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Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:38
The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come.
Categories: Ecological News

Caroline Lucas 'not guilty'

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:59
The Green MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, and four other protestors have been found 'not guilty' by Brighton magistrates on charges of obstructing the highway and other public order offences at a 2013 anti-fracking protest. 'The fight goes on!'
Categories: Ecological News

Climate Change Reshaping Urban Tree Populations

ENN Climate - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:17
Despite protecting us from the impacts of a changing climate, our region's trees are also threatened by wetter and warmer weather. The urban forests of today will look much different by the end of the century. By the end of this century, scientists predict southern New England's seas will rise some 3 feet, and without major cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, they say summers here will soon resemble Georgia's dog days.
Categories: Ecological News

The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:55
The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves.
Categories: Ecological News

One year after Texas disaster, report looks at schools located near chemical facilities.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility.
Categories: Ecological News

US Supreme Court could make it harder for victims of hazardous pollutants to get justice.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Later this month, the Supreme Court will consider whether a federal environmental law should override a North Carolina state law that cuts off a company's liability 10 years after its last contaminating act. The decision could have big implications for corporate America.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.
Categories: Ecological News

US looks to Europe to make oil refineries safer.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Domestic oil refiners can learn from Europe as pressure grows to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and the nation, safety experts say.
Categories: Ecological News

China government survey shows 16 percent of its soil is polluted.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

Meet the tiny fish at the heart of California's latest water battles.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
The delta smelt has an unfortunate name; it's easy to say with a sneer. The fish is also puny, and physically weak. It can't swim very well. All these traits make a creature easy to pick on. So it's no surprise that people have seized on the smelt as the unwelcome party in California's latest drought.
Categories: Ecological News

Gaslight Era left radioactive legacy in Chicago.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Nobody kept track of where the radioactive sand from Lindsay Light Co. ended up. But today, developers and street crews confront the company's toxic legacy every time they dig foundations for hotels and high-rise condominiums that have made Streeterville a magnet for upscale living and tourism.
Categories: Ecological News

Cycling to work in London smog 'could do more harm than good.'

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Londoners cycling to work on high pollution days may be doing themselves far more harm than good, Europe's environment commissioner warned today.
Categories: Ecological News

China's babies at risk from soot, smog.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
China’s smoke-belching coal plants and heavy traffic may be signs of a bustling economy but health experts fear the country’s dirty air is hurting its babies. Evidence is mounting that coal and car emissions in China, as well as other developing countries, are raising the risks of premature babies, low birth weights and neural tube defects. Scientists say that the dangers begin in the womb.
Categories: Ecological News

Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
The sickly condition of California's famous cougar is likely to intensify the debate over the use of rat poisons in areas of the state where urban living collides with nature.
Categories: Ecological News

Measuring Africa’s air pollution.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
When Jenny Linden, an air quality scientist, tried to measure the pollution in Burkina Faso’s capital city, one of her instruments clogged up. It was designed for road dust in Arizona, but the dust in Ouagadougou far exceeded the machine’s limit.
Categories: Ecological News

Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps meant to cleanse and smooth skin would be phased out of products sold in Illinois by 2018 in a measure being advanced through the state legislature.
Categories: Ecological News

Radioactive waste booms with fracking as new rules mulled.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
Categories: Ecological News

BP and Coast Guard issue conflicting statements about status of Gulf cleanup.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
On Tuesday night, BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close.” Later Tuesday night, the Coast Guard said the response to the spill isn’t over yet, “not by a long shot.”
Categories: Ecological News

Estimated radiation doses of Fukushima returnees withheld for half a year.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
The government withheld findings on estimated radiation exposure for Fukushima returnees for six months, even though levels exceeded the long-term target of 1 millisievert a year at more than half of surveyed locations.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution ravages old port of Tunis.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30
The poor men who fish in the old port of Tunis have seen the harbor basin spoiled by pollution. Industrial discharge and sewage have affected the water, while construction waste has accumulated on the docks.
Categories: Ecological News
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