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Can You Rely on DIY Air Pollution Sensors? 5.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Richard E. Peltier , University of Massachusetts Amherst Until recently, measuring air pollution was a task that could be performed only by trained scientists using very sophisticated - and very expensive - equipment. That has changed with the rapid growth of small, inexpensive sensors that can be assembled by almost anyone. But an important question remains: Do these instruments measure what users think they are measuring? A number of venture capital-backed startup or crowd-funded groups are marketing sensors by configuring a few dollars' worth of electronics and some intellectual property - mainly software - into aesthetically pleasing packages. The Air Quality Egg , the Tzoa and the Speck sensor are examples of gadgets that are growing in popularity for measuring air pollutants. These devices make it possible for individuals without specialized training to monitor air quality. As an environmental health researcher, I'm happy to see that people are interested in clean air, especially because air ...
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EWG and Healthy Child Healthy World - Making the World Toxin Free 3.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the past ten years, I've been a big fan of Ken Cook and the Environmental Working Group since I learned about their work. So when they asked me to co-host EWG's Healthy Child Healthy World Annual Gala, a celebration of the group's 24 years of achievement in promoting children's environmental health and reversing its negative effects, I did not have to think twice. EWG is the pillar of my life. I look to it as my main source of products and information for having a toxin-free life. Do you know what's in your tap water? What pesticides are in your food? What about the farms, fracking wells, and factories in your local area? More than two decades ago, The Environmental Working Group set out to answer these questions with breakthrough research and education, creating the mission to embower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With programs like their EWG Verified with Skin Deep , they take into account more than just ingredients in determining how safe and non-toxic a product is, ...
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Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue 2.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by […]
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Donald Trump Keeps Draining Swamp By Replacing Food Lobbyist With Former Food Lobbyist 2.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We don’t know much about what President-elect Donald Trump plans to do about the many problems — like food insecurity, environmental pollution, unsustainable farming practices and obesity — facing the U.S. food system. But what we do know so far is cause for alarm to many food advocates. To date, Trump has not announced his pick for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though various reports  have narrowed the list to a half-dozen or so names, the final selection likely won’t be made for at least another week or two. In the meantime, focus has shifted to the names of the individuals Trump previously tasked to direct the transition of the department as part of his agriculture advisory committee , a group initially headed up by veteran D.C. food and agriculture lobbyist Michael Torrey. Torrey, whose recent clients include Little Caesar’s, the Snack Food Association and the soda-pushing American Beverage Association, abruptly resigned from the post last month after Trump announced a ban on ...
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Do speed bumps kill? 1.12.2016 TreeHugger
Starting and stopping means pollution. But if they are designed right, you can go right over them.
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Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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Experts tell Wynne to clean up mercury in Grassy Narrows -- no justification in further delay 1.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Some of the world’s top scientists are refuting claims by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that attempts to clean up mercury contamination upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, north of Kenora, could make the situation worse.     “This fear is needless,” said Dr. David Schindler in a letter co-signed by scientist David Suzuki and sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne Tuesday, the Toronto Star reported.  “If the river system remains in its current state, we anticipate a continued degradation of the health and social fabric of the Grassy Narrows ...
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EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals 30.11.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a list of toxic chemicals that will be the first reviewed under a recently enacted law that gives regulators increased authority to ban substances shown to endanger human health....
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Our water's newest threat: PFCs, and how to treat for them 29.11.2016 GreenBiz.com
Activated carbon and reverse osmosis are two approaches to cleaning these nasty chemicals from drinking.
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Trump Vets Polluter Lobbyist to Run EPA 29.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As President-Elect Trump fills out his cabinet, he has an opportunity to continue the long, bipartisan tradition of appointing qualified leaders to the Environmental Protection Agency who will protect and defend the public health of all Americans. The outlook took a turn for the worse, however, when Trump met with Kathleen Hartnett White on Monday, Nov. 28. Like Myron Ebell , who is leading Trump's EPA transition team, White is a polluter-funded operative who has harshly attacked the agency. In a phone interview with Politico following her meeting with Trump, White said she'd be "honored" to serve as his EPA administrator, but she did not indicate whether or not Trump would pick her. America needs an EPA administrator who is guided by science, respects our environmental laws, and values protecting public health ahead of the lobbying agenda of special interests. White, a registered lobbyist in Texas - where she works on behalf of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an advocacy group funded in large part ...
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Efforts to Combat Zika Don't Have to Harm the Environment 27.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
November 21, 2016 -- County public health officials in South Carolina weren't thinking about bees in August, when they realized that four residents in a single town had returned from travel abroad infected with Zika. Like health officials around the world, they were thinking of the babies born with heartbreaking birth defects in Brazil. And they were thinking about mosquitoes. After reports emerged in January that thousands of Brazilian infants had been born with microcephaly, a debilitating neurodevelopmental condition marked by severely stunted head and brain growth, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency to figure out why. Scientists thought Zika might be a cause, and within months the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that it was . In the U.S., the primary Zika-transmitting mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, have been known to inhabit areas ranging from California through the Midwest and Southeast and as far north as Connecticut. When ...
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Air pollution hot spot in Paramount spurs calls for action on metal factory emissions 25.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Even with the doors and windows closed, Venecia Yanez can’t escape the head-splitting, metallic odors that permeate her Paramount home.

