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    Beijing air pollution soars to alarming levels

    Beijing air pollution soars to alarming levels

    A rare "orange alert" was issued Friday in Beijing, prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.


    Fracking-tied-to-birth-defects-Colorado-study

    Fracking tied to birth defects: Colorado study

    A new study, published last week in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives, draws a correlation between birth defects and maternal exposures to natural gas.



    Alberta families abandon homes over bitumen fumes

    Alberta families abandon homes over bitumen fumes

    Pungent fumes from Baytex Energy's bitumen storage tanks are allegedly forcing families near Peace River Alberta to leave their homes.


    Alberta doctors avoid linking health issues to Tar Sands-report

    Alberta doctors avoid linking health issues to Tar Sands: report

    Opposition politicians are raising concerns over a report for Alberta's energy regulator that suggests doctors are reluctant to draw links between health problems and the energy industry.



    West Virginia chemical spill closes much of capital

    West Virginia chemical spill closes much of capital

    Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties.


    US woman sues Canadian mining titan Teck over toxins, disease

    US woman sues Canadian mining titan Teck over toxins, disease

    A Washington state woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Teck Resources, claiming toxic pollutants from the company's smelter in southeastern BC caused her breast cancer and other ailments.



    Groups decry proposed Fraser River toxic waste recycling site

    Groups decry proposed Fraser River toxic waste recycling site

    Local residents and conservation groups are raising alarm bells over a proposed hazardous waste recycling site on the banks of BC's Fraser River.


    Quebec to investigate PCB contamination throughout province

    Quebec to investigate PCB contamination throughout province

    Quebec's environment minister, Yves-Francois Blanchet, has announced a new inspection program will be carried out on known PCB sites in the province.



    Teck smelter's downstream US neighbours may sue over pollution, illness

    Teck smelter’s downstream US neighbours may sue over pollution, illness

    US residents 30km downstream from Teck Resources' Trail, BC lead and zinc smelter are considering legal action over the plant's effluent, which they say has been making their community sick for years.


    First Nation in Ontario's 'Chemical Valley' affected by pollutants

    First Nation in Ontario’s ‘Chemical Valley’ affected by pollutants

    A new study is drawing attention to the health problems suffered by a First Nations community living near Sarnia, Ontario's "Chemical Valley" - including miscarriages, asthma, and low male birth rates.