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Race for the Cure shouldn’t accept money from gas drillers.

3 hours 25 min ago
The Susan G Komen breast cancer organization, known for its Race for the Cure, at Sunday’s Steelers game accepted a sizable donation from Baker Hughes Inc., an oil- and gas-field service company heavily engaged in fracking. The company also is distributing 1,000 pink drill bits around the world.
Categories: Ecological News

Penguins offer US a lesson in addressing climate change.

3 hours 25 min ago
On the western Antarctic Peninsula, climate change is wreaking havoc on stocks of krill, tiny crustaceans that penguins eat. Adelie penguins are in decline in the region because they have not changed their survival strategy and found something else to eat. Gentoo penguins have; they have been able to turn a threat into a comparative advantage.
Categories: Ecological News

Nearly $8 Million raised to defeat Maui GMO ballot initiative.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Seed companies and their allies have raised nearly $8 million to defeat a Maui County voter initiative that seeks to temporarily ban GMO farming, according to reports filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission on Monday.
Categories: Ecological News

Bacterial contamination in cosmetics eludes public eye.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Thousands of cosmetic products teeming with bacteria are quietly pulled from store shelves every year. These contaminated products threaten the lives of people with compromised immune systems, but experts say cosmetic firms do not publicly announce most recalls due to lax industry regulation.
Categories: Ecological News

Former atomic workers overdue on federal benefits.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Rocky Flats, the nation's Cold War nuclear weapons plant just off Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder, no longer stands. But many of the former workers who believe they became ill because of exposure to radiation and toxic materials at the site are still struggling to receive federal benefits.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution in Delhi prompts US Embassy warning.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
If you have children in New Delhi, you might not want to let them play outside today. The U.S. Embassy in the Indian capital said air quality – as measured at a monitoring station in the embassy compound – had reached “very unhealthy” levels on Wednesday morning.
Categories: Ecological News

Hopes dim for 18 workers trapped in Turkish mine.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Hopes were fading on Tuesday that 18 miners who were trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey would be rescued.
Categories: Ecological News

Milwaukee water plant to suspend ozone treatments up to 12 weeks.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
The Milwaukee Water Works will turn off ozone treatment — the primary water disinfection process — at its Linnwood plant on the lakefront for up to 12 weeks beginning Wednesday, officials said.
Categories: Ecological News

The Red Cross’ secret disaster.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
In 2012, two massive storms pounded the U.S., leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks. The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.
Categories: Ecological News

Europe’s ambitious climate goal.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
The European Union continues to lead by example on the issue of climate change. Last week, the union’s 28 members agreed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030.
Categories: Ecological News

Philadelphia gas decision leaks sense.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
City Council's sudden-death dismissal of the proposal of UIL Holdings Corp. to buy PGW is the source of some pretty bad energy. For one thing, Mayor Nutter blew a circuit, calling out Council for the "biggest cop-out we've seen in recent legislative history." We agree.
Categories: Ecological News

Cities are the greatest hope for our planet.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. They offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline.
Categories: Ecological News

Yes on GMO labels.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Colorado's proposition 105 would require food that is genetically modified or contains genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. This legislation isn't perfect; but laws are written by humans so none of them are. We'd prefer to see a national program like some European countries have.
Categories: Ecological News

Plastics chemical linked to changes in boys' genitals.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of a chemical found in vinyl products are born with slightly altered genital development, according to research published today. The study of nearly 200 Swedish babies is the first to link the chemical di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) to changes in the development of the human male reproductive tract.
Categories: Ecological News

What to do about pig poop? North Carolina fights rising tide.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
North Carolina and other hog-heavy states such as Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana are the leading suppliers of meat to a nation with an abiding love of cheap pork. But residents must contend with waste from millions of hogs, which fouls the air near operations and can contaminate local water supplies.
Categories: Ecological News

State raises possibility of banning neonicotinoids.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Minnesota regulators, for the first time, are considering banning or restricting a controversial class of insecticides that have been linked to honeybee deaths. The possibility, disclosed this week by the state Department of Agriculture in a revised outline for a study of the chemicals, followed an outpouring of public concern over the dramatic decline in honeybee populations in recent years.
Categories: Ecological News

China shipping delivers toxic pollution cocktail.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
China is waging war on pollution, closing factories and targeting dirty coal-fired power plants, but its ports are pumping out pollution virtually unchecked, according to a report by a U.S. environmental group.
Categories: Ecological News

Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out.
Categories: Ecological News

Protesters occupy small airport near oil block in Peru's Amazon.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Hundreds of indigenous community members took control of a small Amazonian airport inside Peru's biggest oil block, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, part of a dispute with Argentine energy firm Pluspetrol and the government over pollution and use of local resources.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan edges back towards nuclear power with vote to restart reactors.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:30
Japan has moved closer to a return to nuclear power, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, after a town in the country's south-west voted to approve two reactors coming back online.
Categories: Ecological News