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Why Your Environment Is Working Against You—And How To Fix It 22.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article first appeared on QuietRev.com Did you know that the way we dress, our facial expressions, our posture, and the tone of our voice make up 93 percent of what we communicate to others?  Research pioneered by Dr. Albert Mehrabian shows that what we communicate non-verbally can be highly impactful. We are hardwired to listen to our senses without conscious thought, and this ability helps protect us from danger and saves us time making endless decisions throughout the day.    If we are so influenced by our senses, what else is subconsciously triggering our everyday decisions? Lately, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to “nudges” in the built environment around us. The built environment includes the size and shape of our roads, parks, and buildings: these all drive our behavior. Specifically, I’ve been in search of ways the built environment can affect decisions we make about our health. What we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel impacts our actions—and emerging research in urban planning, ...
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A Life-Saving Clean Power Plan in the Hands of a US Court 22.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Your future and that of your family is on trial at a court in Washington, DC. On Sept. 27, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the country's most relevant federal initiative to fight climate change, and then decide whether it will ever be implemented. Attorneys from both sides will present their views and answer the judges' questions about the legal arguments submitted to the court months ago. And for us Latinos, this is a critical decision. We disproportionately suffer the consequences of climate change and the fossil fuel pollution that causes it. The Obama administration's EPA finalized the CPP in 2015 to curb power plant carbon emissions for the first time ever. These plants generate 40 percent of the climate change pollution. The initiative would reduce these emissions by 32 percent in relation to 2005 levels by 2030. For Latinos these reductions are literally a matter of life and death. Almost 40 percent of us live ...
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Compliance with Clean Power Plan is Within Reach — Even for States Opposing It 21.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Nicholas Bianco ( Tomás Carbonell , EDF Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, and Diane Munns , EDF Senior Director of External Affairs, co-authored this post) In one week – on Tuesday, September 27th – the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in legal challenges brought by the coal industry and its allies against the Clean Power Plan . The Clean Power Plan establishes the nation’s first ever climate pollution standards for the power sector, which is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States, and one of the largest sources in the world. (According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , the next largest sector – light-duty vehicles, which includes passenger cars and most pickup trucks – accounted for roughly one-half the emissions of the power sector in 2014.)  As a result, the Clean Power Plan is one of the most important measures the United States has ever taken to combat the threat of climate change. The Clean Power Plan is ...
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'Yes, logging introduces mercury!' New revelations from Grassy Narrows 21.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Another stunning story in the Toronto Star last week revealed that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish even as the province refused a request by the First Nation for an environmental assessment of the province's 10-year logging plan for the area.  The article references government emails obtained through freedom of information requests made by Grassy ...
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Nothing to see here: Southeast Asia flummoxed by haze study 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Local

