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Multicoloured idols of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, were found immersed in a lake in Hyderabad. Photograph: Blaine Harrington III/Alamy Do the gods pollute? Scientists in India , worried about the public health consequences of immersing idols in lakes and rivers, have been looking anew at water pollution .
The haze of bad judgement is lifting in the EPA--the agency is finally investigating the dangers of atrazine. RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching an evaluation of a pesticide widely used in the farming industry that has been detected in dangerous levels in drinking water.
Environmental Issues > Health Main Page > All Health Documents Atrazine Continues to Contaminate Surface Water and Drinking Water in the United States Banned in the European Union and clearly linked to harm to wildlife and potentially to humans, the pesticide atrazine provides little benefit to offset its risks. In 2009, NRDC analyzed results of surface water and drinking water monitoring data for atrazine and found pervasive contamination of watersheds and drinking water systems across the Midwest and Southern United States. This May 2010 report summarizes scientific information that has emerged since the publication of our initial report and includes more recent monitoring data. Approximately 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of all groundwater samples from agricultural areas tested in an extensive U.S.
Phytoplankton are microscopic ocean plants that form the base of ocean ecosystems; they are so abundant that they are visible from space. Here, average chlorophyll from 1998 through 2006 is shown in green and indicates areas of high biological productivity. Courtesy SeaWiFS Project/NASA GSFC and GeoEye, Inc. On a recent fossil collecting trip a friend asked, “What do you think is the most important organism on the Earth?”
11 October 2010 Last updated at 19:08 ET By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News The global cost of replacing insect pollination is around $190bn every year You don't have to be an environmentalist to care about protecting the Earth's wildlife. Just ask a Chinese fruit farmer who now has to pay people to pollinate apple trees because there are no longer enough bees to do the job for free. And it's not just the number of bees that is dwindling rapidly - as a direct result of human activity, species are becoming extinct at a rate 1,000 times greater than the natural average.
24 October 2010 Last updated at 14:12 ET By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News Forests and the insects that live in them provide huge economic benefits Slowing down the destruction of the Earth's natural resources is essential if the global economy, and the businesses that drive it, are to prosper long term.
BP CEO Tony Hayward can continue to play the blame game and avoid public appearances where he would have to address what has now topped the EXXON Valdez oil spill disaster in 1989 to become the biggest oil spill in US history American history, but there is no denying that oil continues to pour out of BP’s Deepwater Horizon at approximately 60,000 barrels a day, affecting everything from the ecosystem (endangered blue fin tuna and pelicans just to name two out of many), to people (residents of Louisiana and New Orleans, and people whose livelihood depends on the sea). It has been two months since the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion happened on the eve of Earth Day, not only blasting apart the pipes, but also the veil of lies and empty promises BP lurked underneath.
May 12, 2011 | By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter The Obama administration is ordering an ambitious cleanup of the Chicago River, a dramatic step toward improving an urban waterway treated for more than a century as little more than an industrialized sewage canal. In a letter obtained Wednesday by the Tribune, the U.S.
26 January 2012 Last updated at 04:06 ET Residents in Liuzhou city in southern China have been emptying supermarket shelves of bottled water in panic buying sparked by river pollutants. Authorities found excessive levels of cadmium dumped into Longjiang River in Hechi City of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region last week, state news agency Xinhua reported. A mining company, Jinhe Mining Co, was found responsible, officials said. Liuzhou city is located at the lower end of the river.
23 November 2011 Last updated at 11:18 GMT The otters' pawprints and droppings were spotted by rangers Otters have returned to the River Mersey, which was once one of the most polluted areas of water in Europe. The animals' pawprints have been spotted by Forestry Commission rangers by the river near Fiddlers Ferry.
10 January 2012 Last updated at 13:57 ET Cuadrilla has been carrying out shale gas drilling in Lancashire It is "extremely unlikely" shale gas drilling in Lancashire could contaminate ground water supplies, a leading geologist has said. Campaigners are concerned drilling may pollute drinking water with methane. Professor Mike Stephenson of the British Geological Survey said most experts thought the process, known as fracking, was a "pretty safe activity". A report last year found it was highly probable fracking caused two small earthquakes in Lancashire.
8 February 2012 Last updated at 04:12 ET Bottled water in Jiangsu province sold out following a water pollution scare Shanghai authorities are on alert after a chemical leak from a cargo ship polluted the Yangtze River, state-run media report.