Eco-News Roundup: Friday November 19

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Stories on health, the environment, and other Blue Marble topics from other Mother Jones blogs

Lady Power: Empowering women increases health and development in all countries.

Renegade: Republican Sen. Scott Brown is breaking with the GOP pack on health care reform.

All Mine: Pranksters advertise an iPhone free of “conflict minerals.”

Unkindest Cut: San Francisco anti-circumcision activist working for next year’s ballot.

Green State: Arizona joins 14 other states in legalizing medical marijuana.

Time of Cholera: UN peacekeepers are at the center of the Haiti cholera outbreak.

Baby Fat: Photo proof that not all African babies are starving waifs.

 

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