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Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking 27.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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The Porn “Public Health Crisis” Has Competition 26.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
The Porn “Public Health Crisis” Has Competition
How politicians talk about public health is just as important as what they choose to talk about. The post The Porn "Public Health Crisis" Has Competition appeared first on WIRED.
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Airplane pollution danger to public health, and will be regulated, U.S. EPA confirms 25.7.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Airplane pollution danger to public health, and will be regulated, U.S. EPA confirms
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Over 10,000 March on Eve of Democratic National Convention, Demanding Fracking Ban and Huge Investment in Renewables 25.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch Local and national advocacy leaders and affected individuals held a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday July 24th, 11:30 am before being joined by over ten thousand concerned Americans at 1 pm for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Convened by Americans Against Fracking, which called for a nationwide ban on fracking and major investment in renewable energy. The march was endorsed by more than 900 environmental, health, labor, political, faith, justice, indigenous and student organizations from every ...
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Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for money 24.7.2016 AP Washington
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) -- Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets....
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Gold King one year later: Colorado’s mustard-yellow disaster spurs plans for leaking mine 24.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Environmental Protection Agency crews still are preparing to stabilize the Gold King's collapsed portal to gain access for cleanup.
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How to make the best ‘superfood’ salad 23.7.2016 Washington Post
How to make the best ‘superfood’ salad
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Environmental Consequences of the Brexit 22.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Natalie Himmel, University of Iowa Britain's vote to leave the European Union has electrified the interest of policy makers, leaders, and investors as the consequences of the vote unfold. As a result of the vote, many internal and external implications may arise, including environmental concerns that put Britain at risk for weakened environmental standards and a stifled voice in international environmental law. Britain's history with the environment is strung with failures and triumphs. Although the study of animal and plant species in Britain has had centuries of established academic research, "conservation" as we know it today did not become a public or political concern until after the Second World War. In 1950 Britain's production of coal was at a peak, and so was its pollution. This unchecked production provoked environmental and human health disasters, such as The Great Smog of 1952 and the proliferation of poor water quality, particularly of Britain's drinking and beach waters. The critical ...
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“Conclusive test results” on Hugo’s water expected by afternoon amid suspected THC contamination 22.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
The town of about 750 warned its residents about the water on Thursday because officials said preliminary tests of the water came back positive for the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.
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Former Cleanup Workers Blame Illnesses on Toxic Coal Ash Exposures 21.7.2016 Truthout.com
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant looms above parkland today. The area was once coated by coal ash mounds measuring up to 60 feet tall. (Photo: Kristen Lombardi / Center for Public Integrity) It was April 28, 2014, five years after Craig Wilkinson's 12-month stint as a backhoe operator at a massive coal-ash spill in Tennessee. Wilkinson was desperate for answers. Bearing a list of metals -- arsenic, lead, mercury and others concentrated in coal ash -- he arrived at a clinic specializing in toxic exposures. Maybe someone there could tell him what was coursing through his body. Wilkinson, then 56, adopted a "weather-through-it" mentality on the job. But his body had betrayed him since he had signed on as a cleanup worker following a dike failure that unleashed a billion gallons of ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant. His vision grew dull, his head dizzy. Within months, he experienced a cough so persistent that it left him gasping for breath. By 2012, he was diagnosed ...
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Preschool closes after 2 girls sickened by E. coli 21.7.2016 AP Washington
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A Snohomish County preschool has been temporarily closed while officials try to track down the source of an E. coli contamination that has sickened two students....
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Oakland City Council Takes Final Vote, Confirming Coal Ban 20.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, the Oakland City Council voted to confirm an ordinance that would ban coal from being handled and stored in the City of Oakland, including a resolution to apply the ordinance to the proposed Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal. With the second vote - following the first vote on June 27th - the ban is confirmed.

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We need to eat less meat. Should the government step in? 20.7.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We need to eat less meat. Should the government step in?
