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Environmental Health News is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health.
Environmental Health News aggregates links to articles in the world press about environmental health, with daily updates. Topics carried include a broad array of issues in environmental health, including: chemical contamination, water quantity and quality, air pollution, sewage, Mad Cow disease, and genetic engineering, etc. as well as climate change and biodiversity stories with a health dimension. We make a special effort to find media coverage of new scientific findings related to these issues. We do not cover pure energy, 'critter stories,' or animal rights. Anything covered should have, at least implicitly, a link to human or ecosystem health.
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Ski property faces meltdown as global warming chills the market
January 17, 2010 11:04 AM - Graham Norwood, Guardian UK, Environmental Health News
There may be a global freeze on at the moment but Britons who own and let flats and chalets at ski resorts could face a threat to their investments — thanks to a long-term shortage of snow. Recent weeks have seen huge snowfalls in the UK, on mainland Europe and across North America, but research by Unesco's environment programme suggests long-term global warming will push the snowline up worldwide in years to come.
Climate bill, clean-energy industry key to Tennessee's economic revival
December 28, 2009 06:10 AM - Susan Richardson Williams and Cortney Piper, Knox News, Environmental Health News
It's not often that East Tennessee Republicans and Democrats find common ground on important issues. However, comprehensive federal climate and energy policy as a means to boost our economy and create jobs is something this former Tennessee GOP chair and East Tennessee Democrat agree on. So, we've launched a project, TN Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy, to help realize our clean energy economic potential.
Ecosystems strain to keep pace with climate
December 26, 2009 11:30 AM - Steve Gorman, Reuters, Environmental Health News
Earth's various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday. How well particular species can survive rising worldwide temperatures attributed to excess levels of heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases emitted by human activity hinges on those species' ability to migrate or adapt in place.
Dutch have a simple answer to energy crisis — working together
December 21, 2009 10:33 AM - Lesley Riddoch, News.Scotsman, Environmental Health News
While tens of thousands of politicians and activists gathered hopefully in Copenhagen last Friday, a minor success was scored by eight men in wellingtons, standing on a barge beside the Afsluitdijk — the dyke that stops the North Sea from flooding the Netherlands. The focus of attention was a small, two-bladed tidal Tocardo turbine which has been spinning in one of the sluice channels between the freshwater IJsselmeer and the saltwater North Sea for the past 18 months.
Ski Industry on the Front Lines of Global Warming
December 16, 2009 08:03 AM - RGJ, Environmental Health News
Over the past 16 years, the ski season has been steadily shrinking -- despite the fact resorts dramatically have improved their snowmaking, expanding it over a wider area and investing in technology that allows them to make snow at warmer temperatures. But according to the National Ski Areas Association, Western ski resorts have been losing nearly a day of skiing a year since 1990. Whether you call it global warming or climate change, warming temperatures -- last week's cold snap notwithstanding -- are having a serious long-range effect on skiing.
Being the world’s largest producer and exporter of ethanol it is natural for the Brazilian government and its partners to push biofuels as the only real alternative for a world trying wean itself away from fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.
A new report, America’s Hottest Species, highlights a variety of American wildlife that is currently threatened by climate change from a small bird to a coral reef to the world’s largest marine turtle.
Raising Livestock Does Not Have to be Bad for Climate
December 2, 2009 10:09 AM - Martin Hesp and Graham Harvey, This is Western Morning News.co.uk, Environmental Health News
Food which is produced as a result of traditional grazing on this peninsula in particular, represents the very antithesis of that planet- wrecking scenario. In fact, meat and dairy products that are the result of very carefully managed grazing systems can lower carbon in the atmosphere.
Areas hard-hit by the U.S. automakers' slump are pitching themselves to green technology firms. Workers and machines that used to crank out cars are now making parts for solar and wind power plants.
A US judge has ruled that negligence by the US Army Corps of Engineers led to massive floods in parts of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. It was the first time a US court has found the federal government directly responsible for some of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.