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Look Out Hawaii, Here Come Da Pro-GMO Judge!

Farm Wars - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:39
The people in Hawaii County voted that they did not want GMOs. The court overruled that vote in favor of the biggest pro-GMO agricultural corporation of all - state and federal biotech interests.
Categories: Ecological News

Community renewable energy in the UK needs co-ops!

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:17
The UK's community energy sector was badly hit by the financial regulator's sudden decision this summer to disallow renewable energy co-operatives, writes Tammy Calvert. A consultation on the topic ends tomorrow, Friday - so get your views in quickly while you can!
Categories: Ecological News

Judge tosses Big Island GMO law.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge - the same one who threw out a County of Kauai law related to pesticides and genetically modified crops in August - ruled Wednesday that a Hawaii County law banning new genetically engineered crops on the Big Island is invalid.
Categories: Ecological News

Packing on the pounds (of CO2) for Thanksgiving.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Here's something to chew on in addition to turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (or ponder as you're stuck in traffic): transportation accounts for 28 percent of Americans’ overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Categories: Ecological News

Offshore wind farm plan has potential to harness energy cheaply.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Every source of energy has environmental costs; if done right, offshore wind may be one of the cleanest.
Categories: Ecological News

Feasting, digesting and composting toward zero waste.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Food is the largest single material going to landfills across the nation — we throw away almost 35 million tons each year at a cost of more than $1 billion. Let’s add to tradition by making sure the food we give thanks for does not go to waste.
Categories: Ecological News

New smog rules: Good but later than they had to be.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
The Obama administration’s announcement on Wednesday of a proposed rule limiting emissions of smog-causing ozone in the atmosphere is, on one level, great news. But note that a federal judge ordered the administration to deliver the new standard after environmentalists sued.
Categories: Ecological News

Kenyan women pay the price for slum water 'mafias.'

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientists find likely culprit behind mysterious sea star deaths.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
In the slippery tide pools of San Pedro’s Point Fermin, there are sticky green sea anemone, hard-shelled limpets, barnacles shaped like mini-volcanoes and even small octopuses hiding between gaps in the rocks. Noticeably missing from this coastal menagerie are the icons of the rocky intertidal zone — the sea stars.
Categories: Ecological News

High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming with an audacious and ambitious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100.
Categories: Ecological News

A guide to a waste-free, environmentally friendly Thanksgiving.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
The nonprofit group Food Tank says Americans will waste approximately five million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Categories: Ecological News

The EPA's ozone rule could be its biggest, most controversial regulation yet.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stricter regulations on ground-level ozone pollution — more commonly known as "smog." Right now, US cities are supposed to keep ozone levels in the air below 75 parts per billion (many still don't).
Categories: Ecological News

Obama builds environmental legacy with 1970 law.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
President Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any occupant of the White House. Yet it is very possible that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.
Categories: Ecological News

The mine disaster that shook Turkey.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Just after 3 o’clock, the shearer machine stopped working. The conveyor belts that carried the coal stopped working. The lights stopped working. The power had gone out. Only the lamps on the miners’ helmets shone in the dark.
Categories: Ecological News

Federal judge rules Big Island GMO law invalid, pre-empted by state, federal law.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
A Hawaii County law restricting genetically engineered crops is invalid, a federal judge said in an order issued Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

CDC: Fewer than 18 percent of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
The proportion of American adults who smoke cigarettes has hit a new low, new federal data show.
Categories: Ecological News

China’s growth fuels boom in world shipping traffic.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Ship traffic on the world's oceans has quadrupled over the past two decades, raising new concerns about escalating emissions, according to a new study that's the first to rely on satellite data to produce global maps of shipping on the open seas.
Categories: Ecological News

African states should double agriculture research spending, report says.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report said on Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

In new drainage projects, long-buried urban streams see the light again.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
In recent years many cities have been undoing the past century's drainage projects, uncovering or "daylighting" buried streams, using innovative techniques that mimic nature to help restore open waterways, prevent pollution and create habitats for animals.
Categories: Ecological News

Vultures could hold key to deadly bacteria.

Environmental Health News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:30
As millions of Americans tuck into the traditional turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, they might spare a thought for the turkey vulture, whose meal will certainly be undercooked, lacking in trimmings, eaten at the side of the road and seething with toxic bacteria that would kill most other animals.
Categories: Ecological News
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