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Increased Asthma Attacks Tied to Exposure to Natural Gas Production 20.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A Marcellus Shale rig and gas well operation on Ridge Road in Jackson Township, operated by Rex Energy. (Photo: WCN 24/7 / Flickr ) Exposure to more intense shale gas development correlates with a higher risk of asthma attacks among asthma patients, according to a new study of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, one of the nation's largest and most active fracking regions. The paper,  published Monday  in JAMA Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association, didn't examine the exact cause of the trend. But lead author Sara Rasmussen, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said air pollution and stress are both plausible explanations. Natural gas development releases various air pollutants including particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and sulfur dioxide. The equipment also produces loud noises and bright lights, which can increase anxiety and sleeplessness. Years of research show that all these factors can ...
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Using urban pigeons to monitor lead pollution 20.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Tom Lehrer sang about poisoning them, but those pigeons in the park might be a good way to detect lead and other toxic compounds in cities. A new study of pigeons in New York City shows that levels of lead in the birds track with neighborhoods where children show high levels of lead exposure."Pigeons breathe the same air, walk the same sidewalks, and often eat the same food as we do. What if we could use them to monitor possible dangers to our health in the environment, like lead pollution?" said Rebecca Calisi, now an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis, who conducted the study with undergraduate student Fayme Cai while at Barnard College, Columbia University. The work is published July 18 in the journal Chemosphere.Decades after it was banned from paint and gasoline, lead pollution remains a significant concern. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene carries out routine screening of children in areas of ...
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Near Exide plant, dangerous lead levels in some yards are 100 times above health limits 20.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Homes, schools and at least one day-care center near a shuttered Vernon battery recycler are contaminated with higher levels of brain-damaging lead than previously disclosed, with soil samples at some properties found to be so hazardous they are as much as 100 times above California’s health...

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Maryland Switches Opioid Treatments, And Some Patients Cry Foul 20.7.2016 NPR News
The state switched funding Suboxone strips for treatment of opioid abuse because they were being trafficked in jails. But some patients say the pill that was substituted isn't working for them.
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Ship engine emissions adversely affect macrophages 19.7.2016 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
In cooperation with colleagues of the University of Rostock, the University of Luxembourg, the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Eastern Finland, the Munich Scientists have now published the results in the journal PLOS ONE. In 2015 they already showed that exposure to particle emissions from heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel fuel (DF) adversely affects human lung cells and is responsible for strong biological responses of the cells ("How Ship Emissions Adversely Affect Lung Cells"). For example, inflammatory processes are triggered that may influence the development of interstitial lung diseases. Now the team led by Professor Ralf Zimmermann has found in further studies that macrophages are also influenced by the exhaust gases. These are much more sensitive than lung epithelial cells and therefore react more strongly to exposure. Zimmermann is speaker of the international consortium Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular ...
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Let's Return Our Cities To The People Who Live There 19.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"The New American Dream Is Living in a City," Time magazine declared -- just one of the thousands of think pieces over the last few years about why young people today are choosing to live downtown, where they can have diverse experiences, inhabit public spaces and walk everywhere they need to go. That certainly sounds like lovely way to live -- healthy, connected and car-free. Unfortunately, residents many urban neighborhoods have been experiencing a different reality. The truth is, many urban neighborhoods are effectively cut off from their cities by highways, constraining access to jobs and public services for the residents who live there. These highways may pose a health risk, too: studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency suggest air pollution from traffic can exacerbate health issues for those living, working or attending school near major roads. It's taken almost 60 years, but we are finally realizing the error we made when the United States ...
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Changing Environmental Values and a Changing World 18.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People value the planet's air, water, creatures, and natural wonders. While pundits do not always understand how the environment works as a political issue, this past Earth Day, Karlyn Bowman of Forbes analyzed the political dynamics of American environmentalism and accurately reported the latent power of America's environmental values. Bowman observed: Each year since 1994, the Pew Research Center has asked about priorities for the President and Congress. Of the eighteen issues Pew examined in early 2016, 47% said "protecting the environment" should be a top priority. The issue ranked low--thirteenth of 18 issues the pollsters examined...These low rankings don't mean that Americans no longer care about the environment. Having a clean and healthful environment is a core value for most people. What the responses probably tell us is that Americans think policymakers, regulators, and activists are paying sufficient attention to environmental issues and that they want them to turn their attention to more ...
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