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The cetacean brain and hominid perceptions of cetacean intelligence

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:43
Is the species that dwells peacefully within its habitat with respect for the rights of other species the one that is inferior? Or is it the species that wages a holy war against its habitat, destroying all species that irritate it? Paul Watson questions man's monopoly on advanced brain power, and finds a planet suffused with a far deeper intelligence than our own.
Categories: Ecological News

Fukushima disaster: Inside the world’s most dangerous room.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Three and a half years after the most devastating nuclear accident in a generation, Fukushima Daiichi is still in crisis. So much radiation still pulses inside the crippled reactor cores that no one has been able to get close enough to survey the full extent of the destruction.
Categories: Ecological News

Study finds that brains with autism fail to trim synapses as they develop.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
A new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process of pruning synapses goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain.
Categories: Ecological News

Kenya: River of death - no help for villagers exposed to poisonous waters.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Thousands of people in the Lower Yatta Sub-County in Kitui are now exposed to dangerous diseases from the highly polluted Athi River waters. Lab tests on the water show the river is contaminated with industrial chemicals.
Categories: Ecological News

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified rice and corn.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides used on Florida's mosquitoes may harm butterflies.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife.
Categories: Ecological News

California needs to manage its groundwater.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Fifty years ago, the rapidly subsiding groundwater throughout the West brought urgent calls for action. Arizona responded. So did Colorado, Oregon, Texas -- yes, Texas -- and others. But not California. It is the only western state that does not have a groundwater management program.
Categories: Ecological News

Land abuse comes back to haunt.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Now comes word that a couple of nasty chemical compounds — perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — have contaminated drinking water supplies in two adjoining townships. And that the culprit is likely the U.S. Navy.
Categories: Ecological News

The problem with GMO labels.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Genetically engineered products, will not by themselves feed the poor or heal the sick. But the world needs crops that demand less from the environment and provide more nutrition, using less water, on the same amount of land. Without relying on progress and the advance of science, as we have for centuries, it’s simply not going to happen.
Categories: Ecological News

Criticism of EPA's economic analysis sorely misplaced.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should improve the way it analyzes regulations. Critics have been quick to trumpet the EPA's "failure," but in reality, the EPA deserves an A (or at least an A-).
Categories: Ecological News

Mine disaster could happen to Lake Superior.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
What is scientific about prohibiting the Wisconsin DNR from considering whether there are safer places to store mine waste than right next to the mine at the headwaters of the Bad River watershed?
Categories: Ecological News

Seeds of doubt.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Feeding an ever-expanding population without further harming the Earth presents one of the greatest challenges of our time, perhaps of all time. Many scientists are convinced that we can hope to meet those demands only with help from the advanced tools of plant genetics. Vandana Shiva disagrees; she looks upon any seed bred in a laboratory as an abomination.
Categories: Ecological News

Alabama community alleges race bias over toxic landfill site.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Last week, Environmental Protection Agency investigators traveled to Uniontown, Alabama, to interview residents and activists who say a local landfill that accepted much of the Tennessee coal ash is polluting air and water sources nearby, causing people who live in the area to become sick.
Categories: Ecological News

Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
A Michigan State University environmental toxicology professor presented part two of the results from the 2013 dead bird collection in St. Louis, Michigan, and, American robins eggs collected contained DDT levels far above those found to induce death in laboratory settings.
Categories: Ecological News

Donations pour in to influence GMO debate, but are they being disclosed?

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The growing debate over genetically modified food and farming in Hawaii has attracted more than $77,000 so far this year to influence political elections, according to an analysis of state campaign spending data and additional financial information.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA cleanups and the toxins left behind.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The EPA is responsible for protecting human health at 1,700 hazardous waste sites across the country through the Superfund program. But an EPA "cleanup" does not mean all toxics are gone.
Categories: Ecological News

US EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities: Report.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
The United States has made progress in reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remains to reduce risks for the country's most overburdened urban areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top official said on Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

India court orders uranium company to study impacts.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
India’s sole uranium mining company is being ordered by a regional court to disclose radiation levels and the presence of any heavy metals in soil and water in a cluster of villages with reports of unusual numbers of deformed and sick children.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticides cause lead contamination among pregnant women: Study.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
Unplanned use of pesticides and herbicides in crops is one of the key reasons for presence of higher level of lead in blood among pregnant women in rural Bangladesh, a study revealed.
Categories: Ecological News

Drought-stricken California town struggles to keep the water flowing.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:30
All summer, Montague, California, has been a town in trouble. The city sits half an hour south of the Oregon border, in a rugged patch of Northern California that offers little refuge from the scorching sun.
Categories: Ecological News
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