Archives For Fracking


1. Tulane biologist asks: How does lead affect New Orleans’ birds?

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2. ‘Green burials’ are on the rise as baby boomers plan for their future, and funerals

3. Don’t drink the water

Portland’s fluoridation battle shows how tricky it is to integrate science into debates that have as much to do with values as policy.

4. Drought leads to contamination in Duncan’s water supply

Officials in Duncan, Oklahoma, notified residents that the city’s drinking water had violated federal purity standards. City officials say the problem is the result of a prolonged drought that has left city reservoirs several feet below normal.
Photo - Duncan public works director Scott Vaughn talks about the drought and the effect on the city's water quality, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Photo by David McDaniel

5. California water officials aren’t following own call for conservation

drought honchos - Mike Soubirous

6. NC coal ash spill provokes state regulation, but activists criticize law

While the state’s coal ash management law is unprecedented, environmentalists say it should be stricter

7. U.S. farmers latest to sue Syngenta over GMO corn rejected by China

The logo of Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta is seen in front of a cornfield near the company's plant in Stein near Basel September 18, 2012.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

8. South Sudan: children bear brunt of man-made disaster

Despite aid agencies’ efforts, the world’s newest nation is on the brink as its leaders fight for the spoils of power

Women carry sacks of maize flour at a food distribution point in Juba, South Sudan

9. Islamic State jihadists are using water as a weapon in Iraq

10. Clean Coal Era Begins

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11. Methane emissions soar in drilling boom

Study finds big rise in emissions of methane

Flares like this one at an oil production facility in North Dakota burn off methane that is produced along with oil but is too costly to process and transport.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

12. Under Pressure, Texas to Install Air Monitor in Heavily Fracked County

Investigation by ICN and the Center for Public Integrity helped spur Karnes County commissioners to think seriously about fracking’s toxic air emissions.

13. Facing Threat From Pot Farms, West Coast Fisher Proposed For Endangered Species Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Its populations were first damaged by trapping and logging, and now face a threat from rat poison used by illegal marijuana farms. | credit: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

14. Manure fertilizer increases antibiotic resistance

Faeces from antibiotic-free cows helps resistant bacteria to flourish in soil, puzzling researchers.

15. Study: Extra $22.5B a year in environmental gains for Chesapeake region if cleanup proceeds.

16. U.S. foods labeled ‘natural’ often contain GMOs, group reports

17. BPA Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Lung Problems in Children

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1. Animal Traffic

<strong>EVIDENCE ROOM</strong> The mammal reference collection at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Service Laboratory is filled with deer, rams and antelopes.

2. Ebola: How bad can it get?

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3. Many In West Africa May Be Immune to Ebola Virus

4. Chlorine burn to kill brain-eating amoeba continues in St. John Parish

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5. Home: Green pest control methods gaining popularity at Beaches

Ron P. Whittington for Shorelines  Nature's Way technician Bill Small points out an ant infestation on the corner of a home's exterior wall that was exposed during a backyard renovation. Instead of chemicals, the green pest control company relies on a mix of mineral dust and powders used in combination with natural baits, along with modern insect growth regulators and plant essential oils, to target and destroy insects, fungi and bacteria.

6. PESTICIDES: Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical

7. NC says Duke Energy coal ash dams are high hazard risk

8. In path of pollution, residents react to $26 million cleanup pact

A playground next Carrie Gosch Elementary School is included Superfund site clean up for arsenic lead East Chicago September 4

9. Report alleges link between fly ash, health problems at SCI-Fayette

10. Gillibrand seeks federal ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products

11. Q&A: What Federal Ruling Against BP Means for Oil Drilling’s Future

A judge’s ruling in the 2010 Gulf oil spill could have widespread consequences.

Photo of smoke rising from BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

12. Nelson Wolff wants better regulation of flaring in the Eagle Ford

13. Collins pressed to back EPA’s proposal for stricter power plant emissions limits

 Ted Reiner, a former lobster fisherman from Cliff Island, said climate change poses a threat to that fishery and others in urging Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to support the plan.