Yanez says the harsh fumes and smoke that waft in at all hours and the rusty residue she finds on her family’s car must be coming from one of the metal-forging...

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Ancient beauty rituals that work, and where to try them 24.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
We're still slapping on the pearl powder, spice masks and tree bark. Because we're worth it
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Nigerian farmers, fishermen sue Shell in UK over pollution 22.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LONDON (AP) — Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, leader of Nigeria’s Ogale people, unpacked four bottles of water from his homeland and lined them up on a table to show why his subjects are suing Royal Dutch Shell in a London court. The Nigerian water is contaminated with oil and cancer-causing compounds such as benzene. It’s […]
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What Do the 2016 Elections Mean for the Clean Power Plan? 22.11.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
President-Elect Trump has repeatedly claimed that climate change is a “hoax,” and has appointed notorious climate denier Myron Ebell to run the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the campaign, Trump advocated for “scrapping” the Clean Power Plan – the nation’s first limits on harmful climate pollution from existing power plants, which […]
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The Terrorism Targeting Our Grandchildren 21.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Paul Buchheit

Four decades of American narcissism and greed and exceptionalism have allowed the super-rich to dictate the future path of our nation. We're paying the price now, with environmental disasters, nonexistent savings for half of our families, Americans dying because of expensive health care, and a growing fear of blowback from desperate victims of our foreign wars.

Environment Be Damned

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State officials seek EPA sign-off on plan for dirty air that fails to meet federal ozone standards 21.11.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado officials say it will be 2021 before the state meets the current federal health standard for ozone air pollution — for which metro Denver and the northern Front Range have been out of compliance for more than four years.
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Meth contamination pervades Skagit County motel 20.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The meth contamination at the Burlington motel was so prevalent the testing lab thought its machines were wrong, said Mayor Steve Sexton.
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Actions That Reduce Air Pollution In Cities Will Help Fight Climate Change -- And Save Children's Lives 19.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During my time at COP22 last week, it became clear to me that we need actions that are not only substantial in impact, but that can also be measurably felt by families and communities -- now. This is where political and social momentum can be harnessed, and spur further progress. It is where change can be felt, immediately and on a daily basis, both in terms of a better environment, as well as a better quality of life. Actions that reduce air pollution in cities offer tremendous potential. Air pollution is as widespread as it is dangerous. Almost 2 billion children live in areas that exceed international guidelines. Around 300 million children reside in the worst affected areas with levels exceeding international guidelines by at least six times. According to the World Health Organization, around 127,000 children under the age of 5 died in 2012 from diseases linked to outdoor air pollution. Air pollution also makes children sick. It is linked with respiratory conditions that can be debilitating, such as ...
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SEPTA strike made Philly's air pollution worse 18.11.2016 Philly.com News
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