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Why “Just Say No” is Just Plain Wrong: the Sound Legal Basis for the Clean Power Plan 2.8.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon finalize the Clean Power Plan — a suite of historic Clean Air Act standards that will establish the first nationwide limits on carbon pollution from America’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. Rigorous carbon pollution standards for the nation’s power sector will yield immense benefits for the health of […]
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Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality 1.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers , an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution. Distortions and misinformation is a key tactic in their effort to avoid cleaning up their pollution. Here's a look at three of those distortions: Myth #1 - The polluters claim that national parks are "untouched and pristine," implying they're clean, pure and unpolluted. But, actually, many of our national parks have a pollution problem. The air can be dangerous to breathe in these parks despite their beauty. And the damaging affect on people's health from polluters is what the EPA must address. As the L.A. Times just reported , the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit that works to protect public parks, released a report giving four national parks an 'F' for already having unhealthy levels of ozone pollution. Ozone can cause ...
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Canada adopts U.S. standards to cut air pollution from vehicles starting with 2017 models 31.7.2015 TreeHugger
When fully phased in, the new standards will be 80% more stringent than the current ones.
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Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit 31.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water ...
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Brown Administration Sued for Ignoring Risk Report on Fracking 31.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The VA's 'Experts' On Toxic Chemicals May Not Know What They're Talking About 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pfc. Donald Burpee spent four months of 1975 living at Camp Lejeune , a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. On July 7 of this year, at the age of 59, he lost an eight-year battle with kidney cancer -- one of a number of illnesses linked with exposure to the toxic chemicals that tainted the drinking water at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s and 1980s. The Department of Veterans Affairs provided Burpee with medical coverage, including hospice, but repeatedly denied his claims for disability benefits. Burpee died not knowing whether his wife, four children and four grandchildren would be taken care of in the future. "They throw up so many roadblocks to you, it's unreal," said Brenda Burpee, Donald's widow. Camp Lejeune's water was contaminated by dozens of chemicals beginning in at least 1953, though it was only  discovered in the early 1980s . The contamination has been traced to leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills and the disposal of solvents from an on-base dry cleaner. Among the ...
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Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses. Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites. As a result, Olympic ...
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Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio de Janeiro Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses. Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites. As a result, Olympic ...
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“Enormous Potential” in the Imminent Clean Power Plan 29.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
“Enormous Potential” in the Imminent Clean Power Plan
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To help kids be healthy, adults need to create new environments 29.7.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Kevin Harber For a moment, think of the environment we have created for our children. On a recent hot summer day I stood with our two young daughters at the Highland Pool. A wonderful spot to be, chest deep in the cool water holding a 3-year-old as she figures out the liquid surrounding her and watching a 7-year-old explore deeper territory. Glancing over to the pool deck I noticed several young kids snacking. Mini-doughnuts, pizza, soda. Lots of soda. Nachos. What struck me in this moment were the mixed messages we send our kids. “Be active. Swim. Eat lots of junk food.” Mark Blegen The environment that surrounds us can be so dynamic and encouraging while also being so overwhelmingly wrong. How can we encourage our kids to be active and healthy when we as adults send these messages? Most of us know the statistics. Seventeen percent of all children under the age of 18 are obese, while over a third are overweight. Being overweight or obese as a child dramatically raises the odds of being an ...
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Coalition of Advocates for the Environment, Labor, Health and Native Hawaiians Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership at Trade Talks on Maui 28.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Persistence of Change: Coal Gets Pushed Off the Podium 28.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sierra Martinez, Legal Director, California Energy Projects, San Francisco: Government figures out today show that for the single month of April, history was made in the electric sector: For the first time, the amount of electricity generated from coal resources in one month was less than the amount generated...
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Leading sources of food poisoning 27.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States every year. A small fraction of these illnesses lead to hospitalization and death, but the vast majority usually just lead to a wretched day on the toilet.
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Latinos Are Making the Call for Climate Action. Now Leaders Should Listen. 25.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Latinos don't need to be told that climate change is a problem that needs addressing. For many of us, environmental issues aren't abstract or far-off problems; they are realities that have severe impacts on our families and communities each and every day. Across the United States, Latino communities are feeling the heat as climate change contributes to extreme weather patterns of increased drought, punishing heatwaves, and unexpected floods. With people of color more likely to live near power plants, refineries, and other sources of toxic air pollution, supporting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, is a commonsense step toward safeguarding our health and our environment. Poll after poll has confirmed what we already know--that Latinos consider cleaning up the air and cutting carbon pollution a top priority. Given that there's a strong correlation between the environment and health in Latino ...
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New platform reframes energy and fuel consumption as a community health issue 24.7.2015 TreeHugger
Instead of talking about the number of micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter, this website aims to enable a much more relatable understanding of your air pollution exposure.
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First malaria vaccine gets a green light 24.7.2015 Financial Times US
Critics question whether Mosquirix is effective enough to justify the cost of rolling it out
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Green vs. green backs in 'Runoff' 24.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Economic ruin meets ecological disaster in the environmental drama "Runoff," from biochemist-turned-filmmaker Kimberly Levin.
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#CoalFreeOakland: Californians Rally for Protection from Carbon Pollution 24.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco: California wants to be a coal-free state. The single leading cause of air pollution in California comes from the combustion of coal from coal-fired power plants for energy generation. Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US...
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Rob Portman, the Pope and the Need for Bold Democrats 23.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to addressing climate change, the need to act has never been more urgent or more important. Not only was 2014 the hottest year on record, much of the country also experienced the devastating impacts of extreme weather. From a dangerous algae bloom in Toledo, Ohio that prevented nearly half a million people from drinking their own water to the dramatic droughts in California, climate change is upon us faster and in a more severe manner than scientists had predicted. Pope Francis has joined the scientific community recently in sounding the alarm on climate change and elevating this critical conversation. His encyclical made clear that addressing climate change is not only about the sustainability of the planet; it is also a test of our moral grounding. Will we leave the earth in better or worse condition than we inherited it? Will we do right by future generations? The good news is that while the threat of climate change has never been greater, neither have the solutions. Here in the U.S. ...
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Protect Our Communities from Climate Action Opponents 22.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Protect Our Communities from Climate Action Opponents
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