulnerable people, including children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses, to stay indoors for ...
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Protesters stage Wall Street climate crisis sit-in 23.9.2014 Hindu: Home
A day after 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth, more than a thousand activists gathered on Monday in lower Manhattan’s financial district, chanting, carryin...
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Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles 22.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles.
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Will Chinas great fracking leap help it wean off coal? 18.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Fracking technology has crossed over from the fields of Pennsylvania and Texas to the mountains of Sichuan, but so have risks and consequences, reports MotherJones

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Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom 18.9.2014 Mother Jones
IX. Unfit for Drinking The guests at the compound that week were gearing up for another great leap: a push to export the United States' fracking boom to China's vast shale fields—and beyond. Attendees slid into black leather chairs behind glossy rosewood tables, facing a stage flanked by large projector screens. Chinese businessmen wore high-waist slacks with belts clasped over their bellies. I watched as one thumbed through business cards bearing the logos of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton. Behind closed doors, a select group of Chinese and American officials and executives held a "senior VIP meeting." Outside, a troop of People's Liberation Army guards marched in tight formation. The US-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum , sponsored by the US departments of Commerce and Energy, as well as China's National Energy Administration, has convened for the last 13 years. But the focus turned to shale gas in 2009, when President Obama and then-President Hu Jintao announced an agreement to ...
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Chinas ban on dirty coal could cost Australian mining almost $1.5bn 17.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Australia exports about 50m tonnes of thermal coal each year to China and the ban is expected to reduce exports by 40%

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The 97% v the 3% just how much global warming are humans causing? 15.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

The preponderance of evidence shows that humans are responsible for about 100% of the warming since 1950

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Police, officials meet with widows of slain Peruvian foes of illegal logging 10.9.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Newborn killer whale spotted in Washington waters 9.9.2014 AP National
SEATTLE (AP) -- Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state....
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