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Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:30
Florida wildlife and water managers are worried about an invasive snail that is wreaking havoc on the state's billion-dollar effort to remove chemicals from the fragile Everglades.
Categories: Ecological News

Congress pushes nuclear expansion despite accidents at weapons lab.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:30
Weapons watchdog New Mexico Nuclear Watch says the government’s position is ‘increasingly hypocritical’ as the United States prepares to increase the production of warheads in spite of safety and environmental concerns.
Categories: Ecological News

Study examines cancer risk from first atom-bomb test.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:30
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.
Categories: Ecological News

GMO labeling measure in Colorado triggers heated debate.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
With a Nov. 4 ballot measure, Colorado is at the forefront of a fierce food fight raging across the nation: whether or not to label foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, so consumers can easily see if the food they buy is a product of genetic engineering.
Categories: Ecological News

Ogallala water continues to pour onto farm fields despite decades of dire forecasts.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Significant portions of the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest bodies of water in the United States, are at risk of drying up if the aquifer continues to be drained at its current rate.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change makes it harder to save Lake Erie.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Although not the primary source of Great Lakes algae, climate change is exacerbating the problem and making it harder to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients that help algae grow, experts say.
Categories: Ecological News

Dry humor: Too much water doesn't damp Germans' thrifty habits.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
There are many subjects of German soul-searching. Among them: Is the country saving too much water?
Categories: Ecological News

Wildlife populations down drastically.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Populations of about 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have plummeted far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups.
Categories: Ecological News

Making smarter milk farming.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Cows have long been castigated for their methane-belching, manure-producing ways, one of agriculture's top contributors to climate change. Now, a high-tech project aims to help cows produce far less methane and far more milk.
Categories: Ecological News

Soda giants' deal too sweet to buy.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The American Beverage Association announced last week that it wants to reduce calorie intake from beverages by 20%. In a society where 35% of adults are obese, it's important that public and private groups do something. But this latest announcement hardly merits breaking out the champagne, or even the Cherry Coke.
Categories: Ecological News

Change in the air on climate.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
In his United Nations speech last week, President Obama made a commitment to lead the global effort to reduce the emissions that cause global warming. That was not only appropriate but necessary given this country's responsibility for the problem.
Categories: Ecological News

Swimming through garbage.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
You get a good feel for the health of the oceans when you stick your head in them for four weeks. This summer, I swam long distances in the Seven Seas: the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Seas. The longest swim was 37 miles and took me two days. I was shocked by what I saw in the seas, and by what I didn't see.
Categories: Ecological News

Naomi Klein: Fossil fuels threaten our ability to have healthy children.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life.
Categories: Ecological News

The chemicals in my couch are disrupting my WHAT?

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Oh, the power of the news. It can inform us, enrich us with a deeper understanding of the world, delight us with stories of orphan bears finding forever homes, and, yes, freak us out about our living room furniture.
Categories: Ecological News

A perilous journey: Seabird runs gauntlet of hazards on 40,000-mile annual trip.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Part 15 of Winged Warnings. Domoic acid poisoning is just one of many environmental perils that sooty shearwaters encounter on their annual migration, which is among the longest on Earth. In their quest for endless summer, these seabirds are tour guides of the hazards in the oceans driving nearly half of the world's seabird species into decline.
Categories: Ecological News

Dire warnings by big tobacco on e-smoking.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Tobacco companies have suddenly positioned themselves as protectors of consumer well-being in the digital age. They are putting out some of the strongest health warnings in the fledgling e-cigarette industry.
Categories: Ecological News

In Chicago, food inspectors are guided by big data.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Chicago is experimenting with new technology to guide where restaurant food inspections should occur, based on factors such as current weather, nearby construction and past health code violations.
Categories: Ecological News

Dark side of the boom.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
In just five years, the Bakken formation in North Dakota has gone from producing about 200,000 barrels to 1.1 million barrels of oil a day, making North Dakota the No. 2 oil-producing state, behind Texas, and luring thousands of workers from around the country. But there is a dark side to the multibillion-dollar boom.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
A writer from Massachusetts goes to Texas to decide whether to keep the mineral rights beneath a family oil well or to sell them to a company that wants to frack the well. His journey through the Texas lowlands and the nation’s divisive energy debate brought an unexpected conclusion.
Categories: Ecological News

Good: sturgeon return. Bad: rockfish fall. Ugly: a killer plant comes back to the bay.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The Chesapeake Bay is beset by manmade waste and overfishing. And it is laced with diseases that take the lives of countless oysters and striped bass and with chemicals that are changing the sex of male smallmouth bass. But the return of sturgeon is a sign that the bay can recover.
Categories: Ecological News