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Victory - 30 new marine reserves for Scotland

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:05
Scotland's network of marine reserves doubled in area today with the designation of 30 new marine reserves. The move has been welcomed by green groups who have long campaigned on the issue - but they warn: this is where the real work begins.
Categories: Ecological News

India’s uranium boss says deformed children may be imported.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Confronted with reports that villages near Uranium Corp. of India Ltd.’s mines have unusually high numbers of physically deformed people, Chairman Diwakar Acharya said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of those guys are imported from elsewhere, ok?”
Categories: Ecological News

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food.
Categories: Ecological News

Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees,

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.
Categories: Ecological News

What seafood guzzles the most gas?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Most of us don’t think about fuel when we eat seafood. But diesel is the single largest expense for the fishing industry and its biggest source of greenhouse gases.
Categories: Ecological News

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.
Categories: Ecological News

Koch brothers' firm threatens lawsuit over Chicago petcoke rules.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years.
Categories: Ecological News

Halliburton fracking spill mystery plagues Ohio waterway.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding. Thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died.
Categories: Ecological News

Vital invertebrates decline by 45 per cent, study finds.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Insects, worms and other small animals that carry out vital functions for life on earth have declined by 45 per cent on average over 35 years, threatening human health, water quality and food supplies, a study has found.
Categories: Ecological News

No, cities can't just ban fracking.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Although the judge's decision could be appealed, the writing is probably on the wall for the fracking bans and moratoriums that have been passed in other communities, too.
Categories: Ecological News

Exposure to pesticides in pregnant rats linked to 3 generations of disease.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
New research argues that exposure to the pesticide Methoxychlor could cause diseases three generations later, in offspring who were never exposed to the Methoxychlor themselves.
Categories: Ecological News

Appeals court rules FDA can continue allowing antibiotics in animal feed.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue its policy of allowing widespread antibiotic use in animal feed – a practice believed by many to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria.
Categories: Ecological News

Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster: Study.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health.
Categories: Ecological News

Under water: The EPA’s struggle to combat pollution.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution - repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
Categories: Ecological News

Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.
Categories: Ecological News

Colorado judge strikes down Longmont fracking ban.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
A Boulder County District Court judge has struck down Longmont's fracking ban but said the ban can remain in place while the city considered an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment on Thursday. In the ruling, she said Longmont's charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state's regulations and its interest in the efficient development of oil and gas deposits.
Categories: Ecological News

China's plan to limit coal use could spur consumption for years.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. But it would be an adjustable ceiling that would allow coal consumption to grow for years, and policy makers are at odds on how long the nation’s emissions will rise.
Categories: Ecological News

Violations pile up at mines owned by billionaire James Justice II.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Coal mines owned by billionaire James Justice II have been cited for more than 250 environmental violations in five states with unpaid penalties worth about $2 million, according to sources and records obtained by Greenwire.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear plants ill-prepared for worst-case scenarios, report says.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
The current approaches for regulating nuclear plant safety in the U.S. are “clearly inadequate” for preventing meltdowns and “mitigating their consequences,” according to a report released Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

The threat to England's chalk streams.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:30
Geographers say there are only 210 true chalk streams anywhere in the world, and 160 of them are in England. They are an irreplaceable relic of the past, created as the ice sheets retreated 10,000 years ago. There is a growing movement to protect this half-forgotten heritage.
Categories: Ecological News
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