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Amid water crisis, Obama prepares to visit Flint, Mich. 4.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
He's there to check in on federal efforts to help the city's residents after dangerous levels of lead in tap water were discovered last year.
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Another Secret Trade Deal Leaks, Shows Corporations Still in Control 4.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
European protesters display an inflated horse in a demonstration against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on February 4, 2015. (Photo: Greensefa ) "There are no red lines which would clearly protect environment and health." -- Jorgo Riss , director of Greenpeace EU There has been a major leak concerning another "trade" agreement that is currently being negotiated in secret. This time it is the TTIP and it was leaked by Greenpeace . TPP, TTIP, What? First, some explanation. If you are reading this you've been hearing a lot about the TPP, which is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. There's another "trade" agreement being negotiated called the TTIP, which is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. So for shorthand on the shorthand: TPP = Pacific, TTIP = Atlantic. The TPP (Pacific) negotiations have been completed. The TPP negotiations took place in a secret process dominated by the giant multinational corporations, and the final agreement is waiting to be approved or ...
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Oil Pipeline from Hell 4.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I love the natural world and dislike what people have been doing to it for money: ripping it apart for gold, silver, other metals, coal, natural gas and oil, especially oil. This process of extraction and plundering of the natural world for "resources" is not new. Pliny the Elder, Gaius Plinius Secundus, a Roman military official and scholar of the first century of our era, denounced the destruction of the Earth for metals, especially iron. In book 33 of his "Natural History," he describes the greed and "sheer recklessness" of mining for iron that warfare made more precious than gold. Pliny wondered of the long-term effects of mining, including the corruption of the miners. He wished people relied only on what the Earth provided on its surface, ending their searches for riches "deep within the bowels of the Earth." Pliny was prescient. Humans, however, keep digging for easy money. Such excavations made the coal, petroleum, and natural gas industries the giants they have become. After all, the fossil fuel ...
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Significant contamination at 3,900 fracking spill sites in North Dakota alone 3.5.2016 TreeHugger
Lead, salt and radioactive radium, these are just some of the yummy things you'll find in water and soil in and around fracking sites in North Dakota.
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Americans Waste Enough Food to End World Hunger, and More 3.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Americans waste enough food to end world hunger; in Florida, a new community is being designed to exist in harmony with the environment; air pollution affects more than just respiratory health; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this ... While much of the mainstream media was focused on 2016 election cycle, Secretary of State John Kerry was making history with his granddaughter at the United Nations. Late last month, Secretary Kerry joined a gathering of the majority of the world's nations and signed on to the historic Paris climate accord. As of the end of April, more than 100 countries have officially signed on to the climate pact, but there is still much more work to be done to make the agreement official in the eyes of international law. To put the climate accord into force, at least 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global carbon emissions must sign the pact and approve it ...
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Colorado Supreme Court Strips the Constitutional Right To Enact Local Fracking Bans 2.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch Today, the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the rights of Coloradans to protect their health, safety and wellbeing from fracking through the use of local bans. The justices denied residents their “right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness” as outlined in the Colorado Constitution, by determining that oil and gas development is pre-empted by the ...
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Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability 2.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs - what I like to call our "people habitat" - and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two realms - people habitat and natural habitat - more harmonious? These issues are acutely on my mind today because I am preparing a talk I have been invited to deliver early next month on "Urbanism and Sustainability." (For those who are interested, it will be at the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, in Detroit, at 10.15 am on June 8 .) The scales of urban sustainability I suppose I should start by defining what I mean by "environmental sustainability." I generally use the phrase in its colloquial sense, to mean environmental health. More formally, most scholars start with the definition of sustainable development in the international treatise Our Common ...
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Colorado to pay high price for doctor to study marijuana legalization 30.4.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado health officials want to hire somebody to keep an eye on marijuana legalization — at potentially one of the highest salaries in state ...
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Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination 29.4.2016 AP Top News
The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat....
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Will Pennsylvania Cut Oil and Gas Air Pollution? 29.4.2016 Truthout.com
Oil and gas field residents ask important questions, such as "Are the wells and facilities polluting the air?" and "Is that why I'm sick?" Unfortunately, industry representatives and some elected officials often give dismissive answers, like "Natural gas is clean" and "There's only anecdotal evidence of health problems." Well, hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and much community air testing later , it's getting harder to hide an essential fact: oil and gas development causes air (and water) pollution and harms health. Increasingly, there's also visual evidence, thanks to infrared cameras that make pollution invisible to the naked eye, visible to the world. On April 28, Earthworks released a video that clearly demonstrates why stronger protections against oil and gas air pollution are needed. It shares the stories of three Pennsylvania residents living with wells, compressor stations, and pipelines. David Brown of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project also weighs in on the risks of ...
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Fine-particle pollution linked to wider number of cancers, premature births 29.4.2016 Washington Post
Fine-particle pollution linked to wider number of cancers, premature births
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The True Cost of Electricity: What we’re not paying for through our utility bills 28.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ferit Ucar The price we all pay for electricity generally does not reflect the “true costs” of producing it. As described in a recent blog post , generating electricity creates harmful pollution, damaging the environment and public health. This comes with a cost, but it is not necessarily paid for by those generating the pollution or purchasing the electricity. These types of costs are known as “external costs.” For example, a coal-fired power plant releases pollution into the atmosphere, which adversely affects the health of residents in nearby communities. This pollution is an example of an external cost because it causes health problems that neither the plant owners nor the electric users pay for (unless they live near the plant and pay the cost through their health bills). From coal mining and energy production, to distributing and using that energy, to disposing of waste products, electricity has many external costs. By examining them, we can better understand the true cost of electricity and how ...
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BNSF's proposed port rail yard poses health risks 28.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Jim Newton's op-ed article on the recent court decision involving a proposed rail yard at the Port of Los Angeles dismissed the harm from air pollution on the project's neighbors. ("How good environmental legislation goes wrong," Opinion, April 21)