14. EPA chief McCarthy seeks support for ‘Clean Power Plan’ at R.I. gathering

15. Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies

16. Environment: In shadow of oil boom, North Dakota farmers fight contamination

One county’s infertile lands offers a test case of the long-term effects of wastewater spills

Photo taken near Williston, North Dakota.

17. Climate Change Threatens The Newest Prescription For Children: Time Outdoors

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18. Oil Spill Penalty Will Hurt, But Not Cripple, BP

19. Baby foods, cereals and crisps found to contain raised levels of cancer risk chemicals

Three baby foods as well as crisps, cereals and chips contain raised levels of a chemical linked to cancer according to research from the FSA (file picture used above)

20. Diesel-Exposure Claims Find a Legal Path

Ruling in Favor of Plaintiff in Workers’ Compensation Court Could Spur Similar Cases

21. Polluters are “hijacking our democracy,” according to retired military

general who took control of Hurricane Katrina emergency relief efforts in 2005

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22. How the USDA’s new ‘chicken rule’ could change what you eat, and how it’s inspected

Biggest change in meat inspection in 50 years

23. In Myanmar, China’s Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers

In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island

A photo of a boatman steering through a mangrove swamp near the start of a 1,500 mile oil pipeline from the Bay of Bengal to China's Yunan province.

24. Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state

25. GMO lobbying is a booming business as labeling laws increase

26. EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada

Large businesses lobbying intensely to undermine safety regime in new trade deal, campaigners warn

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27. Growing A Green Desert

28. If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One


1. How the Creator of ‘JAWS’ Became the Shark’s Greatest Defender

Peter Benchley’s name is synonymous with a bestselling novel and
blockbuster movie—but he spent the twilight of his career struggling to
protect sharks from the stigma that his masterpiece unleashed.

2. Toledo leaders see big battles on many fronts in water crisis

Any decision certain to cost city millions

3. Farm fertilizers contaminate watershed that supplies Columbus’ drinking-water

Landscape around Hoover Reservoir illustrates how fertilizer can play havoc

with drinking-water supplies

4. N.J. breathing easier with fixes made to coal-burning power plants hundreds

of miles away

The Montour Power Plant in Washingtonville, Pa., spent $560 million to install scrubbers in 2008.

5. PM Narendra Modi’s push for GM crops faces tough opposition from

Swadeshi Jagaran Manch

The GM crops issue will test the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch’s will as well as the resolve of Narendra Modi's government.

6. Inspired by CSR, major companies come to aid of lead mine victims

Singha staff install a water tap at Lower Klity, Kanchanaburi province.

7. Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says

Missouri River

8. Environmentalists split over green group’s fracking industry ties

Ties between the Center for Sustainable Shale Development and oil and gas

companies highlight growing divide

9. On Santa Cruz Island, rising seas present archaeological emergency

Santa Cruz Island archeological sites threatened by shoreline erosion

10. Wide, brown land becomes a home to carbon farming

Cobar Grazier Robert Chambers welcomes the income "carbon farming'' brings.

11. Is re-fracturing the next big trend in the oil patch?

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12. Water in the West: Conservation measures take center stage

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14. Farmers Await Weed-Killer Rule

FILE - This July 11, 2013, file photo shows Blake Beckett of West Central Cooperative as he sprays a soybean field, in Granger, Iowa. Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide _ and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule in the fall of 2014 on Dow AgroSciences’ application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that’s been around since the 1940s.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

 


1. Health experts question handling of songbird-killing Superfund site

2. Cooking with the Locals

Going Wild for American Shrimp

3. Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant

Polley Mine tailings pond was growing at unsustainable rate, says environmental consultant

4. State: Fracking waste tainted groundwater, soil at three Washington County sites

5. Israel-Gaza conflict: Gaza’s survivors now face a battle for water, shelter and power

6. Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

7. U.S. court approves $27.8 million deal for toxic Tennessee spill

Planet Ark World Environment News

8. Food poisoning bug campylobacter found in majority of chicken bought in shops as FSA

urged to name and shame retailers

9. Massive Dolphin Die-Off Eludes Final Explanation

10. Dr. Jesse Steinfeld dies at 87; fought tobacco use as surgeon general

Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld

 


1. Ninety-nine percent of the ocean’s plastic is missing

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

On the hunt. The RV Hesperides tows along a net designed to skim the ocean surface, catching floating plastic particles (inset).

