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Richard Berman energy industry talk secretly taped.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.
Categories: Ecological News

Australia coal port expansion will not get environmental impact study.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Australia appears set to fast-track approval of a coal port expansion project that would dump millions of tons of dredged material onto wetlands near the Great Barrier Reef, government documents show.
Categories: Ecological News

Why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
"I’m not a scientist," or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change in the 2014 campaigns. In the past, many Republican candidates questioned or denied the science of climate change, but polls show that a majority of Americans accept it, making the Republican position increasingly challenging.
Categories: Ecological News

In war on smog, struggling China steel mills adapt to survive.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing next month.
Categories: Ecological News

Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
The severe air pollution in Beijing, especially in autumn and winter, has been a headache for outdoor exercisers and sporting event operators in recent years. However, Beijing's joint bid with Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games has offered a chance to reduce the pollution through cooperative efforts.
Categories: Ecological News

Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal.
Categories: Ecological News

Two locations in Michigan dropped from list of Great Lakes contaminated sites.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Two waterways in Michigan have been removed from a list of highly contaminated sites around the Great Lakes – progress in the effort to restore toxic hot spots left over from the region's early manufacturing era, federal officials said Thursday.
Categories: Ecological News

'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happen.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Valuable insight into the health of cities is lurking beneath our city streets. Researchers are working to characterize the bacteria, viruses, and chemicals leaving peoples' bodies.
Categories: Ecological News

Killer fungus threatens salamanders.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge.
Categories: Ecological News

Our failing weather infrastructure.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
Last week the National Weather Service’s satellite network crashed. An underfunded weather program will ensure that future disasters could be equally catastrophic. This is a matter of national security.
Categories: Ecological News

Better water management needed to eradicate poverty.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:30
2015 will put the world to the test. Are we willing to commit to and act upon goals and targets that are necessary to accomplish a future for all? Water, as we have shown, plays an important role in securing the future we want. And the future we want is a joint effort.
Categories: Ecological News

UK faces serious winter blackout risk - National Grid's rosy nuclear forecast fails reality test

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:55
The National Grid's forecast for UK power supply this winter relies on overstating the availability of increasingly unreliable nuclear power stations, writes Chris Goodall. Realistic estimates of nuclear, gas and coal power station availability shrink the 'safety margin' to zero.
Categories: Ecological News

UK faces serious blackout risk this winter - National Grid's rosy forecast fails reality test

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:55
The National Grid's forecast for UK power supply this winter relies on overstating the availability of increasingly unreliable nuclear power stations, writes Chris Goodall. More realistic estimates of nuclear, gas and coal power station availability shrink the 'safety margin' to zero. Even a typical winter will bring the UK far closer to power cuts than the company admits.
Categories: Ecological News

Election debates: only the Greens offer a genuine alternative

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:20
UK broadcasters' plan to exclude the Green Party from the 2015 pre-election debates is an affront to democracy, writes Peter Bloom. Its voice must be heard - not only do the Greens enjoy a firm, nationwide base of political support, but they offer the only alternative to the neoliberalism, austerity and immigrant-bashing on offer from the 'mainstream' parties.
Categories: Ecological News

The great Hallowe'en pumpkin rescue

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:51
Every Hallowe'en the UK throws away enough pumpkin to make 360 million portions of pumpkin pie, soup, or cake, writes Gavin Ellis - a shocking waste in these hungry times. Hence a bold new initiative to rescue all those pumpkins from landfill, and turn them into delicious food we can all enjoy as part of our seasonal festivities.
Categories: Ecological News

Censored CDC Ebola document restored by Natural News; urges Americans "do not lick doorknobs" (satire)

Natural News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) We've found the lost PDF document that was scrubbed by the CDC! As you may know, the CDC posted a document earlier this week admitting that Ebola can spread through aerosolized droplets and can contaminate surfaces at a distance.Less than 24 hours after Natural News...

Schizophrenic CDC pulls document admitting Ebola can spread via sneezes and doorknobs; see the original here

Natural News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Just days after admitted it lied about how Ebola spreads and finally admitting the virus can spread through aerosolized particles propelled via sneezing or coughing, the CDC yanked its document off the web.It replaced it with a new PDF that's almost entirely empty...

Hazmat suit manufacturer has received orders for 1 million protective suits due to Ebola

Natural News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The hazmat suit manufacturing business, normally predictably mundane, has taken off in recent weeks, thanks to the worsening Ebola crisis, but the number of suits ordered from one company certainly makes one pause and ask: "Just what aren't we being told yet about the...

Did CDC just admit Ebola has gone airborne?

Natural News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which outlines the official surveillance standards for identifying those at risk of contracting and spreading Ebola infection. In this update...

NYC Ebola doctor lied about traveling around city before hospitalization

Natural News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The first reported case of Ebola in New York City apparently caroused around town rather than self-quarantine himself, according to new reports. Dr. Craig Spencer, who was declared to have Ebola after recording a temperature of 100.3 degrees F, had initially told health...
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