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Food power!

3 hours 10 min ago
We are beginning to see the power of food as an issue. Food policy has the potential to change the way people think and the way they vote; if we make our candidates take progressive positions on food, we’ll be forging more progressive candidates. For people interested in good food, there’s no better work to do.
Categories: Ecological News

Renewables are not enough.

3 hours 10 min ago
The fundamental problem with Big Wind is much bigger than its cost and unreliability. The problem is that today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us from the effects of climate change – and we’re wasting our time by trying.
Categories: Ecological News

The fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian thalidomide survivors make a plea for help.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
The thalidomide scandal caused a furor in Canada in the early sixties, shocking a nation that trusted in the safety of medications and the federal gatekeepers who were supposed to screen them. The story has been largely forgotten, but its victims have never escaped it.
Categories: Ecological News

Air pollution costs EU up to 189 billion euros: EU agency.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency said in a report published on Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Federal judge sides with Pebble to halt EPA, for now.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay.
Categories: Ecological News

Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal fact-finding report shows there are Native families who were dislocated by the dams on the Columbia River who did not receive relocation assistance or alternative housing. The report was issued earlier this year. So far, it has been greeted with silence.
Categories: Ecological News

The resilient thalidomide survivors are in great need as they age.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Canada’s thalidomide victims are resilient, but now time is catching up with them. We have the money to make the remaining years of our 95 thalidomide victims bearable and dignified. We should do it, and do it quickly.
Categories: Ecological News

The GOP targets the EPA, again.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
It was inevitable that congressional Republicans, bloated by midterm hubris, would renew their attack on science with the vigor of a sadistic child who tears the wings off butterflies.
Categories: Ecological News

Improve state preparedness.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
While debate continues over whether climate change is generated by human activity, Cuomo bypasses that argument to deal with realities: New York increasingly faces unusual, dangerous and deadly weather events. It must improve its ability to predict, prepare and respond.
Categories: Ecological News

Was GE’s PCB dumping legal and permitted? Not always.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
As General Electric Co. nears the completion of the required portions of its PCB dredging project, a debate is heating up over whether the company should have to remove additional contaminated sediment within the upper Hudson River.
Categories: Ecological News

New House GOP better for science - by a micron.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Climate change denialism, which is rife in the GOP, should be seen as essentially an economic sop to powerful interests who don't want to face the short-term costs that climate remedies would impose on them. But it uses the vocabulary of science, not economics, to make its threadbare case.
Categories: Ecological News

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks biomimicry can tackle water problems. He has spent the last decade trying to correct imbalances through imitating natural processes to address environmental problems. Kania believes there are few ailments that copying nature can’t heal.
Categories: Ecological News

In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit US launches.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.
Categories: Ecological News

From rapper to Chief Seattle’s descendent, many are eager for Duwamish River cleanup.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Rapper Macklemore rolls up in his signature old black Cadillac, sporting black Ray-Bans and big boots. But fortunately, Seattle’s beloved star isn't here to perform. He’s come to this heavily industrial and polluted part of South Seattle to go for a paddle on the river he’s made his cause celebre: the Duwamish.
Categories: Ecological News

Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday.
Categories: Ecological News

Federal forums reveal deep divisions on causes of, solutions to pollinator decline.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
As federal agencies develop a nationwide strategy to reverse a dramatic decline in the number of pollinator insects, a pair of recent public forums revealed deep disagreements among the issue's stakeholders: beekeepers, farmers, environmental activists and chemical companies.
Categories: Ecological News

invisible tailpipe.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Whether they want to or not, carmakers are having to rush out all manner of zero-emission vehicles that use either rechargeable batteries or hydrogen fuel-cells to drive the wheels.
Categories: Ecological News

North Carolina committee probes new uses for coal ash.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
North Carolina's orders to close Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds pose a 108 million-ton question: Are there better uses for ash than burying it in new holes in the ground? The answer is a qualified "yes," a state committee charged with probing that question learned Monday.
Categories: Ecological News

Large-scale die-off of small seabird along Sonoma Coast.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Scientists up and down the West Coast are monitoring what appears to be a large-scale die-off of young Cassin’s auklets, small seabirds whose breeding grounds include a colony in the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.
Categories: Ecological News

Record drought reveals stunning changes along Colorado River.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:30
Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore. But it's also raising the alarm about water.
Categories: Ecological News