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Environmental Health News
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If there’s no significant rainfall in six weeks, the Cowichan River and those who depend on it will be in deep trouble.
Evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurogenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. A new examination of the incidence of Parkinson's disease in Colorado shows a strong correlation between levels of a common pesticide, atrazine, in groundwater and the number of Parkinson's cases here.
It’s been illegal for decades, but asbestos is everywhere, embedded in our homes, schools, offices and shops. It’s now killing more people in Britain than anywhere else in the world.
More than 1.8 billion new cell phones will be bought in 2014, but within just a few years, 44% of them will end up “hibernating” in drawers. About the same share will be resold and passed on, and 4% will end up in landfills. Only 3% will be recycled.
A blaze at a vast rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.
Traditional gold miners in the Pidie district have slammed Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah’s recent ban on illegal gold mining, demanding that he proves claims that their activities cause environmental destruction.
Bald eagles continue to expand in Kentucky, extending a steady increase in breeding pairs especially during the last decade.
In the coming election campaign Harper will have to either repudiate our Copenhagen pledge, or spell out how he intends to cut back on our fast-rising emissions. Most Canadians know that global warming is a problem. And they’re not impressed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s indifference.
For a century, California farmers believed that the law put control of groundwater in the hands of landowners, who could drill as many wells as deeply as they wanted, and court challenges were few. That just changed.
It began forming in May, when heavy spring rains loaded the rivers and creeks with fertilizer washed from farms and suburban lawns. It grew rapidly over the summer, as a broth of chemicals, animal waste and microbes simmered in the warm, slow-moving waters of the Chesapeake Bay. By early August, the “dead zone” was back.
Community leaders in the Mayan Mam village of Agel say that the Marlin mine has contaminated the water sources that they use to wash and irrigate their crops and that the subterranean explosions have caused houses to collapse – charges that the mine’s owners deny.
Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. Wherever they can make a living, they will. This does not bode well for food security in a world of nine billion people and increasingly rapid climate change.
Why did the era of big dams end, when California has built new roads, schools, universities, hospitals and freeways? Experts say there are a confluence of factors, from environmental laws to funding to a lack of suitable sites. Now supporters of new reservoirs are trying to start a new dam-building era.
Rob Greenfield spent the morning shopping for food, but not in the supermarket. Greenfield is an environmental activist who is traveling part of the country to shop in Dumpsters behind grocery stores, drugstores and other places to draw attention to the amount of food wasted every day in America.
With two deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound continues to decline. The number of whales has dropped to 78, a figure not seen since 1985.
Bacteria in the gut could hold the key to a new way of tackling bowel cancer, research suggests. Scientists have discovered a powerful link between high fat diets, intestinal bacteria, and the disease.
By now, many of us are familiar with the “hygiene hypothesis” — the idea that an environment that’s too clean may actually increase our risk of disease. This hypothesis usually gets discussed in terms of ailments like allergies or autoimmune disorders, but some research shows that dirt might be good for our mental health, too.
Last year, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled State Legislature approved the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. The mine legislation was bad enough from an environmental point of view. It turns out to be even more shocking from an ethical viewpoint.
It would be scandalous to let this crisis escalate further when we have the knowledge, tools and resources to stop it. Tens of thousands of lives, the future of the region and hard-won economic and health gains for millions hang in the balance.
Already, the hardest-hit West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported more than 3,000 cases, including the infections of 240 health-care workers. Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space.