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A climate for change: The US can help drive a new round of global carbon cuts.

6 hours 10 min ago
No U.S.-only initiative can stop the planet from warming. Any effective response to climate change will require broad, international effort. But such coordination is not out of reach. It is quite possible - if the United States does its part.
Categories: Ecological News

Will the world go for a carbon tax?

6 hours 10 min ago
Next year could bring an international treaty that eventually would damage West Virginia’s coal industry, and the gas industry to lesser degree.
Categories: Ecological News

The EPA's plan on Passaic River cleanup is flawed.

6 hours 10 min ago
For more than forty years we have failed to clean up the Passaic River and protect the communities along the river from dioxin, PCB, and mercury contamination. We had hoped that the EPA’s cleanup "plan" would finally end this long toxic nightmare.
Categories: Ecological News

Congress should do more to protect the country from wildfires.

6 hours 10 min ago
Congress should provide emergency funding to fight wildfires while greatly increasing the budget for stewardship of America's shamefully neglected national forests. We must fix this broken model before more people, communities and wildlife suffer needless harm.
Categories: Ecological News

To catch a salmon.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Dams aren’t the only power-generating strongholds that salmon are up against on the Columbia River: Coal trains not only threaten the salmon habitat, they threaten the economics of the fishing industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Big Food to divulge chemical info.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Food companies are trying to beat the federal government’s push to make chemicals in food more transparent.
Categories: Ecological News

Nearly half of global trash is burned, creating more pollution than reported: Study.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Rampant trash-burning is throwing more pollution and toxic particles into the air than governments are reporting, according to a scientific study estimating that more than 40 percent of the world’s garbage is burned.
Categories: Ecological News

Could climate change cause deadly epidemics?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
A new study found that Dengue fever, a virus spread by mosquitoes, eventually could become a significant health problem in parts of Europe, including Mediterranean and Adriatic coastal areas that are popular with tourists. Europe is becoming hotter and more humid, conditions which foster the growth of the mosquitoes.
Categories: Ecological News

Fate of the passenger pigeon looms as a somber warning.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
This September 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon on earth. The extinction of this once-abundant North American bird still stands as a cautionary tale.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientific advice: Crisis counsellors.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Volcanic eruptions, oil spills and bacterial outbreaks all land in the laps of government science advisers, and put them to the test.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA discloses plans for $40M cleanup of former Rhode Island dump.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
A $40 million action plan to cap and reclaim 74 acres of polluted land along the Blackstone River is suddenly gaining traction after years of behind-the-scenes investigation and reports.
Categories: Ecological News

Brazil dismantles 'biggest destroyer' of Amazon rainforest.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
The authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest. The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing.
Categories: Ecological News

Weaken or neglect West Virginia chemical storage tank rules?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
As memory of the January water crisis ebbs away, forces are gathering to weaken a law intended to prevent above-ground chemical storage tanks from leaking poison into the water.
Categories: Ecological News

The poisoning of Africa’s vultures.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
More stringent regulation and control over the distribution of pesticides, and prosecutions for those who use pesticides to poison wildlife, are critical in many African nations if the poisoning of vultures is to be brought under control.
Categories: Ecological News

Why health and climate experts must work together.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Learning to use climate and weather knowledge to manage health risks can not only help save lives today. It is part of learning to adapt to climate extremes and a different climate future.
Categories: Ecological News

Heavy metal songs: Contaminated songbirds sing the wrong tunes.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxicant: It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds’ behavior and kill their chicks. But after extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury also alters the very thing that many birds are known for – their songs.
Categories: Ecological News

Fishery mislabeling could mean more mercury than buyers bargain for.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
That Chilean sea bass from the local grocery store could have twice the methylmercury that’s expected – if it comes from a region other than indicated on the label, a new study says.
Categories: Ecological News

DuPont agrees to $1.3 million in chemical leak fines.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
DuPont Co. has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million in fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve violations the EPA cited after a string of 2010 chemical leaks, EPA officials announced Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

New rhino threat: Coal.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
Plans for an open cast coal mine on the border of South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are controversial because the park is home to the largest population of white rhinos in the world and mine opponents are concerned about worsening air and water quality, and increased crime.
Categories: Ecological News

Gift-bearing officials try to lure Chinese factories inland.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:30
With foreign investment falling, inland provinces are in a cutthroat competition to attract domestic industries, offering significant financial incentives to businesses and even undercutting one another in crucial areas like environmental regulation.
Categories: Ecological News