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India will be most populous country sooner than thought, UN says.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Demographers have known for some time that the number of people in India would surpass the number in China, the two most populous countries in the world. But they did not anticipate that the change would happen so quickly.
Categories: Ecological News

The VA's 'experts' on toxic chemicals may not know what they're talking about.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated water are seeing a disturbing pattern of disability claim denials.
Categories: Ecological News

How mass incarceration takes a toll on the environment, communities, and prisoners.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.
Categories: Ecological News

Flame retardant chemicals found in US Congressional offices.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.
Categories: Ecological News

Mapping confirms the stress of urban blight and other public health problems.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
African-American pedestrians in Philadelphia who walked by a dilapidated urban lot filled with trash and overgrown vegetation had an elevated heart rate attributed to stress, as compared with those who sauntered past a newly green lot in the same vicinity.
Categories: Ecological News

Ottawa plans to ban microbeads over environmental concerns.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
The federal government has announced it intends to ban the microbeads used in personal care products, after a scientific review found that the tiny particles pose a potential risk to the environment.
Categories: Ecological News

'Brain-eating amoeba' found in water supply near New Orleans.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
U.S. health officials have confirmed the presence of a 'brain-eating' amoeba in the water supply of several communities near New Orleans.
Categories: Ecological News

Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Human development has lowered salmon populations for years, but drought could be the final blow.
Categories: Ecological News

GOP probes alleged internal problems with Obama water rule.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
The House Oversight Committee is looking into allegations that two Obama administration agencies had sharp disagreements over the development of a major water pollution rule.
Categories: Ecological News

3 former executives to be prosecuted in Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
The decision to proceed with criminal cases, the first to arise from the 2011 meltdowns, marked a victory for citizens’ groups.
Categories: Ecological News

Owners of Vegas-area coal power plant to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit with tribe, Sierra Club.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighbouring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Fumes from Iowa hog-manure pit kill father and son.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Concentrating thousands of hogs in one place means concentrating huge amounts of their shit, too; and that shit puts off gases that are so noxious that they can kill people who work near them.
Categories: Ecological News

The sand you're lying on could be 100 times more contaminated than the ocean.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
With the first closures this season of ocean beaches in New Jersey for high levels of pollution, a new study suggests that a bigger problem for those beaches might not be their water, but their sand.
Categories: Ecological News

‘I want hookah': How Twitter feedback influences use.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Researchers are finding that positive mentions about hookah use on Twitter — more than 12,000 a day — may be adding to the misperception that it is somehow less harmful than cigarette smoking. It's not.
Categories: Ecological News

Importing both salamanders and their potential destruction.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
A recently discovered fungus is killing salamanders in Europe. It is likely spread by the pet trade and could soon arrive in North America, home to about half of all salamander species.
Categories: Ecological News

Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
A plea hearing and sentencing have been scheduled for Mississippi Phosphates, accused of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways, killing fish and destroying marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula.
Categories: Ecological News

Shipping company Matson to pay Hawaii $15 million over molasses spill.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
A U.S. shipping company has agreed to pay Hawaii more than $15 million to reimburse the state for the cost of cleanup and restoration following a massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor two years ago, officials said on Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Kenyan pastoralists fighting climate change through food forests.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Climate change has made pastoralism an increasingly unsustainable livelihood option, leaving many households in Samburu without access to a daily meal, let alone a balanced diet.
Categories: Ecological News

Senate panel greenlights oil exports, offshore drilling, infrastructure upgrades.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 19:30
Measures that would end the U.S. oil export ban, ease restrictions on offshore drilling, support energy efficiency and upgrade the nation's electricity infrastructure won approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News