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Crude Oil Transport Train Explosion Incinerates Surrounding Neighborhoods

Crude Oil Transport Train Explosion Incinerates Surrounding Neighborhoods | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The inherent risks of transporting crude oil have once again been brutally and painfully exposed after a massive explosion in Quebec, Canada left part of an affected town looking like a war zone. At least five people died when a crude oil train ...

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Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown

Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The top human-built environmental threat to our feathered friends—besides habitat degradation and destruction—are buildings ...

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Connecticut Senate Preemptively Bans GE Grass Seed

Connecticut Senate Preemptively Bans GE Grass Seed | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The bill will ban the sale, use and marketing of lawn or turf seeds that are genetically engineered to be resistant to pesticides. The GE grass seed that is being developed by Monsanto and Scotts is currently not available in consumer markets and is being tested by Scotts employees in their front yards ...

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Prized for Profit: Rare White Lions and Tigers Exposed to Selective Inbreeding in Zoos

Prized for Profit: Rare White Lions and Tigers Exposed to Selective Inbreeding in Zoos | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

At zoos, their white coats draw visitors and bring in money. To ensure the presence of African and Asian white cat exhibits, many zoos actively inbreed white lions and white tigers. However, this inbreeding has resulted in genetic deformities among offspring ...

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USGS Climate Change Study Predicts Bleak Future for Birds and Reptiles in Southwest

USGS Climate Change Study Predicts Bleak Future for Birds and Reptiles in Southwest | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Scientists examined current and future breeding ranges for seven bird and five reptile species in the Southwest...

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Can Fracking Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem?

Can Fracking Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem? | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

U.S. scientists are proposing that the source of one controversial energy program could provide a solution to the problems...

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24 Percent of Europe’s Bumblebees Threatened With Extinction

24 Percent of Europe’s Bumblebees Threatened With Extinction | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Bumblebees, like other pollinators, play a critical role in securing food production. Of the five most important pollinators of European crops, three are bumblebee species. Together with other pollinators, bumblebees contribute more than 22 billion Euros to European agriculture per year ...

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Scientists to Build Underwater Bio-Dome Simulating Future Ocean Acidification Levels

Scientists to Build Underwater Bio-Dome Simulating Future Ocean Acidification Levels | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Within the chambers of their laboratory, which will be dropped 20 meters below the frozen crust of a little Antarctic bay just south of the Australian government’s Casey Station, Roberts, Stark and their colleagues will introduce a selection of plants and animals from the local seafloor community to the more acidic seawater conditions anticipated by 2100 ...

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Study Shows Bee-Killing Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Offer ‘Little to No Benefit’

Study Shows Bee-Killing Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Offer ‘Little to No Benefit’ | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments offer little benefit, do not increase crop yields and cause widespread ...

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Evidence Finds BP Gulf Oil Disaster Causing Widespread Deformities in Fish

Evidence Finds BP Gulf Oil Disaster Causing Widespread Deformities in Fish | EcoWatch | Scoop.it
The new study shows that crude oil exposures adversely affect heart development
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Hidden Camera Reveals Dumping of Toxic Coal Ash Into Ohio River | EcoWatch

Hidden Camera Reveals Dumping of Toxic Coal Ash Into Ohio River | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Time-lapse photography from a camera strapped to a tree has captured a year’s worth of imagesproving that dangerous coal ash wastewater from a plant owned by the utility company Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) is pouring unabated into the Ohio River ...

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TransCanada Whistleblower’s Evidence Ignored, Keystone XL South Rushed Into Operation | EcoWatch

TransCanada Whistleblower’s Evidence Ignored, Keystone XL South Rushed Into Operation | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Pipeline safety regulators in North America have done nothing but write warning letters to TransCanada in the two years since former employee Evan Vokes revealed evidence indicating the company had been breaking the rules. A recently released report by the Canadian National Energy Board on TransCanada’s integrity ...

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Evidence Shows Warming Climate Will Worsen Malaria Epidemic | EcoWatch

Evidence Shows Warming Climate Will Worsen Malaria Epidemic | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Now, University of Michigan ecologists and their colleagues are reporting the first hard evidence that malaria does—as had long been predicted—creep to higher elevations during warmer years and back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool.

