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Environmental Health News
Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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At a time when air pollution has reached alarming levels, the Natural Conservation Zones (NCZs), which also act as carbon sinks, have registered a sharp decline in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan due to non-implementation of policies in place by the States.
Consumption of crops grown along the Yamuna can lead to serious health implications due to heavy metal poisoning, a study by Toxics Link has found. According to the study, the presence of heavy metals such as lead, chromium, arsenic and mercury have been found in sediment samples at the river.
Congress led UDF government in Kerala today decided to strictly implement the guidelines for comprehensive protection of water sources in the wake of increasing water and environmental pollution.
High levels of pollution in the Yamuna has been a cause for concern. With the latest research showing the presence of heavy metals in the river, water environmentalists have demanded creation of more data linking possible health impacts due to contamination of food crops.
The federal government is considering a proposal to list Atlantic sturgeon as a 'threatened' species following a recommendation from an expert panel that studies endangered wildlife in Canada.
Conservationists and First Nations are angry that NAFTA's environmental watchdog has rejected a recommendation to investigate Canada's handling of salmon farms along the B.C. coast.
After a string of fiery derailments in recent years, the federal government is moving to tighten regulations on trains hauling crude oil or ethanol. But chemical industry groups say the rules would also restrict flammable liquids, such as acetone, cyclohexane, and propylene oxide.
Federal officials are pulling the plug on an ambitious plan hatched 14 years ago to follow the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21. The National Children’s Study, which has already cost more than $1.2 billion, has too many flaws to be carried out in a tight budget environment, advisers said.
Black carbon, an easily inhaled byproduct of burning diesel fuel, clogs the air of underground stations along several subway lines; particle levels can reach an average of seven times as high as those at the roadside, a new analysis suggests.
An oil terminal operator at the Port of Albany has been hit with a $181,000 penalty by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for air pollution violations that lasted nearly a year.
A Los Angeles developer has pursued an unusual development strategy over the last decade, packing multistory apartment complexes around busy downtown freeways. Although that approach has brought thousands of new homes to the city's core, it has triggered serious health concerns among air quality expert.
When they are starting out, organic strawberry plants are grown with the help of fumigants, the hard-to-control class of pesticides that have been linked to cancer, developmental problems and the hole in the ozone layer.
The federal government has increased the maximum amount oil and gas companies are required to pay for a major oil spill. The move comes more than four years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil disaster, which prompted calls to raise the liability cap.
Russia is finally going to demolish its "floating Chernobyl", a ship full of highly radioactive waste from the Soviet Arctic fleet, 21 years after its existence was first revealed by New Scientist.
Laos has officially announced its plan to develop the Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River, and this project will be seriously affect Vietnam’s agriculture and aquatic resources in the Mekong Delta region, experts have warned.
Mexico's export farms have modernized rapidly in recent years to meet U.S. food safety standards and satisfy Americans' appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables year-round. But company stores operate as they have for generations: as mom-and-pop monopolies that sell to a captive clientele, post no prices and track purchases in dog-eared ledgers (Part 3 of 4).
A large oil slick is threatening New Jersey's Sandy Hook Bay, and authorities fear the sheen could endanger the population of seals that migrate there each winter, the U.S. Coast Guard and parks officials told NBC 4 New York Thursday.
Even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.
A four-year, multimillion-dollar effort to map all the DNA of 48 bird species provides an enormous database for research that affects human health.
On the environment, perhaps the most significant aspect of the bill is what it doesn't do. Still, there are a number of less-noticed environmental policy tweaks in here.