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"Close the door to landfilling." says the European Commission's Director-General for Environment

ENN Pollution - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 21:28
In a passionate call for change, Karl Falkenberg, European Commission Director-General for Environment calls for a closure of landfilling, as we know it. "Separate collection is very much at the heart of this circular economy - [but] we are coming to realize that separate collection is not enough," said Falkenberg, the at a conference in Brussels on Tuesday (29 April).
Categories: Ecological News

Local residents chronicle lake water quality

ENN Health - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:59
Long-term water quality trends in Midwestern lakes yield good news in the form of little change in water clarity in the regions 3,000 lakes. But what makes this news unique is that the data to make this determination was collected by non-scientists and local residents from the area’s towns and villages.
Categories: Ecological News

Local residents chronicle lake water quality

ENN Climate - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:59
Long-term water quality trends in Midwestern lakes yield good news in the form of little change in water clarity in the regions 3,000 lakes. But what makes this news unique is that the data to make this determination was collected by non-scientists and local residents from the area’s towns and villages.
Categories: Ecological News

Local residents chronicle lake water quality

ENN Pollution - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 20:59
Long-term water quality trends in Midwestern lakes yield good news in the form of little change in water clarity in the regions 3,000 lakes. But what makes this news unique is that the data to make this determination was collected by non-scientists and local residents from the area’s towns and villages.
Categories: Ecological News

Report backs Chinese drywall health complaints.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Chinese-made drywall used in more than 20,000 homes in the United States could have caused nosebleeds, headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma attacks in tens of thousands of Americans exposed to it, the federal government said in a long-awaited report released Friday.
Categories: Ecological News

California Senate advances bill to curb antibiotics in farm animals.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
The California State Senate advanced a first-in-the-nation bill on Thursday to restrict the use of antibiotics in farm animals for growth enhancement.
Categories: Ecological News

Youth anxiety on the rise amid changing climate.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Family farmers hold keys to agriculture in a warming world.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Faced with global warming and a population that will swell to nine billion by 2050, a growing number of experts say that the way to feed the masses as climate change makes growing our food more difficult is to focus on family farmers, who often can barely feed themselves.
Categories: Ecological News

Genetic engineering, not GMO’s, is worth debate.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Whether you call them transgenic, genetically engineered or GMO crops, the fever-pitched debate about Monsanto misses the bigger picture by a long shot, according to Professor Paul Gepts of the University of California, Davis.
Categories: Ecological News

Federal ethanol policy is a disaster.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
It's time for the Obama administration and Congress to admit that the laws and regulations requiring the use of corn-based ethanol are increasingly hurting American consumers, American businesses and the American environment.
Categories: Ecological News

Report: America’s poorest minorities at highest risk of chemical accidents.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Americans at highest risk from accidents at chemical plants are largely from minority communities and are disproportionately poor – and industries and regulators are failing to take measures to make their situation any safer, according to a new study.
Categories: Ecological News

Clean up begins for tankers that derailed, caught fire in Virginia.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Crews used cranes and other heavy equipment Thursday to clean up a derailment that plunged oil-carrying tanker cars into a Virginia river while state officials worked to determine the environmental impact of the thousands of gallons of spilled crude.
Categories: Ecological News

Clues to autistic behaviors: Exploring the role of endocrine disruptors.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Two lines of evidence suggest that endocrine disruption may be a factor in autism spectrum disorders.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change mitigation: Assessing strategies that offer potential human health benefits.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Climate change mitigation strategies, including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are not specifically designed to improve human health but could potentially do so anyway.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking-triggered earthquakes could get stronger, seismologists say.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Fracking-triggered earthquakes could become stronger over time as more wastewater is injected deep underground, new research suggests. It follows the release of several studies linking hydraulic fracturing directly to increased seismic activity.
Categories: Ecological News

Mine waste transformed to tap water for 80,000 consumers.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Anglo American Plc was the first company to transform the wastewater from its coal mines in South Africa into something 80,000 people drink. Now they’re seen as a model.
Categories: Ecological News

ExxonMobil’s Papua New Guinea nightmare.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
A U.S. government loan to the oil giant enabled an environmentally destructive project plagued by lethal landslide, police repression and civil unrest in the Pacific island nation.
Categories: Ecological News

Eskom is not coughing up for the pollution it causes.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
In South Africa, residents are ailing while the power utility resists retrofitting its fleet of coal-fired power stations to decrease pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Live 1,000 feet from roads asthmatics are told.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Growing pollution from traffic fumes mean people with breathing problems should live at least 1,000 feet from a busy road, scientists warn today. The advice, which is almost impossible to implement in all but the most rural of areas, is a startling warning of the health impact of air pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA air standard iffy for West Virginia MCHM cleanup.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 19:30
Nearly four months after the Elk River leak from Freedom Industries, federal regulators are working on an air-quality standard for the toxic chemical MCHM.
Categories: Ecological News
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