Top Environmental News Picks of the Week

September 14, 2013

What’s happening in environmental news? Here are the Eco News Network top picks for soil, air, and water environmental news stories for the week.


California Takes Step to Ease Landmark Law Protecting Environment
California Democrats including Governor Jerry Brown, are challenging the landmark California Environmental Quality Act that has been in place for more than 40 years. Suggested changes include “exempting urban projects from parking and aesthetic reviews.” California has been famous for rigorous environmental protection laws, so this “battle” will be something to watch closely. Read the full story at The New York Times.


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Oil Industry and Household Stoves Speed Arctic Thaw
New research has shown that smoke from burning in private homes and gas flaring from the oil industry is having a bigger impact on the melting of the Arctic sea ice than was previously thought. Oil companies have been extracting oil further north and it has greatly contributed to black carbon pollution. According to the article, Arctic sea ice has declined faster than climate models predict, hitting new record lows in 2007 and 2012. Read the full story at Science Daily.

Photo: My Earth Prints

Photo: My Earth Prints


Kenya Water Discovery brings Hope for Drought Relief in Rural North
Two large aquifers (underground rock from which water can be extracted) have been discovered in Turkana, Kenya through the use of a satellite implementing new mapping technology. These aquifers have the potential to provide billions of cubic metres of water in one of the poorest and driest regions in the country. The research is backed by UNESCO. Read the full story at The Guardian.



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-Ivanha Paz




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