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Review finds more than 500 problems in plant meant to treat Hanford nuclear waste.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
The Energy Department has completed an exhaustive technical review of the plant designed to treat waste from the former Hanford nuclear weapons site and ordered the manager of the project to fix more than 500 problems that could compromise its future operation.
Categories: Ecological News

Rethink DDT ban to eradicate Zika.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
The ominous outbreak of the Zika virus is really a policy failure; the demonization of DDT has left much of the world defenseless against mosquito-borne diseases that were once easily and effectively wiped out.
Categories: Ecological News

Fish toxics at lowest levels in decades: Study.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Fish in today’s oceans contain far lower levels of mercury, DDT and other toxics than at any time in the past four decades, according to a major review by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Categories: Ecological News

Infant disorders linked to pollution in Haifa Bay, says new study.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
New research suggests a link between a high rate of infant disorders in the Haifa region and air pollution caused by heavy industry situated next to the northern port city.
Categories: Ecological News

High lead levels in blood wreak havoc with young brains in Kashmir.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
High concentration of lead in blood is responsible for mental retardation and other cognitive problems among children in Kashmir, a study has found.
Categories: Ecological News

Warning: Mumbai air injurious to your health.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
A fire at the Deonar dumping ground pushed Mumbai near Delhi’s infamous pollution levels last week, making the two cities joint pollution capitals of India.
Categories: Ecological News

The woman fighting to make sustainability part of the American diet.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Dr. Miriam Nelson was a key figure behind the effort to work sustainability into the nation’s 2015 dietary guidelines. And she has hope for the future.
Categories: Ecological News

New weapon to fight Zika: The mosquito.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Genetically engineered, bacteria-infected and sterilized mosquitoes are among the cutting-edge weapons being tested against diseases like Zika and dengue, even as some experts say old-fashioned tools like DDT may be worth discussing.
Categories: Ecological News

Lead levels elevated for thousands of Michigan children outside of Flint.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
As the nation wrings its hands about the plight of lead-poisoned children in Flint, thousands of other children throughout Michigan face similar challenges because of exposure to the toxic.
Categories: Ecological News

Lead pipes, antiquated law threaten Wisconsin’s drinking water quality.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Experts, and even some regulators, say existing laws are failing to protect Wisconsin and the nation from harmful exposure to lead in drinking water that leaches from aging plumbing — a danger illustrated by the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Categories: Ecological News

House investigates Flint water crisis, but the governor isn't on the invite list.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
The Sierra Club is calling for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to appear at next week's House hearing.
Categories: Ecological News

Athletes in Rio stay inside, slather on repellent for Zika.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Aline Silva, a Brazilian wrestler, has had dengue fever twice, and she's not taking any chances with the Zika virus.
Categories: Ecological News

Ethiopia seeks donor support to meet drought needs.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Ethiopia urged international donors on Sunday to offer aid promptly for relief operations to support 10.2 million people critically short of food, and said it was committed to allocating as much of its own funds as necessary.
Categories: Ecological News

North Carolina Supreme Court rules against coal ash, fracking commissions.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Two laws addressing coal ash and natural gas drilling are unconstitutional, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
Categories: Ecological News

Sentencings set for ex-execs in West Virginia chemical spill.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
Two years after thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked into the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians, the sentencings of six officials at a chemical distributor this month will bring to a close criminal cases in the spill.
Categories: Ecological News

Could we have a Zika vaccine soon?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
A vaccine against the Zika virus could be ready for testing in people by the end of the year, experts said this week.
Categories: Ecological News

Microcephaly, spotlighted by Zika virus, has long afflicted and mystified.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
The striking deformity at the center of microcephaly is not new: It has pained families across the globe and mystified experts for decades.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA: Agency has 'Goldilocks syndrome' after Flint crisis.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
U.S. EPA, often under fire from its Capitol Hill and industry critics for overstepping its authority, now finds itself in the cross-hairs for not using its authority soon enough.
Categories: Ecological News

DHHS provides list of steps being taken in Flint water crisis.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:30
The federal government issued a laundry list of items that have taken place since President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration earlier this month in response to Flint's water crisis.
Categories: Ecological News

Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 15:41
In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of human embryos? The answer may lie in a sequence of 'jumping DNA' used to engineer the virus's mosquito vector - and released into the wild four years ago in the precise area of Brazil where the microcephaly crisis is most acute.
Categories: Ecological News
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