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean authorities have dismissed research that smoky haze from catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia last year caused 100,000 deaths. Some even contend the haze caused no serious health problems, but experts say those assertions contradict well-established science. Last year’s fires in Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo […]
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Staggering Human Toll Of Southeast Asia’s Annual Haze 21.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SINGAPORE —The Pollutant Standards Index hit  almost 2,000  in Palangkaraya last September, as thick, choking smoke shrouded the capital of Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. Anything over 100 on the air pollution estimate is considered “unhealthy.” A number above 300 is “ hazardous .”  Last year’s haze across Southeast Asia, an annual concern in this region, was particularly gruesome and a powerful El Niño weather pattern intensified the problem. Thousands fled their homes in Indonesia; schools were shuttered in Singapore and Malaysia; and diplomatic tensions escalated as the thick haze persisted for weeks, a result of forest fires raging mostly on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and in Kalimantan. But the human impact of the haze was far more devastating than these issues, according to a new study from Harvard and Columbia universities. Researchers found that last year’s haze crisis may have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths in the region — more than 90,000 in Indonesia, 6,500 in Malaysia and ...
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Think Blue: Finding Growth in the Caribbean Sea 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ours is a blue planet. Water covers over 70% of the Earth's surface, and the ocean economy drives global trade, annually contributing around 3% or US$ 1.5 trillion to global value added. What's more, experts expect ocean-based industries to double this contribution to global GDP within the next 15 years. But this growth comes at a price, and we find ourselves today at a crossroads. Without a concerted effort to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment, mounting threats to ocean health could jeopardize the benefits of the seas for future generations. The good news is that it is still not too late to act. From Green to Blue "Thinking green" was the buzzword of the past decade, as countries and companies alike woke up to their shared responsibility to sustainability. Now it's time to add another color to the pallet: blue. The "blue" economy looks to balance ocean wealth and ocean health by sustainably managing ocean assets (e.g. fish stocks, coral reefs, etc.) and ecosystem services (e.g. coastal ...
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How Big Pharma's Industrial Waste Is Fuelling the Rise in Superbugs Worldwide 20.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Factories that produce antibiotics are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, leading to bacteria in the environment becoming resistant to the drugs. (Photo: Global Environment Facility / Flickr ) Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report  which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains. Factories in China and India -- where the majority of the world's antibiotics are produced -- are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, highlights the report by a coalition of environmental and public health organisations. Ingredients used in antibiotics get into the local soil and water systems, leading to bacteria in the environment becoming resistant to the drugs. They are able to exchange genetic material with other nearby germs, spreading antibiotic resistance around the world, the report claims. Ahead of a ...
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The Our Ocean Movement 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
2016 Our Ocean conference sign, State Department Photo The statistics on the current health of our ocean and projections for its future are alarming. Right now, 30 percent of our fisheries are overfished. At our current rate of pollution our ocean is projected to have more plastic than fish by 2050. Our sea level may rise by up to six feet by the end of the century. There is no question that the health of our ocean is threatened. The only question is what we will do about it. Our ocean needs more champions who will fight for the resources needed to protect it, and this year we saw many of them step forward. Last week, 450 leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector came together at the U.S. Department of State to make commitments to protect our ocean. Their pledges addressed four main challenges facing our ocean: illegal and unsustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, climate change, and the need for more marine protected areas. When Secretary Kerry started the Our Ocean ...
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Pharmaceutical Companies Exposed as Contributors to Antimicrobial Resistance 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Mighty

Ahead of the first-ever United Nations high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in New York on Wednesday, a coalition of environmental and public health organizations released a major report connecting specific major pharmaceutical companies to the development of superbugs.

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Double Standard? What If Clinton Hinted Trump Should Be Shot? 19.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green In a week of Deplorables, Pneumonia-Gate, and Lies about Birther Lies, guess which got the least coverage? Lowry & Barrett debate why the candidates are indeed graded on a curve and, short of sex change operation, what Hillary should do about it. "HERE"S what you have to lose!" #BasketofDeplorabes. Was this essentially a classic gaffe. impolitic yet true? Rich Lowry of the National Review says no because it was both self-wounding and untrue since half the GOP are not racists and nativists...which is why she apologized for it. After the Host notes that she apologized for the numeral not the noun, Wayne Barrett -- author of biographies of both Trump & Giuliani -- doesn't disagree. "While we can talk about the percentage, she should never confuse deplorable views with deplorable people -- and certainly not call them irredeemable." Rich offers a joking codicil: while some number are perhaps racially intolerant, "none of our readers are." And he adds a both-side-are rebuttal that ...
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Green Day postpones 3 shows, cancels fourth 19.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day has postponed the first three dates of its upcoming tour and canceled a fourth show due to illness, the band announced Sunday. Concerts will be rescheduled in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit, and a fourth concert in Toronto is being canceled. Tickets will be refunded, the band said. “We’re […]
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Poop In Miami Beach Waters Causing SoBe Swimmer's Advisory Warning 17.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Florida officials have concluded that swimming in the waters of South Beach is hazardous due to human feces in the waters , with the most likely culprit being a new pumping system intended to keep the low-lying island dry during next week’s king tides. The Miami Herald reports : Miami-Dade’s branch of the state health department reported levels of the bacteria enterococci that exceed federal standards on South Beach and at the north beach of Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. The presence of the bacteria, which is found in animal and human intestinal tracts, is an indicator of fecal pollution. That pollution may come from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage. “The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,” read the advisory. Speaking of things that are both low and lying, in May, I asked Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine what he planned to do about scientific reports indicating the presence of human poop ...
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How Big Pharma’s Industrial Waste Is Fueling the Rise in Superbugs Worldwide 17.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Madlen Davies, Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Pharmaceutical companies are fuelling the rise of superbugs by manufacturing drugs in factories that leak industrial waste, says a new report which calls on them to radically improve their supply chains.

