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A watershed moment: How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
June 1, 1988, the day everything changed for the Great Lakes, was sunny, hot and mostly calm — perfect weather for the young researchers from the University of Windsor who were hunting for critters crawling across the bottom of Lake St. Clair. (Part 1 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Bee battle seeks hearts and minds.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Adversaries aren’t waiting for conclusive science on what’s killing the honeybee. They’re taking their fight straight to the public in an intensifying battle for the support of the nation’s consumers.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil, gas boom taps rush of ordinances and bans across the U.S.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Development of oil and gas shale formations has sparked drilling from Pennsylvania to California, and that is leading to a new wave of local oil and gas ordinances and bans. But in many places, local governments and the oil and gas industry are reaching accord.
Categories: Ecological News

California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Normally Case Vlot and Chase Hurley would rarely talk to each other. But that was before the drought, and before the land began to sink beneath their feet. Now they and every farmer for miles around are talking to each other all the time.
Categories: Ecological News

Lawsuit secrets related to West explosion keep public in dark.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Secrets wrapped up in lawsuits over the 2013 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West could keep valuable health and safety information hidden from the public forever.
Categories: Ecological News

Motions seek to blame Texas city of West for devastating explosion.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
In recent motions aiming to designate the city of West as a “responsible third party” in the lawsuits, El Dorado Chemical and CF Industries contend the city failed to properly train the first responders and had insufficient protocols in place to battle the blaze at West Fertilizer Co.
Categories: Ecological News

Feds failing to act on antibiotic resistance despite grave threat, health advocates warn.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Public health advocates are fuming over a new court ruling that they say could hasten the coming of the next pandemic.
Categories: Ecological News

In hunt for red abalone, divers face risks and poachers face the law.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Abalone is an edible mollusk, a snail-like, single-shell gastropod found in coastal waters around much of the globe. But the red abalone is the biggest and the most prized, found only on the west coast of North America. In California, with a litany of restrictions to protect its fragile population, the hunt for wild red abalone is permitted only north of San Francisco, and only for sport.
Categories: Ecological News

Life with Lyme disease.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Kiersten Hathaway of Panora had a rash last fall. She wondered whether it was Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by deer tick bites. She looked at pictures online, but didn't think her outbreak matched the red bull's-eye associated with Lyme disease. She didn't have a doctor check her hypothesis. She regrets that.
Categories: Ecological News

Worst toxic waste emissions in the state?

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
In a report compiled by the Sierra Club of the 15 worst places for toxic air emissions, zip codes for Hopewell, Chesterfield and Colonial Heights have been named. Hopewell was only second on the list to Covington, which releases over 2.9 million pounds of toxic chemicals each year.
Categories: Ecological News

A lot is riding on finding culprit in honeybee deaths.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
For more than a decade, scientists have been trying to solve the mystery of honeybees disappearing by the millions. Several scientific studies have pointed to a family of pesticides – an insecticide widely used in agriculture but also in backyard products.
Categories: Ecological News

BP oil spill dispersants still in environment.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
A common ingredient in human laxatives and in the controversial dispersants that was used to break down oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still being found in tar balls four years later along Gulf Coast beaches including Perdido Key.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil drilling in North Dakota raises concerns about radioactive waste.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Most oil companies dump drilling waste into thousands of pits by their wells, but North Dakota, the second-largest oil-producing state behind Texas, does not test the pits' contents or monitor nearby groundwater for contamination.
Categories: Ecological News

Fukushima-area river declared Japan's cleanest.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Fukushima Prefecture’s Arakawa River has been deemed to be the cleanest river in Japan by the federal Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. The ministry awarded the designation despite not announcing any tests for radioactivity in water, sediment, plants, or fish.
Categories: Ecological News

Insecticides in our food and water, new studies find.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Nicotine-related insecticides widely used on crops are finding their way into the food we eat and the water we drink, two national studies published in the past two months have concluded.
Categories: Ecological News

Fish before fields to improve Egypt’s food production.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Less than four percent of Egypt’s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation’s population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards.
Categories: Ecological News

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in Italian region scarred by toxic waste.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.
Categories: Ecological News

What do Chinese dumplings have to do with global warming?

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
In 1992, Chen Zemin started China's first frozen food company. At the time, fewer than one in ten Chinese citizens owned refrigerators. Betweeen 1995 and 2007, China's domestic refrigerator ownership jumped to 95%. This growth is a formidable new factor in climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

African land disputes breed violence, poverty.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Across Africa, mounting competition for land stressed by population growth and climate change is exacerbating poverty and pushing some people to militancy.
Categories: Ecological News

In Chesapeake Bay waters warmed by summer sun, a deadly pathogen lies in wait.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
The last thing Rodney Donald was expecting during his family’s vacation on the Chesapeake Bay was to almost lose a leg to an aggressive bacteria growing in the brackish waters.
Categories: Ecological News
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