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Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:29
Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return.
Categories: Ecological News

GMOs in USDA Organic Food

Farm Wars - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:13
How can you trust an agency that promotes GMOs to be in charge of a program that supposedly is against GMOs? YOU CAN'T.
Categories: Ecological News

Paterson slashes UK climate change budget

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:02
Reports of severe flooding around the UK, widely believed to be linked to climate change, pour in. But Owen Paterson, reports Sophie Morlin-Yron, has sharply cut the budget for coping with the effects of climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Flood insurance increases delayed in Senate

ENN Agriculture - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 22:15
The floodgates have opened on the legislative debate surrounding flood insurance. On Monday, followed by remarks by Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate to delay the increases mandated by the 2012 law for four years. Proponents of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act say that the price of coverage is too high for many policyholders making their homes unaffordable. Fifty five percent of Americans live within 50 mile of the coast. The National Flood Insurance Program insures more than 5.5 million properties across all 50 states. Rate increases affecting premiums all over the country. Proponents say that while The 2012 Biggert-Waters law was intended to make the flood insurance program fiscally solvent, it forces changes that are far too large and fast causing people to lose their homes. Menendez acknowledges, "The flood insurance program needs to be put on a more solvent trajectory, (but) we first need to understand the scope of these changes and be sure the mapping process used to set these rates is accurate. We need to understand the impact that these dramatic changes in Biggert-Waters will have on the housing market before it's too late.
Categories: Ecological News

Flood insurance increases delayed in Senate

ENN Pollution - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 22:15
The floodgates have opened on the legislative debate surrounding flood insurance. On Monday, followed by remarks by Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate to delay the increases mandated by the 2012 law for four years. Proponents of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act say that the price of coverage is too high for many policyholders making their homes unaffordable. Fifty five percent of Americans live within 50 mile of the coast. The National Flood Insurance Program insures more than 5.5 million properties across all 50 states. Rate increases affecting premiums all over the country. Proponents say that while The 2012 Biggert-Waters law was intended to make the flood insurance program fiscally solvent, it forces changes that are far too large and fast causing people to lose their homes. Menendez acknowledges, "The flood insurance program needs to be put on a more solvent trajectory, (but) we first need to understand the scope of these changes and be sure the mapping process used to set these rates is accurate. We need to understand the impact that these dramatic changes in Biggert-Waters will have on the housing market before it's too late.
Categories: Ecological News

Flood insurance increases delayed in Senate

ENN Health - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 22:15
The floodgates have opened on the legislative debate surrounding flood insurance. On Monday, followed by remarks by Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate to delay the increases mandated by the 2012 law for four years. Proponents of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act say that the price of coverage is too high for many policyholders making their homes unaffordable. Fifty five percent of Americans live within 50 mile of the coast. The National Flood Insurance Program insures more than 5.5 million properties across all 50 states. Rate increases affecting premiums all over the country. Proponents say that while The 2012 Biggert-Waters law was intended to make the flood insurance program fiscally solvent, it forces changes that are far too large and fast causing people to lose their homes. Menendez acknowledges, "The flood insurance program needs to be put on a more solvent trajectory, (but) we first need to understand the scope of these changes and be sure the mapping process used to set these rates is accurate. We need to understand the impact that these dramatic changes in Biggert-Waters will have on the housing market before it's too late.
Categories: Ecological News

Flood insurance increases delayed in Senate

ENN Climate - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 22:15
The floodgates have opened on the legislative debate surrounding flood insurance. On Monday, followed by remarks by Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate to delay the increases mandated by the 2012 law for four years. Proponents of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act say that the price of coverage is too high for many policyholders making their homes unaffordable. Fifty five percent of Americans live within 50 mile of the coast. The National Flood Insurance Program insures more than 5.5 million properties across all 50 states. Rate increases affecting premiums all over the country. Proponents say that while The 2012 Biggert-Waters law was intended to make the flood insurance program fiscally solvent, it forces changes that are far too large and fast causing people to lose their homes. Menendez acknowledges, "The flood insurance program needs to be put on a more solvent trajectory, (but) we first need to understand the scope of these changes and be sure the mapping process used to set these rates is accurate. We need to understand the impact that these dramatic changes in Biggert-Waters will have on the housing market before it's too late.
Categories: Ecological News

Keep Agent Orange herbicide out of our food!

