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The U.S. has nearly 600 coal waste sites. Why they've got West Virginians worried.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
Marsh Fork Elementary, deep in West Virginia coal country, is shut down and fenced in, a fine layer of dirt covering its once-cheerful sign: “Staff-Students-Parents Working Together.” Next door, the Goals Coal Prep Plant still plugs away, treating coal mined just a few miles away and pumping the byproducts of that treatment up into the sky.
Categories: Ecological News

Olympic sailing events may be moved from Rio’s polluted bay.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
The world governing body of sailing threatened Friday to move all of its events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s Guanabara Bay if action isn’t taken quickly to clean the heavily polluted body of water that many sailors have described as an “open sewer.”
Categories: Ecological News

780,000 chemical weapons being destroyed in Colorado.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
Workers have begun destroying a massive stockpile of American chemical weapons stored at a former Army munitions depot near Colorado's ninth-largest city, blasting the artillery rounds open with explosives and neutralizing them with solvents.
Categories: Ecological News

Chernobyl: The catastrophe that never ended.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
In one of his last stories for CBS "60 Minutes," the late Bob Simon re-visited Chernobyl, where they're still coping with the catastrophic meltdown of April 25, 1986.
Categories: Ecological News

Strong earthquake strikes Nepal near its capital, Katmandu.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu. People in the capital described scenes of panic and collapsed buildings, and the United States Geological Survey predicted very severe damage to villages near the quake’s epicenter, about 50 miles from Katmandu., An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu. People in the capital described scenes of panic and collapsed buildings, and the United States Geological Survey predicted very severe damage to villages near the quake's epicenter, about 50 miles from Katmandu.
Categories: Ecological News

Pope Francis forces the issue on climate change.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
High-profile climate researchers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and church officials will gather at the Vatican next week for a conference on climate change. It’s Pope Francis’s latest effort to raise the profile of the issue among churchgoers, and it’s sure to make some Catholics hot under the collar.
Categories: Ecological News

Park service says Utah should crack down on coal-fired power stations to clear air over Zion, Bryce.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
On clear days, Zion National Park visitors at Lava Point can see Mount Trumbull 70 miles to the south near the Grand Canyon. Such days, however, are troublingly rare. Air pollution obscures Zion's vistas 80 percent of the time, according to the National Park Service (NPS).
Categories: Ecological News

Oil industry whistleblower Chuck Hamel, subject of industry spy campaign, dies in Washington.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
A whistleblower who became the subject of an undercover spy campaign by the oil industry in Alaska a quarter-century ago has died at a nursing home in Marysville, Washington. Charles “Chuck” Hamel was 84.
Categories: Ecological News

Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
“CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter.
Categories: Ecological News

Saving Lake Erie.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
A new state law offers a good start — but no more than that — on cleansing Lake Erie of harmful algae. State, federal, local, and regional officials, as well as environmental, scientific, farm, and industry groups, now must build on the law to help prevent a recurrence of the kind of toxic pollution that poisoned Toledo’s water supply last summer.
Categories: Ecological News

Smoking ban.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
Despite having been in place for a decade, the city’s ban on smoking in public places is still widely ignored by residents, partly because of the absence of deterrents for violators. A recent incident in which a man assaulted a security guard who told him to put out his cigarette at a train station is an indication that most smokers are still reluctant to abide by the law.
Categories: Ecological News

The plutocrat primary.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
While the political press was obsessing over what Hillary Clinton had for lunch, the real action this month in the interminable run-up to the presidency was taking place at the knees of the Brothers Koch, David and Charles. Turns out, we may get an election after all, albeit one that will be decided by a pair of septuagenarians whose combined worth is more than the richest person on the planet.
Categories: Ecological News

How I got converted to G.M.O. food.

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:30
Mohammed Rahman doesn't know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Mr. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land.
Categories: Ecological News

Believer among the skeptics: A Canadian’s crusade to convert Christians to climate change belief.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, a cheerful, Toronto-born evangelical Christian, has become the hottest ticket in the highly polarized U.S. debate over climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

The Obama administration is taking on agriculture’s role in climate change. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
The sector so often overlooked in climate policy won't be any longer.
Categories: Ecological News

Wild salmon facing upstream battle.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
What began as a response to the frighteningly low numbers of salmon in the Miramichi River has become an advisory committee to look at salmon issues in all four Atlantic provinces.
Categories: Ecological News

Dr. Oz responds to critics on his television show.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
Dr. Oz, who gives medical advice on the syndicated talk show, struck back at physicians who called his teaching position at Columbia “unacceptable.”
Categories: Ecological News

Tanning salons play down hazards, lawsuits claim.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
New York’s attorney general filed lawsuits against two popular indoor tanning salon chains accusing them of playing down the hazards associated with indoor tanning and promoting the practice as healthful.
Categories: Ecological News

Arctic nations meet under threat of new Cold War.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields. But the chill in relations between Western powers and their Arctic neighbor Russia could make the North a frontline in a new Cold War.
Categories: Ecological News

Plant a tree for the future.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:30
What will you do this week that might endure for more than 100 years? How about 200? Friday is National Arbor Day, and there is the answer.
Categories: Ecological News