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Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater per year, which would otherwise drain into the sea, in an ambitious effort to boost irrigation and power production.
Categories: Ecological News

Made-in-China clothing for kids could contain toxic chemicals.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Many parents have the good sense to feed their kids healthy food, but not many are aware of the risks posed by contaminated clothing from countries like China.
Categories: Ecological News

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
The stench of uncollected refuse in the streets of Beirut is a stark reminder of the crisis of government afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts have been unable to agree on where to dump the capital's rubbish.
Categories: Ecological News

Nickel and cadmium found in water samples from Hong Kong's housing estates.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Potentially harmful heavy metals have been found in water samples at various public and private housing estates across Hong Kong, including nickel - a skin irritant - and cadmium, which can cause cancer.
Categories: Ecological News

Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Governments should not meet existing conservation targets using the compensation that developers pay for damaging biodiversity.
Categories: Ecological News

Updated chemical bill undermines state regulation.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Our weak and outdated chemical law has led to widespread exposure to hazardous chemicals in our homes, schools and places of work and through the products we use every day.
Categories: Ecological News

Monsanto's new $1bn herbicide shows our bias towards hi-tech solutions.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Genetically-modified crops and hi-tech new herbicides are presented as magic bullet solutions to global challenges such as food insecurity and climate change. But they could be a distraction from the underlying issues.
Categories: Ecological News

Bad air means lower grade point averages in Texas.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Fourth and fifth graders in El Paso, Texas, are more likely to have lower grade point averages if heavily exposed to contaminated air at home, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

A week in the mysterious sleeping villages of Kazakhstan.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Radiation. Government conspiracy. Mass hysteria. There are plenty of theories as to why the residents of a tiny Kazakh mining region keep falling asleep for days at a time, but no answers.
Categories: Ecological News

California's powerful and influential air pollution watchdog.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
California's Air Resources Board is one of the most influential —and controversial — pollution regulatory agencies in the nation, conducts more than 1,500 tests each year at the lab.
Categories: Ecological News

‘Madagascar’ at the Bruce Museum displays rare flora and fauna.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
The exhibition highlights three stages of the island’s history: its origins, the more recent past and the present, when species such as lemurs and the golden mantella frog risk extinction because of habitat loss.
Categories: Ecological News

Idaho will not restrict fishing despite regional drought-linked die-offs.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
Idaho fisheries managers will not follow the lead of neighboring states in restricting catch-and-release angling, despite a drought and heat wave that have killed or stressed large numbers of trout and other fish.
Categories: Ecological News

Enbridge anniversary: Profiles from the frontlines of an oil spill.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 19:30
The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. today teems with kayakers paddling amid swimming turtles, buzzing dragonflies and fish that leap from the water—with few visible scars of the environmental disaster that struck the riverside community five years ago., The Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Michigan, today teems with kayakers paddling amid swimming turtles, buzzing dragonflies and fish that leap from the water—with few visible scars of the environmental disaster that struck the riverside community five years ago.
Categories: Ecological News

Lake Tahoe's deep blue color explained

ENN Pollution - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 17:40
Lake Tahoe's iconic blueness is more strongly related to the lake's algal concentration than to its clarity, according to research in "Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015," released today by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) of the University of California, Davis. The lower the algal concentration, the bluer the lake. Data from a research buoy in the lake, owned and operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, enabled Shohei Watanabe, a postdoctoral researcher at TERC, to create a Blueness Index that quantified Lake Tahoe's color for the first time.The assumption that lake clarity is tied to blueness has driven advocacy and management efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin for decades. But Watanabe's research showed that at times of the year when the lake's clarity increases, its blueness decreases, and vice versa. 
Categories: Ecological News

Cuadrilla will appeal Lancashire's fracking refusal

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 17:05
Shale gas company Cuadrilla will appeal Lancashire's decision to refuse permission to frack, write Kyla Mandel & Ben Lucas. The planning battle will last well into 2016, as campaigners prepare to fight all the way.
Categories: Ecological News

Yes, trade deals really do overturn democracy

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:09
Forget tariffs, forget Obama's promises. The whole point of modern 'trade agreements' is to whack pesky labor, environment and health laws, writes David Morris, and so empower capital and corporate power against regulators, governments and democracy itself. Unconvinced? Just imagine what these deals would look like if they were there to empower people.
Categories: Ecological News

Next Steps for a Low-Carbon Lifestyle (Part 2 of 2)

EarthEasy Blog - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:13
Congratulations on making the most important changes for reducing your carbon footprint! Ready to shrink it even further? Here are your next most effective strategies.

Next Steps for a Low-Carbon Lifestyle (Part 2 of 2) is a post from: The Eartheasy Blog. © 2011 Eartheasy.com This article may not be republished without permission.

Categories: Ecological News

Mangroves help protect against sea level rise

ENN Climate - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:58
Mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change, according to new research involving the University of Southampton.
Categories: Ecological News

Campaigners resist destruction of Istanbul forests and wetlands for airport megaproject

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 23:53
Destruction of 76 square kilometres of forests, lakes and farmland is proceeding north of Istanbul for the city's third airport, writes Rosie Bridger. But the gigantic ‘aerotropolis' project is vigorously opposed by local farmers and residents, and an urban resistance fighting other ecologically destructive megaprojects across the beautiful, biodiverse region - both on the streets and in the courts.
Categories: Ecological News

Falling crude prices upend Canada’s oil sands projects.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:30
The global downturn in oil prices is shining a harsh light on the high cost of extracting Canada’s oil sands, which are the biggest single source of U.S. crude imports.
Categories: Ecological News
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