Sierra Club warned today that a proposed law that would pave the wave for a Texas ‘water grid’ — a system of pipelines, reservoirs to pump water around the state — is a ‘California-style approach to water management’ that’s risky and costly.
Recent tests show Atrazine at levels above the safe threshold at dozens of testing sites, including some in Texas. This pesticide, known for feminizing male frogs, has been found to affect human fertility and raise the risk of breast and prostate cancer. A frog expert in Berkeley wants Atrazine banned.
Memorial Weekend brought some hoped-for rains, but overall, recovery from the US drought will be a long haul. The long-term dry spell is expected to hurt many crops, and threatens water supplies for more than two dozen small towns, in Central and West Texas.
The Dan River is ‘highly toxic’ following a massive coal ash spill this week. Or is it? North Carolina and Duke Energy (the coal ash spillers) say the water’s looking eh, not so bad.
Texas, Pennsylvania and Wyoming homeowners whose water has been contaminated by gas fracking operations called on Congress today to hold hearings about what they see as the natural gas industry’s widespread negative impacts on water, air and communities.
Earthquakes often spin off tremors as they realign rock deep beneath the surface. Now get ready to tremble, because a new study shows that areas susceptible to earthquakes include your friendly neighborhood fracked region, which shakes when big earthquakes hit halfway around the globe.
Some East Texas residents living near the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re uneasy about the project’s potential to leak, having seen that crews have returned to make several repairs on the just-laid pipe. Video by Texas Public Citizen.
This beautifully shot video of a poor neighborhood in Houston, gives a glimpse of how difficult life can be near the biggest oil hub in the U.S..
Gun control’s a sticky matter, but environmentalists are hoping bullet control can speed through the legislative system. A poll of Americans shows that 57 percent support nontoxic, lead-free bullets for hunting, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
European researchers studying the effects of seven common agricultural pesticides on frogs report that exposing the amphibians directly to the chemicals resulted in rates of mortality from 40 to 100 percent.
While climate change doesn’t cause hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy seems to have provided a near textbook demonstration of how global warming can worsen them.
Here are a few excerpted remarks from scientists explaining how that works.
Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.
Wastewater disposal is greatest threat to drinking water from gas fracking operations, say researchers
A new study has found that fracking for natural gas poses the greatest threat to waterways and drinking water via approved, regular disposal of “fracking water” at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
This type of disposal, used in the Marcellus Shale region in the Northeast U.S., is failing to adequately cleanse the wastewater produced by gas wells, according to the study. The result is that ostensibly “treated” water is being discharged into streams and waterways still contaminated with chemicals and minerals that accumulate during the fracking process.
Our oceans, long taken for granted, are being stressed by pollution, over-fishing and climate change. Plastic gyres, swirling pools of plastic refuse, occupy several spots in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The largest one, in the North Pacific, is estimated to exceed the size of Texas….These linked, but disparate problems — pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, jobs at risk — won’t be solved easily. That’s why several environmental and conservation groups working around the globe have formed the Global Partnership for Oceans. The groups hope that together they can work to save the marine environment before human pressures cause natural fisheries to collapse.
Public health advocates and environmentalists praised the Obama Administration for adopting standards for air pollution to reduce mercury and other toxics released mainly from power plants.
The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants, announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “are long overdue” and will help reduce the amounts of mercury, lead, arsenic and other pollutants that affect human health, American Lung Association leaders said.
“Since toxic air pollution from power plants can make people sick and cut lives short, the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a huge victory for public health,” said Albert A. Rizzo, MD, National Volunteer Chair of the American Lung Association, and pulmonary and critical care physician in Newark, Delaware. “The Lung Association expects all oil and coal-fired power plants to act now to protect all Americans, especially our children, from the health risks imposed by these dangerous air pollutants.”
Environmental groups make it easy this time of year to send someone on your list a gift that benefits wildlife.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
An oil leak of still undetermined proportions in Colorado has soiled the South Platte River and forced employees of the Denver Metro Wastewater plant to wear masks protecting them from the benzene and VOC fumes emitting from the contaminated water.
Calgary-based Suncor acknowledged that the petroleum came from its refinery in Commerce City, and a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday that the leak had been stopped.
As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.
The heartbreaking photos and video, many released yesterday when it was discovered that a famous rookery on Grand Isle had been inundated with oil, leave no doubt that this latest human accident will suffocate life wherever it lands and beyond. It will asphyxiate birds with a coating of oil, and orphan offspring left behind in the nests.