Eco-News Roundup: Friday April 23

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The big news: we won a National Magazine Award! Our September/October 2009 issue, which centered around a feature on Fiji Water’s greenwashing, was one of three that won an award for “general excellence.” And now, the week’s environment and health stories from our other blogs:

Earth Day: Meet the Climate Desk, a new collaborative journalism project on climate change.

Bill Boost: Sen. Kerry & Co. say they have support they need for climate bill.

Cancer Coverage: Women diagnosed with breast cancer got their insurance yanked.

Checkup: A month later, more people are in favor of healthcare reform.

Batter Up: Study alleges putting cartoon character on broccoli makes kids like it.

State’s Rights: States only have to put up 20% cost of Medicaid expansion.

New Salt: Salt with differently shaped crystals could reduce sodium intake.

Oil Flip Flop: Oil companies say they will back Kerry’s climate bill.

Bringing Up Baby: How could parents forget a baby in a car? Easily, unfortunately.

Publicly Pregnant: MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” takes an unrealistic view of the subject.

Bug Off: Malaria continues to be a health problem for people around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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