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Study: Sandy caused record sea levels, $23 billion in damage in New York.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Superstorm Sandy caused $23 billion in damage in New York state alone and delivered the highest water levels there on record, according to a new federal report.
Categories: Ecological News

A New Blue Marble.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972. We knew we lived on it, and had a vast amount of useful information about its makeup, its processes, and its place in the solar system. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet., No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil producers’ ugly duckling refineries just turned into swans.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Oil companies’ least-loved business over the past five years is proving to be their lifeline. Margins from refineries in northwest Europe rose fivefold last quarter to the highest since at least 2003, data from Total SA show. In the preceding quarter, the share of profit from processing crude and chemicals at Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc was four times higher than the same period a year earlier.
Categories: Ecological News

Clean power goals realistic.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency is about to finalize a plan to substantially reduce carbon pollution, state-by-state. Because of its traditional reliance on coal for power generation, Pennsylvania is the third-highest carbon pollution producer among the states. But, for a variety of reasons, it is well-positioned to make the program work.
Categories: Ecological News

We have a moral obligation on climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:30
Last month, Pope Francis reminded us all that “the Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” In his encyclical, the pope laid out the threat that global climate change poses to that inheritance — to the clean air, clean water, and healthy environment that are the foundations of our society. He called on “every person living on this planet” to join together in defense of “our common home.”
Categories: Ecological News

Victory! Toxic chemical banned in EU textile imports

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:56
'Detox' campaigners scored a huge victory this week when EU countries voted unanimously to ban imports of clothes and textiles containing the toxic 'gender bender' chemical NPE.
Categories: Ecological News

Global warming's record-breaking trend continues

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:47
A detailed update of key climate indicators by hundreds of scientists reveals that 2014 saw rises in temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gases to record levels, writes Alex Kirby.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan and IAEA risk Fukushima victims' lives with forced return

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 17:33
A massive decontamination exercise is under way in Iitate Village near Fukushima, writes Kendra Ulrich: step one in a plan to force 6,000 residents back into the evacuated zone in 2017. But as radiation levels remain stubbornly high, it looks like the real plan is to 'normalize' nuclear catastrophe, while making Iitate residents nuclear victims twice over - and this time, it's deliberate.
Categories: Ecological News

Buy Conservative! No other party washes greener

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 20:20
Are you suffering from cognitive dissonance? You should be, writes Oliver Tickell. After the most ferocious attack a UK government has ever mounted on the environment, David Cameron just claimed that his is the 'greenest government ever', as Amber Rudd proclaims her commitment to climate action. What's going on?
Categories: Ecological News

Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity. After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas.
Categories: Ecological News

Would you like some oil wastewater with your produce?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops sold in major grocery chains around the country.
Categories: Ecological News

Study gets a handle on gas leaks: 80 billion cubic feet.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million.
Categories: Ecological News

To protect kids, get the lead out!

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
The brain impacts of low levels of lead — from peeling paint and other sources — can be seen within large groups of kids.
Categories: Ecological News

House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

Sea levels might be rising much faster than expected. What should New York do to avoid being swamped?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
James Hansen and 16 scientific colleagues this week released an analysis suggesting that sea level rise will be much greater than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. What if he's right? Is New York City doing enough to be prepared?
Categories: Ecological News

Unsafe water in Bangladesh urban areas.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
It is mainly the urban poor who are affected the most by contaminated water.
Categories: Ecological News

House dust chemicals activate receptor linked to obesity.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Chemicals found in house dust can activate an important human receptor linked to obesity, according to a U.S. study.
Categories: Ecological News

Fears for bees as UK lifts insecticide ban.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
A UK government agency has used emergency rules to make controversial neonicotinoid insecticides available to some farmers, despite a European ban.
Categories: Ecological News

Honeybees show evidence of insecticide.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
More than 70 percent of pollen and honey samples collected in Massachusetts contained neonicotinoid, which has been linked to colony collapse.
Categories: Ecological News

Stillbirths now outnumber deaths among infants, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and Guam had the highest rates of stillbirth, the report said. Racial disparities in stillbirth also remain a stubborn mystery.
Categories: Ecological News
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