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Former state pesticide inspector pleads guilty to faking inspections; lawyer blames agoraphobia.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
A state pesticide inspector on Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to faking more than a dozen reviews at chemical facilities from Hatfield to West Springfield and Norfolk.
Categories: Ecological News

Washington state to sue federal government over nuclear site vapors.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Washington state's attorney general said on Wednesday he intends to sue the U.S. government for not adequately protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of a decommissioned nuclear site, saying dozens have been sickened by toxic vapors.
Categories: Ecological News

Shale oil fuels indigenous conflict in Argentina.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.”
Categories: Ecological News

More than Ebola, other tropical diseases pose growing threat to US.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Ebola isn't the tropical disease that's most likely to cause health problems in the United States – not by a long shot. A handful of other tropical diseases pose much more realistic threats. And they're spread by insects, which can't be quarantined.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
When the massive magnitude 9 earthquake rumbled through Fukushima prefecture in March 2011, it swelled the seas and shook the earth. But long after the ground stopped trembling, the disaster has continued to fracture families like that of Yoshinobu Segawa.
Categories: Ecological News

Government loses landmark air pollution case at European Court of Justice.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The Government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities, after a ruling at the European Court of Justice.
Categories: Ecological News

Cross currents.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Southern Africa has some of the world’s richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and the fishing communities that depend on them.
Categories: Ecological News

Asbestos deaths: Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny acquitted.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Italy’s supreme court has overturned an 18-year prison sentence for Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny for causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories.
Categories: Ecological News

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

37 treated after 'bizarre' chemical explosion in Santa Paula.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
After "bizarre" chemical explosions Tuesday at a Santa Paula wastewater treatment site, mandatory evacuations remain in place, 37 people have been treated, and firefighters and the plant's owner are bewildered.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio’s fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution eyed in sudden decline of sea turtle.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The sudden decline of Texas’ official sea turtle was unexpected and could be an indication that pollution could be making the Gulf of Mexico a difficult place for species like the Kemp’s ridley to survive, experts said Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The once-a-decade World Parks Congress concluded in Sydney with a new target to reserve 30 per cent of the world's marine areas in parks where fishing is banned.
Categories: Ecological News

Dozens treated after California waste plant fire.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
A mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Ventura County, California, waste facility on Tuesday, sending dozens to hospitals for decontamination and emptying homes and businesses for a mile around the plant before the danger eased, authorities said.
Categories: Ecological News

How government and Boeing fought to curtail Duwamish River cleanup.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
There's been a years-long lobbying campaign by Seattle, King County, the Port of Seattle, and Boeing to limit the amount of dredging done in the Duwamish River. The campaign stretched from South Park to the U.S. Capitol, according to records.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking the poor.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
An analysis found that the 5 million California residents who live within a mile of an oil or gas well have a poverty rate 32.5 percent higher than that of the general population. Overall, FracTracker found that almost 20 percent of Californians who live below the poverty line—more than 700,000 people—also live within a mile of a well.
Categories: Ecological News

10 million child deaths attributed to a lack of toilets.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
In a world in which 14 percent of the population in the 21st century still defecate outdoors, children remain among the most vulnerable to a lack of toilets, contamination from human waste and dirty water.
Categories: Ecological News

Chevron's misguided campaign.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
Now that the smoke has cleared from the stunning election in Richmond earlier this month, questions are emerging about exactly how an overmatched and underfunded grassroots organization was able to soundly defeat Chevron, an oil colossus that was desperate to regain control of city government.
Categories: Ecological News

30 years on from Bhopal tragedy, Dow Chemical shareholders demand justice.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak, shareholders in Dow Chemical are to table two resolutions calling for the company to accept responsibility for the worst industrial disaster in history, to fully compensate victims and to pay for a full-scale clean-up.
Categories: Ecological News

Conservationists slam plans to dump mining waste into Norwegian fjord.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:30
Norway’s image as one of the world’s cleanest, greenest countries with some of the finest unspoilt scenery will be tarnished if the government allows a giant titanium mining company to dump hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste directly into a fjord, conservationists warn.
Categories: Ecological News