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In Oregon, helicopters spray weed killers near people under West Coast's weakest protections.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. The spraying happens under the Pacific Northwest's most industry-friendly regulations.
Categories: Ecological News

A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Beneath Stratford, this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford, California fell 100 feet in two years.
Categories: Ecological News

Michigan landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state's low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold.
Categories: Ecological News

Anglers angered over possible ban on lead weights, lures.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Anglers threw down their waders in anger this week over a decision by a state agency to look into regulating and possibly banning lead sinkers and other fishing gear as part of a comprehensive probe of toxic household products.
Categories: Ecological News

'Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, California.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Local activists are trying to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through Richmond neighborhoods. An elementary school, a public-housing project and an affluent, elderly community fall within the oil-train evacuation zone.
Categories: Ecological News

São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.
Categories: Ecological News

Secret maps shed light on Montara spill.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Maps of the 2009 Montara oil spill released under Freedom of Information laws show the disaster was closer to Indonesian shores than previously thought.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution level increases in India post-Diwali.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Pollution levels have risen significantly following the excessive use of fireworks during Diwali. Bursting of firecrackers added to the air, noise and garbage pollution even as massive awareness drives advocating a noiseless and pollution free festival were conducted.
Categories: Ecological News

Senators: Obama misleading country on agency's water rule.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
A group of 25 Republican senators accused the Obama administration Thursday of misleading Americans about the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Waters of the United States rule.
Categories: Ecological News

Five pesticides used in US are banned in other countries.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
As the European Union moves to phase out 22 toxic pesticides, a new study raises the question of what will happen to crops without them. In the United States, growers rely on many pesticides that other countries have banned.
Categories: Ecological News

$7.5 billion plan won’t fix drought.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Uncertainty about water supply can only harm our economy, while investing in wise water use will secure our state's future. The water bond will give the state the means but it is up to Californians to make sure the funds are used to address our most basic water problem: high demand but inefficient use of what water we have.
Categories: Ecological News

Military responds to climate change.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
It has long been a source of disquiet among global warming skeptics that the Pentagon won't heed their conspiracy theories. For good reason, of course.
Categories: Ecological News

The alternative universe in which BPA is a major health threat.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
When one puts the tortured arguments of the BPA believers in the context of all of that is known about the effects of this compound, it’s hard to escape the impression that the dogged pursuit of BPA amounts to a professional neurosis.
Categories: Ecological News

Can you be a sustainable tourist without giving up flying?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Australians love to travel. About 9 million Australians travelled overseas last year, 60% of them on holiday. For most tourists, sustainable development and climate change were probably not high on their list of concerns.
Categories: Ecological News

Report's editing may have helped Cuomo administration.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
The federally funded United States Geological Survey has been producing reports on the natural sciences for well over a century and enjoys a reputation for objectivity. But an investigative report suggests that on at least one occasion objectivity may have been sacrificed to serve the political aims of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Categories: Ecological News

International engagement to kill our forest fires.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Many hard decisions await our new president in the first weeks of his watch. Few offer more challenges and opportunities than action on forest fires. In the big picture, forest degradation means less protection against climate change disaster not just for Indonesia but also the world.
Categories: Ecological News

California’s Proposition 1 gives East Valley families hope for clean water.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
For years, lack of access to clean and reliable drinking water - high levels of arsenic have been measured in the groundwater here - has been a critical issue for families living in eastern Coachella Valley’s mobile home parks, known collectively as Polanco Parks.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxic water threat in South Africa.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
Water supply to millions of South Africans could be under threat if the proposed development of a coal mine near a Rand Water pump station in the Vaal goes ahead. Rand Water and concerned residents are opposing the development because of its possible effect on the environment through the generation of acid water.
Categories: Ecological News

Urban light pollution: Why we're all living with permanent 'mini jetlag'.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
In our collective imaginations, cities are meant to be bright. But as studies begin to show that too much light can be detrimental to health, and fewer of us are able to see the stars when we look up, are cities getting too bright for our own good?
Categories: Ecological News

Añelo, from forgotten town to capital of Argentina’s shale fuel boom.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:30
A small town in Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a "sustainable city of the future" is still only on paper.
Categories: Ecological News