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Runners choke to finish contaminated Beijing Marathon.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Thousands of runners have battled thick smog to take part in the Beijing Marathon. Some athletes donned masks as air pollution soared toward 14 times the maximum recommended level.
Categories: Ecological News

The Kissimmee: a river recurved.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves, but that's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in central Florida.
Categories: Ecological News

Could desalination solve California’s water problem?

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
Categories: Ecological News

Crude oil spills into Caddo bayou, kills wildlife.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
A major crude oil spill discovered near here Monday that stopped just shy of Caddo Lake has already killed dozens of fish and some reptiles and will keep cleanup crews and regulatory agencies on site likely for months to come.
Categories: Ecological News

What if lots of people have Ebola-proof blood?

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
There are reasons the U.S. hasn't enacted a travel ban on countries where Ebola has broken out: It wouldn't work and could actually make things worse, health officials say. Still, that's done little to quell the calls for a ban.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola wave threatens food security.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa could complicate efforts to feed many of Africa's poor, according to experts at a leading conference on food security. The world does not have enough land and it lacks the political will to feed an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, of which 40 percent of those will come from Africa.
Categories: Ecological News

'Beijing is like a bonfire' as runners forced to complete marathon in gas masks.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Thousands of athletes were forced to take part in Beijing’s annual marathon wearing pollution-busting facemasks after a toxic fog enveloped the Chinese capital and smog levels soared to "hazardous" levels.
Categories: Ecological News

Cell tower at Chubbuck Elementary on hold.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Parents of students at Chubbuck Elementary School came out in force last month to oppose a proposal by T-Mobile to erect the cell phone tower on school property.
Categories: Ecological News

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters (Part 2 of 3).

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
An invisible assailant had invaded the bodies of Manny Romo, a 34-year-old ironworker, and his two kids, attacking their bones, brains and nerves. They were contaminated with lead. And it came from an unexpected place. Romo brought lead home from his construction work at a gun range, unwittingly poisoning his daughter, Serenity. Part 2 of 3.
Categories: Ecological News

Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Here, on one of the Netherlands’ northernmost islands, windswept Texel, surrounded by encroaching ocean and salt marshes that seep sea water under its dykes and into ditches and canals, an enterprising farmer has taken the radical step of embracing salt water instead of fighting to keep it out. And now he thinks he might just help feed the world.
Categories: Ecological News

Study seeks to track asbestos legacy in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Although the last asbestos factory in Ambler closed decades ago, the piles of asbestos waste have remained in what are now two Superfund sites. Now researchers are studying those in the community and their risk for mesothelioma.
Categories: Ecological News

Chronic wasting disease threatens Canadian agriculture, Alberta MLA says.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
There is growing concern about the spread of chronic wasting disease in Alberta and what it could mean for Canada's agricultural industry. While mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease affect cattle and humans, chronic wasting disease affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
Categories: Ecological News

Struggle against extinction: The pictures that capture the story.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Some animals, which appeared to be doing well, have plummeted towards extinction. Others, which seemed to be doomed, have bounced back.
Categories: Ecological News

Bangladesh: 60,000 students suffering from drinking water crisis.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
About 60,000 students of 146 institutions in Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district have been suffering from fresh water crisis due to arsenic contamination in groundwater.
Categories: Ecological News

The element that causes arguments.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
When Otto Hahn first discovered in 1938 the astonishing amounts of energy that could be released by splitting a single uranium atom, he opened the way to a potentially unlimited source of electricity, but also to the atomic bomb. Today, the element's potential poses a new conundrum – one that has split environmentalists right down the middle.
Categories: Ecological News

Road to a mess.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Road transport is the backbone of Pakistan’s transport system. But excessive reliance on road transport is causing increased congestion, degradation of air quality and a dramatic increase in GHG emissions.
Categories: Ecological News

Scientists refute lower emissions claim for fracking.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
As advanced technology triggers the boom in extraction of natural gas, a new study warns that market forces mean the cheaper fossil fuel could replace not just coal, but also low-emission renewable and nuclear energy.
Categories: Ecological News

Under Scott, Florida's DEP undergoes drastic change.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Gov. Rick Scott, running for re-election, has promised that in his second term he would be the greenest governor Florida has ever seen. But former employees say in his first term, Scott made wrenching, drastic changes in the agency that's supposed to protect the state's environment.
Categories: Ecological News

Pacific islanders on canoes blockade Australia coal export terminal.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday in an attempt to block the world's largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.
Categories: Ecological News

Candidates’ frustrations on display in final Maryland gubernatorial debate.

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:30
The two leading candidates for governor in Maryland appeared to grow exasperated with each other at several points during an hour-long face-off, as they highlighted differences in their approaches to educational disparities, transportation investments and fracking.
Categories: Ecological News