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Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96 percent of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old.
Categories: Ecological News

Mideast water wars: In Iraq, a battle for control of water.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
There is a water war going on in the Middle East this summer. Behind the headline stories of brutal slaughter as Sunni militants carve out a religious state covering Iraq and Syria, there lies a battle for the water supplies that sustain these desert nations.
Categories: Ecological News

Michigan landfill operator suspends receipt of low-level radioactive waste.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state.
Categories: Ecological News

Expert calls for nuke plant closure.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
Categories: Ecological News

Underwater methane gas plumes erupting along Atlantic coast.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Categories: Ecological News

Health benefits offset costs of climate policies.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Savings due to avoided health problems help offset -- and in some cases greatly outweigh -- the costs of carbon dioxide-cutting policies in the United States, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

Baby sea stars hit coasts.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
With a wasting disease decimating populations of sea stars across the West Coast, local marine researchers are finding some solace in large numbers of returning juveniles making their way back to the coastline.
Categories: Ecological News

Jellyfish swarm takes over Florida beaches, stinging hundreds.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
This past weekend, more than 400 swimmers were stung by jellyfish at the Florida beaches. The swarm of serial stingers prompted lifeguards to raise purple flags warning of hazardous marine life.
Categories: Ecological News

The next pandemic won’t erupt from the rainforest.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of crowded hospitals, enormous refugee camps and cities.
Categories: Ecological News

Why liberal Americans are turning against GMO labeling.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Are there tradeoffs in adopting crop biotechnology or large-scale agriculture? Of course, and there is room for healthy dialogue. But make no mistake: Food safety and transparency are not on the pro-label groups agenda in the United States.
Categories: Ecological News

Winged Warnings: Built for survival, birds are in trouble from pole to pole.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Descendents of the dinosaurs, birds have penetrated nearly every ecosystem on Earth, pollinating, dispersing seeds, controlling bugs, cleaning up carrion. Birds are the planet’s superheroes, built for survival. But for all their powers, they are in trouble. First in a series.
Categories: Ecological News

Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now totals 104, according to prefectural officials.
Categories: Ecological News

Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Frank Forcella is tackling the problem of weeds head-on. A U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist in Morris, Minnesota, Forcella doesn’t spray pigweed and foxtail with herbicides to shrivel them. He blasts them to smithereens with corncob grit.
Categories: Ecological News

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Throughout the decades, the citrus industry has always stood strong — through freezes, hurricanes and rampant development. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy but also its very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser that carries a lethal disease.
Categories: Ecological News

Little-known fault suspected in Northern California quake.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
The earthquake that rolled through the Bay Area and beyond Sunday is suspected of striking along a little-known section of the West Napa Fault in the seismically active North Bay region, where parallel faults have been rupturing for millions of years, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Categories: Ecological News

Study probes link between climate change, contaminants in Arctic wildlife.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
A new study plans to look at whether climate change is increasing levels of contaminants in ringed seals and beluga whales. Smaller fish, usually found further south and containing higher levels of contaminants are swimming further north, where they are then eaten by seals and whales.
Categories: Ecological News

Eagle Ford flares pollute the air more than oil refineries.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Air quality is deteriorating in the Eagle Ford shale. Natural gas flares emit carbon monoxide; nitrogen oxides, which can produce ground-level ozone; and volatile organic compounds, which include a variety of pollutants such as benzene, a sweet-smelling carcinogen. (Part 2 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Top Eagle Ford flaring sites lacked state oversight.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
The Texas agency that oversees the oil and gas industry says every major source of flaring goes through a permitting process that requires energy companies to explain why natural gas can't be collected from a well. Yet in scores of cases in the Eagle Ford Shale, that oversight never happened. (Part 3 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Children at risk of deadly poison: Lead contamination levels high in central Sydney.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Lead contamination up to 13 times the level authorities consider safe has been found in some of Sydney’s busiest suburbs, raising health fears for thousands of children.
Categories: Ecological News

Going fair, whatever the cost.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:30
Many young women in Myanmar dream of having whiter skin, and will go to many lengths to get it, despite the health risks.
Categories: Ecological News