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Will a ban on oakmoss kill the French perfume industry?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Plans to ban the use of oakmoss, an essential ingredient of elite perfumes, has thrown the world of fragrance into disarray.
Categories: Ecological News

Report: EPA power plan would save Texas water.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
As state regulators fret about how President Obama’s effort to combat climate change would affect the Texas power grid, a new study says the rules would be simpler to adopt than those regulators suggest – and that it would save the state billions of gallons of water annually.
Categories: Ecological News

Why are US lawmakers making California water deals in secret?

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
California made extraordinary progress on water policy in this severe drought year under Gov. Jerry Brown. His process stands in marked contrast to parallel talks currently taking place in Washington on a bill to — well, to do what? We can't be absolutely certain.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA, Justice Department put backbone into Clean Air Act.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
One of the signal accomplishments of the Obama administration: By the year 2025, cars, trucks, and buses must meet fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 miles per gallon.
Categories: Ecological News

Where US pesticide policy needs to improve.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Pesticide regulation is overseen by three agencies: The FDA, the USDA, and the Environmental Protection Agency. So, just where are the agencies failing?
Categories: Ecological News

Harvard must divest from fossil fuels.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
On Wednesday, we - the Harvard Climate Justice Coalition - filed a lawsuit against the Harvard Corporation over its investments in fossil fuels. We’re demanding that our university stop profiting from the destruction of the Earth’s climate.
Categories: Ecological News

Industrial pollution is turning lakes into ‘jelly’.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
As Canadian lakes have become more acidic, they've become increasingly dominated by jelly-like plankton that are throwing things out of whack, new research suggests. And these gummy invaders aren't going anywhere. Soon, they could even disrupt the country's water supply.
Categories: Ecological News

Wasteland.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
No one talks much about toxic Superfund sites anymore. But 49 million Americans live close to one.
Categories: Ecological News

Building a community on polluted land.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Although Amsterdam’s latest urban experiment, De Ceuvel, is built on solid ground, there’s much that reminds its denizens of its past as a commercial shipyard. The design aims to create a fertile ground for community interaction, while letting the area’s physical ground recuperate from its industrial past.
Categories: Ecological News

Former state pesticide inspector pleads guilty to faking inspections; lawyer blames agoraphobia.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
A state pesticide inspector on Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to faking more than a dozen reviews at chemical facilities from Hatfield to West Springfield and Norfolk.
Categories: Ecological News

Washington state to sue federal government over nuclear site vapors.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Washington state's attorney general said on Wednesday he intends to sue the U.S. government for not adequately protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of a decommissioned nuclear site, saying dozens have been sickened by toxic vapors.
Categories: Ecological News

Shale oil fuels indigenous conflict in Argentina.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.”
Categories: Ecological News

More than Ebola, other tropical diseases pose growing threat to US.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Ebola isn't the tropical disease that's most likely to cause health problems in the United States – not by a long shot. A handful of other tropical diseases pose much more realistic threats. And they're spread by insects, which can't be quarantined.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
When the massive magnitude 9 earthquake rumbled through Fukushima prefecture in March 2011, it swelled the seas and shook the earth. But long after the ground stopped trembling, the disaster has continued to fracture families like that of Yoshinobu Segawa.
Categories: Ecological News

Government loses landmark air pollution case at European Court of Justice.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The Government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities, after a ruling at the European Court of Justice.
Categories: Ecological News

Cross currents.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Southern Africa has some of the world’s richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and the fishing communities that depend on them.
Categories: Ecological News

Asbestos deaths: Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny acquitted.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Italy’s supreme court has overturned an 18-year prison sentence for Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny for causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories.
Categories: Ecological News

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

37 treated after 'bizarre' chemical explosion in Santa Paula.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
After "bizarre" chemical explosions Tuesday at a Santa Paula wastewater treatment site, mandatory evacuations remain in place, 37 people have been treated, and firefighters and the plant's owner are bewildered.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio’s fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News
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