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Ecological News

The new 'peak oil'? A dollar invested in solar yields more energy than a dollar invested in oil

The Ecologist Magazine - 8 hours 57 min ago
According to oil company executives, oil is going to be a major energy source to 2100 and beyond. So after hearing an oil man make his case, Chris Goodall went home and crunched some numbers. Money invested in solar power already produces more energy than if it's put into oil exploration and production, and the gap is only going to widen from here. Is this the new 'peak oil'?
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Flint water switch approved despite DEQ health warnings a year earlier.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
State officials warned of potential health problems if Flint were to switch to the Flint River as its drinking water source, but the move went ahead with the state's blessing despite the concerns, according to emails released by the Michigan's governor's office Friday morning.
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East of Flint, one company defiantly continues to produce lead pigments.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
If you are outraged by the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, take a look at what’s happening just 250 miles to the east, near Toronto, where a Canadian company continues to produce lead compounds and distribute them worldwide for use in paints and plastics.
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VIDEO: The year ahead in environment and energy.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
A blue-ribbon panel of journalists gathered at the Wilson Center on Friday for a look ahead in environment and energy.
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West Texas fracking billionaires spending big on Cruz and conservative causes.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Before bankrolling a Ted Cruz Super PAC last year with $15 million, Texans Farris and Dan Wilks were fast gaining a reputation as “the Koch brothers of the Christian Right” and climbing swiftly up the ladder of America’s biggest landowners.
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Japan's environment minister withdraws radiation remark, apologizes to Fukushima residents.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa retracted her remark about the government having “no scientific grounds” for its radiation decontamination target in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying she wanted to rebuild trust with local residents.
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Study puts yearly air pollution death toll at 5.5 million.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Every year, dirty air sends some 5.5 million people to an early grave.
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A mouse’s house may ruin experiments.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
It’s no secret that therapies that look promising in mice rarely work in people. But too often, experimental treatments that succeed in one mouse population do not even work in other mice, suggesting that many rodent studies may be flawed from the start.
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Kentucky Gov. Bevin: 'I hired him because he's a coal man'

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Gov. Matt Bevin told an Eastern Kentucky audience slammed by a decline in the coal industry that he made former coal executive Charles Snavely his Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary because he "comes from this world (and is) not someone who is theoretical."
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21st Century US 'dustbowl' risk assessed.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like "dustbowl" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.
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The Clean Power Plan meets some supreme skeptics.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
The U.S. Supreme Court’s five conservative justices last week went out of their way to throw a roadblock in front of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
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It's about public health, not gun rights.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
File this under categorically absurd: Marion Hammer wants the governor to abolish the Southwest Florida Water Management District to protect the Second Amendment.
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Despite court ruling, Texas should redouble clean energy policies.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
The last thing the world needed was for climate change opponents to contrive another reason to slow-walk serious efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
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Air pollution's damage starts hitting Utah children before birth.

Environmental Health News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Perhaps you've recently heard these comments: "I'm using my inhaler constantly." "My kids are all sick." "Why doesn't the Legislature care?" "The deer in my backyard are so disgusted even they're moving out of state."
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President Obama Announces Three New National Monuments in the California Desert

Ecology Today - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 01:16

By U.S. Department of the Interior

Today, President Obama announced three new national monuments: Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument and Castle Mountains National Monument. These new monuments protect 1.8 million acres of spectacular landscapes, fragile wildlife habitat, unique historic resources and important cultural sites – ensuring that current and future generations can enjoy the unique beauty of the California desert.

Mojave Trails  is a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows and spectacular sand dunes. The monument contains the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66 and some of the best preserved sites from the World War II-era Desert Training Center.

Mojave Trails National Monument – Photo by @mypubliclands

An integral part of the California desert, Castle Mountains National Monument protects some of the finest Joshua tree forest and native desert grassland in the Mojave Desert and contains important cultural resources including Native American archeological sites and vestiges of mining, ranching and the railroad from the period of western expansion.

Castle Mountains National Monument – Photo by National Parks Service

Rising from the floor of the Sonoran Desert to San Gorgonio Peak, the tallest in southern California, Sand to Snow National Monument includes lush desert oases, significant archeological sites and 30 miles of the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail. The area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing and even skiing.

Sand to Snow National Monument – Photo by @mypubliclands

Categories: Ecological News

'Killing the Host': the financial system is destroying the global economy

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 22:49
The main engine of economic exploitation is the financial system's ever increasing extraction of value through interest payments, according to economist Michael Hudson. Paul Craig Roberts finds his analysis all too accurate, as the over-financialized economies of western countries head down a spiral of poverty, decline, injustice and despair.
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Lead: America's real criminal element.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:30
New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.
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On nature's death row: Alberta's coveted foothills forest.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:30
After a century of occupation, this once mighty-mosaic of woods no longer provides adequate shelter for its 'refugees.'
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Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:30
Ever wondered why those giant tomatoes at the grocery store taste like cardboard?
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Lawmakers promised firefighters cancer coverage. But a year later, they still haven't funded it.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:30
When Michigan firefighters get work-related cancer, they’re supposed to be covered by the state. But that’s not happening.
Categories: Ecological News
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