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The lesson of Hurricane Katrina: the worst is yet to come

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:33
Climate change shows its true face in extreme events, writes Kerry Emanuel: the storm surge with a 12 inch head start thanks to rising sea levels, propelled by a wind that's 20 mph faster, dropping an extra inch of rain beyond the 'normal' storm. Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan are sending us a clear message: the world must get ready for bigger and badder, fast.
Categories: Ecological News

FoE mounts legal challenge to bee-killer pesticide permits

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 22:51
A month after warning the government of legal action over its decision to allow farmers to use bee-killing pesticides banned under EU law, Friends of the Earth has filed a High Court legal challenge to have the 'derogations' declared unlawful.
Categories: Ecological News

Naked corruption: the scandal of glyphosate re-assessment in Europe

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:53
The EU's 'rapporteur state' on glyphosate, Germany, has recommended re-approval of the herbicide with its daily intake increased by 67%, write Drs Nancy Swanson and Mae Wan Ho. The verdict is based on a re-assessment carried out by Monsanto and a consortium of chemical companies, based on unpublished industry studies. It should be rejected outright.
Categories: Ecological News

The 30,000-foot view: Why it's so tough to keep nutrient pollution out of Lake Champlain.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
More than two-thirds of the problematic phosphorus overload in Lake Champlain comes from Vermont.
Categories: Ecological News

North and South Tyneside have some of the highest mesothelioma death rates in the UK.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Alarming new figures reveal death rates in South and North Tyneside are more than twice the average for the rest of the country.
Categories: Ecological News

Hurricane Katrina’s psychological scars revealed.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Mental health worsened in the disaster’s aftermath, but survivors also showed resilience.
Categories: Ecological News

Irradiated food sounds like a terrible thing. It’s actually really good.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Zapping food with radiation could prevent dangerous foodborne illness outbreaks—if only consumers would get behind the idea.
Categories: Ecological News

To keep food from the trash bin, Spanish city sets up a communal fridge.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
People in the Spanish city of Bilbao have a mission: to cut down on food waste. Now, to prevent food from going directly into the garbage, residents just send it to the Solidarity Fridge.
Categories: Ecological News

Like a fitbit for your smoking habit.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
This gadget uses games and graphs in a wearable to help break the addiction.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientists team up to find toxin targeting babies and lambs.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
A few hundred times every year in the United States, a mysterious agent attacks the bile ducts of a newborn baby, often leading to a liver transplant.
Categories: Ecological News

Critics take aim at US crude-by-rail plans.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
To crude producers hankering for a route to market while pipeline proposals stall, a bevy of crude-by-rail projects planned on the U.S. West Coast may look enticing.
Categories: Ecological News

The link between cancer and a century-old Spanish war.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Spain hasn’t admitted it, but its use of mustard gas against Riffs between 1921 and 1926 is well-documented, and many believe it explains the area’s alarming cancer rate.
Categories: Ecological News

Mixed smoke signals on e-cigarettes.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Two major new studies send seemingly conflicting messages about whether e-cigarettes help people quit smoking or are a path right back to the habit.
Categories: Ecological News

There is poop in basically all hamburger meat.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
But there's less bacteria—and way fewer antibiotic-resistant strains—in grass-fed beef than convetional, Consumer Reports finds.
Categories: Ecological News

Middle East conflict 'drastically altered' air pollution levels in region.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
The rise of Isis led to substantial decrease in NO2 emissions in Baghdad and central Iraq since 2013, say researchers, with similar trends seen in Egypt and Syria.
Categories: Ecological News

Boaters mapping Pacific garbage arrive in San Francisco.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
15 researchers and volunteers set out a month ago from San Francisco to study plastic waste as part of the "Mega Expedition," a major step in the effort to eventually clean up what's known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Categories: Ecological News

How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans).

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Paul Dobbins' farm needs no pesticides, fertilizer, land, or water — we just have to learn to love seaweed.
Categories: Ecological News

China capital to move more polluting industry to heavily polluted Hebei.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
China's capital Beijing will relocate more of its polluting industries into the already smog-hit neighboring province of Hebei.
Categories: Ecological News

Adapting to air pollution with clean air stands in China.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
Much like a bus stop, the proposed structure (called City Air Purification System) provides clean air flow to create a cocoon around bystanders.
Categories: Ecological News

Cesium contamination persists in ocean floor near Fukushima Daiichi site.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:30
A fraction of the radioactive cesium released during Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in 2011 was deposited on the nearby seafloor.
Categories: Ecological News
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