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Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact

ENN Climate - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 03:27
Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal Ecology, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests. These shifts, which included faster growth and death rates of trees, increased biomass accumulation, and proliferation in vines, may be linked to rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, according to George Mason University's Thomas Lovejoy, who initiated the study in the late 1970's.
Categories: Ecological News

7 Ways to Green Your Campsite

EarthEasy Blog - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 00:45
To truly “get away from it all,” sometime less is more. A little planning helps us tread lightly on our precious wilderness areas.

7 Ways to Green Your Campsite is a post from: The Eartheasy Blog. © 2011 Eartheasy.com This article may not be republished without permission.

Categories: Ecological News

Climate change and nutrition

ENN Agriculture - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:02
Researchers now say in a revealing Nature paper that the most significant health threat from climate change has started to happen. Crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients at the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, according to research by Israeli scientists published in Nature this month.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change and nutrition

ENN Health - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:02
Researchers now say in a revealing Nature paper that the most significant health threat from climate change has started to happen. Crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients at the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, according to research by Israeli scientists published in Nature this month.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change and nutrition

ENN Climate - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 21:02
Researchers now say in a revealing Nature paper that the most significant health threat from climate change has started to happen. Crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients at the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, according to research by Israeli scientists published in Nature this month.
Categories: Ecological News

Anti-fracking activists - engage with us in Bonn climate talks

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:59
UN climate negotiations get under way today in Bonn, Germany - and they offer a key opportunity for campaigners to gear up their fight against fracking, writes Jamie Gorman, because to stabilize the Earth's climate, the gas must stay deep underground.
Categories: Ecological News

Plastic legacy: Humankind's trash is now a new rock.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
A new material, dubbed plastiglomerate, will forever remain in Earth's rock record, and in the future may serve as a geological marker for humankind's impact on the planet, researchers say.
Categories: Ecological News

China’s rare earth toxic time bomb to spur mining boom.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
The toxic time bomb set by China’s rare earths mining boom is set to boost the prospects for some of the $12 billion of projects being developed outside the world’s biggest supplier.
Categories: Ecological News

Shark meat worse than its bite.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Several new studies show increasing levels of chemical poison and toxic metals in shark meat when a growing number of the animals are targeted for human consumption.
Categories: Ecological News

Plains Midstream pleads guilty, fined $1.3M for two Alberta pipeline spills.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Pipeline company Plains Midstream Canada ULC was given $1.3 million in fines and apologized to Albertans for environmental offences in two high-profile pipeline spills, including the largest in 30 years.
Categories: Ecological News

California's chromium 6 cap is finalized.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
The California Department of Public Health's new cap on the water contaminant chromium 6 is set to take effect July 1 after the limit received final approval from an administrative arm of the department last week.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution control effort is historic moment.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Outside of West Virginia and other coal regions, the Obama administration’s crackdown on carbon fumes and global warming danger is being hailed as a breakthrough for humanity. Yet nearly all West Virginia politicians are denouncing the new pollution controls.
Categories: Ecological News

California has left coal behind; now others will, too.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
If the rules, as proposed, survive the yearlong comment period and the wrath of critics, the rules will have this local impact: California finally will have some meaningful company in the quest to do something about climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

SB 872 is not the answer to stamp sands.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
While much of the copper mining money went east decades ago and into the pockets of companies no longer in existence, it left behind ghost towns and approximately 500 million tons of waste mine tailings called stamp sands. So how do we solve the problem?
Categories: Ecological News

Exhaustion of cheap mineral resources is terraforming Earth.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
A new landmark scientific report drawing on the work of the world's leading mineral experts forecasts that industrial civilisation's extraction of critical minerals and fossil fuel resources is reaching the limits of economic feasibility, and could lead to a collapse of key infrastructures unless new ways to manage resources are implemented.
Categories: Ecological News

Chemical exposure a bigger threat than climate change.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Most of us know that some chemicals are not good for us, but few people have much idea of the deluge to which we are all subject now, 24/7. Almost every moment of our lives, from conception to death, we are exposed to thousands of man-made substances, whose effects are largely unknown.
Categories: Ecological News

A golden opportunity for change.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Everything that glitters is gold, but not for villagers at Ban Na Nong Bong, who live at the edge of a gold mine in Loei province. Since Thung Kham arrived to extract gold in 2003, villagers have complained that the company is poisoning its water source and farmland and harming their health.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change threatens the wild beauty of small islands.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
We are observing threats to migratory species caused by increased temperatures that will lead to the loss of vital habitat while at the same time oceanic food webs linked to changing zooplankton abundance are starting to collapse.
Categories: Ecological News

Moms' lead exposure could affect infant brains.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Pregnant women exposed to lead had newborns who scored slightly lower on tests measuring reflexes and other skills tied to brain development, according to a new study from China.
Categories: Ecological News

This Italian farmer is fighting for the right to grow genetically modified corn on his land.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 19:30
Neatly ploughed, furrowed fields sit at the base of the Italian Alps. This fertile plain, called Magredi, is part nature reserve, part farm country and, lately, part pain-in-the-neck for the Italian government. Thanks to one feisty farmer.
Categories: Ecological News
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