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Pollution Increasing In Idaho's Snake River Aquifer.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The U.S. Geological Survey this week released several reports on important aquifers around the country. Idaho’s Snake River Plain Basin features in two of those reports. About a fifth of Idahoans rely on that aquifer as their only source of drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

BP oil spill: Study traces almost 10 million gallons to Gulf sea floor.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The mystery of the missing gallons of oil after the BP oil spill in 2010 has been solved by scientists who have traced the oil to the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico.
Categories: Ecological News

Mount Polley tailings dam report to be released today.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The release of millions of cubic metres of water and potentially-toxic metals was among the largest in the world during the past 50 years. It has sparked widespread concerns about long-term effects on the Quesnel Lake watershed and has put intense scrutiny on tailings dam safety in B.C.
Categories: Ecological News

Could drilling in the Atlantic harm fish, whales, turtles?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The swath of Atlantic Ocean the Obama administration may open to oil and gas exploration is an ecologically diverse network of soft-bottom shelves and rocky canyons that includes some of most dynamic and mysterious marine systems on Earth.
Categories: Ecological News

New air pollution rules: Health vs. higher costs.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
When it comes to air quality, Greater Cincinnati is like a school kid who does just well enough to pass the class. It's a struggle, but the region usually gets by. That soon could change, because the grading scale is about to get tougher.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change, vaccination: Scientists, public far apart in concerns, poll shows.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.
Categories: Ecological News

Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way for mass return.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Four senior officials decided to move back to Fukushima Prefecture after residents urged them at gatherings to do so, to pave the way for a mass return.
Categories: Ecological News

Lawsuits filed over Greenbrier County, West Virginia, diesel spill.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Greenbrier County businesses that had to close their doors because of a water outage after a tanker truck wrecked and spilled diesel fuel into the river are suing the trucking company.
Categories: Ecological News

Iowa utility’s lawsuit takes new stab at old nutrient problems.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
A potentially precedent-setting lawsuit initiated earlier this month is once again ripping open the debate over how best to stem the flow of nutrients from America's farms and animal operations into the country's rivers and streams.
Categories: Ecological News

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. Next came dynamite explosions. Finally murky gray water began flowing from the taps, leading locals to fear the worst: contamination in the gurgling mountain spring that provides their drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama's climate plan threatens US forests., Obama's climate plan vs. US forests.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
President Obama’s signature environmental initiative, his Clean Power Plan, is designed to fight climate change and crack down on America’s carbon-emitting power plants. But behind the scenes, a dispute is raging over obscure language that could promote the rapid destruction of America’s carbon-storing forests., A highly technical but consequential fight over the EPA's approach to "bioenergy."
Categories: Ecological News

Sea slug masses migrate to Northern California coast.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
A colorful flood of tiny southern sea slugs rarely seen in the waters off Northern California is puzzling scientists concerned about the warming ocean.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as harbinger.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
As the climate warms in coming decades, scientists say, California's mountain snowpack could shrink by a third. By the end of the century, more than half of what functions as a huge natural reservoir could disappear.
Categories: Ecological News

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Earthen homes with vaulted brick roofs - a style adopted from Nubia in northern Sudan - are being promoted across the Sahel, including in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mauritania, as part of efforts to build resilience to climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

How climate change leads to volcanoes (really).

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Now, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from a new study conducted in Iceland and accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters.
Categories: Ecological News

Will the falling oil price undermine green energy?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
You might think that the crash in the price of oil must be dealing a potentially fatal blow to renewable power. However, things are not so straightforward. The world of energy has changed.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear power needs to double to meet warming goal.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan chilled global attitudes toward nuclear power, the world has been slowly reconciling its discomfort with nuclear and the idea that it may have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Germany boosts onshore wind capacity by record amount in 2014.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Germany's newly installed onshore wind power capacity rose by a record 4,750 megawatts (MW) in 2014, industry groups said on Thursday, marking what is likely to be a peak annual gain as the country gears up for a nuclear-free future.
Categories: Ecological News

Global warming: atmosphere will adapt to hotter, wetter climate.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
Strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of all the storms will remain unchanged under global warming, says a study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto.
Categories: Ecological News

Feds auction 550 acres off Massachusetts for wind energy.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 19:30
U.S. officials on Thursday auctioned off leases to more than 550 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast to two companies hoping to develop wind energy projects.
Categories: Ecological News
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