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 20:27
The growing trend for GM crops incorporating herbicide resistance now threatens to flood Europe's crops and groundwater with the Agent Orange chemical 2,4-D. The madness must stop now.
Categories: Ecological News

Linking Alzheimer's to environmental contributors

ENN Agriculture - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:46
Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. Now researchers at Rutgers University say exposure to DDT, banned in the United States since 1972 but still used as a pesticide in other countries, may also increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer's disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.
Categories: Ecological News

Linking Alzheimer's to environmental contributors

ENN Pollution - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:46
Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. Now researchers at Rutgers University say exposure to DDT, banned in the United States since 1972 but still used as a pesticide in other countries, may also increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer's disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.
Categories: Ecological News

Linking Alzheimer's to environmental contributors

ENN Health - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:46
Scientists have known for more than 40 years that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats and a threat to the environment. Now researchers at Rutgers University say exposure to DDT, banned in the United States since 1972 but still used as a pesticide in other countries, may also increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer's disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.
Categories: Ecological News

Pete Seeger's advocacy for Hudson River endures.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Pete Seeger, who passed away Monday at 94, would often lend his voice to environmental causes, speaking out in recent years against hydraulic fracturing and the Indian Point nuclear power plant. But his name will forever be linked with the Hudson River. He founded the flagship vessel of the waterway’s rebirth, and set his love of America’s river to music.
Categories: Ecological News

Monitoring corporate behavior: Greening or merely greenwash?

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Companies with bad environmental records are increasingly turning to a little-known nonprofit called The Forest Trust to make sure they meet commitments to improve their practices. It remains to be seen if this is just a PR move or a turning point for corporate conduct.
Categories: Ecological News

During drought, pop-up wetlands give birds a break.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
California’s severe drought is taking a toll on wildlife around the state. But in the Sacramento Valley, one environmental group is working with farmers and citizen scientists to provide some help by creating temporary “pop-up” wetlands.
Categories: Ecological News

Oilsands and water: Report calls for more research on effects of spill.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Too little is known about products from Alberta’s oilsands to assess whether spills in rivers or coastal areas could be effectively cleaned up, according to a recent report for a U.S. government agency.
Categories: Ecological News

Families settling in Exxon gasoline leak case.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Nearly a year after Maryland's highest court tossed out most of a $1.65 billion jury verdict against ExxonMobil Corp. in connection with a 2006 underground gasoline leak in northern Baltimore County, 43 families have settled their cases rather than return for new trials.
Categories: Ecological News

Ski resorts seen as buyout targets amid U.S. West drought.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Lack of snow in California and Nevada is putting the toughest strain on the region's smaller, independent resorts. That may allow bigger, more diversified operators such as Vail Resorts Inc. to snap up struggling rivals.
Categories: Ecological News

Ice cover affects lake levels in surprising ways.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
The recent Arctic blast that gripped much of the nation will likely contribute to a healthy rise in Great Lakes water levels in 2014, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

Global effort on PBT chemicals called useful; funding seen as challenge.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Governments could reduce redundant work and encourage more consistent classifications of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals by sharing data and approaches they use to determine how and when to classify a chemical as a PBT, according to analysts.
Categories: Ecological News

The House targets Superfund.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30
Thankfully, the Superfund measure, like the others, is expected to stall in the Senate. House Republicans know this. Their legislation is mainly intended to signal that they stand ready to do the bidding of polluters if the party manages to take control of the Senate.
Categories: Ecological News
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