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China vows to clean up 60 percent of cities by 2020

Reuters: China pledged on Sunday that it will make sure that 60 percent of its cities meet national pollution standards by 2020, with pressure growing to make cities liveable as hundreds of millions of migrants are expected to relocate from the countryside. Continue reading

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Interior Proposes New Rules for Fracking on U.S. Land

New York Times: The Obama administration on Thursday issued a new set of proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands, moving further to address industry concerns about the costs and reporting burdens of federal regulation. The new Interior Department proposal, which is subject to 30 days of public comment and further revision, disappointed environmental advocates, who had pushed for full disclosure of the chemicals used in the drilling process and tougher standards for groundwater… Continue reading

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Horsemeat scandal: watchdog to test all beef products at UK supermarkets

Guardian: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is preparing to test all beef products being sold in UK supermarkets for the presence of horse and other animals, the Guardian has learned. Continue reading

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United States: Earth First! activist Nathan Coe: radical cultural shifts required to stave off ecological collapse

Mongabay: Many ideals, actions, and movements considered as fringe or radical by the standards of mainstream culture have gained prominence as global biodiversity withers and the biogeochemical cycles of the entire Earth System are upset by human activities. As endangered species and ecosystems are increasingly threatened, direct confrontation between activists and the entities that drive environmental damage seems also to be increasing Continue reading

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