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Scientists refute lower emissions claim for fracking.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.
Categories: Ecological News

Under Scott, Florida's DEP undergoes drastic change.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Gov. Rick Scott, running for re-election, has promised that in his second term he would be the greenest governor Florida has ever seen. But former employees say in his first term, Scott made wrenching, drastic changes in the agency that's supposed to protect the state's environment.
Categories: Ecological News

Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday in an attempt to block the world's largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.
Categories: Ecological News

Candidates’ frustrations on display in final Maryland gubernatorial debate.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The two leading candidates for governor in Maryland appeared to grow exasperated with each other at several points during an hour-long face-off, as they highlighted differences in their approaches to educational disparities, transportation investments and fracking.
Categories: Ecological News

Boulder's bee-safe boosters targeting businesses for no 'neonics' pledge.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Bee Safe Boulder is trying to convince every business in Boulder County that sells plants and/or gardening-related products to sign a pledge to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids.
Categories: Ecological News

Life in quarantine for Ebola exposure: 21 days of fear and loathing.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
As the Ebola scare spreads from Texas to Ohio and beyond, the number of people who have locked themselves away — some under government orders, others voluntarily — has grown well beyond those who lived with and cared for the first US victim before his death on Oct. 8.
Categories: Ecological News

The Ebola conspiracy theories.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories. Is it a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Was it patented by the CDC?
Categories: Ecological News

How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. People have to wonder: How contagious is this virus — really? Is there something different and more pernicious about this particular strain?
Categories: Ecological News

Going under the microscope: Ebola.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
With the spotlight on Ebola during the last month, a focus also is shifting to the people at the frontlines caring for those patients.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola discoverer: 'Without a vaccine I’m not sure we can stop Ebola.'

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Ebola has killed thousands of Africans and will kill tens of thousands more, possibly millions, before it is brought under control. It has the potential to destroy the economies of some of the poorest nations on Earthand spread to other continents where millions live in poverty.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola monitoring inconsistent as virus spread.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The inconsistent response by health officials in monitoring and limiting the movement of health workers has been one of the critical blunders in the Ebola outbreak.
Categories: Ecological News

Officials knew FOUR years ago about toxic gas blamed for death of boy in Surrey floods.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Parents who suspect their seven-year-old son was killed by cyanide gas during last winter’s floods say authorities knew there was a risk of deadly ‘ground gas’ at their home but did not warn them.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola deaths in Liberia are ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic data collection and people’s reluctance to admit that their loved ones had the virus, according to one of west Africa’s most celebrated film-makers.
Categories: Ecological News

Three-block smoke ban a hot topic in N.J. city.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The signs went up a bit over a week ago on the little stretch that is the Monmouth Street Business District in proudly blue-collar Gloucester City. They took most folks by surprise: The no-smoking symbol and the "100% Smoke Free Public Property" sign.
Categories: Ecological News

Ban lead in ammunition to protect those who frequent gun ranges, and their families.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Gun enthusiasts and gun-control advocates should be able to rally around a simple idea: A job at a gun range shouldn’t make you, and your kids, sick.
Categories: Ecological News

As Ebola rages in Africa, the international response continues to lag.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Debate in the United States continues to be focused on the wrong question: whether travel to this country from West Africa should be banned. As virtually every credible public health authority has said, it shouldn’t be. Restricting travel will not prevent potential Ebola carriers from reaching this country, only make them more difficult to track.
Categories: Ecological News

A new front in Hong Kong's war on pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Hong Kong's limited land area makes high-density living along canyon-like streets inevitable. We can minimise pollution but as yet cannot fully eliminate it. Only through research can we find ways to better deal with it.
Categories: Ecological News

The Ebola scare.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, but I did: While flying from D.C. to Dallas last week, just after the news came out that an Ebola-infected nurse had been allowed to fly while running a fever, I went back and read the opening pages of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
Categories: Ecological News

The virus of cynicism.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
We have no clue at this point how far Ebola could spread in the United States — and no reason for panic. But one dimension of the disease’s toll is clear. It’s ravaging Americans’ already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies.
Categories: Ecological News

How Ebola could save thousands of U.S. lives.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Have you had your flu shot this year? The highly contagious respiratory infection is linked to as many as 50,000 annual deaths in the United States, according to the CDC. Infectious disease experts agree that influenza either directly causes or is a contributing factor in many more deaths each year in the U.S. than Ebola has caused in west Africa.
Categories: Ecological News
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