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In a first, Japanese court rules that nuclear plant operator is liable for suicide.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A court in Fukushima has ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Japanese nuclear power plant operator, can be held responsible for the suicide of a woman who became depressed after the 2011 disaster.
Categories: Ecological News

Nine substances of very high concern listed under REACH chemical regulation.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
The European Commission has officially designated nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel, as substances of very high concern, meaning their uses will have to be authorized.
Categories: Ecological News

Here's how Brazil's new presidential candidate could help save the planet.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
When Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos’ plane went down near Sao Paulo this month, Campos’ running mate, environmentalist Marina Silva, has taken his place on the ballot for the October vote.
Categories: Ecological News

Duke: 9,000 gallons of oil spilled into Ohio River.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
More diesel fuel - about 9,000 gallons - spilled into the Ohio River from a Duke Energy power plant last week than originally estimated, Duke Energy officials announced Monday.
Categories: Ecological News

How the Golden State's 1 percenters are avoiding the drought.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
As California trudges into its third year of a statewide drought, few towns have been as hard hit as the Santa Barbara suburb of Montecito. The plight of this community offers ironies—and political lessons—that are as rich as many of its 13,500 residents, who include Oprah Winfrey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Categories: Ecological News

Is California too green for Tesla's 'gigafactory?'

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
State officials want Tesla to commit to building its "gigafactory" plant in California in exchange for a package of incentives, but Tesla has demurred. And why wouldn't it want to keep playing the field? It won't help Musk's image as a climate-change crusader, though, if he rejects California because the Golden State's environment protections are too costly.
Categories: Ecological News

Dam right.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Many things must be done to cleanse western Lake Erie and prevent a recurrence of this month’s water emergency in Toledo. Handled properly, the proposed demolition of the deteriorating, century-old Ballville Dam that spans the Sandusky River near Fremont could help promote the cleanup effort.
Categories: Ecological News

Unacceptable levels.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
We generate 300 billion pounds of synthetic chemicals each year in the U.S. alone, and an average American uses more than 1,500 pounds of chemical products. Synthetic chemicals are poisoning our bodies from the moment of conception. What are we going to do about it?
Categories: Ecological News

Osprey whisperers: Deciphering decades of clues from the sea hawk.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Ospreys tell a story, and the scientists who track them are trying to decipher their messages.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan industry fights 'Minamata' costs as mercury trade ban looms.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A year after the Minamata Convention on Mercury was agreed in southwestern Japan, Japanese industries from smelters to cement makers are digging in to fight storage costs and emission curbs the still-pending treaty would impose.
Categories: Ecological News

Hawaii judge invalidates Kauai’s anti-GMO law.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge has struck down Kauai County’s ordinance requiring more disclosure from biotechnology companies about pesticide use and genetically engineered farming practices. The court ruling is a setback for the growing movement against biotechnology companies in Hawaii.
Categories: Ecological News

Tyson Foods’ Missouri problem risks millions in government contracts.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Tyson Foods could lose around $500 million in government contracts if found guilty in and ongoing criminal probe by the Environmental Protection Agency over the recent release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Missouri.
Categories: Ecological News

Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home. This is according to a study revealing that 96 percent of the chicks are dying at two to three weeks old.
Categories: Ecological News

Mideast water wars: In Iraq, a battle for control of water.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
There is a water war going on in the Middle East this summer. Behind the headline stories of brutal slaughter as Sunni militants carve out a religious state covering Iraq and Syria, there lies a battle for the water supplies that sustain these desert nations.
Categories: Ecological News

Michigan landfill operator suspends receipt of low-level radioactive waste.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A hazardous-waste landfill operator, slated to receive low-level radioactive waste from a Pennsylvania fracking company, announced Monday that it will suspend receipt of such materials from all oil and gas operations pending a review by the state.
Categories: Ecological News

Expert calls for nuke plant closure.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
Categories: Ecological News

Underwater methane gas plumes erupting along Atlantic coast.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Categories: Ecological News

Health benefits offset costs of climate policies.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
Savings due to avoided health problems help offset -- and in some cases greatly outweigh -- the costs of carbon dioxide-cutting policies in the United States, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

Baby sea stars hit coasts.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
With a wasting disease decimating populations of sea stars across the West Coast, local marine researchers are finding some solace in large numbers of returning juveniles making their way back to the coastline.
Categories: Ecological News

Jellyfish swarm takes over Florida beaches, stinging hundreds.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:30
This past weekend, more than 400 swimmers were stung by jellyfish at the Florida beaches. The swarm of serial stingers prompted lifeguards to raise purple flags warning of hazardous marine life.
Categories: Ecological News
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