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‘We are trying to prepare for the worst': president of the Haida Nation.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
The president of the Haida Nation says his people are trying to prepare for the worst as a Russian container ship carrying fuel is drifting in the waters off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.
Categories: Ecological News

Frack check.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Mailers, fliers and door hangers about the proposition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits have papered Denton homes in recent weeks. The materials contain many claims about the proposition and what it could mean for the city.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA starts MCHM air testing, but lacks adequate data.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Federal regulators on Friday unveiled a program to monitor air quality during cleanup at the Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River in Charleston, but said their effort suffers from the same lack of data about potential health efforts of the chemical MCHM as did testing of the region’s drinking-water supply after the Jan. 9 leak.
Categories: Ecological News

Mountaintop removal dust linked to cancer.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Dust from mountaintop removal coal mining might be the cause of lung cancer tumor growths among communities near operations, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

Ground zero in America’s fight against Ebola.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Welcome to the Special Clinical Studies Unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. It is a 4,000-square-foot unit inside the NIH Clinical Center, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to research, which provides free state-of-the-art care to very sick patients from all over the world.
Categories: Ecological News

New Ebola ‘czar’ lacks medical background, critics say.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
President Obama’s choice of Ron Klain as Ebola czar drew sharp criticism from Texas congressional leaders. Rep. Michael McCaul said that the Obama administration took “an important and necessary step” by designating someone to spearhead the fight against Ebola, but that the wrong person was chosen.
Categories: Ecological News

White House suspends enhanced pathogen research.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
As the US public frets about Ebola, there are dangerous viruses that could become far more widespread if they escaped from the lab. On 17 October, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a mandatory moratorium on research aimed at making pathogens more deadly, known as gain-of-function research.
Categories: Ecological News

WHO draft report: We botched response to Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.
Categories: Ecological News

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed. A conservation volunteer in Iowa lost feeling in his hands and feet. A 5-year-old girl in South King County, Washington, doubled over in pain and vomited. The cause of their suffering: lead poisoning. The source: dirty gun ranges.
Categories: Ecological News

The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission - to rid the world's oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work - and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day?
Categories: Ecological News

Amid assurances on Ebola, Obama is said to seethe.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.
Categories: Ecological News

Health scare in Texas also sends political ripples.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Along with dramas of disease transmission, treatment protocols and personal safety, one story line about the Ebola cases here has concerned the man who wasn’t there, sort of. Gov. Rick Perry.
Categories: Ecological News

China tests outright logging ban in state forests.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
China has launched a trial ban on commercial logging in state-owned forests in the vast north-eastern province of Heilongjiang bordering Russia, home to much of the country's timber industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting. A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima "fingerprint" of Fukushima.
Categories: Ecological News

Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school's heritage week. The school, which serves 81 students, consists of a cluster of rundown classroom buildings containing asbestos, radon, mice, mold and flimsy outside door locks.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate campaigners ramp up pressure on fossil fuel industry.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
As the impacts of climate change start to bite around the world, environmental groups and development charities are stepping up efforts to put pressure on what they see as the root cause of planet-warming emissions: fossil fuel businesses and the politicians who support them.
Categories: Ecological News

Steyer deploys ark to show menace of climate change in Florida.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
As rising seas threaten Florida, billionaire Thomas Steyer is floating an $8.6 million campaign to save the state, opening 21 offices, dispatching more than 500 staffers and volunteers and deploying a rolling ark.
Categories: Ecological News

Threats to Americans, ranked (by actual threat instead of media hype).

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
Americans are inundated with media coverage and politicians warning them of dire threats: Ebola, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the war on Christmas.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA announces proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk to perform a soil and groundwater cleanup and reimburse the EPA for some past and future costs at the Superfund site in Saratoga Springs.
Categories: Ecological News

BLM prejudged merits of seasonal drilling in petroleum reserve -- greens.

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:30
The Bureau of Land Management dismissed the merits of seasonal drilling in an Alaska reserve long before it performed a formal environmental review of the proposal, according to an internal memo that conservationists say taints the integrity of the agency's upcoming decision on the major oil project.
Categories: Ecological News