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Indonesia to clamp down on coal mine pollution.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep, open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick, black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia.
Categories: Ecological News

Deaths of tiny clams in Galveston Bay may portend problems.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Scientists are finding fewer rangia clams in a northeast inlet of Galveston Bay, suggesting that not enough fresh water is flowing from the Trinity River to protect the ecological health of a drought-plagued state's most bountiful estuary.
Categories: Ecological News

As Brazilians head to the polls, what does it mean for green?

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The good news about the Brazilian presidential elections is that both incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aécio Neves have formally committed themselves to building a low-carbon economy. The bad news is they haven’t said a whole lot yet about how they intend to get there.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking companies using benzene in drilling.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today. Benzene isn’t banned in hydraulic fracturing, although diesel is restricted.
Categories: Ecological News

Blocked on Keystone XL, oil-sands industry looks east.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The oil-sands industry in Alberta has a problem: It's capable of producing more oil than it can get to market. It has tried building new pipelines south into the U.S. – the Keystone XL project – and west to B.C. But both projects are stalled. Now a battle is heating up over the latest proposal: a 2,858-mile-long pipeline to Canada's east coast.
Categories: Ecological News

Cape Cod studies seek link between breast cancer, septic systems.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
As advances continue in the detection and treatment of breast cancer, some argue that more investigation is needed into the root causes of the disease.
Categories: Ecological News

Cuomo and Christie order strict Ebola quarantines .

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered quarantines for all people entering the country through two area airports if they had direct contact with Ebola patients in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Categories: Ecological News

The Green party surge – and why it’s coming from Bristol and all points west.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Polls this week put the Greens on 8%, overtaking the Lib Dems for the first time in a decade and providing a clear challenge to Ukip in the east. Bristol is the home not just of a thriving Green party, but such campaigning organisations as the Soil Association and the green-leaning transport group SusTrans.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution from cars and factories ‘may cause autism’.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Medical experts claim that children exposed to pollutant fumes in the womb or during the first two years of life are up to twice as likely to develop ­autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to growing research that has found a link between air pollution and ASD.
Categories: Ecological News

Daily glass of wine aids memory (if you're over 60).

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Drinking almost one glass of wine a day can sharpen the memory of people over the age of 60, research has found. Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have a “significantly” better ability to recall memories of events than those who do not drink at all or who drink a lot more, according to scientists.
Categories: Ecological News

Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer. In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or themselves.
Categories: Ecological News

First Ebola case in New York, but city was well-prepared.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
New York City has been rigorously preparing for a potential Ebola case, so the diagnosis Thursday of a doctor who recently returned from Africa does not appear to have caught the city off-guard.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola in spotlight in Washington and New York.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The dangers confronting health-care workers who treat Ebola patients took center stage Friday in the nation's capital and in America's largest city.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola crisis: 'Many exposed' to infected Mali girl.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl. The World Health Organisation said the toddler had travelled hundreds of kilometres by bus from Guinea through Mali showing symptoms of the disease.
Categories: Ecological News

New York, New Jersey announce Ebola quarantines.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
New York and New Jersey announced mandatory quarantines of arriving passengers who had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, and within three hours Gov. Christie reported that a health-care worker was in isolation at University Hospital Newark.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Call-data records can tell epidemiologists where people have been, when – and perhaps also where they are headed, based on their past movements. Analysing the records has proved helpful in tracking the spread of diseases on previous occasions and may help combat the Ebola epidemic.
Categories: Ecological News

Millions of Ebola vaccine doses by end of 2015, WHO says.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said "several hundred thousand" would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014.
Categories: Ecological News

Delhi's Diwali hangover as air pollution tops safe limit.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
Diwali celebrations mean firecrackers, and with crackers comes pollution. The Capital is now choked with sulphur and toxic pollutants that are nearly eight times the prescribed limits.
Categories: Ecological News

Delhi air is 16 times worse than normal.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
When Diwali celebrations ended, the air in Delhi was left poorer for it. Delhi Pollution Control Committee figures indicate that Thursday was one of the most polluted days in recent years. Peaks for Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter or PM 10 across Delhi were 10 to 16 times their prescribed standard.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA seeks input on safety of strontium.

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment about its preliminary determination to regulate strontium, a naturally occurring element found in drinking water that can negatively impact bone strength.
Categories: Ecological News