Newton claimed that the proposed...

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How NASA Is Using Space-Age Technology To Stop Air Pollution 28.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NASA is celebrated for space probes and Mars missions. But one of the agency's next big projects could also make a major contribution to public health.  The U.S. space agency, along with agencies in Europe and South Korea, is making plans to launch a fleet of air pollution sensors into space. The sensors, which are being built by NASA, the European Space Agency and the South Korean government, are meant to monitor and track pollutants from orbit. Scientists hope NASA's contribution to the project, called TEMPO , will provide a more accurate picture of how dangerous particles crisscross the Earth.  "Air pollution is really a global pollution," Barry Lefer, a NASA scientist and project manager for TEMPO, told The Huffington Post. "Pollution from the U.S. travels to Europe, pollution from Asia travels to the U.S. And satellites are the best way to see the long-range transportation of pollution." The final product, which scientists say will be a "constellation" of pollution-tracking satellites, is still ...
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Lawsuit Launched to Fight Dangerous Sulfur, Nitrogen Pollution 28.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Conservation and public-health groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency because the agency has failed to update air-pollution thresholds for sulfur and nitrogen.

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The impacts of air pollution on the developing fetus 27.4.2016 Environmental News Network
Even small amounts of air pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature births and lifelong neurological and respiratory disorders in their children, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.Fine particles from car exhaust, power plants and other industrial sources are breathed into the lungs, but the scientists have now found evidence of the effects of that pollution in the pregnant women's placentas, the organ that connects her to her fetus and provides blood, oxygen and nutrition. They found that the greater the maternal exposure to air pollution, the more likely the pregnant women suffered from a condition called intrauterine inflammation, which can increase the risk of a number of health problems for her child from the fetal stage well into childhood. 
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Experts Agree: The Clean Power Plan has a Rock Solid Legal and Technical Foundation 26.4.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
An extraordinarily broad coalition of states, cities, leading companies, members of Congress, medical associations, consumer and ratepayer experts, and organizations from across the country underscored their support for the Clean Power Plan earlier this month, filing a host of legal briefs in court to defend the Plan against attacks by major polluters. As EDF’s president […]
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Do you live in one of America's worst cities for air pollution? 25.4.2016 Environmental News Network
The American Lung Association has released its annual “State of the Air” report and its findings are troubling. Most Americans live in counties with air pollution so bad that it is a severe risk to their health. According to the report, that means 166 million people are at risk of an early death and significant health problems including asthma, developmental damage and cancer.Without a doubt the most concerning discovery made by the American Lung Association was that short-term particle pollution had increased sharply since last year’s report: “Short-term spikes” of particle pollution hit record levels in seven of the 25 most polluted U.S. cities in this period.
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Every single movie coming out this summer 24.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary
The 2016 Summer Movie Preview is a snapshot of the films opening through early September. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change. April 29 A Beautiful Planet The view of Earth from space and the information it reveals about humanity's effect on the planet...
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Our Beleaguered Planet 22.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly in South America and heading north toward the U.S. as summer comes, shows how a previously isolated and sporadic illness can suddenly become a frightening pandemic because of the combined effects of global warming and overpopulation. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika apparently arose in Uganda in the 1940s and occurred only episodically until 2015, when it began to spread explosively in Brazil, mainly in densely crowded urban areas. Like other mosquitoes, which are vectors for many diseases, Aedes aegypti thrives in a warm climate, and, as nearly all experts now agree, the world’s climate is steadily growing warmer because of human activity. In addition, this particular mosquito has evolved to live in close proximity to humans, and breeds in small amounts of water in human trash, such as bottle caps and plastic containers. The transmission of the virus occurs ...
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