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In Ethiopia, family planning increasingly an article of faith.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
Leaders from all religious traditions smooth the way for contraception on the idea that sprawling families in poor conditions are not healthy for kids or moms.
Categories: Ecological News

Survey: Many combat vets worried about exposure to 'burn pits'.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
One of the most surprising results to come out of a survey released this week by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America was in response to a question buried in the "general health" section. In the survey of some 2,000 US service members who had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, three-quarters reported being exposed to burn pits while deployed.
Categories: Ecological News

‘Shrilling chicken’ is cute but very dangerous, says toxic watch group.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
A toxic watch group is seeking the removal from the local market of a Chinese-made plastic toy called “Shrilling Chicken” after two European countries banned its sale because of serious health and environmental risks.
Categories: Ecological News

Florida poll: More than 7 in 10 voters concerned about climate change, back EPA action plan.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and as many as 71 percent say they’re concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly-contested governor’s race.
Categories: Ecological News

Can your town ban fracking? Depends on the state.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
A judge struck down a fracking ban in Longmont, Colorado Thursday – a victory for oil and gas companies, and a blow to environmentalists trying to halt fracking at the local level. As more and more cities and towns mull fracking bans, courts are weighing in with decisions that vary widely by state.
Categories: Ecological News

Hundreds of juvenile salmon die due to low flows, warm weather.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
"We're all on alert," California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist Sara Borok said. "We don't to want lose this year's spring run. There's not a whole lot we can do other than have more rain dances."
Categories: Ecological News

California's water crisis.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
To cope with California’s drought, farmers are carefully selecting which crops they plant and overpumping from deep underground aquifers. But a viable long-term solution to the growing water crisis requires rethinking priorities and conserving much more water.
Categories: Ecological News

Report: Gold mine means 1,100 acres of wetlands will be dug up, destroyed or disturbed.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
The federal government has completed its environmental review of what is touted to be the largest gold mine in the eastern United States and will use the information to make a final decision late this fall on the operation north of Camden.
Categories: Ecological News

Pennsylvania's complicated groundwater contamination.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.
Categories: Ecological News

High PCE reading taken near Montclair well.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
During a test done in November 2013, Montclair Water Bureau officials discovered a water sample with an amount of PCE that was almost three times the maximum contaminant level established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Categories: Ecological News

Ex-top official of East Orange water agency admits concealing chemical in drinking water.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
A former top official of the East Orange Water Commission admitted today to conspiring to hide elevated levels of an industrial solvent in drinking water pumped to more than 80,000 residents in the city and neighboring South Orange, state authorities said.
Categories: Ecological News

Los Angeles River: From concrete ditch to urban oasis.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:30
Once upon a time, gathering waters from an underground aquifer in the San Fernando Valley and from the surrounding mountains, the Los Angeles River nourished a lush coastal plain, creating rich soils that covered the region. Today, it's largely encased in concrete and barely recognizable as a river.
Categories: Ecological News

India’s uranium boss says deformed children may be imported.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Confronted with reports that villages near Uranium Corp. of India Ltd.’s mines have unusually high numbers of physically deformed people, Chairman Diwakar Acharya said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of those guys are imported from elsewhere, ok?”
Categories: Ecological News

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food.
Categories: Ecological News

Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees,

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.
Categories: Ecological News

What seafood guzzles the most gas?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Most of us don’t think about fuel when we eat seafood. But diesel is the single largest expense for the fishing industry and its biggest source of greenhouse gases.
Categories: Ecological News

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.
Categories: Ecological News

Koch brothers' firm threatens lawsuit over Chicago petcoke rules.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years.
Categories: Ecological News

Halliburton fracking spill mystery plagues Ohio waterway.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding. Thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died.
Categories: Ecological News

Vital invertebrates decline by 45 per cent, study finds.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Insects, worms and other small animals that carry out vital functions for life on earth have declined by 45 per cent on average over 35 years, threatening human health, water quality and food supplies, a study has found.
Categories: Ecological News