Porous paving options catch on, one driveway at a time

Business 11/27/18, 10:52

One driveway at a time, many green-minded homeowners and communities are opting for permeable paving options instead of traditional asphalt."It's much better for the environment because it helps cut down on storm runoff, which picks up motor oil and other pollutants, overburdens water treatment facilities, and can ultimately end up ...

UN: No sign of emissions peak in sight, action must be taken

Enviroment 11/27/18, 10:42

The United Nations environment office is warning that the gap is widening between current greenhouse gas emissions and the levels needed to stop catastrophic global warming.In a report released Tuesday in Paris , the agency said global emissions of heat-trapping gas such as carbon dioxide "show no signs of peaking." ...

Greenpeace activists protest ahead of Polish climate summit

World 11/27/18, 06:28

A group of environmentalists has climbed a smokestack at Europe's largest lignite power plant in central Poland to spur politicians into action at the global climate summit that the country will host next month.The Nov. 20, 2018 photo shows disused lift and buildings of the closed 'Katowice' coal mine which ...

Thai billionaire appears in court as poaching trial begins

Enviroment 11/27/18, 03:24

The trial of a Thai billionaire construction tycoon charged with poaching an endangered black panther and other animals in a wildlife sanctuary began Tuesday after months of delay.Premchai Karnasuta, the president of Italian-Thai Development PLC, appeared at the provincial court in Kanchanaburi in western Thailand to hear initial testimony in ...

Mexicans approve president-elect’s proposals in referendum

Enviroment 11/26/18, 14:31

Results released Monday show voters in Mexico approved all ten pet projects of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a referendum questioned because of low turnout.Lopez Obrador has touted referendums as a way to give people power in determining policies, but critics say the latest process was hurt by the ...

Blockages gone, fish back in post-Sandy projects in 6 states

Enviroment 11/25/18, 09:46

Billions of dollars have been spent on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy to help people get their lives back together, but a little-noticed portion of that effort is quietly helping another population along the shoreline: fish that need to migrate from coastal rivers out to the sea and back.After the ...

IOC’s Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima region

Baseball 11/24/18, 05:55

IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The visit was ...

Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

World 11/20/18, 19:38

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic-polluting countries.Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found ...

Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast

U.S. 11/20/18, 17:03

Air monitoring systems were set up Tuesday to check for low-level nuclear radiation and other harmful contaminants following a powerful weekend blast at a hazardous waste site in Idaho that killed a worker, destroyed a building and damaged other structures, an official said.Results were not yet available from the monitors ...

WHO says Iraq river pollution toxic to fish

Enviroment 11/20/18, 08:53

The World Health Organizations said Tuesday that laboratory tests completed after a shocking fish die-off in Iraq's Euphrates River show the water is contaminated with high levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and ammonia.Fishermen were stunned to find that hundreds of tons of carp had died suddenly in their river cages ...

Groups target Europe’s coal companies over harmful emissions

Europe 11/20/18, 07:07

Environmental groups claimed Tuesday that 10 utility companies are responsible for the majority of premature deaths caused by emissions from coal-fired power plants in Europe.In a report on the health impacts of coal emissions across Europe, five campaign groups blamed the utility companies for 7,600 premature deaths and millions of ...

Record growth for bald eagles in northern New England

Enviroment 11/18/18, 11:37

Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America's national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists.The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and ...

Entergy Arkansas reaches deal to stop using coal at 2 plants

Enviroment 11/16/18, 13:28

Arkansas' largest electric utility says it will eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant under a settlement reached with environmental groups.Entergy Arkansas announced Friday it's reached a settlement with the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.Under the deal, Entergy says it ...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

U.S. 11/15/18, 15:54

California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops and increasing perimeters around where it's applied. The Dow Chemical Co. ...

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan

Enviroment 11/15/18, 15:36

Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with a memorandum of agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed."This MOA proposes absolutely no provisions that will result in substantial water quality improvements any time soon," said Ed Brocksmith of Tahlequah, a member ...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Enviroment 11/14/18, 18:53

The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget authorization bill, includes provisions sought by environmentalists ...

Neanderthal life not especially risky, skull analysis shows

Enviroment 11/14/18, 13:04

Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times.That challenges what the authors call the prevailing view of our evolutionary cousins, that they lived risky, stressful lives. Some studies have suggested they had ...

To cut back on single-use plastics, ‘refuse, rethink, reuse’

Enviroment 11/14/18, 09:06

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, cheap — and seemingly everywhere. It's also a scourge on the environment.While plastics have important uses, the bulk of plastic waste — much of which ends up clogging landfills and polluting oceans — comes as things designed to be used exactly once, and often for only ...

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