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Eco-Farming Can Double Food Production in 10 Years, says New UN Report

Small-scale farmers can double food production in a decade by using simple ecological methods, according to the findings of a new United Nations study released on March 8, 2011, which calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a poverty alleviation measure.


U.S. Federal Agencies Join Efforts to Reduce Radon Exposure / Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer

January is National Radon Action Month and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and eight other federal agencies are announcing a new effort to strengthen the fight against radon exposure.


EPA Sets First National Standard to Reduce Mercury Emissions from Gold Production

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cutting emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities with a new standard that will reduce annual mercury emissions by more than 75 percent from 2007 levels.


Life-Saving International Project for Clean Cookstoves Announced

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on September 21, 2010 the formation of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a more than $60 million dollar public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.


Pakistan: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Others Working to Avoid Disease Outbreaks

In the aftermath of a disaster that arrives as suddenly as the flooding in Pakistan did, the immediate impact—the deaths and the injuries—is usually followed by additional health risks caused by the difficult living conditions, the lack of hygiene, and the restricted access to clean water and basic health care services the disaster leaves in its wake.


US EPA Launches Web Forum on How to Best Protect America’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a web-based discussion forum to gather public input on how the agency can improve protection of drinking water.


Bayer Agrees to Terminate All Uses of the Insecticide Aldicarb

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end use of the pesticide aldicarb in the United States.


Public Health Champion Dr Rita Colwell Receives 2010 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr Rita Colwell, distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.


U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Sets First National Limits to Reduce Mercury and Other Toxic Emissions from Cement Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final rules that will protect Americans’ health by cutting emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other harmful pollutants from Portland cement manufacturing, the third-largest source of mercury air emissions in the United States.


Decontaminating Dangerous Drywall: Nanomaterial in novel home-air treatment counters hazards from toxic drywall

A nanomaterial originally developed to fight toxic waste is now helping reduce debilitating fumes in homes with corrosive drywall.


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