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After oil spill in Bangladesh's mangrove forest, fears about rare animals.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
Oil from a wrecked tanker is creating a disaster in the waters of Bangladesh's Sundarbans, the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest in the world and a haven for a spectacular array of species, including the rare Irrawaddy and Gangetic dolphins and the highly endangered Bengal tiger.
Categories: Ecological News

Industry's mercury challenge could undermine attack on EPA climate rule.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
If coal companies get their way when the Supreme Court reviews U.S. EPA's air standards for mercury and other hazardous emissions, they could undermine their primary legal challenge to another landmark pollution rule: President Obama's greenhouse gas limits for power plants.
Categories: Ecological News

Is fracking polluting the air?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
Toxic air pollution from fracking causes a wide spectrum of health problems for Americans across the country, an environmental group charged in a report released Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Saving the Colorado River Delta, one habitat at a time.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
Under a U.S.-Mexico agreement, a trickle of water is being returned to a few parts of the dried-out Colorado River Delta – and those parts are blooming.
Categories: Ecological News

European Commission pulls environmental legislation from its work program.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
The European Commission said Tuesday it would withdraw several important pieces of environmental legislation from its work program for next year, saying plans to boost the region’s stagnant economy would take priority.
Categories: Ecological News

'It's like spiritual genocide': Miner faces fresh fight to drill Indigenous heritage site.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
A mining company that plans to drill for gas under one of Australia’s oldest Indigenous heritage sites is facing a revolt from traditional landholders.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery.
Categories: Ecological News

Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Beijing’s air quality has long been a cause of concern, but the effects of its extreme levels of pollution on daily life can now be seen in physical changes to the architecture of the city.
Categories: Ecological News

Detroit residents complain of health effects of breathing in toxics.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
According to a 2014 Public Policy Poll, more than three in five DTE customers say they support replacing the state’s coal burning power plants with renewable energy sources and are also very concerned about asthma attacks and other potential health problems from coal-burning power plants.
Categories: Ecological News

Thailand fails to clean lead-poisoned creek despite court order.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Children 'clean' oil spill with kitchen utensils in the Sundarbans.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Bangladesh still struggles to deal with a devastating oil spill in the world's largest mangrove forest.
Categories: Ecological News

Growing use in US, EU of systematic review for safety analyses targets different issues.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Research and regulatory agencies in North America and Europe are increasing their use of systematic review, but they are applying the strategies to different targets.
Categories: Ecological News

Canada feds leave $321-million unspent for green programs.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
The federal government failed to spend a total of $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year, while spending more than the $438-million to fund programs that primarily supported the oil and gas sector.
Categories: Ecological News

Kingman, Arizona, ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from US decades after atomic tests.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Despite data showing that Kingman, like the rest of the southern portion of Mohave County, was exposed to double the amount of radiation recorded in other Arizona counties, the health risks are yet to be acknowledged by the federal government.
Categories: Ecological News

South Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country's first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favor of a plaintiff claiming a link between radiation and the cancer.
Categories: Ecological News

Planetary climate pledge drive.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
After the U.N. summit in Lima, Peru, follow-up relies on peer pressure among the 200 nations. About the best that can be said for the accord announced in Peru on Sunday, after two weeks of talks, is that even a weak deal is better than no deal.
Categories: Ecological News

Klity Creek's neglected toxic lead legacy.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
To this day, residents of lower Klity Creek continue to be exposed to toxic lead — as they have for decades. Thailand's environmental authorities have studied Klity Creek since 1998. They have repeatedly found high levels of lead. Yet, the main response to these studies has been to do more tests.
Categories: Ecological News

The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Fossil-fuel industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise – but they’re saying this is a good thing. We need more CO2 in our lives, not less.
Categories: Ecological News

Theo Colborn, 1927–2014.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
If you ever had the chance to meet her, even once, you knew Theo Colborn. She didn’t have a single hidden agenda. Her commitment to uncovering the truth was out there for the world to see.
Categories: Ecological News

'Super bacteria' found in Rio's Olympic waters.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
A drug-resistant "super bacteria" normally found in hospitals and notoriously difficult to treat have been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said Monday.
Categories: Ecological News