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Flint water switch approved despite DEQ health warnings a year earlier.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
State officials warned of potential health problems if Flint were to switch to the Flint River as its drinking water source, but the move went ahead with the state's blessing despite the concerns, according to emails released by the Michigan's governor's office Friday morning.
Categories: Ecological News

East of Flint, one company defiantly continues to produce lead pigments.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
If you are outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, take a look at what’s happening just 250 miles to the east, near Toronto, where a Canadian company continues to produce lead compounds and distribute them worldwide for use in paints and plastics.
Categories: Ecological News

VIDEO: The year ahead in environment and energy.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
A blue-ribbon panel of journalists gathered at the Wilson Center on Friday for a look ahead in environment and energy.
Categories: Ecological News

West Texas fracking billionaires spending big on Cruz and conservative causes.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
Before bankrolling a Ted Cruz Super PAC last year with $15 million, Texans Farris and Dan Wilks were fast gaining a reputation as “the Koch brothers of the Christian Right” and climbing swiftly up the ladder of America’s biggest landowners.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan's environment minister withdraws radiation remark, apologizes to Fukushima residents.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa retracted her remark about the government having “no scientific grounds” for its radiation decontamination target in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying she wanted to rebuild trust with local residents.
Categories: Ecological News

Study puts yearly air pollution death toll at 5.5 million.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
Every year, dirty air sends some 5.5 million people to an early grave.
Categories: Ecological News

A mouse’s house may ruin experiments.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
It’s no secret that therapies that look promising in mice rarely work in people. But too often, experimental treatments that succeed in one mouse population do not even work in other mice, suggesting that many rodent studies may be flawed from the start.
Categories: Ecological News

Kentucky Gov. Bevin: 'I hired him because he's a coal man'

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
Gov. Matt Bevin told an Eastern Kentucky audience slammed by a decline in the coal industry that he made former coal executive Charles Snavely his Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary because he "comes from this world (and is) not someone who is theoretical."
Categories: Ecological News

21st Century US 'dustbowl' risk assessed.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.
Categories: Ecological News

The Clean Power Plan meets some supreme skeptics.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
The U.S. Supreme Court’s five conservative justices last week went out of their way to throw a roadblock in front of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
Categories: Ecological News

It's about public health, not gun rights.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
File this under categorically absurd: Marion Hammer wants the governor to abolish the Southwest Florida Water Management District to protect the Second Amendment.
Categories: Ecological News

Despite court ruling, Texas should redouble clean energy policies.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
The last thing the world needed was for climate change opponents to contrive another reason to slow-walk serious efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Categories: Ecological News

Air pollution's damage starts hitting Utah children before birth.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:30
Perhaps you've recently heard these comments: "I'm using my inhaler constantly." "My kids are all sick." "Why doesn't the Legislature care?" "The deer in my backyard are so disgusted even they're moving out of state."
Categories: Ecological News

Top five best organic chocolates for Valentine's Day!

Natural News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Valentine's Day is a chance to spoil the one you love – but if the one you love is health conscious, it can be a little bit more difficult to find the perfect gift.Dark chocolate has many health benefits, but of course there are some varieties that are better...

Why you should avoid scammy diet pills

Natural News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) A 25-year-old British man recently had to have part of his leg surgically removed, after dangerous online diet pills caused his body to heat up so much that it cooked his muscles.Lewis Brown had been a bodybuilding fanatic since age 20, and had used steroids and...

Big Pharma douchebag Martin Shkreli widely condemned as the worst person of 2015

Natural News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) There were are a lot of "villains" in the public's eye in 2015, and who the biggest ones were is, of course, a subjective manner. Some saw the rise of billionaire Donald Trump to become the top Republican presidential contender as villainous. Sticking with a political...

Health Basics: Which public school breakfast and lunch foods do NOT cause cancer, diabetes and obesity?

Natural News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) "School food sucks;" the kids will tell you. Not only does the quality leave a lot to be desired these days, but the taste has even gone downhill. Even the salads and vegetables at public schools have been grown in nutrient-deprived soil loaded with toxic fertilizers...

Free market capitalism, not government control, makes healthcare more affordable, researchers discover

Natural News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the National Bureau of Economic Research have uncovered the path toward more affordable healthcare. The path doesn't consist of new government mandates, taxes and consolidated government insurance plans...

President Obama Announces Three New National Monuments in the California Desert

Ecology Today - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 01:16

By U.S. Department of the Interior

Today, President Obama announced three new national monuments: Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument. These new monuments protect 1.8 million acres of spectacular landscapes, fragile wildlife habitat, unique historic resources and important cultural sites – ensuring that current and future generations can enjoy the unique beauty of the California desert.

Mojave Trails  is a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows and spectacular sand dunes. The monument contains the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66 and some of the best preserved sites from the World War II-era Desert Training Center.

Mojave Trails National Monument – Photo by @mypubliclands

An integral part of the California desert, Castle Mountains National Monument protects some of the finest Joshua tree forest and native desert grassland in the Mojave Desert and contains important cultural resources including Native American archeological sites and vestiges of mining, ranching and the railroad from the period of western expansion.

Castle Mountains National Monument – Photo by National Parks Service

Rising from the floor of the Sonoran Desert to San Gorgonio Peak, the tallest in southern California, Sand to Snow National Monument includes lush desert oases, significant archeological sites and 30 miles of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. The area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing and even skiing.

Sand to Snow National Monument – Photo by @mypubliclands

Categories: Ecological News

'Killing the Host': the financial system is destroying the global economy

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 22:49
The main engine of economic exploitation is the financial system's ever increasing extraction of value through interest payments, according to economist Michael Hudson. Paul Craig Roberts finds his analysis all too accurate, as the over-financialized economies of western countries head down a spiral of poverty, decline, injustice and despair.
Categories: Ecological News
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