Factories in China and India – where the majority of the world’s antibiotics are produced – are releasing untreated waste fluid containing active ingredients into surrounding areas, highlights the report by a coalition of environmental and public health organisations.

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These Minneapolis Bicyclists Will Take You on a Spirited Tour -- Of Their Polluted Neighborhood 17.9.2016 Truthout.com
A gaggle of cyclists touring Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood is led by Jose Luis Villasenor, who is tugging a 1,200-watt speaker blaring Latin tunes. The group's energy is infectious. People from passing cars cheer on the cyclists or excitedly shout, "Who are you guys?" This is Villasenor's Toxic Bike Tour, a racially diverse mix of bicyclists coming together to check out environmental injustice in East Phillips. They ride past thick clouds of smoke and the diesel smell of idling trucks. Villasenor explains the health effects of arsenic and lead on residents. Villasenor is the executive director of Tamales y Bicicletas, an urban grassroots organization that mobilizes communities of color to take on environmental advocacy through sustainable cultural practices, like bicycling and growing traditional foods. Villasenor hopes his spirited tour will inspire people in his neighborhood to fight environmental injustice and health disparities. "I'm Mexicano, and when [the Latino community] talks about ...
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How U.S. Cities Might Look If They Polluted Like China 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
American cities would probably look radically different if we hadn’t taken major steps to limit air pollution . For example, you might not be able to see them at all. New visualizations from Save on Energy , a company that lets consumers compare electricity plans, imagine life without the regulations enshrined in the Clean Air Act . The images show what several U.S. cities might look like today if air contamination matched the levels in Xingtai, an industrial Chinese city that’s home to more than 7 million people  ― as well as constant smog and some of the worst air pollution in the world. Here’s New York City: Save on Energy determined the potential air pollution levels, measured by the concentration of fine particles in the air, by using Xinghai’s pollution levels and adjusting for each U.S. city’s population. The company then considered how that would affect visibility, and applied an equivalent smog filter to images of each city.  The World Health Organization, which tracks cities’ smog levels, ...
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Chemicals In Drinking Water Prompt Inspections Of U.S. Military Bases 16.9.2016 NPR News
Synthetic chemicals have been found in Colorado water supplies. The Pentagon is examining hundreds of military sites for possible contamination by PFCs, which have been linked to health problems.
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Zero Waste Cities: At The Forefront Of The Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A call to rethink our relationship with the stuff that we use and discard is fundamental to the sustainability agenda. Making "cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" will prove to be one of the most critically important SDGs of this century. In particular, SDG 11.6 commits us all "by 2030, [to] reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality, municipal and other waste management". In the context of an unprecedentedly rapid pace of urban population growth - not only does most of the global population now live in cities, it is foreseen that by 2050, 70% of the population will live in the urban context , effective management of municipal solid waste poses one of the biggest challenges . Badly managed municipal solid waste contributes to resource depletion, economic lock-in, air pollution, and public health impacts such as diarrhoea, asthma, dengue fever, and other serious health effects such as cancer. ...
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Check out these 6 novel ways to empower employees 15.9.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Here's what Bloomberg, Genentech, Mattel and Unilever are doing to inspire sustainable values and action in the workforce.
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Monsanto and the Poisonous Cartel of GMOs in India 14.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

India is steeped in a synthesized controversy created by Monsanto on the first GMO crop supposedly approved for commercialization.

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