Archive | June, 2014

Water Pollution Problem in Tacoma

30 Jun

Tacoma, WA

Keeping the Puget Sound clean and in healthy condition is a high priority for the environmental engineers in Tacoma, WA. However, environmental engineers were shocked last year when they found the water was being polluted by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The engineers worked their way upstream where they discovered the source of the problem: a […]

Can Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices Inform CSR?

27 Jun

CSR

You’re probably familiar with the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a phrase that often comes up when businesses are praised for their commitment to charitable causes and community outreach. These days, more and more companies are being lauded for their environmentally conscious policies too; having “green” business practices is definitely something that informs a company’s […]

Oregon State Helps Cleanup Environmental Exposure Risk

27 Jun

Oregon State University Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences.

Oregon State University is looking to test new technologies for measuring the toxicity of environmental chemicals to determine their health risk and see if cleaning up hazardous waste sites generates even worse chemicals. The long-term goal of this project is to improve human health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. A $15.4 million, five-year grant […]

Coal Project May Harm Great Barrier Reef

25 Jun

Great Barrier Reef

Adani Enterprises is currently facing another delay in implementing its $15 billion coal mine project in Australia, due to worries that a port expansion to accommodate the project may hurt the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt has extended his review of Adani’s $15.5 billion Carmichael Coal and Rail Project until […]

Fish Size Decrease Linked to Deforestation

23 Jun

freshwater-fish

A new study is suggesting there may be a link between smaller freshwater fish sizes and deforestation due to the decrease in the amount of leaves present in fish habitats. Leaves have become a vital food source for fish. This study focuses primarily on young fish, a year old or younger, and shows that without […]

Stench at St. Rose in New Orleans Causing Health Issues

18 Jun

New Orleans

Earlier this week, an environmental group said that it is sending its emergency response team to document it claims are health-related illnesses caused by the lingering chemical odor in the air at St. Rose in New Orleans. Parish officials at St. Charles have started getting complaints about a strange stench in the air surrounding the […]

$8 Billion Dam Project in Chile Rejected

16 Jun

Mt Baker, Chile.

The Chilean government rejected an $8 billion dam proposal to meet the country’s growing energy demands. The decision came form Chile’s highest administrative authority, the Committee of Ministers, and cancelled an environmental permit to build five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in southern Chile that was originally granted back in 2011. “These giant […]

Pollution Linked to Autism, Schizophrenia, Study Shows

11 Jun

multiple blue brain x-ray images

Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives. The study showed that the inflammation in the brains of the mice was observed 40 and 270 days after air pollution exposure, meaning that the negative effects […]

Environmental Group Sues Air District Over Chevron Project

9 Jun

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Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) sued the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in federal court this week over the district’s allowance of a billion-dollar modernization project at Chevron’s Richmond refinery. The complaint seeks injunctive relief and alleges that the air district issued a permit for Chevron’s planned expansion of its Richmond refinery without […]

Environmental Toxins Will Make You Older

4 Jun

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Since humans first walked the earth, the question of why people age at different rates has always been a forefront question. Is it all health? Is it genes? Recently a trio of scientists from the University of North Carolina argued that more work need to be done on “gerontogens” which are factors that accelerate the […]