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Glyphosate found in breast milk
April 28, 2014 11:13 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops. In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found 'high' levels in three out of the ten samples tested.
Are Large Dams Economical?
April 23, 2014 08:51 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. Researchers at Oxford University have found that planners and policymakers systematically underestimate the costs and time required to implement large dam projects.
Electric car numbers double in one year
April 16, 2014 09:10 AM - Editor, The Ecologist
There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in an analysis conducted by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg (ZSW).
Smog alerts for Europe
April 4, 2014 04:21 PM - Rob MacKenzie, The Ecologist
The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
Los humedales y las emisiones de metano
March 25, 2014 11:35 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist, The Ecologist
Los cientÃficos creen que la cantidad de metano emitido a la atmÃ³sfera desde los ecosistemas de agua dulce aumentarÃ¡ a medida que el clima se calienta, informa Tim Radford. Y eso va a provocar un mayor calentamiento. Esto destaca otro mecanismo por el cual el ciclo global del carbono puede acelerar, en lugar de mitigar, el cambio climÃ¡tico futuro.
Wetlands and methane emissions
March 23, 2014 09:59 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist
Scientists think the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere from freshwater ecosystems will increase as the climate warms, reports Tim Radford. And that will trigger further warming. This highlights another mechanism by which the global carbon cycle may serve to accelerate rather than mitigate future climate change. British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from rivers, lakes, deltas, bogs, swamps, marshlands and rice paddy fields.
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that bison can roam outside the park boundaries for winter and early spring forage without being shot. In 2008, more than 1,400 bison - about one-third of the current size of Yellowstone's bison population - were captured and slaughtered by government agencies while leaving Yellowstone in search of food. The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the decision of a lower court this week, allowing wild bison room to roam outside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
Desde hace tiempo se estableciÃ³ que el hielo marino del OcÃ©ano Ãrtico estÃ¡ en retirada, escribe Tim Radford. Pero es el ritmo de los cambios que estÃ¡ sorprendiendo a los cientÃficos: Los Ãºltimos estudios muestran que el tiempo libre de hielo es cada vez mayor por 5 dÃas, cada dÃ©cada. El hielo en el Ãrtico continÃºa en retirada. La temporada sin hielo se alarga por un promedio de cinco dÃas cada 10 aÃ±os. Y en algunas regiones del Ãrtico la congelaciÃ³n de otoÃ±o es ahora hasta 11 dÃas mÃ¡s tarde cada dÃ©cada. Los hallazgos provienen de un estudio reciente publicado en la revista Geophysical Research Letters: â€œLos cambios en la temporada de deshielo en el Ãrtico y las implicaciones por la pÃ©rdida de hielo del marâ€ por Stroeve y alumnos.
Illinois es uno de los seis estados de Estados Unidos que permite a las comunidades para agregar y especificar sus compras de energÃa. Ahora 91 comunidades, que comprenden 1,7 millones de personas, utilizan esta fuente de energÃa al 100%. Illinois ha adoptado la electricidad renovable en una a gran escala, lo que no se ve en ningÃºn otro lugar en la naciÃ³n, segÃºn un nuevo informe de Leading from the Middle: â€œComo han Liberado las EnergÃas Renovables las Comunidades de Illinoisâ€ Con 91 comunidades proporcionando el 100 por ciento de electricidad renovable a sus residentes, el Estado supera con creces a cualquier otro, incluyendo Ohio, que cuenta con dos ciudades que ofrecen 100 % de electricidad renovable. El informe fue dado a conocer hoy por el Fondo Mundial de Vida Silvestre (WWF, siglas en inglÃ©s), el Centro de LegislaciÃ³n y PolÃtica Ambiental, LEAN EnergÃa de los EE.UU., la AsociaciÃ³n de Illinois de EnergÃa Solar, el Illinois Sierra Club y el Instituto Solar de Universidad George Washington.
Illinois - 1.7 million people choose 100% green electricity
March 9, 2014 09:32 PM - Editor, The Ecologist
Illinois is one of six US states that allows communities to aggregate and specify their energy purchases. Now 91 - comprising 1.7 million people - have used that power to buy 100% renewable electricity. Illinois has embraced renewable electricity on a massive scale not seen anywhere else in the nation, says a new report, Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy. With 91 communities providing 100 percent renewable electricity to their residents, the state far outpaces any other, including Ohio, which has two cities providing 100% renewable electricity. The report was released today by World Wildlife Fund, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, LEAN Energy US, the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Illinois Sierra Club, and The George Washington University Solar Institute.