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Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

by Associated Press  (Sep. 10, 2014)

Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet. Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world comes together, ...

NIOSH Scientist Appointed Convener of International Nanotechnology Working Group

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Aug. 29, 2014)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in its September 5, 2014, eNews that an international committee unanimously selected Dr. Vladimir Murashov, special assistant for nanotechnology to the NIOSH Director, “to lead an international working group on the health, safety, and environmental aspects of ...

Farm Science Review Exhibit Celebrates Women in Agriculture

by Ohio State University  (Sep. 9, 2014)

An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture will be displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review. “Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the U.S.,” said Gigi Neal, Ohio State University Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio ...

Shale gas: independent planning is key to reducing environmental impacts of fracking

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 4, 2014)

Funding for scientists, planners and inspectors should be available before any shale gas development begins, a new review recommends. As revenue for such staff is often provided by the development itself, planning, which is vital to provide immediate environmental protection as well as monitoring long-term impacts, is neglected. The researchers ...

Environmental Concerns Related to Shale Oil and Gas Development to Be Discussed at 2014 Farm Science Review

by Ohio State University  (Aug. 26, 2014)

The number of horizontal oil and gas wells in Ohio’s shale is growing exponentially, and residents often have concerns about potential environmental impacts. But people often worry about just one aspect -- the potential for groundwater contamination, said Joe Bonnell, watershed management program director in Ohio State University’s ...

Clemson University professor wins NGWA’s top science award

by National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  (Sep. 16, 2014)

Professor Fred J. Molz III of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, has received the National Ground Water Association’s 2014 M. King Hubbert Award for major science contributions to the knowledge of groundwater. The award will be presented this December during NGWA’s Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting taking place in Las ...

Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

by Associated Press  (Sep. 15, 2014)

The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically ...

John Wolfe Takes SETAC Post

by LimnoTech Inc.  (Sep. 9, 2014)

John Wolfe, PhD, manager of LimnoTech’s Southern California office and Vice President at LimnoTech, was recently featured in the newsletter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Southern California Chapter. John recently became the Vice President of SETAC’s ...

Upcoming Green Chemistry and Safer Consumer Products Events

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Sep. 8, 2014)

The dramatic shift in law and policy away from the regulation of end-of-pipe discharges of chemicals into the environment toward a more proactive focus on greener ingredient selection and manufacturing processes to prevent pollution at the source continues unabated, with over two dozen states having considered and/or passed new legislation in ...

Survey confirms scientific consensus on human-caused global warming

by Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency  (Aug. 11, 2014)

A survey among climate scientists in 2012 shows that there is widespread agreement regarding a dominant influence of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on recent global warming. This agreement is stronger among respondents with more peer-reviewed publications. Respondents who characterized the human influence on climate as insignificant, reported ...

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