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Maine needs a trash solution — but not a bigger landfill.

November 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Maine does need a solution to the problem of trash. However, suggesting that a bigger landfill is a good solution to the trash problem is like saying a bigger pair of pants is a good solution to the obesity problem.

Some one million Somalis in urgent need of food aid, says U.N.

November 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are in urgent need of food assistance as floods have destroyed crops and eroded an already precarious food supply, aid officials said Monday.

Victims of toxic chemicals fight for benefits from VA.

November 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Veterans who were exposed to toxic contaminants during their service are increasingly becoming casualties in a war with the government — particularly the Veterans Affairs Department — which they say has a record of delaying and denying benefits promised to them by acts of Congress.

£400 ‘bribes’ for pregnant women to quit smoking.

November 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Scottish mothers who manage to quit smoking during pregnancy have been rewarded with £400 in a publicly funded scheme that could be rolled out across the country.

More than half of rice products exceed new EU limits for arsenic.

November 2, 2014 - 9:00am
New research has found that more than half of Britain's most popular rice products - including Kellogg's Rice Krispies and Smooth Baby Rice by Heinz - exceed proposed new EU limits for arsenic.

Farm Beat: Fertilizer experts aim to protect water, air.

November 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Nitrogen in one form helps crops grow. In another, it can pollute drinking water, and in still another, it can change the climate.

Climate change as a direct source of conflict.

November 2, 2014 - 9:00am
In 2007 the Center for Naval Analysis (CAN) requested its Military Advisory Board (MAB), a group of 16 retired flag-level officers, to examine the national security implications of climate change. The subject has since been revisited in a report published in May of this year.

30 years after Bhopal gas tragedy.

November 2, 2014 - 9:00am
Come December, it will be 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy occurred. After all these years, has anything changed in India with regard to adoption of environmental safeguards before promoting industries and related projects? More important, what is the fate of the victims of polluting industries?

Researchers identify mutant genes that may help tackle autism.

November 2, 2014 - 9:00am
One of the widest investigations into autism has implicated several dozen genes, boosting the search for a diagnostic tool and new treatments, scientists said on Wednesday.

Tijuana border dump generates more controversy.

November 1, 2014 - 9:00am
An old landfill in the northern Mexican border city of Tijuana continues drawing binational scrutiny. In a recent meeting, San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez expressed concern to a Mexican counterpart that the closed El Jibarito dump site could endanger public health on both sides of the border.

Calls to ban toxic chemicals fall on deaf ears around the world.

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am
Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them.

Study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites.

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash and his wife’s hair came out in chunks. They were certain the cause was simply breathing the air in Greenbrier, Arkansas, where they'd retired a decade ago. So DeTurck wanted to help with research that asked: What’s in the air near oil and gas production sites?

South Sudanese refugees face flooding and difficult dynamics in Ethiopia.

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am
Amid fears of renewed conflict in South Sudan, ethnic rivalries are complicating efforts to move refugees from flooded camps.

DfID not doing enough to protect poor from corruption, says aid watchdog.

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am
The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to address the petty but widespread corruption that blights the daily lives of the world’s poorest people and has a particularly corrosive impact on women and girls, Britain’s aid watchdog has warned.

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