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Ecological News

Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.
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India’s tech hub gasps for fresh air.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
India’s technology hub, that had become an international byword for outsourcing, is gasping for fresh air as high vehicular emissions, increasing industrial fumes and rising dust from construction activities are polluting its atmosphere and harming its 10 million denizens.
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Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say.
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In Chicago, rooftop farming is getting off the ground.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the next environmental push — using roofs to grow food.
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Chevron fire sent U.S. Chemical Safety Board into a tailspin.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
To some, the strife at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — the 40-person authority charged with investigating industrial accidents and recommending ways to improve safety — bears strong resemblance to the headlines from developing nations.
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Green movement must escape its 'white, middle-class ghetto', says U.K. Friends of the Earth chief Craig Bennett.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
The environmental movement needs to escape the “white, middle-class ghetto” and engage more fully with the UK’s ethnic and working class populations, according to Friends of the Earth’s newly appointed chief executive.
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Looking inside Hanford’s cocooned reactors.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
Four defunct Hanford nuclear reactors have had their steel doors welded shut again after passing inspections to make sure they remain safe and secure.
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Flooding may spur algae in Lake Erie.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
The torrential rains that have pounded Ohio in the past few weeks have flooded basements and sent creeks spilling into roadways. They also could mean bad news for Lake Erie this summer.
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Book excerpt: 'On the Burning Edge.'

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
Nationwide, seventy thousand communities—some 140 million people and 40 million homes—sit in the path of fires. Though state and rural fire agencies contribute immensely, the burden of protect­ing these towns has fallen largely on the federal government.
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We’re not evil; we help feed the world, says Monsanto’s boss.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
As the sun set over Strasbourg, a thousand people who had gathered outside the European parliament building bowed their heads and observed a minute’s silence. This crowd — unlike many others recently — had not assembled to honour the fallen of the Great War. Instead, they had come to pay homage to the “existing and future victims poisoned by pesticides”.
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A degree of progress on the James River and Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
The decades-long fight to save the Chesapeake Bay and clean up the tributary rivers and streams in its multi-state watershed is a classic tale of one step forward, two steps backward at times. At other times, it’s two steps in the right direction, one in reverse.
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Court ruling boosts need for Illinois clean energy bill.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week dealt a blow to federal efforts to clean up power plant emissions, making it even more important than ever that the Illinois Legislature passes pending legislation to boost energy efficiency and turn the state toward renewable energy.
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Cost impact of EPA rules must be considered.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
Power generation has been an environmental balancing act throughout history.
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Some settlements are better than others.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
We may never know just how much damage, environmentally or economically, was done when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and caught fire in April 2010, spilling hundreds of thousands of oil daily along the Gulf Coast. Last week, though, we got a taste of how much it might cost BP, the British company that was leasing the rig when it exploded, killing 11 workers and gushing more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf until it was finally capped a few months later.
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Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enormous enthusiasm and criticism, reactions that will only intensify as he continues to lead efforts to solve our climate crisis and generate momentum for the U.N. Climate Conference later this year.
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Green Pope goes medieval on planet.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 19:30
Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—into one new green faith.
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OECD chief: World must ditch coal, go renewable

The Ecologist Magazine - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 17:17
The secretary general of the OECD group of the world's 34 richest nations has issued a dramatic plea to its members to act now to end 'unabated coal' burning, writes Alex Kirby, and invest in renewables around the world to prevent climate disaster.
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Independence Day fireworks 'cause significant rise in air pollution.'

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:30
July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776. Tonight, the sky will be illuminated with stunning fireworks displays that are taking place all over the US. But according to a new study, such festivities may have an unintended consequence - a significant increase in air pollution.
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Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:30
A heatwave is sweeping across Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries. The summer heat has taken hold of Italy, with temperatures over 35C in many cities.
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Drought drives greater household use of gray water.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 19:30
Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project.
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