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Jack ‘n Meoff, the Con Job Twins

Farm Wars - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 22:45
This is a tale of two hustlers, out to make a buck as best they can. The names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.
Categories: Ecological News

Review: He was not a scientist.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
In the 1950’s, Frank Baxter was not a TV icon on the scale of Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, or Milton Berle. But he was a familiar fixture in American living rooms, thanks to a series of shows in which he played the quintessential smart guy. Baxter, who warned of human impact on Earth’s climate almost 60 years ago, is a reminder of a time when TV did more teaching.
Categories: Ecological News

How smog is putting a damper on Chinese New Year.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8, is going to be a little quieter and a bit less jubilant this year as Chinese cities ban fireworks to combat the country’s increasingly dire smog problem.
Categories: Ecological News

Another U.S. House panel plans Flint hearing.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph, said Friday it intends to hold a March hearing on the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint.
Categories: Ecological News

Washington State Senate bill would name agriculture whistleblowers.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Are Washington farmers being bullied by anonymous informants who report suspected pollution to the state Department of Ecology, or do those tips allow people to report important concerns without fear of retaliation?
Categories: Ecological News

Fall in number of oil rigs drilling in US speeds up.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
The decline in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the US accelerated sharply this week, as companies adjusted to the latest slump in the price of crude.
Categories: Ecological News

Eating soy may protect against reproductive effects of BPA.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Eating soy foods may help protect against reproductive effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in many plastic consumer products and lining the inside of some canned foods, according to a study of women undergoing fertility treatments.
Categories: Ecological News

Beyond Flint: in the south, another water crisis has been unfolding for years.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
It's not simply Flint that has bad water. The Michigan city, which has grabbed headlines recently for its rampant water contamination, is joined in that dubious distinction by another town, much farther south: St. Joseph, La.
Categories: Ecological News

Montana tribe’s water deal clears major Senate milestone.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Seven years ago, Montana legislators approved a water compact with the Blackfeet that was decades in the making. But it took until this week for a Senate committee to approve a bill that could make that deal a reality for the tribe, whose reservation is next to Glacier National Park. It was the first major Indian water settlement to get even this far since 2010.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking bad for Florida.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Florida lawmakers wanted to send a positive message last month by passing a huge water bill during the first week of the legislative session, committing tens of millions of dollars to clean up the natural springs and generate new supplies of drinking water for the state's most crowded areas. But now they are headed in the opposite direction by pushing to expand fracking, an aggressive form of oil drilling that could threaten the drinking water supply, damage private property and hurt Florida's tourist economy.
Categories: Ecological News

The Republican refusal to aid Flint.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has elicited a lot more hand-wringing and apologies than concrete actions to provide for the needs of children and adults whose health may be damaged by water from pipes that are leaching lead into taps all over the city.
Categories: Ecological News

It’s time to talk about taxing oil.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
By the standards of the old adage “politics is the art of the possible” President Obama’s proposal to levy a $10 per barrel fee on oil production and imports is not very politic. But it is very good policy.
Categories: Ecological News

Working together can reduce the risk of lead exposure.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Lead has always been a major public health issue. The situation in Flint highlights the importance of lead prevention and good communication to avoid the negative effects of exposure.
Categories: Ecological News

Jim Hightower: Big business management is what really poisoned water in Flint.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.
Categories: Ecological News

Pro-GMO group crosses ethical line.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) has been accused of unethical journalistic practices after it published personal information about individuals opposed to genetically modified food and changed the text of an article without the author’s permission.
Categories: Ecological News

The terror of Flint’s poisoned water.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
Where the terrorists have failed to mount any attack on a water supply, the Michigan state government has succeeded. In the city of Flint, lead-poisoned water has been piped into homes and offices since 2014, causing widespread illness and potentially permanent brain damage among its youngest residents.
Categories: Ecological News

What you get when you mix chickens, China and climate change.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 19:30
IT was a gray, damp January afternoon a few years back when I visited the Jiangfeng wholesale poultry market on the outskirts of Guangzhou, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
Categories: Ecological News

20 years ago today ... What have we learned since the GMO Flavr Savr tomato?

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 02/06/2016 - 00:29
Two decades ago the world's first GM foods went on sale, writes Pat Thomas. The consumer flirtation with GMOs soon died away, yet the biotech industry has grown into a global behemoth, driving agricultural intensification and sending agro-chemical sales through the roof. It's time for us to take a stand once again and insist: there are better, healthier ways of growing food.
Categories: Ecological News

Bangladeshi farmers ditch GM brinjal

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:30
Cornell’s 'no pest' Bt brinjal project in Bangladesh appears to be going great with 200 farmers signed up, reports Farida Akhter. Only its not - hardly any of the farmers who grew the GM plants in previous years have come back for more after their crops wilted, failed to ripen, or were devastated by pests.
Categories: Ecological News

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program

Yes! Magazine - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:30
This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
Categories: Ecological News
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