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Updated: 2 min 36 sec ago

Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots.

11 min 48 sec ago
As Washington still fights over whether climate change is real, people across the country are paying costs scientists ascribe to it. All over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. The costs — for governments, insurance companies and homeowners — are often measured in quality of life.
Categories: Ecological News

Why the California drought affects everyone.

11 min 48 sec ago
All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state.
Categories: Ecological News

Town in northwest China sealed after man dies of plague.

11 min 48 sec ago
The police have cordoned off a town in northwestern China after a man there died from a case of the pneumonic plague. Pneumonic plague is more contagious and deadly, commonly spreading from human to human in droplets expelled when coughing.
Categories: Ecological News

Concordia branded a maritime Chernobyl.

11 min 48 sec ago
The last journey of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship to the scrap yard is causing outrage in Corsica where it has been dubbed “a floating bomb”. The rusting hulk, laden with hydrocarbons and polluted seawater, is due to begin a four-day journey to a scrapyard in Genoa today.
Categories: Ecological News

Drinking water systems draw federal concerns.

11 min 48 sec ago
More than 310 public drinking water systems in Texas — nearly 4.5 percent of the state's regulated public water systems — have quality issues that haven’t been adequately addressed, federal officials told the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It is the highest percentage in the nation.
Categories: Ecological News

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says.

11 min 48 sec ago
Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
Categories: Ecological News

Bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.

11 min 48 sec ago
Building a bike-friendly city requires clear, measurable trade-offs. Adding bike lanes reduces space for cars and irritates drivers; that's undeniable. But making the city safe and hospitable for cyclists can also reduce carbon emissions and overall congestion. That's a worthwhile objective.
Categories: Ecological News

Wind preferable to nuclear, coal.

11 min 48 sec ago
Renewable energy - wind, solar and other alternative technologies - is essential if the U.S. is to wean itself off nuclear and coal during the next 20 to 25 years. Nuclear should not be in the mix. It’s costly, it poses safety, health and environmental risks, and it is becoming prohibitively expensive to build new plants.
Categories: Ecological News

What should we do with Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines?

11 min 48 sec ago
Wandering around Australia, you might want to watch your step — the country currently has more than 50,000 abandoned mines. Some represent a significant threat from contamination; others may pose safety risks; and still others may be losing their value as cultural heritage.
Categories: Ecological News

The secret to real sustainability.

11 min 48 sec ago
Making sustainable choices requires learning about products — where they come from, how they’re made and where they go when we’re done using them. We have to look holistically at the full life cycle.
Categories: Ecological News

Eat this fish and do the planet a favor.

11 min 48 sec ago
Responsible fish eating won't solve all our ocean and fish problems around the globe. We still have to stop polluting the oceans and address climate change, which is hurting our nation's water. But for starters, one thing you can do when you go out to eat or cook at home is pick fish that are good for you and good for the planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Amazon oil spill has killed tons of fish, sickened native people.

11 min 48 sec ago
On the last day of June, Roger Mangía Vega watched an oil slick and a mass of dead fish float past this tiny Kukama Indian community and into the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon. Community leaders called the emergency number for Petroperu, the state-run operator of the 845-kilometer pipeline that pumps crude oil from the Amazon over the Andes Mountains to a port on Peru’s northern coast.
Categories: Ecological News

US troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds.

11 min 48 sec ago
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report.
Categories: Ecological News

Hearings on water permits for Indian Point.

11 min 48 sec ago
A giant power plant that kills tiny fish eggs is leading engineers, government officials, politicians and advocates of all stripes into a fourth year of debate about which side represents concern for the environment, and whether the fish are actually the issue.
Categories: Ecological News

Water, super-sewers and the filth threatening the River Thames,

11 min 48 sec ago
The Great Stink of the 1800s alerted politicians to the filth in the Thames. The Victorian sewers fixed it, but trouble is brewing again. Is a clean river just a pipe dream?
Categories: Ecological News

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk.

11 min 48 sec ago
Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk.
Categories: Ecological News

The hospital disinfectant that's being used in fracking.

11 min 48 sec ago
Excelyte is an EPA-approved solution that addresses major controversies associated with fracking: pollution of groundwater with toxic chemicals, release of hydrogen sulfide that endangers oil field worker's lives, and excess wastewater.
Categories: Ecological News

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied.

11 min 48 sec ago
In an extraordinary rebuke to a doctor at one of America's top hospitals, the U.S. Department of Labor has informed about 1,100 coal miners that their claims for black lung benefits may have been wrongly denied, the department's deputy secretary told senators Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Pennsylvania regulator faulted for lax role in fracking.

11 min 48 sec ago
Pennsylvania regulators were unprepared for the fracking-fueled boom in natural gas production during the past decade, putting drinking water supplies at risk, the state's watchdog said.
Categories: Ecological News

Checking the variability of EPA's math leads some to question its Clean Power Plan.

11 min 48 sec ago
Under the Clean Power Plan - U.S. EPA's ambitious proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants - states are asked to meet widely divergent targets.
Categories: Ecological News