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Saving the Colorado River Delta, one habitat at a time.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
Under a U.S.-Mexico agreement, a trickle of water is being returned to a few parts of the dried-out Colorado River Delta – and those parts are blooming.
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European Commission pulls environmental legislation from its work program.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
The European Commission said Tuesday it would withdraw several important pieces of environmental legislation from its work program for next year, saying plans to boost the region’s stagnant economy would take priority.
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'It's like spiritual genocide': Miner faces fresh fight to drill Indigenous heritage site.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
A mining company that plans to drill for gas under one of Australia’s oldest Indigenous heritage sites is facing a revolt from traditional landholders.
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Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery.
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Greenland may lose ice more rapidly than previously thought

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:24
The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second-largest body of ice on Earth. It covers an area about five times the size of New York State and Kansas combined, and if it melts completely, oceans could rise by 20 feet. Coastal communities from Florida to Bangladesh would suffer extensive damage. Now, a new study is revealing just how little we understand this northern behemoth.
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Something new to blame climate change on: Beavers.

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:08
There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction. Along with the strong increase in their population over the past 100 years, these furry aquatic rodents have built many more ponds, establishing vital aquatic habitat. In doing so, however, they have created conditions for climate changing methane gas to be generated in this shallow standing water, and the gas is subsequently released into the atmosphere. In fact, 200 times more of this greenhouse gas is released from beaver ponds today than was the case around the year 1900, estimates Colin J. Whitfield of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He led a study in Springer's journal AMBIO about the effect that the growth in beaver numbers in Eurasia and the Americas could be having on methane emissions.The fur trade of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries nearly led to the extinction of beaver populations worldwide. After trapping was limited and conservation efforts led to the re-introduction of these animals into their natural ranges, the number of North American (Castor canadensis) and Eurasian (Castor fiber)beavers grew. The North American beaver has also been introduced to Eurasia and South America (specifically the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego); establishment of these populations has, in effect, created an anthropogenic greenhouse gas source in these landscapes.
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I'll talk politics with climate change deniers - but not science

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:42
The responses that climate change demands of us are collective, writes Mark Maslin, and force us to accept the finite nature of global resources and the need for equitable sharing. So when climate change collides with belief in neoliberalism, free markets, strong property rights and rugged individualism, denial trumps science every time.
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Nuclear power and biodiversity - don't forget WMD proliferation!

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:39
Nuclear energy is essential to preserve the world's biodiversity, according to 69 conservation scientists. But there's a mysterious omission in their analysis, writes Jim Green: nuclear weapons proliferation. And after a major exchange of nuclear bombs, and the 'nuclear winter' that would follow, exactly how much biodiversity would survive?
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With sub-$60 oil, fracking and tar sands losses threaten the whole financial system

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:26
A new financial crisis is threatening to dwarf the 'subprime' mortgage debacle, writes Paul Mobbs. Cheap money from central banks has fuelled some $1.3 trillion of risky investments in high-cost 'unconventional' oil and gas. Now, with oil sinking below $60, all that paper is turning to junk - and that's putting the entire economic system at risk.
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Fracking-Related Air Pollution Leads to Major Health Threats

ENN Pollution - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:31
A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas activity.
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Commission dumps eco-initiatives in 2015 work plan

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:33
The European Commission has dropped measures to improve air quality and reduce waste from its work plan for 2015 - instead 'cutting red tape' and prioritizing 'jobs, growth, investment' at all costs.
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Commission pulls eco-initiatives from 2015 work plan

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:33
The European Commission has dropped measures to improve air quality and reduce waste from its work plan for 2015 - instead prioritizing 'jobs, growth, investment' at all costs.
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Study shows the effect that growing beaver population is having on habitat and methane gas emissions

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 21:32
There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction. Along with the strong increase in their population over the past 100 years, these furry aquatic rodents have built many more ponds, establishing vital aquatic habitat. In doing so, however, they have created conditions for climate changing methane gas to be generated in this shallow standing water, and the gas is subsequently released into the atmosphere. In fact, 200 times more of this greenhouse gas is released from beaver ponds today than was the case around the year 1900, estimates Colin J. Whitfield of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He led a study in Springer's journal AMBIO² about the effect that the growth in beaver numbers in Eurasia and the Americas could be having on methane emissions.The fur trade of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries nearly led to the extinction of beaver populations worldwide. After trapping was limited and conservation efforts led to the re-introduction of these animals into their natural ranges, the number of North American (Castor canadensis) and Eurasian (Castor fiber) beavers grew. The North American beaver has also been introduced to Eurasia and South America (specifically the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego); establishment of these populations has, in effect, created an anthropogenic greenhouse gas source in these landscapes.
Categories: Ecological News

Study shows the effect that growing beaver population is having on habitat and methane gas emissions

ENN Pollution - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 21:32
There are consequences of the successful efforts worldwide to save beavers from extinction. Along with the strong increase in their population over the past 100 years, these furry aquatic rodents have built many more ponds, establishing vital aquatic habitat. In doing so, however, they have created conditions for climate changing methane gas to be generated in this shallow standing water, and the gas is subsequently released into the atmosphere. In fact, 200 times more of this greenhouse gas is released from beaver ponds today than was the case around the year 1900, estimates Colin J. Whitfield of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He led a study in Springer's journal AMBIO² about the effect that the growth in beaver numbers in Eurasia and the Americas could be having on methane emissions.The fur trade of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries nearly led to the extinction of beaver populations worldwide. After trapping was limited and conservation efforts led to the re-introduction of these animals into their natural ranges, the number of North American (Castor canadensis) and Eurasian (Castor fiber) beavers grew. The North American beaver has also been introduced to Eurasia and South America (specifically the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego); establishment of these populations has, in effect, created an anthropogenic greenhouse gas source in these landscapes.
Categories: Ecological News

Reclaim the power! It's time to deprivatise Britain's energy

The Ecologist Magazine - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:12
Privatised energy has failed us, writes Sam Lund-Harket. While energy company chiefs earn millions of pounds a year, one in ten English households live in fuel poverty. But there is another way. All over the world countries and communities are taking energy, water and other essential public services back under democratic control.
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Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Beijing’s air quality has long been a cause of concern, but the effects of its extreme levels of pollution on daily life can now be seen in physical changes to the architecture of the city.
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Detroit residents complain of health effects of breathing in toxics.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
According to a 2014 Public Policy Poll, more than three in five DTE customers say they support replacing the state’s coal burning power plants with renewable energy sources and are also very concerned about asthma attacks and other potential health problems from coal-burning power plants.
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Thailand fails to clean lead-poisoned creek despite court order.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.
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Children 'clean' oil spill with kitchen utensils in the Sundarbans.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Bangladesh still struggles to deal with a devastating oil spill in the world's largest mangrove forest.
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Growing use in US, EU of systematic review for safety analyses targets different issues.

Environmental Health News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:30
Research and regulatory agencies in North America and Europe are increasing their use of systematic review, but they are applying the strategies to different targets.
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