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Dust to Dust: Phuket’s struggle to clear the air.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
More than 2,500 people in Phuket Town, Thailand, received hospital treatment for ailments brought on by dust and air pollution. Although adults in many neighborhoods suffer from dust-induced ailments, their heart-wrenching concern is for their children.
Categories: Ecological News

Here's what fracking can do to your health.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
If you know one thing about fracking, it might be that the wells have been linked to explosive tap water. Of course, a tendency toward combustion isn't the biggest problem with gas-infused water; it's what could happen to you when you drink it.
Categories: Ecological News

Sweet gas, ski resorts get pass from British Columbia on environmental reviews.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
The British Columbia government is exempting about 99 percent of the natural gas produced in the province from automatic environmental assessment reviews.
Categories: Ecological News

A backup plan for climate change.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
It is important to ask: What is the backup plan if the world overshoots its emissions goals? Typically, that has not been a question environmentalists have wanted to entertain. But, given the world’s current trajectory, they must.
Categories: Ecological News

A cleanup plan for a toxic river.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
After years of study, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a cleanup plan for a dangerously fetid eight-mile stretch of New Jersey's Passaic from Belleville to Newark. The EPA’s plan is ambitious, necessary, long overdue and definitely good news for those who believe that humans should again enjoy this once-thriving waterway.
Categories: Ecological News

Elusive compliance: Pennsylvania county must stay on top of Shenango.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
The neighbors in the towns near Shenango coke have tolerated the clean air violations and the high disease mortality rates long enough. They deserve real action and results from public regulators.
Categories: Ecological News

Shipping coal to China pollutes air in Canada.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Governments at all levels need to carefully scrutinize the proposals for massive new thermal coal export facilities in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Governments should not approve such proposals without first determining the full impacts of shipping coal; they must ensure new coal exports will not compromise the air we breathe.
Categories: Ecological News

Clean water advocates raise warning about slurry spills.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
The problem is that for spills of coal slurry — the waste product of treating coal to prepare it for burning in power plants — only the coal company knows which chemicals are being used on site. Not even the West Virginia DEP knows what chemicals may be threatening the environment and downstream users.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
The Environmental Protection Agency took home a victory Tuesday when an appeals court upheld the agency’s pollution limits for mercury and air toxics from power plants.
Categories: Ecological News

US minorities exposed to more toxic air, University of Minnesota finds.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Minorities across the country are exposed to more of a dangerous air pollutant than whites, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths due to heart disease, according to a University of Minnesota study.
Categories: Ecological News

Uranium workers dying after time at Namibia mine, report warns.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Miners who dug uranium ore that supplied the British and U.S. militaries in the 1970s with the raw material for bombs and civil nuclear power are reported to be dying of cancers and unexplained illnesses after working in one of Africa's largest mines.
Categories: Ecological News

California agency unveils new chromium-6 limit in drinking water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
California is gearing up to begin enforcement, on July 1, of the nation’s first standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous in Hinkley and the film "Erin Brockovich."
Categories: Ecological News

MPs warn of invasion by non-native plant and animal species.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
The government must introduce new legal powers to tackle plant and animal species that are invading Britain at a rate never seen before, a committee of MPs has warned.
Categories: Ecological News

Despite rise in spills, hazardous cargo rides rails in secret.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Jodi Ross, town manager in Westford, Mass., did not expect she would be threatened with arrest after she and her fire chief went onto the railroad tracks to find out why a train carrying liquid petroleum gas derailed on a bridge in February.
Categories: Ecological News

Radioactive waste booms with oil as states eye new rules: Energy.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.
Categories: Ecological News

US greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.
Categories: Ecological News

Masses of Mercedes thicken Hong Kong air-pollution mess.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
A 35 percent surge in private-car registrations in Hong Kong the past decade is confounding the policy makers who want cleaner air without license restrictions and congestion charges.
Categories: Ecological News

Face-cleansing microbeads harm marine life, targeted for bans.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Microbeads, the tiny plastic particles found in many exfoliating facial and body cleansers, are passing through wastewater-treatment-plant filters and winding up in rivers and oceans, where they pose dangers to marine life.
Categories: Ecological News

Four years after BP spill, questions linger.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
Emotional claims’ forums and bitterness toward the Obama administration for a moratorium on deepwater drilling marked local reaction to the 2010 BP spill. Now, four years later, the furor has calmed down.
Categories: Ecological News

Desalination plant proposed near Beijing, reports say.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:30
A coastal desalination plant planned for east of Beijing could provide a large portion of the drinking water for the parched Chinese capital by 2019, the state news media quoted officials as saying on Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News
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