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Study urges action on Lake Erie bacteria blooms.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
Climate change and invasive mussels may have made Lake Erie a more inviting host for toxic bacteria in recent years, suggesting that ambitious goals are needed for reducing phosphorus runoff that feeds large blooms like the one that forced a temporary tap water shutdown in and near Toledo, Ohio, scientists said Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Water policy: EPA rule proposal stumps arid Arizona.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
In a place that values its water so much, it might seem as it would be easy to find someone supportive of the Obama administration's effort to extend automatic protections to streams and creeks that officials say are vital to habitat and drinking water supplies. It's not (Part 1 of 2).
Categories: Ecological News

In Texas, the art and science of building a better cow.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
Can animal geneticists breed – or clone – a cow that will taste great and have a smaller environmental hoofprint too?
Categories: Ecological News

India's perils of irrational antibiotic use.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
Unregulated use of antibiotics in food and for treating diseases India is rendering these medicines ineffective.
Categories: Ecological News

Vermont releases draft GMO labeling rules.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
The Vermont attorney general's office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.
Categories: Ecological News

Exide hazardous waste dripped onto roads from trucks, records show.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
Hazardous waste from an embattled Vernon battery recycler dripped from tractor-trailers onto public roadways last year, according to recently released public documents in which a state environmental inspector called the leaks an "on-going problem".
Categories: Ecological News

Nine dead in Xinjiang coal mine cave-in.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
A 60-hour rescue operation ended Thursday morning as the body of the last trapped miner was lifted to the ground, raising the death toll to nine, said the Xinjiang Tianshan Coal and Power Co. under by China Coal Energy Co., the country's second-largest coal producer.
Categories: Ecological News

US military denied treatment to soldiers exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
While the US made the search for evidence of ongoing chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons programs a priority, disposing of whatever they did find apparently was not.
Categories: Ecological News

Resurrecting smallpox? Easier than you think.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:30
Even if we destroy the stockpiled smallpox samples, the war is not over; the smallpox virus has now found a second host. It is not the pig. In fact, it is not even what we think of as a living thing. It is the computer. This is not some conceptual game. This is real and life-threatening.
Categories: Ecological News

New Ebola cases may rise to 10,000 a week by December.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
The Ebola virus is killing 70 percent of the people who contract the disease, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, and as many as 10,000 new cases a week could be reported by early December.
Categories: Ecological News

Funding woes delay new Chernobyl cover.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
The casing around the ruined nuclear reactor at Chernobyl is crumbling, causing a renewed radioactive contamination risk. A new cover for the site is under construction - but the project is running out of funding.
Categories: Ecological News

Mine cited for orange sludge in Arizona waterways.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
Patagonia residents were happy for rain last month, until they noticed orange sludge, bright red trickles and liquid the color of iced tea heading toward their waterways. Those September storms brought leaks from inactive mines in the mountains, potential danger to wildlife in Santa Cruz County.
Categories: Ecological News

Whirlpool says Fort Smith pollution plume ‘continues to decrease.’

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
A Whirlpool Corporation executive and one of its hired environmental consultants told the Fort Smith Board of Directors Tuesday that a third round of chemical oxidation treatments would commence at the end of October.
Categories: Ecological News

Feeding China: Safety of milk poses challenge.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
Better feed makes happier cows equals more and safer milk. That simple equation explains Iowa efforts to help China solve one of its biggest food safety and security issues. In the wake of scandals involving tainted milk, Chinese officials are pushing for U.S.-size dairy farms with thousands of cows.
Categories: Ecological News

Taming the wilderness.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
It's obvious that oil, gas, mining, dams, utility corridors, roads – the brute stuff of industrial man – are the most lethal threats to wilderness. My interest moves to the quieter, more insidious dangers. We hear much less, for example, about the ecological devastation in wilderness wrought by our beloved and iconic ranching industries.
Categories: Ecological News

Waters of the US rule deserves public attention.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
We might not have firsthand memories of the Cuyahoga River fire, but it shouldn’t take a catastrophe to prompt us to act in defense of clean water. Americans should be able to turn on the tap and know the water that comes out is safe for them and their families.
Categories: Ecological News

Whole Foods to rate its produce and flowers for environmental impact.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
Whole Foods Market on Wednesday began a ratings program for fruits, vegetables and flowers aimed at giving consumers more information about pesticide and water use, the treatment of farm workers and waste management, and other issues surrounding the food they eat.
Categories: Ecological News

At Hanford, sick nuclear workers await compensation.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
Thousands of people in Washington state have applied for medical benefits after working at Hanford – a 586-square-mile site where the country’s most contaminated nuclear waste is located.
Categories: Ecological News

Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.
Categories: Ecological News

The secret casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:30
The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.
Categories: Ecological News