2. China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

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3. Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.

4. Study: BPA Can Activate Breast Cancer Cells

Unlike other breast cancers, inflammatory breast cancer may not cause a lump in the breast. Instead, it may cause the breast to be swollen, red, and warm.

5. New York Towns Can Prohibit Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules

6. Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

 FILE - This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa. In Pennsylvania’s fracking boom, new and more unconventional wells leaked far more than older and traditional wells, according to a study of inspections of more than 41,000 wells drilled. And that means that that methane leaks could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said the author of the study, which funded in part by environmental activist groups and criticized by the energy industry. The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File).

7. Exercising when air pollution levels are high can do more harm than good

Exercising when air pollution levels are high can end up doing more harm than good, writes Rachel Jacqueline

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8. Michigan’s arsenic problem is among the worst in the nation. Here’s why that matters.

9. The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing

and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

Lake Mead: boaters seen in front of a white

10. Drakes Bay oyster farm denied Supreme Court hearing

A worker hauls traps at Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in Inverness. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a federal order that would close the oyster farm, but the owners say they will continue their fight. Photo: Sam Wolson, Special To The Chronicle


1. Autism risk higher near pesticide-treated fields, study says

2. A year of agonized, unanswered questions

How did a well-trained crew of professional hotshots come to abandon their designated safety zone and walk into a wall of fire?

3. Duke scientists report air pollution controls linked to lower NC death rates

4. Triclosan Under The Microscope

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5. A 1,000-pound BP tar mat found on Fort Pickens beach

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6. How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that’s no longer true

How Rupert Murdoch created the world's newest climate change villain

7. New York’s Silent But Deadly Fracking Problem

8. Personal Health: Too Hot To Handle

9. There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells. Here’s Where They Are.

The government is failing to conduct key safety inspections on new oil and gas wells on federal and Native American land.

10. Ebola Outbreak ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Experts Say

Image: Doctors Without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus.

11. Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence

12. Jenny McCarthy e-cigs ads disappear

Jenny McCarthy is pictured in this composite image. | Screengrabs

13. ‘Superweeds’ choke farms

A Palmer amaranth grown in an experiment in 2011 at Iowa State University.

14. River of no return

Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?

15. Man-made chemicals are hidden health hazards


1. Stirring up forgotten lead: Smelters across US at risk from tornadoes, floods, quakes

2. Water quality tests data shows elevated lead levels in Toronto homes

Thirteen per cent of household water tests conducted in Toronto over the past six years showed unsafe levels of lead.

Mark Haan and his wife Mariela and 10-year-old son Michael live in an East York home with lead water service. They want to replace the old pipes but cannot afford it.

3. Virus experiments risk unleashing global pandemic, study warns

Benefits of scientific testing in the area are outweighed by risks of pathogenic strains spreading round world, say researchers

Dr. Terrence Tumpey examines specimens of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus in the US

Scientists examine specimens of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus in the US. Photograph: Reuters

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Rio 2016 Olympics: Sailors warned over sewage-infested waters, dog carcasses and even ‘human corpses’ in Guanabara Bay

 Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a ‘dump’

5. Hungry for a helping of test tube meat? Maybe you should be

Cultured meat

Lab-cultured meat, raised from stem cells, may provide the world with a plentiful, ecologically beneficial and humane source of protein, scientists say. (Krista Simmons / For The Times)

6. Probe finds scant oversight of chemical plants

7. Charismatic Minifauna

Will We Still Have Fruit if Bees Die Off?

Whole Foods Market produce department without items dependent on pollinator populations. (PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market)

8. In Utah Boom Town, a Spike in Infant Deaths Raises Questions

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9. I Don’t Want To Be Right

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10. Tons of drowned livestock pose health threat in flood-hit Balkans; army decontaminates areas

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11. Timely cleanup unlikely at state’s hazardous waste sites

Thousands of waste sites have slim chance of cleanup

12. N.C. panel OKs criminalizing disclosure of chemicals in fracking

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