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Maryland needs phosphorus regulations.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
No one wishes to see Eastern Shore farmers saddled with higher costs or regulatory burdens, but phosphorus levels in the Chesapeake Bay remain a vexing problem. Perhaps the governor needs to be reminded of how vital it is for Maryland to move forward in cleaning up the bay.
Categories: Ecological News

Chicago City Council: meddling with your gas tank.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
The Chicago City Council has a long history of doing nefarious things to its citizens, but as far as we can tell, it has never tried to ruin your car’s engine. There’s a first for everything.
Categories: Ecological News

Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next? Mammoth companies are trying to collect water that all life needs and charge for it as they would for other natural resources.
Categories: Ecological News

Strategies for energy security and climate protection are the same.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Europe’s energy security and climate protection strategies aren’t mutually exclusive. On the contrary, it’s by embracing a green-energy transition that it will most effectively — and enduringly — be able to slash energy imports from abroad, with their accompanying exorbitant costs.
Categories: Ecological News

Boston University’s biohazard lab is an empty fortress.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
It is highly unlikely that BU’s lab will result in some neighborhood-threatening accident. But the question of why it needs to open there doesn’t have a great answer. Certainly, America needs to understand avian flu, but should that really be happening on Albany Street?
Categories: Ecological News

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years.
Categories: Ecological News

A watershed moment: Formidable invasive species won't be easy to keep out of Great Lakes.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Ballast water, used to steady less-than-full ships on the high seas, has been blamed for moving all manner of species around the globe - including into the Great Lakes. Is there a better way to keep invasive species out of the lakes? (Part 2 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Groups press New York state to ban poisons that kill wildlife.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
For years, wildlife and conservation groups have raised alarms that a class of poisons used to kill rats in New York has been indiscriminately killing wildlife in places like Central Park. Relying on fresh evidence from post-mortem examinations, six groups are pressing for a statewide ban.
Categories: Ecological News

Deal is said to be near to expand bike sharing in New York.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
After months of financial uncertainty surrounding the program, city officials are nearing a final agreement that would reshape the system’s management as it was established under Mr. Bloomberg, and bring the bikes to a wider swath of the city beginning next year.
Categories: Ecological News

Maryland's manure-burning power plant in limbo.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
The project seemed simple enough — build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry But 18 months after it was heralded by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the $75 million project has been stymied after prospective sites and a potential partnership fell through.
Categories: Ecological News

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Trial in salmonella outbreak from peanuts to begin.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.
Categories: Ecological News

As Ebola, MERS and HIV/AIDS make headlines, what are the biggest risks to the world's health?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
The World Health Organisation, a UN body that exists to protect and advise the international community about threats such as Ebola and MERS, have raised concerns about the “striking changes in the communicable disease situation”.
Categories: Ecological News

Plants show injuries on their leaves when exposed to pollution.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30
A new ozone garden exhibit at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History shows the harmful effects of air pollution on plants, a physical representation of how human actions can affect living systems.
Categories: Ecological News

A watershed moment: How invasive species changed the Great Lakes forever.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
June 1, 1988, the day everything changed for the Great Lakes, was sunny, hot and mostly calm — perfect weather for the young researchers from the University of Windsor who were hunting for critters crawling across the bottom of Lake St. Clair. (Part 1 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Bee battle seeks hearts and minds.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Adversaries aren’t waiting for conclusive science on what’s killing the honeybee. They’re taking their fight straight to the public in an intensifying battle for the support of the nation’s consumers.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil, gas boom taps rush of ordinances and bans across the U.S.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Development of oil and gas shale formations has sparked drilling from Pennsylvania to California, and that is leading to a new wave of local oil and gas ordinances and bans. But in many places, local governments and the oil and gas industry are reaching accord.
Categories: Ecological News

California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Normally Case Vlot and Chase Hurley would rarely talk to each other. But that was before the drought, and before the land began to sink beneath their feet. Now they and every farmer for miles around are talking to each other all the time.
Categories: Ecological News

Lawsuit secrets related to West explosion keep public in dark.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
Secrets wrapped up in lawsuits over the 2013 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West could keep valuable health and safety information hidden from the public forever.
Categories: Ecological News

Motions seek to blame Texas city of West for devastating explosion.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:30
In recent motions aiming to designate the city of West as a “responsible third party” in the lawsuits, El Dorado Chemical and CF Industries contend the city failed to properly train the first responders and had insufficient protocols in place to battle the blaze at West Fertilizer Co.
Categories: Ecological News