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Builder projects 18-month delay for nuclear plant in Georgia.

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Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company officials said Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems.

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Beijing's population at the end of last year had swelled to 21.52 million - more than double the population of Los Angeles County. Nearly a third of the capital’s inhabitants are migrant workers, who come in search of better opportunity.
Categories: Ecological News

Most Americans support government action on climate change, poll finds.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.
Categories: Ecological News

Oregon snowpack at record lows.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Oregon's mountain snowpack, vital for farms, fish and ski resorts, is in the midst of another miserable year, posting record low depths despite normal precipitation.
Categories: Ecological News

Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
In a 62-to-36 vote, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill seeking to force completion of the 840-mile pipeline, a measure Obama has vowed to veto.
Categories: Ecological News

Florida looks to recycling, desalination as it faces increasing water supply crunch.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Florida is bumping up against its limits on groundwater supply, the primary water resource for the state, officials from water management districts and water utilities have said.
Categories: Ecological News

Girls who drink more sugary drinks start their periods earlier, study suggests.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Obesity, height, genetics: These are all factors that have been linked to girls starting their periods young. Now, Harvard University researchers say that frequent consumption of beverages with added sugar may be associated with earlier periods, too.
Categories: Ecological News

France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister said on Friday.
Categories: Ecological News

Recycling, waste-reduction: US food and beverage companies come up 'significantly short.'

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Despite years of well-touted sustainability efforts, U.S. fast-food chains continue to send millions of pounds of packaging straight to the landfill – not recycling plants, a new report by major environmental groups found.
Categories: Ecological News

Poll: Scientists overwhelmingly think GMOs are safe to eat. The public doesn't.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
In a recent survey, 88 percent of AAAS scientists agreed that GMOs are "generally safe" to eat. By contrast, only 37 percent of the public agreed that GMOs were safe.
Categories: Ecological News

Doctors' groups press EPA for much stricter federal ozone limit.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The top doctors’ organizations in Texas and Dallas County, along with other groups and individuals, pressed hard on Thursday for a much tougher federal limit on ozone, or smog.
Categories: Ecological News

Utah lawmakers unveil $28 million in air quality proposals.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Utah lawmakers unveiled two dozen air quality proposals Thursday, ranging from buying transit passes for state workers to Utah-specific research to identify and control pollutants.
Categories: Ecological News

California labels e-cigarettes a public health threat.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The California Department of Public Health on Wednesday issued a warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes, as states across the country consider new regulations for the booming industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution Increasing In Idaho's Snake River Aquifer.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The U.S. Geological Survey this week released several reports on important aquifers around the country. Idaho’s Snake River Plain Basin features in two of those reports. About a fifth of Idahoans rely on that aquifer as their only source of drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

BP oil spill: Study traces almost 10 million gallons to Gulf sea floor.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The mystery of the missing gallons of oil after the BP oil spill in 2010 has been solved by scientists who have traced the oil to the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico.
Categories: Ecological News

Mount Polley tailings dam report to be released today.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The release of millions of cubic metres of water and potentially-toxic metals was among the largest in the world during the past 50 years. It has sparked widespread concerns about long-term effects on the Quesnel Lake watershed and has put intense scrutiny on tailings dam safety in B.C.
Categories: Ecological News

Could drilling in the Atlantic harm fish, whales, turtles?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The swath of Atlantic Ocean the Obama administration may open to oil and gas exploration is an ecologically diverse network of soft-bottom shelves and rocky canyons that includes some of most dynamic and mysterious marine systems on Earth.
Categories: Ecological News

New air pollution rules: Health vs. higher costs.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
When it comes to air quality, Greater Cincinnati is like a school kid who does just well enough to pass the class. It's a struggle, but the region usually gets by. That soon could change, because the grading scale is about to get tougher.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change, vaccination: Scientists, public far apart in concerns, poll shows.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.
Categories: Ecological News

Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way for mass return.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Four senior officials decided to move back to Fukushima Prefecture after residents urged them at gatherings to do so, to pave the way for a mass return.
Categories: Ecological News