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EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Monarch butterflies dying; Roundup a suspect.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Chasing the iconic monarch butterfly is a rite of Iowa childhood; watching its life transformations in classrooms is a thrilling memory. But a leading scientist has announced that it may be heading closer to its death, saying the main cause is agricultural practices in fields – the same fields Iowa children see out their schoolroom windows.
Categories: Ecological News

Boulder adds another neighborhood with 'bee safe' status.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Boulder is now home to half the neighborhoods in the country to be certified as safe for honey bees – where homeowners have taken the pledge to reduce or eliminate pesticides from their yards.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides on the playground.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Is your children’s schoolyard routinely sprayed with pesticides? Children’s health is especially fragile – and how safe they are might depend on where you live. Today we hear about how and why one pesticide has been banned for household use, but affects the health of farmworkers and their children. Children’s health is especially fragile--so why aren’t we protecting them?
Categories: Ecological News

Experts clash on Fukushima radiation effects.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March 2011, the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima was badly wrecked in a series of meltdowns. Three years on, calculating the injurious effects of this radiation on plant, animal and human health has become a matter of controversy.
Categories: Ecological News

One Democrat's gamble on climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Michigan Democrat Gary Peters is making the climate cause a central message in his neck-and-neck Senate campaign, in a state that for decades built gas-guzzling cars into a foundation of the U.S. economy. But is he offering a vision that can help other Democrats win tough races in manufacturing-heavy states? Or a cautionary tale?
Categories: Ecological News

California lawmakers send governor a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter.
Categories: Ecological News

California's San Joaquin Valley ozone at record low levels.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The San Joaquin Valley may be decades away from reaching the federal government's latest clean-air standards, a line that valley air officials refer to as the "moving goal posts" of federal regulation. But for the second summer in a row, the region is seeing record-low levels of ozone, the main component of valley smog.
Categories: Ecological News

A bumblebee vanishes.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Fifteen years after it vanished, some Vermonters have hopes for the rusty-patch bumblebee. The last living rusty-patch bumblebee — one of Vermont's more common species, once upon a time — was spotted in the Burlington Intervale on Aug. 31, 1999. Now, 15 years after its disappearance, this bumblebee is a strong candidate to be listed as an endangered species in Vermont.
Categories: Ecological News

New study offers clues to swift Arctic extinction.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Seven hundred years ago, the Dorset people disappeared from the Arctic. The last of the Paleo-Eskimos, the Dorset had dominated eastern Canada and Greenland for centuries. One theory is that the Dorset braved generations of harsh tundra conditions only to succumb to the effects of climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Judge tosses challenge to flame retardant rules.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Consumers nationwide are closer to being able to buy furniture made without toxic, ineffective flame retardants after a California judge on Friday threw out a legal challenge from the chemical industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan mercury poisoning survivors boost First Nation's compensation push.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Mercury poisoning survivors and experts from Minamata, Japan – the site of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters – have arrived in Ontario to help assess the impact of a similar contamination on First Nation people there, after officials vowed to reconsider increased compensation.
Categories: Ecological News

Money begins to flow in Oregon over its GMO ballot measure.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Oregon’s food fight is just getting started. A ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods has already seen significant amounts of cash raised by businesses on both sides of the issue, according to campaign finance filings, even though the election is more than two months away.
Categories: Ecological News

Papua New Guinea volcano Tavurvur eruption may disrupt Australian flights.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
A major volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea this morning could disrupt flights to and from Australia. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia, is monitoring the ash cloud from Tavurcur on PNG’s East Britain Island, which is slowly drifting southwest.
Categories: Ecological News

Hydrogen highway inches closer.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
California is inching tantalizingly closer to the birth of a new automotive industry based on hydrogen. Fuel cell vehicles — electric cars that run on hydrogen — will be popping up this year and next near new clusters of fueling stations in and around San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Categories: Ecological News

TVA makes $4.5 billion bet on nuclear resurgence.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
One of the keys to the Tennessee Valley Authority's efforts to meet strict new rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lies behind walls more than a foot thick and beneath more than a half-million pounds of metal.
Categories: Ecological News

9 years after Katrina, New Orleans aims to turn environmental weaknesses into economic strengths.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
It might have been after Hurricane Sandy delivered havoc to the Northeast in 2012 that the realization came into focus. When other states needed help grappling with disaster aftermath and planning to weather future storms, people in Louisiana got calls.
Categories: Ecological News

Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Friday. The drought, which is also affecting South America, has been particularly hard on southern Guatemala, northern Honduras and western El Salvador.
Categories: Ecological News

Swirls of dust and drama, punctuating life in the Southwest.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The best way to explain a haboob is to say it is a tsunami of sand, in the sense that there is no stopping it or outrunning it. It is a supreme spectacle. Coping with a haboob becomes a way of life in the Southwest, so frequent are dust storms in the region’s driest parts.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear waste is allowed above ground indefinitely.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
As the country struggles to find a place to bury spent nuclear fuel, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that nuclear waste from power plants can be stored above ground in containers that can be maintained and guarded indefinitely.
Categories: Ecological News
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