Spotlights

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Air pollution, now the world’s single largest environmental risk
March 25, 2014 03:19 PM - ENN Editor

The World Health Organization today released mortality data from 2012 estimating that around 7 million people (one person in eight) died globally that year as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

Chernóbil: treinta años después.
March 24, 2014 08:41 PM - Rachel Nuwer/Smithsonian, Ecologist

No son sólo las personas, los animales y los árboles que sufren de la radiación de Chernóbil, escribe Rachel Nuwer, sino también hongos y microbios degradadores. Y con la acumulación de madera muerta viene el riesgo de incendios catastróficos, que podría propagarse la radiación a lo largo y ancho. Casi 30 años han pasado desde que la planta de Chernóbil explotó y provocó un desastre nuclear sin precedentes. Sin embargo, los efectos de esa catástrofe todavía están presentes. Aunque no hay personas viviendo en las extensas zonas de exclusión alrededor del epicentro, los animales, los árboles y otras plantas aún muestran signos de envenenamiento por radiación. Las aves alrededor de Chernóbil tienen cerebros considerablemente más pequeños que los que viven en zonas libres de radiación. Los árboles crecen más lentamente y hay menos arañas e insectos viviendo ahí, incluidas las abejas, mariposas y saltamontes. Además, los animales de caza como el jabalí capturados fuera de la zona de exclusión, incluyendo algunos en zonas tan lejanas como Alemania, siguen mostrando niveles anormales y peligrosos de radiación.

Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken, 1 Million Acres at a Time
March 13, 2014 08:53 AM - Allison Winter, ENN

Due to it's restricted range in the prairies and sandhills of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, the Lesser Prairie Chicken is considered a "vulnerable" species. Because of human activity as well as persistent drought, habitat destruction has directed the species towards candidacy for a threatened or endangered listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In fact, reports estimate that the grouse's population has declined to approximately 17,615 individuals, and the species currently inhabits only 17% of its historic range. However, not all is lost for the Lesser Prairie Chicken as recovery and conservation efforts are on the rise. The Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP) developed by the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) outlines tools and provides incentives to encourage landowners and others to voluntarily partner with agencies in habitat conservation efforts. One such company dedicated to the conservation front is Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy), an oil and gas exploration and production company who announced last week that it will commit $12 million over a three-year period to enroll nearly 1.8 million acres of its interests in conservation programs to support the recovery of the grouse species.

Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken, 1 Million Acres at a Time
March 13, 2014 08:53 AM - Allison Winter, ENN

Due to it's restricted range in the prairies and sandhills of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, the Lesser Prairie Chicken is considered a "vulnerable" species. Because of human activity as well as persistent drought, habitat destruction has directed the species towards candidacy for a threatened or endangered listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In fact, reports estimate that the grouse's population has declined to approximately 17,615 individuals, and the species currently inhabits only 17% of its historic range. However, not all is lost for the Lesser Prairie Chicken as recovery and conservation efforts are on the rise. The Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP) developed by the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) outlines tools and provides incentives to encourage landowners and others to voluntarily partner with agencies in habitat conservation efforts. One such company dedicated to the conservation front is Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy), an oil and gas exploration and production company who announced last week that it will commit $12 million over a three-year period to enroll nearly 1.8 million acres of its interests in conservation programs to support the recovery of the grouse species.

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