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A watershed moment: Leaping out of the lakes: Invasive mussels spread across America.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:30
The last line of defense today against the next zebra mussel invasion of the Great Lakes is a rule that requires overseas freighters to flush their ballast tanks with mid-ocean saltwater before the ships nose into the first navigation lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway. (Part 4 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

EPA considering regulating more chemicals under its rule for high-hazard substances.

8 hours 52 min ago
In response to the deadly 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer facility, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding ammonium nitrate and other substances to those covered by its regulation to prevent high-hazard chemical accidents, the agency announced July 24.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking regulators won't create rules for air pollution.

8 hours 52 min ago
As regulators ask the public for comment on fracking rules, one set of rules won’t be under consideration. Those are the rules that govern air pollution at fracking sites, which, in the case of natural gas drilling, can be both acutely hazardous and carcinogenic.
Categories: Ecological News

Funding for health studies near drill sites loosening.

8 hours 52 min ago
Science requires replication, and lots of it. So it’s been difficult to gauge the health impacts of shale development from a few scattered studies, says Bernard Goldstein, a public health expert.
Categories: Ecological News

US Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports.

8 hours 52 min ago
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency's controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe.
Categories: Ecological News

Has meat met its match?

8 hours 52 min ago
Sensitized to the environmental costs of livestock, a new generation eyes options for changing our carnivorous ways.
Categories: Ecological News

Illinois governor directs state EPA to block PCBs at Clinton Landfill.

8 hours 52 min ago
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to take action to block toxic PCB waste from being stored at the Clinton Landfill in an effort to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, the drinking water source for 750,000 residents across Central Illinois.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital.

8 hours 52 min ago
A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.
Categories: Ecological News

Make health top priority.

8 hours 52 min ago
Pennsylvania’s government has not only failed, but refused, to assess the public health impact of the natural gas industry.
Categories: Ecological News

The Ebola outbreak.

8 hours 52 min ago
The current Ebola outbreak is more than a sum of national emergencies. It is now a regional crisis, and the whole of West Africa must act to contain it.
Categories: Ecological News

A threat to Cambodia’s sacred forests.

8 hours 52 min ago
This goal of transforming Cambodia into the power plant of Southeast Asia may promise economic gain, but it also entails significant costs.
Categories: Ecological News

Wishful thinking about natural gas.

8 hours 52 min ago
Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing but expecting a different result. Psychologists define perseveration as repetitive behavior that interferes with learning. Whatever we call it, that seems to be what is happening. And whatever it is, it doesn’t make sense. Natural gas is not the bridge to clean energy; it’s the road to more climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

We need a united front against air pollution.

8 hours 52 min ago
Today we are commemorating 60 years since the first Clean Air Act following the 1952 Great Smog, which killed thousands in just a few days. Over the following decades we have managed to get on top of eight of the nine regulated pollutants.
Categories: Ecological News

Mercury survivors neglected by government, Grassy Narrows First Nation claims.

8 hours 52 min ago
A northwestern Ontario First Nation has released a five-year-old report confirming the community suffers ongoing effects from mercury poisoning, but it says the government has never acted on the findings.
Categories: Ecological News

Emails show secrecy on Canadian oilsands probe.

8 hours 52 min ago
Environment Canada’s enforcement branch asked a spokesman to “limit information” given to reporters about how long it took to launch a federal investigation into a serious Alberta oilsands leak last summer.
Categories: Ecological News

Green going gone: The tragic deforestation of the Chaco.

8 hours 52 min ago
Monolithic agricultural companies are claiming they can practice sustainable farming in the heart of one of the world's most important wildernesses. The ravaged state of the Paraguayan Chaco forest is telling a different story.
Categories: Ecological News

Pennsylvania does little to force farmers to manage manure runoff.

8 hours 52 min ago
Pennsylvania's manure management rules have been on the books since the 1970s, and larger farms have been held to them. But many small Pennsylvania farmers are unaware that the rules exist, according to farmers, conservation agents and environmental advocates.
Categories: Ecological News

A watershed moment: Isle Royale National Park ordered its ferry to disinfect water in ballast tanks.

8 hours 52 min ago
Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green pounced when she learned in 2007 that an invasive virus deadly to dozens of freshwater fish species was creeping toward her island — a reef-rimmed wildlife refuge in the biggest, coldest and wildest of the Great Lakes. (Part 3 of 4)
Categories: Ecological News

Caviar’s last stand.

8 hours 52 min ago
No one knows how many paddlefish once swam the Missouri and Mississippi watersheds, but it’s certain that the fish used to be much more numerous. Why care about paddlefish? They are humanity’s best last chance with sturgeon and their relations.
Categories: Ecological News

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests.

8 hours 52 min ago
Genetically-modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.
Categories: Ecological News