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California lawmakers send governor a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter.
Categories: Ecological News

California's San Joaquin Valley ozone at record low levels.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The San Joaquin Valley may be decades away from reaching the federal government's latest clean-air standards, a line that valley air officials refer to as the "moving goal posts" of federal regulation. But for the second summer in a row, the region is seeing record-low levels of ozone, the main component of valley smog.
Categories: Ecological News

A bumblebee vanishes.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Fifteen years after it vanished, some Vermonters have hopes for the rusty-patch bumblebee. The last living rusty-patch bumblebee — one of Vermont's more common species, once upon a time — was spotted in the Burlington Intervale on Aug. 31, 1999. Now, 15 years after its disappearance, this bumblebee is a strong candidate to be listed as an endangered species in Vermont.
Categories: Ecological News

New study offers clues to swift Arctic extinction.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Seven hundred years ago, the Dorset people disappeared from the Arctic. The last of the Paleo-Eskimos, the Dorset had dominated eastern Canada and Greenland for centuries. One theory is that the Dorset braved generations of harsh tundra conditions only to succumb to the effects of climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Judge tosses challenge to flame retardant rules.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Consumers nationwide are closer to being able to buy furniture made without toxic, ineffective flame retardants after a California judge on Friday threw out a legal challenge from the chemical industry.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan mercury poisoning survivors boost First Nation's compensation push.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Mercury poisoning survivors and experts from Minamata, Japan – the site of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters – have arrived in Ontario to help assess the impact of a similar contamination on First Nation people there, after officials vowed to reconsider increased compensation.
Categories: Ecological News

Money begins to flow in Oregon over its GMO ballot measure.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Oregon’s food fight is just getting started. A ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods has already seen significant amounts of cash raised by businesses on both sides of the issue, according to campaign finance filings, even though the election is more than two months away.
Categories: Ecological News

Papua New Guinea volcano Tavurvur eruption may disrupt Australian flights.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
A major volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea this morning could disrupt flights to and from Australia. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia, is monitoring the ash cloud from Tavurcur on PNG’s East Britain Island, which is slowly drifting southwest.
Categories: Ecological News

Hydrogen highway inches closer.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
California is inching tantalizingly closer to the birth of a new automotive industry based on hydrogen. Fuel cell vehicles — electric cars that run on hydrogen — will be popping up this year and next near new clusters of fueling stations in and around San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County.
Categories: Ecological News

TVA makes $4.5 billion bet on nuclear resurgence.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
One of the keys to the Tennessee Valley Authority's efforts to meet strict new rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lies behind walls more than a foot thick and beneath more than a half-million pounds of metal.
Categories: Ecological News

9 years after Katrina, New Orleans aims to turn environmental weaknesses into economic strengths.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
It might have been after Hurricane Sandy delivered havoc to the Northeast in 2012 that the realization came into focus. When other states needed help grappling with disaster aftermath and planning to weather future storms, people in Louisiana got calls.
Categories: Ecological News

Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Friday. The drought, which is also affecting South America, has been particularly hard on southern Guatemala, northern Honduras and western El Salvador.
Categories: Ecological News

Swirls of dust and drama, punctuating life in the Southwest.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
The best way to explain a haboob is to say it is a tsunami of sand, in the sense that there is no stopping it or outrunning it. It is a supreme spectacle. Coping with a haboob becomes a way of life in the Southwest, so frequent are dust storms in the region’s driest parts.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear waste is allowed above ground indefinitely.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
As the country struggles to find a place to bury spent nuclear fuel, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that nuclear waste from power plants can be stored above ground in containers that can be maintained and guarded indefinitely.
Categories: Ecological News

China’s antigraft campaign expands to a coal-rich northern province.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Newly disclosed investigations into senior politicians in Shanxi Province, an area in northern China rich in coal and opportunities for graft, reveal an emerging front in Communist Party leaders’ efforts to show they are serious about eradicating corruption.
Categories: Ecological News

Forensic hydrology at New York's Gowanus Canal.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Several times each week, Eymund Diegel does something unthinkable to most New Yorkers: He dips his bare hand in the Gowanus Canal. “The Gowanus Canal is a crime scene,” Mr. Diegel said. “If you know you’ve got a crime, you have to ask what caused it.”
Categories: Ecological News

Court: Pipeline opponents were right.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Opponents of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Upgrade had been right all the time, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to fully reassess the entire project.
Categories: Ecological News

Five co-authors of a new Ebola study died of the virus before their research was published.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
Underlining the immense risks taken by those working in West Africa to understand and combat the worsening Ebola outbreak, five co-authors of an important new Ebola study were killed by the virus before their research was published.
Categories: Ecological News

Experimental drug would help fight Ebola if supply increases, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
A new study provides strong evidence that the experimental drug given to two American aid workers stricken with Ebola in Africa really works and could make a difference in the current outbreak — if more of it could be produced.
Categories: Ecological News

The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:30
As the Ebola outbreak worsens — with the death toll spiraling and the World Health Organization warning that 20,000 people could eventually be infected — another West African country, Senegal, has confirmed that the deadly virus has crossed its borders.
Categories: Ecological News
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