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Detroit groups discuss water shutoffs with UN experts.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Advocacy groups and Detroit residents testified Sunday about city water shutoffs as United Nations human rights experts arrived to observe the impact on low-income residents.
Categories: Ecological News

Will Cambodia flood a sacred and biodiverse valley for a dubious dam?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
A deal between a Chinese hydro company and Cambodian power brokers has put the Areng Valley at risk. Can villagers and activists save it?
Categories: Ecological News

Another Ebola challenge: Disposing of medical waste.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
A single Ebola patient treated in a U.S. hospital will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste each day. Dealing with this collection of pathogen-filled debris without triggering new infections is a legal and logistical challenge for every U.S. hospital.
Categories: Ecological News

Nearly all new nanoengineered chemicals are regulated by EPA due to potential risks.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency has regulated nearly all nanoengineered chemicals that it has reviewed under its new chemicals program, an EPA program manager who reviews such chemicals said Oct. 16.
Categories: Ecological News

Chemical industry backs Republicans in fight for Senate control.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
The prospect of a GOP Senate majority delights the chemical industry’s lobbying organizations in Washington, D.C.
Categories: Ecological News

Why did top scientific journals reject Dr. Bronner's ad?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Science and Nature rejected an advertorial by David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, that focuses on how GMO crops have led to increased pesticide use in the United States. Did they cave to pressure from GMO supporters?
Categories: Ecological News

Cuba’s impressive role on Ebola.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Cuba stands to play the most robust role among the nations seeking to contain the virus. The contribution is doubtlessly meant at least in part to bolster its beleaguered international standing. Nonetheless, it should be lauded and emulated.
Categories: Ecological News

To battle sugar, New York doesn’t need a big-soda ban.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ran on promises to steer the city away from many of the policies and priorities of Michael Bloomberg, has been wise to embrace his predecessor’s strong commitment to public health.
Categories: Ecological News

Natural gas is leaking and warming the climate — and you’re paying for it.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
The way U.S. cities move around natural gas may be contributing more to climate change than anyone appreciated: The pipes are leaking, and some are leaking a lot.
Categories: Ecological News

Elk Valley watershed: Why has this unfolding disaster been ignored?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Few people know more about selenium poisoning than Dennis Lemly and that's why Environment Canada turned to him to assess federal research in British Columbia's Elk Valley watershed.
Categories: Ecological News

The Ebola scare.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, but I did: While flying from D.C. to Dallas last week, just after the news came out that an Ebola-infected nurse had been allowed to fly while running a fever, I went back and read the opening pages of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
Categories: Ecological News

State studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?
Categories: Ecological News

Concerns over beluga whales delay Energy East pipeline project.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
TransCanada Corp.’s $11-billion Energy East pipeline project has run into another stumbling block in Quebec as public opposition mounts over a possible threat to the endangered beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River.
Categories: Ecological News

Officials say oil spill has not reached Caddo Lake.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. Officials said Saturday that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line.
Categories: Ecological News

Power plants seek to extend life of nuclear reactors.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
The prospects for building new nuclear reactors may be sharply limited, but the owners of seven old ones, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina, are preparing to ask for permission to run them until they are 80 years old.
Categories: Ecological News

In Tennessee, a nuclear plant four decades in the making.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
When the Tennessee Valley Authority first ordered Watts Bar 2, demand for electricity was growing at 7 percent a year and coal supplies were uncertain. Many of the people who now worry about global warming had not yet been born. But that was 1970.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides threaten shellfish industry.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
The failure of UK government departments to regulate fish farm-used pesticides is continuing to threaten shellfish and inshore fishing industries, along with marine wildlife, in West Cork.
Categories: Ecological News

Water crisis squeezes Sao Paulo.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
Record-breaking heat in Brazil leaves some of Sao Paulo state's 44 million residents scrambling for clean water sources.
Categories: Ecological News

West Nile cases surging in California, Bay Area.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:30
In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005.
Categories: Ecological News
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