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Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners; fears of confrontation grow.

The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers.
Categories: Ecological News

Study finds mercury-tainted fish in Glacier's Lake McDonald.

A "first-of-its-kind" study released last week discovered mercury in fish in some of the most remote and pristine lakes and streams in national parks across the western United States and Alaska – but it wasn't a surprise to Glacier National Park fisheries biologist Chris Downs.
Categories: Ecological News

Hawaiian corn is genetically engineered crop flash point.

You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.
Categories: Ecological News

BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island.

When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill disembarked on Cat Island in Baratria Bay last week, there was a collective gasp. The bones of black mangrove stumps are all that remain of what was a thriving bird rookery.
Categories: Ecological News

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill still haunts the New Orleans seafood industry.

New Orleans restaurateur Frank Brigtsen said that in some ways the effects of the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 were profoundly damaging to both the New Orleans area's ecology and psychology.
Categories: Ecological News

The fracking divide: Mexico’s oil frontier beckons U.S. drillers in wake of new law.

The Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas is believed to continue hundreds of miles into Mexico, where it is known as the Burgos Basin. But while more than 5,400 wells have been sunk on the Texas side since 2008, Mexico has attempted fewer than 25.
Categories: Ecological News

Over 280 million Chinese people exposed to unsafe drinking water.

An outbreak of benzene-tainted drinking water in Lanzhou has brought concern over drinking water safety in China. The Chinese Communist Party Ministry of Environmental Protection reported that 280 million are exposed to the polluted water.
Categories: Ecological News

Village of the damned: Mysterious suicides. Agonising illness.

It is a quarter of a century since massive quantities of aluminium sulphate, a chemical used to keep drinking water clear, were accidentally dumped into the public supply at Camelford’s Lowermoor treatment works.
Categories: Ecological News

Recycling issue brewing in George Clooney's Nespresso campaign.

In marketing terms it's a match made in moneymaking heaven - but George Clooney may be serving up a less-than-perfect brew as a caffeine pitchman. "George Clooney has almost single-handedly launched an entire new waste stream globally."
Categories: Ecological News

U.N. struggles to stem Haiti cholera epidemic.

For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all.
Categories: Ecological News

Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights.

The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change increasing massive wildfires in West.

Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests.
Categories: Ecological News

Saving Caribbean tourism from the sea.

Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.
Categories: Ecological News

Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop.

Wheat rust, a devastating disease, has spread from Africa to South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with calamitous losses for the world’s second most important grain crop, after rice. There is mounting concern at the dangers posed to global food security. According to scientists, climate change is in part behind the threat.
Categories: Ecological News

Eight former military sites on Long Island may have hazardous waste, unexploded ordnance.

Eight of the 17 former military installations on Long Island could have hazardous or toxic waste or unexploded munitions present, but the federal agency in charge of the sites lacks the funding to conduct recommended safety investigations.
Categories: Ecological News

Settlement brings new hope for Kerr-McGee cleanup.

Maranatha Faith Center Pastor Steve Jamison sees the $5.15 billion settlement from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as a major turning point in the 15-year fight his East Columbus church has led to remediate the contamination from the Kerr-McGee site and protect the safety of those who live near it.
Categories: Ecological News

After demolition of Huntington Pilot Plant, U 235 and U 238 contamination deemed low.

The Huntington Pilot Plant which processed starting materials for two gaseous diffusion plants, was demolished for "regulatory reasons" and removal of classified nickel materials and nickel carbonyl.
Categories: Ecological News

Mold becomes latest health concern on Treasure Island .

The people who live and work on Treasure Island aren't only plagued by soil contaminated with radiation and toxic substances: An increasing number of residents and workers are complaining about mold and dampness in buildings on the decades-old Navy base and questioning whether their health is at risk.
Categories: Ecological News

Land-farmed salmon: Coming (temporarily) to a restaurant or store near you.

Still have farmed salmon crossed off your short list of eco-friendly fish? A local version that’s available for a limited time in the Washington area could temporarily rewrite your rules.
Categories: Ecological News

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern.

Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track.
Categories: Ecological News
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