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The chemicals in my couch are disrupting my WHAT?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Oh, the power of the news. It can inform us, enrich us with a deeper understanding of the world, delight us with stories of orphan bears finding forever homes, and, yes, freak us out about our living room furniture.
Categories: Ecological News

A perilous journey: Seabird runs gauntlet of hazards on 40,000-mile annual trip.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Part 15 of Winged Warnings. Domoic acid poisoning is just one of many environmental perils that sooty shearwaters encounter on their annual migration, which is among the longest on Earth. In their quest for endless summer, these seabirds are tour guides of the hazards in the oceans driving nearly half of the world's seabird species into decline.
Categories: Ecological News

Dire warnings by big tobacco on e-smoking.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Tobacco companies have suddenly positioned themselves as protectors of consumer well-being in the digital age. They are putting out some of the strongest health warnings in the fledgling e-cigarette industry.
Categories: Ecological News

In Chicago, food inspectors are guided by big data.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
Chicago is experimenting with new technology to guide where restaurant food inspections should occur, based on factors such as current weather, nearby construction and past health code violations.
Categories: Ecological News

Dark side of the boom.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
In just five years, the Bakken formation in North Dakota has gone from producing about 200,000 barrels to 1.1 million barrels of oil a day, making North Dakota the No. 2 oil-producing state, behind Texas, and luring thousands of workers from around the country. But there is a dark side to the multibillion-dollar boom.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking in the US: The story of one man's oil well.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
A writer from Massachusetts goes to Texas to decide whether to keep the mineral rights beneath a family oil well or to sell them to a company that wants to frack the well. His journey through the Texas lowlands and the nation’s divisive energy debate brought an unexpected conclusion.
Categories: Ecological News

Good: sturgeon return. Bad: rockfish fall. Ugly: a killer plant comes back to the bay.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The Chesapeake Bay is beset by manmade waste and overfishing. And it is laced with diseases that take the lives of countless oysters and striped bass and with chemicals that are changing the sex of male smallmouth bass. But the return of sturgeon is a sign that the bay can recover.
Categories: Ecological News

Few lessons taken from ash spills.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
With its creation last week of a $10 million fund for Carolinas waterways, Duke Energy followed the pattern set by other utilities in atoning for high-profile coal ash spills.
Categories: Ecological News

Criminal investigation into Duwamish River pollution ends quietly in civil fine.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
An eight-year investigation that saw divers sneak water monitoring equipment into the drain of a South Seattle cement plant quietly ended with a fine and no criminal prosecution.
Categories: Ecological News

Pennyslvania DEP admits drilling probe error.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County.
Categories: Ecological News

USDA to start program to support local and organic farming.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:30
The United States Department of Agriculture plans to announce Monday that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers' markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming.
Categories: Ecological News

EU Parliament must reject Juncker's anti-environment Commission

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:40
The proposed structure of Juncker's new European Commission sidelines sustainability issues and risks undoing years of environmental legislation. The European Parliament must now block his deregulatory assault on the EU’s climate, energy, biodiversity, pollution, chemicals and environmental health policies.
Categories: Ecological News

Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:27
When nuclear reactors are refueled, a 12-hour spike in radioactive emissions exposes local people to levels of radioactivity up to 500 times greater than during normal operation, writes Ian Fairlie. The spikes may explain infant leukemia increases near nuclear plants - but operators provide no warnings and take no measures to reduce exposures.
Categories: Ecological News

Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing -- daily "allocation" numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you're allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars...

82% of Ebola patients are being turned away from hospitals to die at home, spreading infections to family members

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) A lack of available hospital beds in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries at the epicenter of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, is leaving many families with nowhere to take their sick and dying. More than 80 percent of Ebola patients, in fact, are...

What's killing all the sea stars along the West Coast?

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Millions of sea stars have mysteriously been wiped out along the Pacific coast, stretching from Alaska all the way to Mexico. Sea stars, belonging to the class Asteroidea, have been around for 450 million years, according to researchers. More than 20 species of sea stars...

Canadian beekeepers file lawsuit against Bayer, Syngenta over bee-killing neonicotinoids

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Canadian beekeepers have filed a class-action lawsuit against two pesticide manufacturers, seeking $400 million in damages for the devastating effects of the neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to the destruction of honeybee colonies."The goal is to stop...

FDA's 'forgotten freezer' contains dozens of biological agents

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) A 1995 far-fetched (time-travel) sci-fi movie 12 Monkeys featured a man-made virus that had to be found in order to create an antidote for the disease that forced its few survivors to live underground. In order to find that original cache of vials containing the infectious...

Bangladesh government admits Bt eggplant hasn't passed safety tests and ignores GMO labeling law

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The director of a government testing agency in Bangladesh that granted approval for genetically modified (GM) Bt eggplant (brinjal), which turned out to be a total failure, exploded recently after being questioned about the safety of the "Frankencrop." Dr. Rafiqul Islam...

Wikipedia used by government to smear and defame alternative media personalities

Natural News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) One of the primary reasons why academic institutions prohibit the use of Wikipedia as a legitimate source for research is because the open-ended site is rife with abuse. In fact, governments around the world use it to spread false information and propaganda, as evidenced...
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