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Chemical safety advocacy group protests against governor in Maine.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
A group protested Gov. Paul LePage's record dealing with chemical regulations on Tuesday at the Broadway Park in Bangor.
Categories: Ecological News

The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
For decades, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences. They aren't pretty.
Categories: Ecological News

Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Last year's half-baked, unsuccessful proposal to ban genetically-engineered crops in Los Angeles has not improved with time. Yet here it is before the City Council again, complete with wild statements about bio-engineered food and chock full of inconsistent logic.
Categories: Ecological News

Killer pesticides not effective, says EPA.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Remember those dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides that experts are blaming for the tragic mass death of our pollinators? It turns out that they aren't even all that good at their job, leaving coated crops no better off than if they were left untreated. That's according to a new report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Categories: Ecological News

Komen is supposed to be curing breast cancer. So why is its pink ribbon on so many carcinogenic products?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
The hard truth is that we cannot end the breast cancer epidemic by teaming up with corporations whose toxic practices are fueling it.
Categories: Ecological News

Study finds mother’s exposure to pollution during pregnancy can affect baby.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Women exposed to high levels of traffic pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy are at higher risk of giving birth to a child with weak lungs, researchers said yesterday.
Categories: Ecological News

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
Categories: Ecological News

Staff crunch, poor upkeep hit Bhopal gas tragedy research institute.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
A national level research institute meant to study the impact of Bhopal gas tragedy on health of the survivors and environment around the abandoned Union Carbide factory is limping with staff crunch, poor facilities and little progress on research front.
Categories: Ecological News

World's scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."
Categories: Ecological News

Texas on lonely side of battle over ozone pollution.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
At the state agency responsible for protecting Texans from pollution, a cadre of scientists is now marshaling its arguments to fight tougher federal standards on ozone levels — even as the overwhelming majority of the scientific community heads in the other direction.
Categories: Ecological News

Algal blooms in Lake Erie demand more resources from state and feds.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
To its credit — as the Ohio legislature dithers on the toxic algal blooms that left half a million residents without safe drinking water for three days — the Kasich administration has crafted a coordinated, if limited, plan to focus resources on a few key initiatives.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola fear shows science denial spreads quickly.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Whether it involves Ebola, climate change or childhood vaccines, opinions have somehow become counterbalancing facts to scientific conclusions, giving the perception that the mutterings of the uninformed are worth hearing. They are, in most cases, not.
Categories: Ecological News

Limiting global warming to 2°C: the philosophy and the science.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Industrial civilization must become technologically, economically, politically, and morally sustainable to hold the earth’s temperature below 2°C (3.6°F) higher than its preindustrial average. The problem is not insurmountable.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal seam gas, or clean drinking water. It can’t be both.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
There are few things more fundamental to our health and wellbeing than access to clean air and water. Australia is lucky enough to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, due in no small part to the protection of our drinking water catchments.
Categories: Ecological News

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly. But for the junior team at the Vancouver, Washington, Rifle and Pistol Club, the peril that emerged from their sport didn’t come from a stray bullet. It came from lead (Part 3 of 3).
Categories: Ecological News

Chemicals in plastic 'are making women less interested in sex.'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex.
Categories: Ecological News

The drilling industry's explosion problem.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than 10 percent of all workplace fatalities from fires and explosions.
Categories: Ecological News

New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture must set strict pathogen limits for poultry products with the highest contamination rates and find ways to measure a poultry plant's success with these new standards, according to a government report.
Categories: Ecological News

Drive to mine the deep sea raises concerns over impacts.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood.
Categories: Ecological News

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:30
Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.
Categories: Ecological News