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EPA Endorses New & Improved Beach Water Quality Safety Threshold 31.7.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 31, 2014) – In a move designed to protect more than 180 million people who visit America’s coastal and Great Lakes beaches every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced stronger National Beach Guidance for all states to adopt the most protective swimmer safety threshold - a Beach Action Value (BAV) - for water quality monitoring and notification practices in order to receive federal BEACH Act ...
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EPA's Pittsburgh Hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My Comments 31.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  I’m one of...
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California company recalls food on botulism fears 31.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
VR Green Farms has recalled pesto, as well as its pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.
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World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards 31.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -– The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs don’t hurt people or the environment. But environmental and civil activists are pushing back on a draft of proposed safeguards leaked last week, arguing they would weaken the standards and fail to adequately address climate concerns. Nezir Sinani, climate change coordinator at the Bank Information Center, a group that monitors the World Bank, criticized the climate portion of the draft. "There is sporadic mention of climate change, but nowhere lays out what governments have to do to assess if their projects will exacerbate climate change or how climate change will affect the viability of their projects," Sinani said. "This sends a horrible message to the world before next year’s crunch time to get to an agreement to act on climate," he added, referring to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has emphasized ...
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EPA hears praise, criticism of new air rules 30.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
DENVER (AP) — To retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill, the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules limiting pollution from power plants doesn't do enough to protect the public's ...
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EPA hears praise, criticism of proposed rules for power-plant pollution 30.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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EPA's Holds Clean Power Plan Hearings In DC, Atlanta, Denver, and Pittsburgh 30.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  A team...
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West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Fort Collins, Larimer County 30.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
This undated photo shows a Culex pipiens, left, the primary mosquito that can transmit West Nile virus to humans, birds and other ...
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Slow Meat: 5 eating habits to transform the meat industry 29.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

How about Meatless Monday, lamb's sweetbreads or the near-extinct Trail of Tears Bean in your diet?

Slow Meat: 5 eating habits to transform the meat industry
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The physical way to fiscal health 29.7.2014 Philly.com News
Keeping in good shape will help save you money in the long run on medical costs.
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Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says 29.7.2014 LA Times: Nation
Minorities and people of color have not managed to break the “green ceiling” inside environmental organizations, and remain underrepresented on their staffs, according to a report released Monday.
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Clean Air Leaders Hail EPA Public Hearings On Climate Action to Protect Health, Wildlife, And the Environment 28.7.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) — With climate change a present danger to the American people’s health, environment and the nation’s wildlife, clean air leaders today hailed the Environmental Protection Agency’s historic public hearings this week on its Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants, a key driver of climate ...
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Government Has an Essential Role in Oil Refinery Safety and the Environment 28.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a chemical engineer who worked for 37 years in the oil industry, I believe we need stronger federal regulation of hazardous air pollutants to insure the health and safety of workers and citizens in the vicinity of all U.S. refining facilities. While some refiners have instituted best practices, many are not yet creating an environmental-awareness culture, and they need the prodding of the new hazardous air-pollution standards that were proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May. The oil industry has pushed back, claiming that the standards are unnecessary and too expensive, even though EPA analysts have determined that the costs of petroleum products would not rise if the proposed standards were finalized as they are. EPA scientists have determined that more than one million Americans who live near the 143 operating refineries in the U.S. would have a significantly lower risk of cancer from the air pollution coming from refineries -- so the health benefits of the proposed rule are ...
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Secret Spraying? House Votes on Bill Tonight To Allow Pesticides To Be Applied To Waterways Without Any Clean Water Act Protections 28.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC: The House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill tonight to eliminate the Clean Water Act protections for waterways that are being sprayed with pesticides. Since 2011, anyone who plans to apply a pesticide into a body of...
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Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from the adverse effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe otherwise . The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a long history of anti-environmental extremism and false predictions about public health safeguards. The most recent of these claims is an alarmist "study" the Chamber released declaring that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cause devastation in the U.S. economy, kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and skyrocket electricity bills. Fortunately, there is little truth to these claims; the Chamber's "study" was conjured up before the EPA's proposal was even released, and is thus based on flawed assumptions that are meaningfully different from the EPA's actual ...
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Yes! You Can Outrun the MBTA Green Line 25.7.2014 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
RunKeeper fans decided to take on the MBTA B Green Line trolley train, once and for all. The result in Humans vs. MBTA Green Line? Humans reign ...
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New Zealand 100% Pure: Shattering the Illusion of Green, Clean & Pristine 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Soon after my article, The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The "Con" in Conservation was published by Huff Post in January, I began to receive emails from New Zealand. After my second article was published in May, more emails followed and I began a dialogue with many concerned and angry people in New Zealand who were unhappy with the government campaign to eradicate invasives with poison. One Kiwi I connected with was Clyde Graf from Hamilton, New Zealand. Clyde serves as Councillor, Thames-Coromandel General Constituency and is Chair of the Environmental Performance Committee for Waikato Regional Council. In addition, Clyde is an outdoorsman, conservationist and filmmaker, and is one half of The Graf Boys. Along with his brother Steve, Clyde has documented the wide range of animals and birds poisoned in the forests of New Zealand, providing graphic evidence of the war that the government of New Zealand has declared against its own environment, and, by extension, the people who rely on the ...
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Big Polluters Cry Wolf over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change 25.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City: Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants.  The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers...
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Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants. The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers will talk about the challenges of raising crops in the face of extreme weather. And governors and mayors will describe the benefits of attracting clean energy investment to their communities. Many people will testify in favor of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. This should come as no surprise considering 7 in 10 Americans view global warming as a serious problem and want the federal government to reduce the pollution that causes it, according to a recent ABC News poll . But the hearings will also attract another group of speakers: representatives from the American Coal Council, Americans for Prosperity, and other dirty industries. These big polluters oppose the EPA's effort to rein in the largest source of carbon pollution in our nation. They would ...
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State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning 24.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Daniel Raichel, Project Attorney, New York: It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or...
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