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The clean-up of Britain's cities has begun - but at what cost?

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Virtually unnoticed, this week witnessed probably the most important move to clean up the air in Britain’s cities since the Clean Air Act vanquished the old “pea-souper” smogs almost 60 years ago.
Categories: Ecological News

PG&E gas-line probe by state was slow to launch.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
It took a four-year string of six accidents blamed on inaccurate natural-gas system records for California regulators to open an investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knows the condition of the pipelines that run into people’s homes and businesses.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA sued for failing to track lead.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Two environmental and public-health groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what they say is a failure to track reductions in lead pollution in Ohio and five other states.
Categories: Ecological News

Australia's sad legacy of pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
When the Pasminco lead smelter at Boolaroo, New South Wales closed in 2003 it left behind more than a century’s worth of toxic pollution. The surrounding community and environment continues to suffer from the plant’s legacy.
Categories: Ecological News

Food supply: Uncharted waters.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Fish farming was initially seen as an environmentally friendly way to produce food using limited resources and agricultural waste. But in the 1980s, it came under pressure for the overuse of antibiotics and environmental issues such as destruction of mangroves and pollution from wastewater.
Categories: Ecological News

Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
In the debate about genetic engineering of food crops, scientists are caught uncomfortably between the potential of a technology that is inherently useful and the reality of an agricultural system dominated by corporations with a track record of environmental vandalism.
Categories: Ecological News

Little San Juan County takes on the GMO goliaths.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
The topic stokes passions. Depending on who’s talking, either GMOs will save the world from climate change and feed humanity or they’ll corrupt the natural order and bring the “Silent Spring” that much sooner.
Categories: Ecological News

Des Moines again struggling with nitrates in water.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months.
Categories: Ecological News

High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Only one thing will be clear in Beijing this weekend - and it won't be the skies. More smog is on the way after pollution exceeded the maximum reading on the Air Quality Index in parts of the capital and 10 Hebei cities on Thursday and yesterday.
Categories: Ecological News

Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to disease.
Categories: Ecological News

California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Something rare quickly becomes valuable. So it should come as no surprise that the latest target of thieves in a state suffering a historic drought is water.
Categories: Ecological News

US can slash fossil fuel emissions by 85 percent by 2050, new study shows.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
In America’s low-carbon future, most cars will run on electricity, carbon dioxide will be stored underground, and homes and buildings will be hyper-efficient. This is the vision of a new analysis that maps how the U.S. can drastically curb its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Categories: Ecological News

How New England could become Farmville again.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Farming in New England was never easy, but in the coming decades it will be difficult in a whole new way. Yet along with all the challenges that lie ahead, farmers in the region are also poised to see a surprising amount of new opportunity.
Categories: Ecological News

Gulf Coast embraces U.S. coal shippers rejected by West.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
When it comes to exporting American coal, the West Coast’s loss is the Gulf Coast’s gain. While environmental opposition has stymied plans to build terminals in California and the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River town of Darrow, Louisiana, has a new $300 million export facility.
Categories: Ecological News

The little Dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Every American has probably heard of the little Dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the Netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal seam gas a hard sell for the NSW government.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Coal seam gas may be his bete noire, but Ed Robinson still likes a good gas barbeque. Several times a week, the beef farmer fires up the grill on the back verandah of his Gloucester home, and cooks up a carnivore storm.
Categories: Ecological News

Diverse group opposes oil plans.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
The latest group to go public with its opposition to new oil terminals in Washington is a diverse group including firefighters, physicians and neighborhood association leaders.
Categories: Ecological News

AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

Lead in Brick's water has residents worried.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Township residents are concerned over a recent report that elevated lead levels were found in the water of nearly half the homes tested this summer.
Categories: Ecological News

Are dangerous plastics in Cayuga Lake and Erie Canal?

Environmental Health News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:30
Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton have been sampling Cayuga Lake and the Erie Canal for tiny pieces of plastic that have been widely found in waters all over the globe.
Categories: Ecological News
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