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Colorado weighs taking "waste" out of wastewater to fix shortfall.

2 hours 54 min ago
Colorado water providers facing a shortfall of 163 billion gallons are turning to a long-ignored resource: wastewater. They're calculating that, if even the worst sewage could be cleaned to the point it is safe to drink — filtered through super-fine membranes or constructed wetlands, treated with chemicals, zapped with ultraviolet rays — then the state's dwindling aquifers and rivers could be saved.
Categories: Ecological News

Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste?

2 hours 54 min ago
Egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park.

2 hours 54 min ago
What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets. Now a warming climate is melting Glacier’s glaciers. In 30 years, there may be none.
Categories: Ecological News

Recordings: Kilgore College official broke asbestos laws, covered it up.

2 hours 54 min ago
In secretly recorded conversations, a Kilgore College official admits to covering up asbestos violations and talks about withholding environmental reports from the public.
Categories: Ecological News

Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies.

2 hours 54 min ago
Hiking the 4-mile trail into Rock Lake from the Noxon, Montana, area weighed heavy on Jim Costello, especially after he met a budding family from Spokane.
Categories: Ecological News

Wild turkeys have made a comeback and are ruffling some suburban feathers.

2 hours 54 min ago
Wild turkeys were nearly extinct a century ago, but a ­decades-long effort to restore their population has been so successful that the feathered fowl are showing up with varying degrees of friendliness in unlikely places — wandering into suburban backyards, pecking across Trader Joe’s parking lots, even strutting along Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia.
Categories: Ecological News

Kilgore College auditorium open before air test results known.

2 hours 54 min ago
Kilgore College Rangerettes rehearsed Friday afternoon in Dodson Auditorium, despite the college president saying earlier that the building would remain closed pending air quality tests after a maintenance worker disclosed possible asbestos dangers.
Categories: Ecological News

A few holes to fill in air plan: Alaska, borough should work together on pollution monitoring, enforcement.

2 hours 54 min ago
After more than a year, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recently put out its State Implementation Plan to combat PM 2.5 pollution. But it’s not complete. It’s up to residents to abide by it, and it’s up to the borough to devise a reasonable enforcement framework that ensures they do.
Categories: Ecological News

The downside of the boom.

2 hours 54 min ago
Though the oil industry now disposes of oil field brine primarily by injecting it deep underground, it still needs to be transported to disposal wells and remains a stubborn pollution problem. For every barrel of oil, about 1.4 barrels of brine is produced, state officials say, and far more of it spills than does oil.
Categories: Ecological News

Deadly DuPont leak exposes safety, response failures.

2 hours 54 min ago
Investigations are ongoing, but already it's clear that the response to last Saturday's DuPont emergency was inadequate and slow, and that DuPont failed to reveal to first responders how much was at risk. One of the chemicals in the building was the same one that caused the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people.
Categories: Ecological News

Asbestos in Australian schools needs urgent removal demands WorkSafe.

2 hours 54 min ago
Teachers and principals have made an election-eve plea for asbestos to be fully removed from all Victorian schools after a secret state government audit found some are so plagued with the material that buildings need to be cordoned off or cleaned up immediately.
Categories: Ecological News

Bad chemistry took over in California Central Valley’s terrible air siege.

2 hours 54 min ago
An early November pollution siege left people coughing, sneezing, rubbing their eyes and scratching at rashes. It kicked off the Valley’s most dangerous air pollution season - November through the end of February - when fireplace soot, diesel specks and chemical debris can hang in the air for weeks at a time.
Categories: Ecological News

£14bn plan to share Scots water with England.

2 hours 54 min ago
A bold proposal to tackle water shortages in Britain’s southern counties by building a vast “super canal” between the two countries is being considered by both the UK and Scottish governments.
Categories: Ecological News

Chemicals in sunscreen 'may impair male fertility.'

2 hours 54 min ago
A study reports that chemicals commonly found in sunscreen, which filter out UV rays, can impair male fertility. Experts warned when these chemicals are absorbed by the skin, they can interfere with the body's hormones.
Categories: Ecological News

Winter weather weirdness may be just beginning.

2 hours 54 min ago
Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity. While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing.
Categories: Ecological News

Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation.

2 hours 54 min ago
The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region.
Categories: Ecological News

Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves.

2 hours 54 min ago
The U.K. is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned.
Categories: Ecological News

UK taxpayers to fund hundreds of fracking boreholes across the country.

2 hours 54 min ago
Hundreds of government-funded boreholes are set to be drilled across Britain to try to persuade the public that a looming shale gas boom can be developed safely, the Observer has learned.
Categories: Ecological News

North Carolina farmers largely in favor of sludge, while local residents remain starkly opposed.

2 hours 54 min ago
Two distinct sides have formed in arguments over the merits and disadvantages of Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities spreading sludge on Rowan County farmland.
Categories: Ecological News

Danskammer: An old plant breeds new controversies.

2 hours 54 min ago
Along the shore of the Hudson River, what used to be one of the state's dirtiest power plants is coming back to life. Only this time, the Danskammer plant in the Town of Newburgh won't rank among the state's 10 biggest air polluters, as it did in 2000. And it won't rank fifth in the state in the amount of mercury it releases, as it did in 2005.
Categories: Ecological News