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Desperately dry California tries to curb private drilling for water.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
For a century, California farmers believed that the law put control of groundwater in the hands of landowners, who could drill as many wells as deeply as they wanted, and court challenges were few. That just changed.
Categories: Ecological News

Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
It began forming in May, when heavy spring rains loaded the rivers and creeks with fertilizer washed from farms and suburban lawns. It grew rapidly over the summer, as a broth of chemicals, animal waste and microbes simmered in the warm, slow-moving waters of the Chesapeake Bay. By early August, the “dead zone” was back.
Categories: Ecological News

Dubbed terrorists, Mayans fight back against Guatemalan mining projects.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Community leaders in the Mayan Mam village of Agel say that the Marlin mine has contaminated the water sources that they use to wash and irrigate their crops and that the subterranean explosions have caused houses to collapse – charges that the mine’s owners deny.
Categories: Ecological News

Food security faces growing pest advance.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. Wherever they can make a living, they will. This does not bode well for food security in a world of nine billion people and increasingly rapid climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Why did the era of big dams end, when California has built new roads, schools, universities, hospitals and freeways? Experts say there are a confluence of factors, from environmental laws to funding to a lack of suitable sites. Now supporters of new reservoirs are trying to start a new dam-building era.
Categories: Ecological News

Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Rob Greenfield spent the morning shopping for food, but not in the supermarket. Greenfield is an environmental activist who is traveling part of the country to shop in Dumpsters behind grocery stores, drugstores and other places to draw attention to the amount of food wasted every day in America.
Categories: Ecological News

Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
With two deaths this year and no new calves since 2012, the population of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound continues to decline. The number of whales has dropped to 78, a figure not seen since 1985.
Categories: Ecological News

Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Bacteria in the gut could hold the key to a new way of tackling bowel cancer, research suggests. Scientists have discovered a powerful link between high fat diets, intestinal bacteria, and the disease.
Categories: Ecological News

The secret to happiness can be found by digging in the dirt.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
By now, many of us are familiar with the “hygiene hypothesis” — the idea that an environment that’s too clean may actually increase our risk of disease. This hypothesis usually gets discussed in terms of ailments like allergies or autoimmune disorders, but some research shows that dirt might be good for our mental health, too.
Categories: Ecological News

How to buy a mine in Wisconsin.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
Last year, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled State Legislature approved the world’s largest open-pit iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin. The mine legislation was bad enough from an environmental point of view. It turns out to be even more shocking from an ethical viewpoint.
Categories: Ecological News

What’s missing in the Ebola fight in West Africa.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:30
It would be scandalous to let this crisis escalate further when we have the knowledge, tools and resources to stop it. Tens of thousands of lives, the future of the region and hard-won economic and health gains for millions hang in the balance.
Categories: Ecological News

Danish Navy helps Faroe Islanders kill 33 pilot whales

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:52
The Danish Navy has just supported the annual 'grind' cetacean slaughter on the Faroe Islands, seizing three boats used by Sea Shepherd to obstruct the hunt, and detaining their crew. The move enabled whale hunters to slaughter an entire pod of 33 pilot whales.
Categories: Ecological News

California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers...

Three foods that can treat kidney disease and boost renal function

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Every year, more than 100,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with kidney disease, a serious, life-threatening condition in which the kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood. (1) The National Kidney Foundation estimates that one in three...

Chemicals used in common household disinfectants significantly impair reproductive health

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Two chemicals in a class of compounds commonly added to household cleaning and disinfectant products have been determined to cause reproductive damage in laboratory animals, according to a new study. Researchers from Virginia Tech found that mice handled by laboratory...

Drought in Spain means massive olive oil shortage in months ahead

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Futures investors are making an already difficult situation worse in Spain, where unrelenting drought conditions in the world's largest olive-producing country threaten to spike the price of olive oil globally. Reports indicate that this year's olive crop could be down...

Ground beef prices hit all-time high in US

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Disingenuous claims by the Obama Administration of widespread economic recovery are blighted by new data recently put forth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the latest figures, the average price of ground beef in the U.S. has now reached $3.884 per...

Pope Francis lists 10 ways to lead a happier life

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) While being interviewed by primarily Catholic Argentina's Viva weekly magazine, Pope Francis listed 10 ways to lead a happier life. Prior to being selected as the Catholic pope in 2013, Pope Francis was going by his birth name, Jorge Maria Bergoglio, while he was a cardinal...

Gum disease - three ingredient natural home remedy

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Gum disease affects many people worldwide but most individuals don't know they have some type of gum disease. Swollen gums that are deep red, sensitive to brushing, and easily bleed have a mild form of gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis...

Babies smell their mothers' fear to learn what to be afraid of

Natural News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Mothers may emit odors that teach their babies what to be afraid of, even if the fearful experience is one that the baby has never been exposed to, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in the Proceedings of the National...
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