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It feels like the tragedy of a generation, but we need to gear up not give up

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 23:10
We have a serious responsibility to fight the more unsavoury symptoms of Brexit, writes Alex Scrivener - making the case for free movement for people, defending the regulations that protect our environment and workers' rights, resisting imperialism abroad and racism on our streets.
Categories: Ecological News

Wind-blown Antarctic sea ice helps drive ocean circulation

ENN Climate - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 22:04
Antarctic sea ice is constantly on the move as powerful winds blow it away from the coast and out toward the open ocean. A new study shows how that ice migration may be more important for the global ocean circulation than anyone realized.A team of scientists used a computer model to synthesize millions of ocean and ice observations collected over six years near Antarctica, and estimated, for the first time, the influence of sea ice, glacier ice, precipitation and heating on ocean overturning circulation. Overturning circulation brings deep water and nutrients up to the surface, carries surface water down, and distributes heat and helps store carbon dioxide as it flows through the world's oceans, making it an important force in the global climate system. The scientists found that freshwater played the most powerful role in changing water density, which drives circulation, and that melting of wind-blown sea ice contributed 10 times more freshwater than melting of land-based glaciers did.
Categories: Ecological News

Brexit? It's not over till it's over. And here's why it may never happen

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:46
Depressed at the Breferendum result? So you might be, if you are bothered by the environment, social justice and a successful economy, writes Oliver Tickell. But it may never come to that. In fact it's just possible that the Brexit vote could deliver us a reformed 'peoples' EU' that includes the UK, under a progressive government led by Jeremy Corbyn. Here's how.
Categories: Ecological News

Where will our next PM stand on fracking and the environment? (It's not looking good)

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:40
We know who the likely runners and riders are in the race to be the new Tory leader and prime minister - but where do the prospective candidates stand on fracking and other environmental issues? Joe Sandler Clarke finds them all decidedly un-green.
Categories: Ecological News

Herbicide, chemical fertilizer use doubled on Vermont dairy farms in a decade.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Agribusiness corporations promised Vermont dairy farmers that GMO corn would allow them to reduce the amount of chemicals needed for ample crop production. But that promise has proved hollow, according to a pro-organic advocacy group.
Categories: Ecological News

In Florida, the politics of Zika matter.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Worried women, some visibly pregnant and others hoping to conceive, packed a hospital conference room, while outside the muggy June evening carried hints of the threat: Mosquito season has arrived in Florida.
Categories: Ecological News

E-cigs are going tobacco-free with synthetic nicotine.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
As decades of lawsuits and ads featuring gross black lungs have tanked tobacco’s reputation, one small corner of the vaping industry senses an opening.
Categories: Ecological News

Former DuPont employee testifies she sent news releases saying water was fine.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Dawn D. Jackson believed she was telling her Ohio River Valley neighbors the truth about C8 back in 2000 after her employer, DuPont, said the chemical was not a cancer risk to humans and that it was as safe as "dishwashing soap."
Categories: Ecological News

Is Zika risk too great at Rio Olympics? Some athletes, travelers opt to stay home.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Just how risky is a trip to the heart of the Zika epidemic?
Categories: Ecological News

Should tourism support environmental protection?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
It’s too early to know if national and international attention on Flint’s municipal water crisis may tarnish the Great Lakes region’s image of pure water. But there is a tie between the perceived quality of water and it’s value, experts say.
Categories: Ecological News

Help to get all toxic chemicals banned from our towns, cities, streets and parks.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Last week, as the UK voted itself out of the European Union, Greenpeace called for another exit strategy - a glyphosphate exit plan.
Categories: Ecological News

NC House committee backs requirement for lead testing of drinking water at schools, child care facilities.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Schools and child care centers would be required to test their drinking water for lead under a bill moving forward in the N.C. House.
Categories: Ecological News

Trump Jr. calls BLM drilling regs 'reasonable.'

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
The Bureau of Land Management has taken sensible steps to balance oil and gas leasing with conservation in the West, the son of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said yesterday.
Categories: Ecological News

Left behind: Veterans question whether current illnesses were caused by exposure at base.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
A Facebook group of more than 1,600 people, mainly veterans and their family members, believe their time at a former Naval Air Station made them sick because of perceived exposures to various chemicals.
Categories: Ecological News

Chevron language trickles down to enviro cases.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
A recent Supreme Court decision involving court's deference to federal agencies is already making waves in lower courts.
Categories: Ecological News

Flint children's blood lead levels rose in water crisis: U.S. officials.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Federal health officials on Friday confirmed that the blood lead levels of children in Flint, Michigan, rose after the city switched to the Flint River as the source of its drinking water, exposing residents to dangerously high contamination.
Categories: Ecological News

Kickstarting Flint's 'Fast Start' lead pipe replacement program.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Flint city officials are scheduled to sit down with seven contractors tomorrow with hopes of getting the city’s pipe replacement program back on track.
Categories: Ecological News

Asbestos: Lessons must be learned.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
This newspaper's investigation into the toxic legacy of asbestos has made for sobering reading.
Categories: Ecological News

How can we make Brexit work for the environment?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
Leaving the EU puts about 70% of UK environmental safeguards at risk. But Brexit is not a mandate to make us the dirty man of Europe again - we have to make it work for the environment, from the grassroots up.
Categories: Ecological News

Why naming and shaming the world's 'most polluted cities' is a terrible idea.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 19:30
When it comes to reducing air pollution, scoring and ranking cities is neither accurate, nor productive.
Categories: Ecological News
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