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New Zealand’s crusade against mammals.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
With a population of just four and a half million, New Zealand has some four thousand conservation groups. But theirs is, to borrow E. O. Wilson's term, a bloody, bloody biophilia.
Categories: Ecological News

Bankers brought rating agencies ‘to their knees’ on tobacco bonds.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
A landmark 1998 settlement with Big Tobacco awarded states billions of dollars a year to offset health-care costs of smoking. In many cases, the income became a debt trap when state and local governments traded it years in advance for upfront cash.
Categories: Ecological News

New Jersey air meets new standard.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
New Jersey, which failed for decades to meet any federal air quality standards, has received word from the federal government that it meets a new, more stringent standard for particulates.
Categories: Ecological News

Air pollution exemptions pitched for steelmakers.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
Ontario is willing to give Hamilton steelmakers another five-year pass on air pollution limits — but only if they promise to follow U.S. coke plant rules instead.
Categories: Ecological News

District of Columbia farm site is ecological disaster.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
In May 2013, the mayor of the nation’s capital announced that the city would partner with a produce supplier to build what the company called “the most productive urban farm in the world. But no one bothered to inspect the site.
Categories: Ecological News

Christmas lights are ruining your health and the environment.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
That we can observe holiday lights from space proves we have too much of a good thing: Our love of holiday lights has become a flagrant waste of energy. But this isn't just a waste of energy, further taxing the environment. It's also contributing to a growing problem in the U.S.: light pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Cheap oil is a costly holiday present.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
The real price of cheap oil may be in turmoil, bloodshed and faster climate change, which is not quite the wonderful gift we imagine when we see falling prices at the pump.
Categories: Ecological News

DuPont’s Chemours spinoff also cuts away cleanup bills.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
DuPont Co. will shed nearly $300 million worth of environmental remediation baggage along with some of its most volatile and competitive-industry business units when it spins three major business segments off as Chemours Co., a financial disclosure shows.
Categories: Ecological News

New study suggests invasive species work together to dominate local habitats.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
The spread of invasive species in local ecosystems could spell trouble for native plants and insect colonies, as a new study out of the University of Toronto suggests that the interaction between multiple foreign species help each other accelerate their dominance.
Categories: Ecological News

Court: EPA cannot regulate lead bullets.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency cannot regulate lead ammunition used by hunters, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Court rejects EPA's deadline extension for ozone compliance.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
A federal appeals court today threw out U.S. EPA's decision to extend a compliance deadline for its ozone air standard, as well as the agency's revoking a stringency requirement for transportation projects.
Categories: Ecological News

Poor sleepy lizard health linked to exposure to agricultural chemicals in South Australia.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
A study has suggested exposure to agricultural chemicals in South Australian cropping land could explain poor health in a native lizard species.
Categories: Ecological News

China plans more closures of coal mines through 2016.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
China has stepped up efforts to reduce the number of coal mines, as it plans to shut down more than 2,000 mines next year and limit the number to within 10,000 by 2016.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxin from Caribou County mines likely moving through groundwater.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
A government study of selenium pollution in a Southeastern Idaho watershed where hundreds of grazing animals have died has found that the toxin is likely moving through groundwater.
Categories: Ecological News

Restored forests breathe new life into efforts against climate change.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
In the battle to limit the risks of climate change, it has been clear for decades that focusing on the world's immense tropical forests - saving the ones that are left, and perhaps letting new ones grow - is the single most promising near-term strategy.
Categories: Ecological News

Industry groups wary of Clean Power Plan precedent.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
Manufacturers and oil refiners are paving the way for a hard-fought battle over U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas standards for the power sector, fearing the agency could use similar tactics to write climate regulations for their industries.
Categories: Ecological News

High ammonia levels leave New Delhi high and dry.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
Almost a third of New Delhi went without water as water treatment plants were shut down on Tuesday morning after levels of ammonia in raw water supplied from Haryana went up sharply.
Categories: Ecological News

Canada regulator raises concerns with CNRL.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
The Alberta Energy Regulator revealed Friday that high-pressure steaming by CNRL at Wolf Lake in northern Alberta had been halted after the company reported chemicals including benzene showed up in tests in an aquifer on a property near the Primrose site.
Categories: Ecological News

Invasive species get by with a little help from their alien friends.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 19:30
Scientists call it "invasional meltdown," and it's the theory that once an alien species takes root in a new land, it opens the door to intrusions from other invading organisms. Researchers suggest that just such a meltdown may be occurring in some North American forests.
Categories: Ecological News

New suit filed against Exide plant.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 19:30
The complaint alleges that Exide officers, directors and managers intentionally misled the public and environmental regulators about the safety of daily emissions from smelting tens of thousands of lead acid batteries.
Categories: Ecological News