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Judge tosses Big Island GMO law.

6 hours 30 min ago
A federal judge - the same one who threw out a County of Kauai law related to pesticides and genetically modified crops in August - ruled Wednesday that a Hawaii County law banning new genetically engineered crops on the Big Island is invalid.
Categories: Ecological News

Packing on the pounds (of CO2) for Thanksgiving.

6 hours 30 min ago
Here's something to chew on in addition to turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (or ponder as you're stuck in traffic): transportation accounts for 28 percent of Americans’ overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Categories: Ecological News

Offshore wind farm plan has potential to harness energy cheaply.

6 hours 30 min ago
Every source of energy has environmental costs; if done right, offshore wind may be one of the cleanest.
Categories: Ecological News

Feasting, digesting and composting toward zero waste.

6 hours 30 min ago
Food is the largest single material going to landfills across the nation — we throw away almost 35 million tons each year at a cost of more than $1 billion. Let’s add to tradition by making sure the food we give thanks for does not go to waste.
Categories: Ecological News

New smog rules: Good but later than they had to be.

6 hours 30 min ago
The Obama administration’s announcement on Wednesday of a proposed rule limiting emissions of smog-causing ozone in the atmosphere is, on one level, great news. But note that a federal judge ordered the administration to deliver the new standard after environmentalists sued.
Categories: Ecological News

Kenyan women pay the price for slum water 'mafias.'

6 hours 30 min ago
Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths.

6 hours 30 min ago
In the slippery tide pools of San Pedro’s Point Fermin, there are sticky green sea anemone, hard-shelled limpets, barnacles shaped like mini-volcanoes and even small octopuses hiding between gaps in the rocks. Noticeably missing from this coastal menagerie are the icons of the rocky intertidal zone — the sea stars.
Categories: Ecological News

High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats.

6 hours 30 min ago
Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming with an audacious and ambitious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100.
Categories: Ecological News

A guide to a waste-free, environmentally friendly Thanksgiving.

6 hours 30 min ago
The nonprofit group Food Tank says Americans will waste approximately five million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Categories: Ecological News

The EPA's ozone rule could be its biggest, most controversial regulation yet.

6 hours 30 min ago
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter regulations on ground-level ozone pollution — more commonly known as "smog." Right now, US cities are supposed to keep ozone levels in the air below 75 parts per billion (many still don't).
Categories: Ecological News

Obama builds environmental legacy with 1970 law.

6 hours 30 min ago
President Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any occupant of the White House. Yet it is very possible that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.
Categories: Ecological News

The mine disaster that shook Turkey.

6 hours 30 min ago
Just after 3 o’clock, the shearer machine stopped working. The conveyor belts that carried the coal stopped working. The lights stopped working. The power had gone out. Only the lamps on the miners’ helmets shone in the dark.
Categories: Ecological News

Federal judge rules Big Island GMO law invalid, pre-empted by state, federal law.

6 hours 30 min ago
A Hawaii County law restricting genetically engineered crops is invalid, a federal judge said in an order issued Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

CDC: Fewer than 18 percent of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low.

6 hours 30 min ago
The proportion of American adults who smoke cigarettes has hit a new low, new federal data show.
Categories: Ecological News

China’s growth fuels boom in world shipping traffic.

6 hours 30 min ago
Ship traffic on the world's oceans has quadrupled over the past two decades, raising new concerns about escalating emissions, according to a new study that's the first to rely on satellite data to produce global maps of shipping on the open seas.
Categories: Ecological News

African states should double agriculture research spending, report says.

6 hours 30 min ago
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report said on Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

In new drainage projects, long-buried urban streams see the light again.

6 hours 30 min ago
In recent years many cities have been undoing the past century's drainage projects, uncovering or "daylighting" buried streams, using innovative techniques that mimic nature to help restore open waterways, prevent pollution and create habitats for animals.
Categories: Ecological News

Vultures could hold key to deadly bacteria.

6 hours 30 min ago
As millions of Americans tuck into the traditional turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, they might spare a thought for the turkey vulture, whose meal will certainly be undercooked, lacking in trimmings, eaten at the side of the road and seething with toxic bacteria that would kill most other animals.
Categories: Ecological News

Golden Temple to be under pollution scanner 24x7.

6 hours 30 min ago
Worried over reports about India's most loved monument Taj Mahal turning yellow due to pollution, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has woken up to the imminent threat to Golden Temple, Sikhs' holiest shrine.
Categories: Ecological News

China hit by second deadly mine blast in 2 days.

6 hours 30 min ago
At least 11 people were killed Thursday in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit China in two days, pointing to continuing safety issues in the industry despite a major decline in deaths among miners in recent years.
Categories: Ecological News