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NASA examines El Nino's impact on ocean's food source

ENN Climate - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 06:16
El Niño years can have a big impact on the littlest plants in the ocean, and NASA scientists are studying the relationship between the two. In El Niño years, huge masses of warm water – equivalent to about half of the volume of the Mediterranean Sea – slosh east across the Pacific Ocean towards South America. While this warm water changes storm systems in the atmosphere, it also has an impact below the ocean’s surface. These impacts, which researchers can visualize with satellite data, can ripple up the food chain to fisheries and the livelihoods of fishermen.
Categories: Ecological News

“Up, Down and All Around” – A Simple Way to Understand Fertilizers

EarthEasy Blog - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 02:03
Do the numbers on garden fertilizer bags confuse you? This simple phrase is your key to understanding them.
Categories: Ecological News

'Dirty bomb' security risk at Belgian nuclear power plants

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 21:04
Nuclear power sites in Belgium have been targetted by Daesh radicals seeking radioactive materials to use in terrorist attacks, write Robert J Downes & Daniel Salisbury. One top nuclear researcher has come under hostile surveillance, while 'insider threats' have led to 11 workers being excluded from nuclear sites. But despite increased security, the threat has not gone away.
Categories: Ecological News

Sahara dust only 'partly responsible' for UK's worst pollution event in 10 years.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Thin film of red dust enveloping parts of country for two weeks in 2014 came mostly from farms in mainland Europe and local emissions, study says.
Categories: Ecological News

Is agriculture doing enough to control antibiotic resistance?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Some of the most important medicines doctors prescribe to fight infections are losing effectiveness and the Obama Administration is calling on farmers to help turn the tide against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Categories: Ecological News

Food firms push to phase out bisphenol A.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Facing mounting pressure from consumer advocates and environmental activists, Campbell Soup and Del Monte Foods have announced timetables for replacing BPA-based coatings in food cans.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking can contaminate drinking water.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
It took nearly a decade, but former EPA scientist Dominic DiGiulio has proved that fracking has polluted groundwater in Wyoming.
Categories: Ecological News

A pipeline's being expanded 400 ft from my home – wouldn't you be worried?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
The Spectra Energy pipeline expansion has been given the go-ahead, but inadequate safeguards make me scared for my children’s health.
Categories: Ecological News

Humanity must use innovation and ingenuity to live within ‘planetary boundaries,’ a new book says.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
From global warming to water shortages, humans are pushing up against a few fundamental "planetary boundaries," according to a newly published book.
Categories: Ecological News

Weight of the world: Four decades of spreading global obesity, in 2 animated maps.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
The world is growing ever fatter. According to a new study of obesity rates in much of the world, there are now more obese people than underweight people on Earth.
Categories: Ecological News

Breathing very dirty air may boost obesity risk.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Air pollution is bad for our lungs. It may not be great for our waistlines either, a new study in rats finds.
Categories: Ecological News

Cancer-causing asbestos at center of complex Indiana legal battle.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Larry Myers worked 40 years as an electrician, unaware he had been handling materials that could cause his death.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
As the world's superpowers eye the lucrative Arctic region with growing interest, unprecedented oil spill clean-up tests in icy Finnish conditions reveal just how hazardous and challenging an accident in the Arctic's pristine sea ice could be.
Categories: Ecological News

Australia approval of vast coal mine 'evil' says marine scientist.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Australian lawmakers have been slammed as “crying crocodile tears” after giving the go-ahead for a mega-mine amid scientist warnings of record bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef.
Categories: Ecological News

DEET seen as safe for pregnant women despite limited studies.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Research indicates that the insect repellent, if not overapplied, is fine to use to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that could be carrying Zika.
Categories: Ecological News

State moves fast on Southern Vermont filtration fixes.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
While elevated levels of PFOA have been found in more than 100 private wells in Bennington and North Bennington in the last month, almost as many water filtration systems, which will remove the contaminant, will have been installed by the end of next week.
Categories: Ecological News

Making a soda tax more politically palatable.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
The mayor of Philadelphia thinks a tax will go down easier when it’s about raising money for something, not just about making people drink less soda.
Categories: Ecological News

Mississippi Mills residents want water answers from Health Canada.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Residents living near a National Research Council facility who found out their well water is contaminated with toxic chemicals say a recent technical briefing with NRC officials has left more questions than answers — and they'd like the answers to come from Health Canada.
Categories: Ecological News

Ignoring its promises, SoCal Gas intends to offset Porter Ranch leak on its own terms.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
Even if SoCal Gas is right about what the law requires it to do, its position is still hugely disappointing.
Categories: Ecological News

Mississippi community seeks answers years after toxic dumping.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 19:30
In a small community tucked at the intersection of the railroad and Riverdale creek in Grenada, it seems like everyone is getting sick. Of 225 longtime residents in the neighborhood, there have been 68 cases of cancer.
Categories: Ecological News
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