Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Hypoxic Zones Researcher Wins 'Genius Grant'

Nancy Rabalais, marine ecologist and executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, won one of 23 new fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

"The composite of all of that is just simple steps to implement a good bit of water conservation without going through capital expenditure or purifying and reusing a lot of other water."

Q&A: Simple Steps to Industrial Water Conservation

To reuse water requires capital that they would rather not spend if it's cheaper for them just to dispose of it. I think that's why we don't reuse that much. It might be more cost effective to figure out a way to reuse it than it would be not to.

Indictment Alleges Impersonator Trained Cleanup Workers

Connie M. Knight, 46, is charged with impersonating a federal employee for the purpose of enticing more than 1,000 people to pay her for fraudulent hazardous waste safety training, so they could work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Cameras, Rain Gauges to Warn of Queensland Floods

The local government is providing $500,000 to help regional councils install solar-powered cameras and rain gauges before the 2012 wet season arrives.

Two $100,000 Prizes Presented by Savannah Ocean Exchange

The winners of the 2012 Solutions Exchange awards are Protei and Nonox Ltd.

Fishery Disaster Determinations, Acidification Studies Announced

The actions by the Commerce Department highlight continuing pressures on important fisheries and the economics depending on them.

INTERPOL Urges Countries to Set Up Environmental Security Task Forces

The law enforcement agency said establishing National Environmental Security Task Forces is an effective way to fight environmental crime.

Shell Halts Arctic Oil Search for 2012

The company announced it will stop drilling into deepwater zones for this year but will drill the top portions of as many wells as possible during the remaining season, then cap and temporarily abandon them.



Webinar Explores Health Impacts of Severe Drought

The one-hour webinar on Sept. 18 is part of a series presented by CDC, the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the American Public Health Association.

Bee Population Key to Protecting Biodiversity

Agrochemicals are a very real threat to the health of the bee population, according to experts.

Study Predicts Trout Extinction in Spain in Less than 100 Years

Trout in the area already face numerous threats, whether it is climate change, pollution, water extraction for irrigation, or overfishing.

Elwha Dam Removal Survey Planned

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to survey residents of Washington and Oregon about the value of the ongoing ecological restoration project -– one of the largest dam removal projects in U.S. history.

Research Confirms Loss of Tropical Forests Reduces Rain

"Our study implies that deforestation of the Amazon and Congo forests could have catastrophic consequences for the people living thousands of kilometers away in surrounding countries," said lead author Dr. Dominick Spracklen.

Even Deep Oceans Affected by Climate Change

The results of the study concluded that temperature has the biggest influence on traits such as metabolism and growth rate.

Brownfields Budgets a Top Concern

A rail chemical emergency response scenario will be one of the highlights of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals' 2012 National Conference.

Scotts Miracle-Gro to Pay $12.5 Million for Pesticide Violations

EPA announced the company was sentenced Sept. 7 in an Ohio federal court for 11 criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Robots to Rescue Coral Reefs

A team of 'coralbots', each individually working to simple rules, will piece together damaged bits of coral, allowing them to regrow.

World's Sea Life Is 'Facing Major Shock,' Marine Scientists Warn

Life in the world's oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history, a team of the world's leading marine scientists has warned.

Losing Stream in Our Battle to Predict and Prevent Invasive Species

Invasive species -- plants, animals, and microbes introduced to regions beyond their native range -- carry a global price tag of $1.4 trillion dollars. They are responsible for the loss of natural resources and biodiversity, damages to infrastructure, and an uptick in infectious diseases.

Marine Species at Risk Unless Drastic Protection Policies Put in Place

Many marine species will be harmed or won't survive if the levels of carbon dioxide continue to increase.

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