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Sunday, November 23, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that need to be seen, heard and talked about...

do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. - global and mail

rcmp confirm 53 arrests so far of people protesting kinder morgan's plan to push a tar sands pipeline through burnaby mountain - vancouver observer

drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: farming without irrigation. the gnarled zinfandel grapevines on rich czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region - latimes

berkeley will require retailers provide cellphone safety information. fresh from a ballot-box victory to tax sugary drinks and a decision to provide labels at fuel pumps tying driving to climate change, the berkeley city council voted to craft an ordinance requiring retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones - contra costa times

wild turkeys have made a comeback and are ruffling some suburban feathers. wild turkeys were nearly extinct a century ago, but a ­decades-long effort to restore their population has been so successful that the feathered fowl are showing up with varying degrees of friendliness in unlikely places — wandering into suburban backyards, pecking across trader joe’s parking lots, even strutting along interstate 66 in northern virginia. - wapo

chevrolet joins grasslands effort. chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said - fort wayne journal gazette

two groups seek to defend maui county’s gmo farming ban. two organizations have separately filed motions in federal court seeking to defend maui county’s temporary moratorium on genetically engineered crops after expressing doubt as to the county’s commitment to the ordinance - honolulu civil beat

not all republicans run from clean energy. this is a tale of two states, iowa and wisconsin. these states border each other, and they have many similarities. but there are big differences in their approach to renewable energy. unfortunately, republican elected officials in wisconsin have lost sight of the common good - lacrosse tribune

what rains carry into streams is making them unfit for salmon. as soon as the fall rains began, the intermittent headwater streams that were dry all summer flowed downstream into creeks, rivers, lakes and puget sound. - everett herald

pg&e gas-line probe by state was slow to launch. it took a four-year string of six accidents blamed on inaccurate natural-gas system records for california regulators to open an investigation into whether pacific gas and electric co. knows the condition of the pipelines that run into people’s homes and businesses - sfgate

california love: water thieves just can’t get enough. something rare quickly becomes valuable. so it should come as no surprise that the latest target of thieves in a state suffering a historic drought is water - al jazeera

 the little dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies. every american has probably heard of the little dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough. - climate wire

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