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Sunday, November 30, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that get less attention than a derriere of a kardashian.

drought hit são paulo, brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. the city began using its second so-called “technical reserve” 10 days ago to-hit sao paulo may 'get water from mud. prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low levels last month. - reuters

cancer-causing flame retardants found in some people. a growing body of evidence found an array of flame-retardant chemicals – many which are carcinogenic – in test participants, a potential health concern for firefighters and others exposed to the chemicals. tcep was found in 75% of those tested - sacramento bee

gmo labeling fight moves toward court. across the nation, farmers, corporate executives at giant multinational food companies such as unilever, and millions of americans who question the health effects of genetically engineered food are watching and waiting to see what happens in the vermont lawsuit - burlington free press

farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in nicaragua. the clean, affordable fuel source for coffee farmers was a byproduct of a wastewater management pilot program. along with purifying the acidic wastewater from the coffee milling process, biogas is helping improve the quality of life for many small farmers. - san jose tico times

car-free to become carefree in helsinki. finland’s capital of helsinki is growing fast and the city’s current transportation system is overstretched and short of money. helsinki’s Director of transport and traffic planning ville lehmuskoski tells host steve curwood about the city’s novel “mobility as a service” model and how investing in shared modes of transit based on needs will save money, reduce traffic congestion, and improve travel comfort and convenience. - living on earth

copenhagen, the capital of denmark, was named europe’s greenest capital in 2014. it’s partly due to the ubiquitous bike paths and the ambitious renewable energy goals, but as living on earth’s helen palmer reports, also due to the many green roofs the city is installing to soak up excess rain and cool the capital. - living on earth

muir woods coho salmon vanish, fanning fears of extinction. the cherished coho salmon that historically wriggled their way past beachgoers up redwood creek into muir woods vanished this year and are now on the verge of extinction, prompting a last-ditch attempt by fisheries biologists to save the genetically unique species - sfgate

college student dies after severe allergic reaction to peanut butter. it started with a batch of peanut butter cookies — and ended several days later with the death of a michigan college student. his family is now speaking out about the dangers of nut allergies and the need to accommodate people who have them. - washington post

can breeders cure what ails our breast-heavy turkeys? We have decades of intense selective breeding to thank for the dramatic evolution of the average american turkey — from a scrawny 13.2 pounds in 1929, to a robust weight of nearly 30 pounds in 2012. a lot of that weight has gone straight to the breast. - npr

sun, sand and offshore drilling in spain's famed canary islands. an oil rig now floats offshore in one of europe's top winter beach destinations - spain's canary islands. for the first time, spain has authorized offshore oil drilling there. it's hoping to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. - npr

bees have pollen preferences, and we've wiped out many of their favorite flowers - treehugger

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