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Toxic toys not child's play.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Where self-regulation isn't protecting children, the law must. You would think that keeping dangerous products out of the hands of children would be a fundamental of corporate citizenship. A new report suggests some local retailers have a way to go in meeting that standard.
Categories: Ecological News

Politics, not oil, are pushing the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
In the last presidential race, Republicans used the Keystone XL Pipeline to mock the White House’s environmental policies. Now nervous Democrats want it to save a wobbling candidate, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing a close runoff.
Categories: Ecological News

A forest threatened by Keystone XL.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Environmentalists typically fret about the prospect of adding monstrous new amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, and for good reason.
Categories: Ecological News

Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ will change nothing.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything recently dropped from No. 7 to No. 14 on The New York Times bestseller list. For most authors, just getting on any bestseller list would be a huge victory.
Categories: Ecological News

The killing forests.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Edwin Chota’s death is a reminder of the price that local activists in some of the world’s most remote areas are paying as they fight to defend their communities from exploitation and industrialization.
Categories: Ecological News

Triclosan: Soap ingredient can trigger liver cancer in mice, warn scientists.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
A chemical ingredient of cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste has been found to trigger liver cancer in laboratory mice, raising concerns about how safe it is for humans, scientists said.
Categories: Ecological News

Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in US-study.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, scientists said on Monday. The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology.
Categories: Ecological News

Obesity is tied to pollutants.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Exposure to secondhand smoke and roadway traffic may be tied to increased body mass index in children and adolescents, a new study suggests.
Categories: Ecological News

Danger on the toy shelf.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Nearly two dozen children's toys on store shelves in Albany County allegedly found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals or metals like cadmium, arsenic, cobalt, mercury or lead, a report by Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters states.
Categories: Ecological News

PCB cleanup a heavy burden to city.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
The city of Charlotte is still trying to recover from one of the worst catastrophes in the city's history. Someone illegally dumped a dangerous chemical that reached plants that treat the water hundreds of thousands of people use.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal rush in India could tip balance on climate change.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.
Categories: Ecological News

Clean mining a deception in Kentucky, groups say.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
In a state where coal-country creeks run red with iron, Frasure Creek Mining has been unusually clean of late: Amid tens of thousands of measurements that it submitted to Kentucky regulators in 2013 and early 2014, fewer than 400 exceeded the state's limits for water pollution from coal-mine runoff.
Categories: Ecological News

Hungry planet: Can Big Data help feed 9 billion humans?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
With a population set to hit 9 billion human beings by 2050, the world needs to grow more food — without cutting down forests and jungles, which are the climate's huge lungs. The solution, according to one soil management scientist, is Big Data.
Categories: Ecological News

Taps run dry in São Paulo drought, but water company barely shrugs.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Seen from a micro-light aircraft, flying low near this small town in Brazil's interior, the scale of the water crisis blighting Sao Paulo was frighteningly clear. The five reservoirs in an interlinked system that supplies 6.5 million people were vividly depleted.
Categories: Ecological News

Alaska says Fairbanks needs four more years to meet clean-air deadline.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
The Fairbanks area will miss a federal deadline by four years and need until 2019 to clean up its polluted air, according to a proposed state air quality plan released Monday, a day on which wood smoke in the area of North Pole created "unhealthy" air quality conditions.
Categories: Ecological News

For the monarch butterfly, a long road back.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Less than 20 years ago, a billion butterflies from east of the Rocky Mountains reached the oyamel firs, and more than a million western monarchs migrated to the California coast to winter among its firs and eucalypts. Since then, the numbers have dropped by more than 90 percent.
Categories: Ecological News

Virus implicated in massive die-off of North American starfish.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
Scientists investigating a huge die-off of starfish along North America's Pacific coast have identified a virus they say is responsible for a calamitous wasting disease that has wiped out millions of the creatures since it first appeared last year.
Categories: Ecological News

New technologies can help poor farmers - just not the ones you're thinking of

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:02
Modern technology has a lot to offer small farmers in poor countries, writes Tony Juniper - just not the GMOs and pesticides that are widely touted. But how about film, digital communications and smart phones? These new media can empower farmers and allow them to share knowledge and experience of how to produce more, from less.
Categories: Ecological News

New School lunch programs not making the grade

ENN Health - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:46
New federal regulations requiring school meals to contain more whole grains, less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables, while perhaps improving some aspects of the food being served at schools across the United States, may also be perpetuating eating habits linked to obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases, an analysis by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers has found.The reasons: Based on analysis of school meals and the new requirements, the whole grains served are mostly processed, which means they are converted into sugar when digested, and many of the required foods, like fruit and milk, contain added sugar because many schools opt to serve canned fruit, fruit juice, and flavored milk. The new requirements do not limit the amount of added sugar in school meals. The researchers are recommending that the requirements be expanded to limit added sugars and processed foods and to ensure carbohydrate quality.
Categories: Ecological News

Prescription drug vending machines now being installed on college campuses across America

Natural News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The total insanity of over-medication in America has reached a new low as Arizona State University has installed a prescription drug vending machine called InstyMeds.American college students -- who are already the most over-medicated population on the planet --...
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