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Swinomish tribe worries rising sea levels threaten tradition, culture.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
With 95 percent of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s reservation borders on the water, the tribe is concerned about the rise in sea level and storm surges expected as the planet warms.
Categories: Ecological News

Koch oil leftovers fire Michigan race.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
The four-story tall mountains of black petroleum coke are gone from the banks of the Detroit River, but they’re still providing a campaign weapon for Democratic Rep. Gary Peters in his Senate race against Republican Terri Lynn Land.
Categories: Ecological News

Utah fracking fine highlights wastewater pond threat.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
When fracking causes controversy, it’s often because of wells. Often overlooked is a way to dispose of waste: massive surface ponds in which fracking water is stored until it can be recycled or buried or is left to slowly evaporate. Now environmentalists say a recent controversy over the ponds in Utah highlights their increasing impact across the U.S.
Categories: Ecological News

Iowa counties stick to home to win fights over frac sand mining.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
A group of northeast Iowans effectively is keeping large frac sand mine companies from mining silica-rich sand in their county by building a consortium that set aside politics and focused on dealing with the matter locally, instead of with state intervention.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
A general contractor in Colorado's Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early 2000s when he happened to attend a local public hearing on oil and gas development.
Categories: Ecological News

Will Brazil elect Marina Silva as the world's first Green president?

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
The unveiling in São Paulo of Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva's platform for government on Friday was a sometimes bizarre mix of tradition and modernity, conservatism and radicalism, doubt and hope: but for many of those present, it highlighted the very real prospect of an environmentalist taking the reins of a major country.
Categories: Ecological News

The 'Blob' is gone.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
It melted the rubber of his goggles. Twenty-nine years later, Brian Martin still isn't certain what kind of chemical he burrowed into at the bottom of the St. Clair River in September 1985. But one thing is certain: Martin's eerie discovery revealed years of pollution along the St. Clair River.
Categories: Ecological News

For 13 plaintiffs, pollution lawsuits came too late.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Some plaintiffs were dead long before their next of kin filed suit against Ringwood chemical manufacturer Rohm and Haas, blaming air and groundwater contamination for creating an alleged cancer cluster.
Categories: Ecological News

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has produced a mysterious, waxy blue substance.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
British Columbia says there's nothing to fear about the mysterious, blue, waxy sheen floating on the lake below the mine tailings disaster. But local residents and a marine biologist say the still-unknown bluish-green film burned their skin like a jellyfish sting.
Categories: Ecological News

Alarming find.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
University of Texas at Arlington researchers have unveiled a study that found potentially unhealthy levels of arsenic in water wells scattered throughout North Texas. Thirty percent of wells within 1.8 miles of active natural gas drilling showed an increase in heavy metals, including arsenic. The maximum concentration of arsenic from a fracking area was 18 times higher.
Categories: Ecological News

PCB dredging may help cleanup of oily river sheen here.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
If you are a frequent visitor to Walkway Over the Hudson state park, you may have noticed an oily sheen appearing on the Hudson River from time to time. It is not a spill. It's the legacy of an old manufactured gas plant that sits at the foot of Dutchess Avenue in Poughkeepsie.
Categories: Ecological News

Former Japanese PM who rode out Fukushima crisis campaigns against Australian uranium.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
In the skies over Kakadu, a 67-year-old man peers from the window of a tiny plane as it wheels over the mining town of Jabiru and the nearby open-cut uranium mine. The vista is breathtaking but former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is more interested in the mine than the view.
Categories: Ecological News

Peanut butter killed his mom; now son watches company stand trial.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Shirley Mae Almer, 72, survived lung cancer and a brain tumor. But not peanut butter. One of America’s favorite foods - tainted with salmonella - killed her, just four days before Christmas in 2008.
Categories: Ecological News

Bakken crude oil production relies on rail shipments.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
The frequency and volume of Bakken crude rail shipments are driven by oil production in North Dakota that is second only to Texas in the U.S. Production there rose from 81,000 barrels a day in 2006 to 900,000 barrels a day last year.
Categories: Ecological News

Crude rides Texas' rails with little oversight.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
In Texas, home of the country's most prolific production, biggest proved oil reserves and most expansive refining capacity, crude oil rides the rails with little oversight.
Categories: Ecological News

More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
The massive tar sands operations in Canada’s boreal forests are large enough to be seen from the space shuttle. But way up in the northern forests, they are essentially hidden from public view – out of sight, out of mind.
Categories: Ecological News

Colorado fracking ban scorecard: 3 ruled illegal, 2 remain.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Three out of five Front Range cities' bans on hydraulic fracturing in the last few years have been struck down by district court judges in recent weeks, and two others still stand. Both Boulder and Broomfield still have fracking bans in place.
Categories: Ecological News

Tuna during pregnancy: Mixed signals.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
Science has flip-flopped on coffee, on eggs, on carbs. It's the kind of maddening confusion that makes consumers distrust everything they hear. So we shouldn't be surprised to see the debate continuing over how much and what kind of tuna pregnant women can eat due to mercury concerns.
Categories: Ecological News

Cape Cod's namesake fish population rapidly disappearing.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
There aren't enough cod left on Cape Cod. That soon becomes evident to the tourists crowding an observation deck to watch fishermen unload their boats in this picturesque harbor sheltered from the ocean by sandy dunes.
Categories: Ecological News

Native American politics heat up in Wyoming.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 19:30
American Indians in Wyoming increasingly are asserting themselves, fighting for more say on environmental issues and fielding more candidates in state and local elections.
Categories: Ecological News
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