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Ecology

Big Oil wants North Dakota to ease radioactive waste laws (VIDEO)
Amid falling oil prices nationwide, energy industry players in North Dakota want officials to alter radioactive waste disposal laws so that more toxic fracking fluid can be stored in-state, saving companies tens of thousands of dollars per truckload.

30.01.2015 17:04

‘Claims exaggerated’: Bioenergy challenges sustainable food future, study says
Innovative energy policy that promotes turning plants into fuel turns out to be quite controversial. It requires the use of agricultural land with little positive impact on the greenhouse effect, according to a new report from a global research group.

29.01.2015 08:22

GMO potato seeks FDA approval, opponents say safety risks remain
A new genetically modified potato is closer than ever to arriving in American grocery stores, but while advocates claim it can actually reduce the risk of cancer, opponents say not nearly enough is known to ensure public safety.

29.01.2015 04:24

Lake Baikal's water level nears critical low, conservation advised
The water level at Lake Baikal, the world's deepest body of freshwater, is at its lowest in decades and nearing a critical threshold, authorities in Russia's Irkutsk region warn. Residents are advised to cut down their water and electricity consumption.

29.01.2015 01:42

Ancient underwater forest discovered by diver off Norfolk coast
A diving enthusiast stumbled upon an ancient forest nestled under the North Sea while diving along the Norfolk coast. Experts say it may have stretched as far as Europe in its heyday, and has been hidden since the Ice Age.

26.01.2015 17:14

Millions of GMO mosquitoes may be released in Florida neighborhood
Pointing to climate change and the rise of tropical diseases, British researchers hope to sell their idea of releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Almost 140,000 people have signed a petition against the plan.

26.01.2015 08:45

North Dakota pipeline leaks crude oil, 3mn gallons of fracking byproduct
Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater and an as yet unknown amount of crude oil have leaked from a northwest North Dakota pipeline into a creek that feeds into the Missouri River. Officials have called the leak the largest of its kind in state history.

23.01.2015 15:09

Mystery goo kills over 200 San Francisco Bay birds, officials stumped
California officials are unable to identify a grey, goo-like substance that has been found coating the feathers of hundreds of birds. More than 200 seabirds have been found dead along the coast, while more than 300 have been rescued so far.

22.01.2015 23:56

Clock’s ticking: Humanity ‘2 minutes’ closer to its doomsday
Three minutes to midnight – with midnight being the figurative end of humanity – are left before apocalypse descends upon the planet, scientists announced on Thursday, as the minute hand of the iconic ‘Doomsday Clock’ was adjusted two minutes forward.

22.01.2015 20:00

Monsanto agrochemicals cause genetic damage in soybean workers – study
Soybean workers exposed to the agrochemicals like glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ herbicide and other biocides, suffer from elevated DNA and cell damage, according to a new study.

22.01.2015 15:07

​UK fracking application ‘should be refused’ due to noise pollution – report
Fracking plans in Lancashire should be rejected due to the “unacceptable” levels of noise and pollution it will create, a report recommends.

21.01.2015 12:22

Breached pipeline spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River
A breached oil pipeline in Montana has spilled as many as 50,000 gallons of crude oil in and around the Yellowstone River, according to the state. Bridger Pipeline LLC has yet to determine the cause, but has claimed the public is in no immediate danger.

19.01.2015 16:51