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EPA's First-ever Coal Ash Rule Leaves Communities to Protect Themselves 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Communities 3, fracking industry 0: Celebrating victories against fracking 19.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Communities are celebrating three victories against fracking this week. Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all rejected fracking after years of opposition from communities calling for the protection of community health and the environment. The Montreal Gazette reported , "Premier Philippe Couillard closed the door on shale gas development in Quebec after an environmental review said its risks outweighed the economic ...
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What I Learned from Theo Colborn 19.12.2014 Nanotechnology Notes
Sarah Vogel, Ph.D. is Director of EDF's Health Program. It was late September and we were driving up and over the Kebler Pass, which takes you from the dry desert environment of the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains near Paonia, Colorado to the high mountain town of Crested Butte. We traveled through green meadows up […]
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Historic Victory for Public Health as Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York 19.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City: As most of the world now knows, yesterday Governor Cuomo made the incredibly bold and principled decision to ban fracking in New York State.  For those of us who have been working so hard over the past almost seven years...
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Air Pollution A Big Factor In Heart Disease, Experts Warn 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters Health) - Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors - just like smoking and excess fat - that doctors warn patients to steer clear of, according to a new statement from 20 heart experts. Citing pollution's heavy toll on cardiovascular health, the panel urges people to take steps to protect themselves from breathing heavy traffic fumes or industrial air pollution whenever possible, and public officials to pass laws to reduce air pollution. "Cardiovascular disease is a huge global problem, causing immense suffering and premature death, as well as placing severe strain on national healthcare budgets and/or family finances," said Dr. Robert Story, a professor of cardiology at the University of Sheffield in the UK and senior author of the new position paper. Air pollution causes more than 3 million deaths worldwide each year and causes 3.1 percent of all cases of disability, Story and his coauthors write in the European Heart Journal. Air pollution is also ninth ...
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Closing in on ALS? Link Between Lethal Disease and Algae Explored 18.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Residents of Toledo, Ohio, lost drinking water for days this summer when toxins from a Lake Erie algal bloom were found in the water supply. (Photo: Jeff Reutter / Ohio Sea Grant )For 28 years, Bill Gilmore lived in a New Hampshire beach town, where he surfed and kayaked. “I’ve been in water my whole life,” he said. “Before the ocean, it was lakes. I’ve been a water rat since I was four.” Now Gilmore can no longer swim, fish or surf, let alone button a shirt or lift a fork to his mouth. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In New England, medical researchers are now uncovering clues that appear to link some cases of the lethal neurological disease to people’s proximity to lakes and coastal waters. About five years ago, doctors at a New Hampshire hospital noticed a pattern in their ALS patients – many of them, like Gilmore, lived near water. Since then, researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have identified several ALS hot spots ...
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Warning: Fracking May Harm Public Health 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
What do public health advocates like me tell people all the time? Get tested. Use protection. In practice, that means we’re always explaining how everything from cancer screenings to immunizations to bike helmets can save lives. The same logic ought to apply to natural gas drilling. Take what’s happening in Maryland, my state. Until now, Maryland has banned the controversial gas-drilling process commonly known as “fracking.” That’s kept a portion of the Marcellus Shale formation — a gas-rich stretch of bedrock that stretches from New York State to Tennessee — off-limits to frackers. Maryland was the only state to complete a public health study of the impacts of fracking before drilling. The participants found fracking to have a high or moderate likelihood of negative impacts in seven out of eight core areas — including air quality, water quality, occupational health, and earthquakes, among other things. Before Election Day, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, had supported a moratorium on ...
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Mom's Exposure To Air Pollution In Pregnancy Doubles Child's Risk Of Autism, Study Says 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday. The greater the exposure to fine particulates emitted by fires, vehicles, and industrial smokestacks the greater the risk, found the study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives. Earlier research also found an autism-pollution connection, including a 2010 study that found the risk of autism doubled if a mother, during her third trimester, lived near a freeway, a proxy for exposure to particulates. But this is the first to examine the link across the United States, and "provides additional support" to a possible link, said Heather Volk of the University of Southern California Children's Hospital, who led earlier studies. U.S. diagnoses of autism soared to one in 68 children in 2010 (the most ...
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY 18.12.2014 Philly.com News
GREEN LANE A cat that evidently had a tough life and was being cared for at the Green Lane Veterinary Hospital has tested positive for rabies, according to the Montgomery County Health Department.
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EDF at Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Strengthened Smog Standards Urgently Needed to Protect Human Health and the Environment 18.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF at Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Strengthened Smog Standards Urgently Needed to Protect Human Health and the Environment
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In Huge Win for Environment and Public Health, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking 18.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Fracking-Related Air Pollution Leads to Major Health Threats 17.12.2014 Environmental News Network
A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas activity.
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Winter Tips for Staying Warm without Hurting Your Wallet 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Elizabeth Noll, Energy Efficiency Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Winter officially begins Sunday but as the temperature continues to drop and we crank up the heat to stay warm, it doesn’t have to come at the expense of our wallets, comfort, or the environment. Staying warm and cutting expensive...
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Report on Fracking's Health Risks Underscores Need for Cuomo to Extend Moratorium 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City: Just over a month after his re-election, Governor Cuomo has been making waves on fracking—telling reporters in recent days that he will make a major decision before the end of the year. With a moratorium in place since before he...
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More Fracking Fumes: Studies Repeatedly Find Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites 16.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco: Science is about identifying patterns.  A single study finding unsafe levels of a contaminant raises concern, but when the results of multiple studies start to converge the science is telling us we have a problem.  Over the past year, at...
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REPORT: Five Major Health Threats from Fracking-Related Air Pollution 16.12.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2014) – A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas ...
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That electric car may not be as green as you think 15.12.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Hey, electric-car drivers: Before you get all smug about your green cred, ask yourselves a couple of key questions:

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One Big Winner in the recent election: Cancer-Causing Chemicals (and their toxic friends) 15.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Washington DC: American law recognizes corporations as people, but are individual cancer-causing chemicals people also?  Based on how law and policy is made in Washington, it would seem so – since carcinogens enjoy representation by an army of lobbyists and scientists-for-hire before...
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2014--A Year of Clean Cars for All 15.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Luke Tonachel, Vehicles Analyst, New York City: Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   When it comes to automobiles, 2014 has been a year of good news for consumers, public health and the environment. Thanks to tightening standards, cars are more fuel efficient...
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High-stakes health care battle in the Green Mountain state 15.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Commentary: fate of Vermont single-payer initiative may depend on financing plan.
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