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Report finds rise in ER visits following heavy rainfall

ENN Health - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:32
Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. “Combined” sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff on the way to treatment facilities. When heavy rainfall fills these systems beyond their capacity, untreated wastewater can back up into homes. To reduce the risk of home flooding during heavy precipitation, municipalities often discharge some of the untreated flow into nearby bodies of water. The release of untreated waste is known as a combined sewer overflow.
Categories: Ecological News

Report finds rise in ER visits following heavy rainfall

ENN Pollution - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:32
Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. “Combined” sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff on the way to treatment facilities. When heavy rainfall fills these systems beyond their capacity, untreated wastewater can back up into homes. To reduce the risk of home flooding during heavy precipitation, municipalities often discharge some of the untreated flow into nearby bodies of water. The release of untreated waste is known as a combined sewer overflow.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
Categories: Ecological News

Why the FDA doesn't really know what's in your food.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Massive legal loophole means companies can add new ingredients to foods with no government safety review.
Categories: Ecological News

Global warming is already clobbering the Amazon.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Mess with this system and the consequences will reverberate around the world. But scientists are less sure about what exactly those consequences will be.
Categories: Ecological News

A project to turn corpses into compost.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Amid concerns about traditional practices, the Urban Death Project is attracting attention from environmental advocates and scientists.
Categories: Ecological News

Chinese official who ran oil giant admits bribetaking, court reports.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
A former Communist Party official who oversaw China’s biggest state companies and ran the country’s largest oil and gas firm admitted at his trial on Monday that he took large bribes, according to an official report from the court.
Categories: Ecological News

Nepal′s community forests fight poverty and destruction.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Climate change, deforestation and land grabbing don't only threaten Nepal's rich biodiversity, but the economic wellbeing of millions of its citizens. Could community-managed forests hold the key?
Categories: Ecological News

Forest Service: Expired Nestle water permit a priority.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
U.S. Forest Service officials on Friday said they are making it a priority to examine a long-expired permit that Nestle has been using to pipe water out of a national forest to use for bottled water.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA actions often much more political than scientific.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
If awards were given for audacity, the Sierra Club might win hands down for its recent attack on Oklahoma lawmakers for supposedly politicizing an issue that is already thoroughly politicized.
Categories: Ecological News

Can saltwater quench our growing thirst?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Researchers and companies from the United States to Australia are fine-tuning a centuries-old concept that might be the future of quenching the world’s thirst.
Categories: Ecological News

How China's thirst for clean drinking water may raise its CO2 emissions.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
China has long been accused of using too much water to produce energy, but now some of its coastal cities are compounding this problem by planning for desalination, which will spike both their energy needs and their emissions.
Categories: Ecological News

Texas looks to Gulf to meet state water needs.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
While groundwater initiatives last year failed to gain traction in a web of property rights regulation, advocates of seawater desalination are touting it as a less-regulated, drought-proof way to meet state needs for drinking water and irrigation.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides are polluting our waters - and we often don’t know it.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Pesticides bring major benefits to modern agriculture, keeping dangerous bugs and fungi and pathogens at bay while boosting yields and making farming more efficient. But what about risks?
Categories: Ecological News

Oregon releases report on toxic chemicals in state's waters.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
A new study by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows toxic chemicals, ranging from pesticides to metals, are present in all water basins of the state.
Categories: Ecological News

Water insecurity costs global economy billions a year.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
A new report on water insecurity says floods and drought amid climate change and a lack of investment in reliable water supplies is weighing on the global economy by tens of billions of dollars a year.
Categories: Ecological News

New regulation aims to prevent explosions at offshore rigs.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new regulation for offshore oil and gas rigs intended to improve equipment standards and well designs and avoid a catastrophic spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Categories: Ecological News

Another huge and open iron mine is carved out of Brazil’s rain forest.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Environmentalists argue that the mine could destroy rare savannah ecosystems found in two lakes on top of rich iron ore deposits. Dozens of caves that potentially contained evidence of ancient Amazon habitations have been lost.
Categories: Ecological News

China farm pollution worsens, despite moves to curb excessive fertilisers, pesticides.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
Farm pollution in China is worsening, despite moves to reduce excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides, said the agricultural ministry, urging farmers to switch to organic alternatives to tackle severe soil and water pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Philippines says China's reclamation causing ecological damage.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:30
The Philippines on Monday said China's reclamation work in the South China Sea had destroyed about 300 acres (1.2 sq km) of coral reef, causing annual estimated losses of $100 million to coastal nations.
Categories: Ecological News
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