The study, based on an analysis of records from highland regions of Ethiopia and Colombia, suggests that future climate warming will result in a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions

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International Panel Recommends Nutrient Diet to Battle Toxic Algal Blooms in Lake Erie | EcoWatch

International Panel Recommends Nutrient Diet to Battle Toxic Algal Blooms in Lake Erie | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report yesterday urging the states of Ohio and Michigan to declare the waters of the western Lake Erie basin impaired from nutrient pollution. The report, A Balanced Diet for Lake Erie: Reducing Phosphorus Loadings and Harmful Algal Blooms, and its 16 recommendations to help address the challenge of deteriorating water quality in Lake Erie.

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Parasitic Flatworm Could Decimate Coral Reefs Worldwide

Parasitic Flatworm Could Decimate Coral Reefs Worldwide | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A coral-eating flatworm with a unique camouflaging strategy could be a major threat to the world's coral reefs ...

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Schwarzenegger’s Financial Ties to Palm Oil and Deforestation Reveal Hypocrisy of Role in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’

Schwarzenegger’s Financial Ties to Palm Oil and Deforestation Reveal Hypocrisy of Role in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

On the eve of the premiere of James Cameron’s Years of Living Dangerously, a Showtime documentary a Showtime documentary on the human impacts of climate change and forest loss, investigations by Global Witness and Friends of the Earth reveal that executive producer and co-star of the show—Arnold Schwarzenegger—has significant financial links to companies causing ...

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014 | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The annual report from American Rivers is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months ...

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Scientists Discover New Atmospheric Hole Reinforcing Ozone Depletion

Scientists Discover New Atmospheric Hole Reinforcing Ozone Depletion | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The hole, which is in a part of the lower atmosphere called the "OH shield," is several thousand kilometers long... 

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Clean Energy Breakthrough Uses Sun to Create Solar Materials

Clean Energy Breakthrough Uses Sun to Create Solar Materials | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar... 

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Earthworms Detoxify Pesticides From Soil at Significant Cost

Earthworms Detoxify Pesticides From Soil at Significant Cost | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Earthworms that make their home in contaminated soil do so at a significant cost, according to new research...

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House Passes ‘No New Parks’ Bill

House Passes ‘No New Parks’ Bill | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday limiting federal authority ...

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The Netherlands Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, Ends Public Financing for Coal

The Netherlands Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement, Ends Public Financing for Coal | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

Tuesday the Netherlands announced that would join the U.S., United Kingdom and others in ending support ...

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9 of the Dirtiest U.S. Fisheries Exposed

9 of the Dirtiest U.S. Fisheries Exposed | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

These nine fisheries combined throw away almost half of what they catch and are responsible for more than 50 percent of all reported bycatch in the U.S., injuring and killing thousands of protected and endangered species every year ...

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Victory for Marine Life as Deadly Driftnet Proposal Is Voted Down | EcoWatch

Victory for Marine Life as Deadly Driftnet Proposal Is Voted Down | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

The Pacific Fishery Management Council decided yesterday to cease consideration of a proposal to expand the use of deadly drift gillnets off California and instead requested extension of emergency regulations that went into effect last year to protect endangered sperm whales from entrapment in drift gillnets, until permanent protections are implemented.

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New California Bill Seeks to Ban Orcas in Captivity at Marine Parks | EcoWatch

New California Bill Seeks to Ban Orcas in Captivity at Marine Parks | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

A new bill has just been introduced in California that would phase out orca captivity in the state.Assembly Bill 2140, introduced by assembly member Richard Bloom last week, seeks a ban on keeping killer whales in captivity for human entertainment ...

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Climate Change Effects Antarctica’s Ocean Salinity, Trapping Heat in Deep Water | EcoWatch

Climate Change Effects Antarctica’s Ocean Salinity, Trapping Heat in Deep Water | EcoWatch | EcoWatch | Scoop.it

In the mid-1970s, the first available satellite images of Antarctica during the polar winter revealed a huge ice-free region within the ice pack of the Weddell Sea. This ice-free region—or polynya—stayed open for three full winters before it closed. 

The 1970s polynya may have been the last gasp of what was previously a more common feature of the Southern Ocean, and which is now suppressed due to the effects of climate change on ocean salinity.

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