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04/24/2019 - Report finds World Bank’s coal divestment pledge not stringent enough



Indonesia provides a litmus test for the World Bank's commitment to divest from coal, with a recent report revealing its continued indirect financing of some of Indonesia's most destructive coal-mining companies.

04/24/2019 - What's being done about trash (and bodies) on Everest



This year, governments and guiding companies are promising to do more to keep the mountain clean, but the question of what to do with the dead bodies is becoming more urgent.

04/24/2019 - The unexpected winners from sea star wasting disease



The devastating outbreak cleared space in the ecosystem for previously uncompetitive sea stars to flourish.

04/24/2019 - Northerners aren't ready to cash in on $1B Giant Mine cleanup, oversight board says



The $1-billion cleanup of Giant Mine will be one of the largest economic projects in the Northwest Territories, but northerners aren't ready to take advantage of it, according to the latest report from the board overseeing the project.

04/24/2019 - Imperial Metals’ plan to drill in Skagit headwaters spawns cross-border backlash



On the edge of B.C.'s popular Manning Park is an unprotected patch of land called the 'Doughnut Hole,' where the company responsible for the Mount Polley mine disaster is proposing exploratory drilling.

04/24/2019 - Beyond sandbags: Quebec looks for ways to limit future flood damage



With the help of the army and thousands of sandbags, Quebec has been better prepared for rising waters this spring than it was for the historic floods of 2017. But bigger changes are needed, experts say.

04/24/2019 - Reactors at floating power plant tested to 100% capacity



"Akademik Lomonosov" will be towed from Murmansk to Russia's Arctic port of Pevek this summer and connected to the grid in December.

04/24/2019 - On shores of Kola Bay, a breakthrough for Big Coal



In two years time, up to 18 million tons of coal will be shipped out from the new Lavna terminal near Murmansk.

04/24/2019 - State: No cancer cluster in Washington County school district

The Pennsylvania department of health has determined that there is no cancer cluster in a Washington County school district. The agency conducted the study after several cases of Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, were reported there.

The department looked at statistics from the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry dating to 1985. In addition to Ewing sarcoma, the agency looked at other types of cancer rates: liver, brain, bone, lung, and breast cancers. It compared cancer rates in Washington County and Canon-McMillan School District against statewide rates.

In a report released Tuesday, the state concluded that rates of Ewing sarcoma weren’t “consistently or statistically significantly higher than expected” in either Washington County or the school district.

The study did find that between 2005 and 2017, rates of Ewing sarcoma were three times higher than expected in the school district. The rare tumor mainly affects young people and can be fatal.

The authors said the number of cases was so small — just three instances of Ewing sarcoma in the district over those years — that the higher-than-expected rates weren’t “statistically significant.”

Only about 200 cases of the tumor are reported in the U.S. each year.

Jian-Min Yuan, a professor of epidemiology at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, said the state used appropriate methods in analyzing whether the Washington County cases represented a cancer cluster or were a statistical anomaly.

He said the sample size of cases in the district was too small to determine whether there was a cancer cluster.

“It is unusual for this small area to have three Ewing cancers occur in a very short time period, but the scientific evidence does not support it yet,” Yuan said.

When the department announced it was performing the study, it said it would be looking into “possible environmental risk factors” for cancer in the area. The district includes a former radium and uranium plant in Canonsburg. It’s also in one of the busiest natural gas areas in the state, near more than a thousand shale gas wells and several compressor stations and other natural gas processing facilities.

The agency said it will continue to monitor the rate of pediatric cancers in the district as new data become available.

04/24/2019 - Glyphosate risks 'last for generations'



A new study found diseases caused by glyphosate in second and third generation offspring of lab animals exposed to the herbicide.