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Feather River train derailment raises new concerns.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
While much of the ongoing crude-by-rail safety debate in Sacramento has focused on the potential for an oil spill in an urban area, an early morning spill on Nov. 25 in the Feather River Canyon underscores the more likely scenario of a derailment in remote rural terrain, harming wildlife and fouling drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

Experts disagree over safety of children's toys.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
A study published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics found that from 1990 through 2011, nearly 3.3 million children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. And lab tests continue to reveal some toys have dangerous levels of toxicants.
Categories: Ecological News

Clock ticking at climate summit in record hot year: Lima.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Two days after delegates from more than 190 countries gathered in Lima, Peru, at the annual climate summit, the World Meteorological Organization released a report that said 2014 is currently tied for the hottest year on record, rejecting claims that global warming has paused.
Categories: Ecological News

The old man and the rising sea.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Assateague, a 37-mile-long smear off the shores of Maryland and Virginia, is the East Coast’s climate change canary. It’s one of the most vulnerable islands in America, almost certain to be one of the first places claimed by the rising sea.
Categories: Ecological News

Common drugs affecting plant growth: study.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
The commonly prescribed drugs such as diclofenac and ibuprofen that we release into the environment are likely to have a significant impact on plant growth, a new study has warned.
Categories: Ecological News

Product of Mexico: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
American consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. But a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship (Part 1 of 4).
Categories: Ecological News

Vegetable spawns larceny and luxury in Peru.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
The precious stuff that has provoked sudden larceny and luxury here is not drugs, gems or precious metals. It is a pungent, turnip-like vegetable called maca, heralded as a cancer-fighting superfood and sold on the shelves of supermarkets like Whole Foods. As maca booms, some Peruvians fear that they are losing control of a valuable crop with a history that goes back long before the time of the Inca empire.
Categories: Ecological News

Forget the hounds. As foxes creep in, Britons call the sniper.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Britain has the world’s highest known density of urban foxes, the result of their self-colonization in cities here since the 1930s. There are now more foxes in London than double-decker buses: an estimated 10,000 roam streets and gardens, often in plain view.
Categories: Ecological News

Paris mayor wants to ban diesel cars by 2020 to fight pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
The mayor of Paris called for diesel cars to be banned from the French capital by 2020 and said pedestrian-only neighbourhoods should be created in the city centre as part of a plan to fight pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Israel’s fuel industry was already responsible for major ground pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Israel’s fuel-pollution problem has been similar over the past decade as it is now in the area racked by an oil spill, Water Authority data show. Over the past decade or so, 2.5 million liters of fuel have been cleaned up at a third of locations known to be polluted.
Categories: Ecological News

Revealed thirty years on... The secret role that America's Henry Kissinger played in the Bhopal tragedy.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger put pressure on the Indian Government to agree a legal settlement that let the American chemical company Union Carbide off the hook for the 25,000 people killed by the toxic gas disaster.
Categories: Ecological News

Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima. Activists believe his death is linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project.
Categories: Ecological News

‘But not a drop to drink ...’

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Every day, Ali Akbar and his team drive from village to village to check on how the villagers are faring in this remote part of Thar. Their first stop is the village of Samoo Rind. For their everyday needs, the villagers here rely on underground water which is contaminated with high levels of fluoride and hence unfit for human consumption.
Categories: Ecological News

Painkillers put otters at risk.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Soaring levels of painkillers in Britain’s rivers are threatening the revival of the otter just as it returns from the brink of extinction. An analysis of fur has found that wild otters’ bodies are routinely contaminated with ibuprofen and diclofenac, drugs that can cause fatal kidney and liver damage.
Categories: Ecological News

Burgundy winemaker cheers a 'victory for people power' after conviction for refusing to spray vines with pesticides is overturned.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Few wine drinkers consider pesticides a required ingredient but a vineyard owner in Burgundy had to resort to the courts to uphold his right to keep them from his latest vintage.
Categories: Ecological News

The dirt on dirt: 5 things you should know about soil.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
We walk on it every day. We get it under our fingernails; we track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays – not just in the environment, but in human health?
Categories: Ecological News

Lehigh Valley artificial turf debate: Is it safe for children?

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Lately, a groundswell of concern has developed over what health hazards, if any, might lurk on and beneath the synthetic fibers in artificial turf surfaces, particularly those that incorporate the use of tiny bits of rubber ground up from vehicle tires.
Categories: Ecological News

Energy firms in secretive alliance with attorneys general.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.
Categories: Ecological News

Kiribati: The world's next Atlantis?

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati may be the first country to disappear under the rising sea levels of climate change. Now stumps of dead coconut trees line the lagoon, their tips peaking out from the water like little grave stones of a civilization lost. Its people fear their homeland may become the world's next Atlantis.
Categories: Ecological News

George Osborne oversees biggest fossil fuel boom since North Sea oil discovery.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 19:30
George Osborne has sparked the biggest boom in UK fossil fuel investment since the North Sea oil and gas industry was founded in the 1970s. Analysis of new Treasury data also shows investment in clean energy has plummeted this year and is now exceeded by fossil fuels, while road and airport building is soaring.
Categories: Ecological News
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