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Donations pour in to influence GMO debate, but are they being disclosed?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The growing debate over genetically modified food and farming in Hawaii has attracted more than $77,000 so far this year to influence political elections, according to an analysis of state campaign spending data and additional financial information.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA cleanups and the toxins left behind.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The EPA is responsible for protecting human health at 1,700 hazardous waste sites across the country through the Superfund program. But an EPA "cleanup" does not mean all toxics are gone.
Categories: Ecological News

US EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities: Report.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The United States has made progress in reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remains to reduce risks for the country's most overburdened urban areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top official said on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

India court orders uranium company to study impacts.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
India’s sole uranium mining company is being ordered by a regional court to disclose radiation levels and the presence of any heavy metals in soil and water in a cluster of villages with reports of unusual numbers of deformed and sick children.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides cause lead contamination among pregnant women: Study.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Unplanned use of pesticides and herbicides in crops is one of the key reasons for presence of higher level of lead in blood among pregnant women in rural Bangladesh, a study revealed.
Categories: Ecological News

Drought-stricken California town struggles to keep the water flowing.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
All summer, Montague, California, has been a town in trouble. The city sits half an hour south of the Oregon border, in a rugged patch of Northern California that offers little refuge from the scorching sun.
Categories: Ecological News

Iran: Dried out.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Farmers who worked the fertile lands around Isfahan have had to find a new way to make a living since the river at the heart of this Iranian city ran dry.
Categories: Ecological News

Natural gas production falls short in China.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Faced with severe air pollution from coal and a rising dependence on energy imports, China has been eager to follow the United States by rapidly increasing natural gas output. Replacing coal with natural gas has also been central to Beijing’s hopes to limit emissions of global warming gases in China.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle.
Categories: Ecological News

Up in flames: Flares in Eagle Ford Shale wasting natural gas.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Oil and gas companies rushing to drill in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 have burned and wasted billions of cubic feet of natural gas – enough to meet the needs of every San Antonio-area household that relies on the fossil fuel for an entire year.
Categories: Ecological News

West Virginia water company presses for secrecy.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Attorneys for West Virginia American Water are insisting that the state Public Service Commission not force them to release any documents that explain what sort of planning the company did to prepare for potential contamination of its Elk River drinking water supply prior to January’s chemical leak.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA pressed for time limits on chemical trade secrets.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
A coalition of environmental, labor and public health groups is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to set time limits on information deemed "confidential" by the chemical industry.
Categories: Ecological News

California to boot smog-causing pesticides from San Joaquin Valley.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
California pesticide regulators expect to restrict use of smog-producing pesticides, commonly used on grapes, almonds, walnuts, alfalfa and other leading crops, from May through October next year in the San Joaquin Valley.
Categories: Ecological News

Expert review: Fluoride 'safe and effective.'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
A high-level panel has found "no adverse effects" of fluoridation of public water supplies, following a review of scientific evidence.
Categories: Ecological News

Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should avoid all tuna.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposed a minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time since fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The problem: Fish also can be a good source of mercury — and, in an article published Thursday, Consumer Reports is taking issue with the new guidelines.
Categories: Ecological News

Is fluoride in private wells causing an IQ decline?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine's drinking water—and potentially other New England states.
Categories: Ecological News

Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The Buffalo River was everyone’s – industries’ and individuals’ – dumping ground for most of the last century. But when finished at year’s end, the $44 million cleanup of the waterway will allow residents to use the Buffalo River in ways no one thought imaginable.
Categories: Ecological News

China mine disasters point to poor safety record.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
Rescuers sought Wednesday to reach 36 coal miners trapped underground after two separate fatal incidents. Deadly accidents highlight the perils of mining in China. Despite recent safety gains, China remains home to the world's deadliest coal mines, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths last year.
Categories: Ecological News

Judge rules Corps can ignore mining health studies.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge in Charleston, West Virginia, ruled this week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider scientific studies linking mountaintop removal to public health problems when the agency approves new Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.
Categories: Ecological News

Toronto is smog free for the first summer in decades. But why?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:30
The summer of 2014 has been a tentative triumph for air quality in Toronto, according to a new study demonstrating remarkable improvements in regional air pollution since 2000, but that success is tentative.
Categories: Ecological News