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Bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Building a bike-friendly city requires clear, measurable trade-offs. Adding bike lanes reduces space for cars and irritates drivers; that's undeniable. But making the city safe and hospitable for cyclists can also reduce carbon emissions and overall congestion. That's a worthwhile objective.
Categories: Ecological News

Wind preferable to nuclear, coal.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Renewable energy - wind, solar and other alternative technologies - is essential if the U.S. is to wean itself off nuclear and coal during the next 20 to 25 years. Nuclear should not be in the mix. It’s costly, it poses safety, health and environmental risks, and it is becoming prohibitively expensive to build new plants.
Categories: Ecological News

What should we do with Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Wandering around Australia, you might want to watch your step — the country currently has more than 50,000 abandoned mines. Some represent a significant threat from contamination; others may pose safety risks; and still others may be losing their value as cultural heritage.
Categories: Ecological News

The secret to real sustainability.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Making sustainable choices requires learning about products — where they come from, how they’re made and where they go when we’re done using them. We have to look holistically at the full life cycle.
Categories: Ecological News

Eat this fish and do the planet a favor.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Responsible fish eating won't solve all our ocean and fish problems around the globe. We still have to stop polluting the oceans and address climate change, which is hurting our nation's water. But for starters, one thing you can do when you go out to eat or cook at home is pick fish that are good for you and good for the planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon. Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast.
Categories: Ecological News

US troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report.
Categories: Ecological News

Hearings on water permits for Indian Point.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
A giant power plant that kills tiny fish eggs is leading engineers, government officials, politicians and advocates of all stripes into a fourth year of debate about which side represents concern for the environment, and whether the fish are actually the issue.
Categories: Ecological News

Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames,

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
The Great Stink of the 1800s alerted politicians to the filth in the Thames. The Victorian sewers fixed it, but trouble is brewing again. Is a clean river just a pipe dream?
Categories: Ecological News

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk.
Categories: Ecological News

The hospital disinfectant that's being used in fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Excelyte is an EPA-approved solution that addresses major controversies associated with fracking: pollution of groundwater with toxic chemicals, release of hydrogen sulfide that endangers oil field worker's lives, and excess wastewater.
Categories: Ecological News

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
In an extraordinary rebuke to a doctor at one of America's top hospitals, the U.S. Department of Labor has informed about 1,100 coal miners that their claims for black lung benefits may have been wrongly denied, the department's deputy secretary told senators Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Pennsylvania regulator faulted for lax role in fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Pennsylvania regulators were unprepared for the fracking-fueled boom in natural gas production during the past decade, putting drinking water supplies at risk, the state's watchdog said.
Categories: Ecological News

Checking the variability of EPA's math leads some to question its Clean Power Plan.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Under the Clean Power Plan - U.S. EPA's ambitious proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants - states are asked to meet widely divergent targets.
Categories: Ecological News

Over-depleted and undermanaged: Can Indonesia turn around its fisheries?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Experts on Southeast Asian reef fish are convinced that only through a holistic ecosystem-based management approach can Indonesia's fisheries be restored to sustainability.
Categories: Ecological News

The rivers that run through it: A liquid landfill chokes the city.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
When Windsor’s trademark summer humidity rises, the air surrounding the Lou Romano water reclamation plant is putrid with the scent of dirty water and the sludge the plant purges from it. (Part 2 of 2).
Categories: Ecological News

'Unprecedented' spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Washington, Oregon.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Fire crews are making a scramble as a huge number of lightning-sparked wildfires continue to burn across drought-parched regions of Oregon and Washington.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA denies Texas emergency weedkiller request.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Federal regulators denied Texas farmers' push to use a powerful herbicide against invasive "super weeds" threatening to strangle cotton crops.
Categories: Ecological News

Smallpox and anthrax scandals cap history of fumbling dangerous materials.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:30
Much of the public assumes that dangerous materials like smallpox and plutonium are kept under tight lock and key. That does seem to be the case most of the time. But when it comes to such hazardous substances, can any lapses be tolerated?
Categories: Ecological News

Belarus - fighting nuclear power in the shadow of Chernobyl

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:09
Tatyana Novikova has been fighting an unsafe nuclear power plant right on the country's border with Lithuania. She spoke to Chris Garrard about her campaign, the official persecution of anti-nuclear activists, and her invocation of the Aarhus Convention to the anti-nuclear cause.
Categories: Ecological News
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