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Thailand army forcibly evicts six forest villages

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 21:36
Forest-dwellers in Buriram province involved in a land dispute with the Thai government have been forcibly evicted, intimidated, arrested, held without charge, and dumped on a site unfit for human habitation with no water supply.
Categories: Ecological News

The rosewood massacre - China must act

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:26
Surging Chinese demand for rosewood used in 'hongmu' furniture is ruining forests across southern Asia, writes Zuzana Burivalova. As demand surges, China must impose stricter regulations and harsher punishments or the forests may never recover.
Categories: Ecological News

Breaking: Obama's Department of Transportation proposes tougher oil-train safety rules.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
The Obama administration proposed stricter rules Wednesday for rail cars that transport flammable fuels, including ethanol. The rules would include speed limits for trains carrying these fuels, mandatory testing of volatile liquids, new design standards for rail cars and a phaseout of the most frequently used car, the DOT 111.
Categories: Ecological News

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
As Washington still fights over whether climate change is real, people across the country are paying costs scientists ascribe to it. All over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. The costs — for governments, insurance companies and homeowners — are often measured in quality of life.
Categories: Ecological News

Why the California drought affects everyone.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state.
Categories: Ecological News

Town in northwest China sealed after man dies of plague.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
The police have cordoned off a town in northwestern China after a man there died from a case of the pneumonic plague. Pneumonic plague is more contagious and deadly, commonly spreading from human to human in droplets expelled when coughing.
Categories: Ecological News

Concordia branded a maritime Chernobyl.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
The last journey of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship to the scrap yard is causing outrage in Corsica where it has been dubbed “a floating bomb”. The rusting hulk, laden with hydrocarbons and polluted seawater, is due to begin a four-day journey to a scrapyard in Genoa today.
Categories: Ecological News

Drinking water systems draw federal concerns.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
More than 310 public drinking water systems in Texas — nearly 4.5 percent of the state's regulated public water systems — have quality issues that haven’t been adequately addressed, federal officials told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It is the highest percentage in the nation.
Categories: Ecological News

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
Categories: Ecological News

Bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Building a bike-friendly city requires clear, measurable trade-offs. Adding bike lanes reduces space for cars and irritates drivers; that's undeniable. But making the city safe and hospitable for cyclists can also reduce carbon emissions and overall congestion. That's a worthwhile objective.
Categories: Ecological News

Wind preferable to nuclear, coal.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Renewable energy - wind, solar and other alternative technologies - is essential if the U.S. is to wean itself off nuclear and coal during the next 20 to 25 years. Nuclear should not be in the mix. It’s costly, it poses safety, health and environmental risks, and it is becoming prohibitively expensive to build new plants.
Categories: Ecological News

What should we do with Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Wandering around Australia, you might want to watch your step — the country currently has more than 50,000 abandoned mines. Some represent a significant threat from contamination; others may pose safety risks; and still others may be losing their value as cultural heritage.
Categories: Ecological News

The secret to real sustainability.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Making sustainable choices requires learning about products — where they come from, how they’re made and where they go when we’re done using them. We have to look holistically at the full life cycle.
Categories: Ecological News

Eat this fish and do the planet a favor.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Responsible fish eating won't solve all our ocean and fish problems around the globe. We still have to stop polluting the oceans and address climate change, which is hurting our nation's water. But for starters, one thing you can do when you go out to eat or cook at home is pick fish that are good for you and good for the planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon. Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast.
Categories: Ecological News

US troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report.
Categories: Ecological News

Hearings on water permits for Indian Point.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
A giant power plant that kills tiny fish eggs is leading engineers, government officials, politicians and advocates of all stripes into a fourth year of debate about which side represents concern for the environment, and whether the fish are actually the issue.
Categories: Ecological News

Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames,

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
The Great Stink of the 1800s alerted politicians to the filth in the Thames. The Victorian sewers fixed it, but trouble is brewing again. Is a clean river just a pipe dream?
Categories: Ecological News

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk.
Categories: Ecological News

The hospital disinfectant that's being used in fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Excelyte is an EPA-approved solution that addresses major controversies associated with fracking: pollution of groundwater with toxic chemicals, release of hydrogen sulfide that endangers oil field worker's lives, and excess wastewater.
Categories: Ecological News
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