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Big Oil: Masters of Deception and Inhumanity 23.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, the American Petroleum Institute -- the primary lobbying group for the oil and gas industry -- hit a new low in their use of deceptive advertising. The lobbyists launched a huge advertising campaign throughout the country aimed at stopping the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job, which is protecting the public from unsafe levels of pollution. Right now, the EPA is considering setting a more protective ozone standard, which would limit the amount of ozone, a greenhouse gas, that states can allow into the air. This is not something the agency does because federal bureaucrats woke up and decided they wanted to write hundreds of pages of new regulations. Devising rules to protect public health is their job. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review up-to-date scientific and medical literature every five years to help determine what levels of ozone, also called smog, are unsafe. The problem: Big Oil sees that critical mission as a threat to their bottom line, despite ...
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Sierra Club Celebrates Environmental Justice Victory with Closure of Major Polluter Loopholes 23.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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A Victory in the Decades-Long Fight for Environmental Justice in the Gulf and Beyond 23.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Suzie Canales never planned on going back home. But, when she saw what was happening to her family, her friends and her neighbors in her community, she could not stay away. In 1999, Suzie visited Corpus Christi from Illinois at a time of tragedy. Her sister, Diana had passed away at the age of 42 due to breast cancer, and she was back in Texas for the funeral. As she explained to CleanHouston.org , it was there that she heard people repeatedly tell her that many others in the area around her sister's age also faced cancer, prompting Canales to begin to question whether or not, in a community home to industrial facilities like refineries and power plants, something in the local environment could have contributed to her sister's death and the deaths of so many others. From there, she started organizing in her community, co-founding Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) to dig into exactly what was getting into the local air and water. Over the years, Canales and CFEJ mobilized around some of the more ...
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Destroying What Remains 22.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Larimer County confirms first 2015 human case of tularemia 22.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed this year's first human case of tularemia in a county resident.
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10 Reasons to Boot Nestle Water Bottling out of California 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, protesters delivered 515,000 signatures on a petition to Nestle's headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles telling Nestle to get out of town. Here are 10 good reasons why the nation's number one water bottler needs to go: 1. California is facing the 4th year of a record drought. With water reserves disappearing, the public faces mandatory 25% conservation restrictions on water usage. Why should Nestle be allowed to take our water for its bottled water business? U.S. Forest Service officials say they are investigating "long-expired permits that Nestle has been using to pipe water out of national forests to use for bottled water."(Source: The Desert Sun ) 2. Drinking water is a human right under California law and our public right to drinking water must be the priority over corporate profiteering of our water supply. 3. Bottling water wastes water. It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water ( Pacific Institute ) 4. Bottling water wastes oil. Plastic is made from fossil fuels. ...
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Fine Particulate Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Autism 21.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. The research is funded by The Heinz Endowments and published in the July edition of Environmental Research.
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Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Plastic Pollution Movement is very new. The problem developed within our lifetimes with the explosion of single use plastics thanks to mankind's acceptance of a fossil fuel based economy and increasingly disruptive extraction methods for petroleum and natural gas such as fracking, off shore drilling, and tar sands extraction that have produced a glut of petrochemicals we have used for both energy and products that harm our climate, wildlife, oceans, food chain and poison us. I am a child of activists, it's in my blood, and this gives me hope that through education we are producing a whole new generation of environmental and health activists to carry on the mission after us. My parents were civil rights activists. They attended Duke University for graduate school in 1960's and were horrified to come face-to-face with segregation. They organized to desegregate Durham. For a time, I thought Civil Rights was my calling as well, but I've always been an avid nature lover, and when I discovered about ...
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Destroying What Remains 21.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com [This essay is a joint TomDispatch / Truthout  report.]  I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, "the great one." During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state’s highest peaks.  It was there that I took in my own insignificance while living amid rock and ice, sleeping atop glaciers that creaked and moaned as they slowly ground their way toward lower elevations. Alaska contains the  largest coastal mountain range  in the world and the highest peak in North America. It has more coastline than the entire contiguous 48 states combined and is big enough to hold the state of Texas two and a half times over. It has the largest population of bald eagles in the country. It has 430 kinds of birds along with the brown bear, the largest carnivorous land mammal in the world, and ...
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Destroying What Remains: How the US Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic 21.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The USS Cowpens launches a Harpoon Missile from the aft missile deck as part of a live fire excercise, September 12, 2012. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/US Navy ; Edited: JR/TO) In Iraq in wartime, I saw what the US military was capable of in a distant ravaged land. In June, I'll see what that military is capable of in what still passes for peacetime and close to home indeed. As I sit at my desk writing this story on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the roar of Navy jets periodically rumbles in from across Puget Sound where a massive naval air station is located. I can't help but wonder whether, years from now, I'll still be writing pieces with titles like "Destroying What Remains," as the Navy continues its war-gaming in an ice-free summer Arctic.  The USS Cowpens launches a Harpoon Missile from the aft missile deck as part of a live fire excercise, September 12, 2012. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/US Navy ; Edited: JR/TO) Want to challenge ...
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Coal power in Turkey to double if Turkey's plans go forward 20.5.2015 Environmental News Network
Turkey is planning to double its coal power capacity in four years, the third largest investment in the polluting fossil fuel in the world, health campaigners have warned.The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) today called on the European Union to promote sustainable development in Turkey and end lending for new coal projects.
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TSCA reform legislation: Consideration of costs and other non-risk factors 20.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Part 1               Part 2               Part 3               Part 4               Part 5 [NOTES:  (1) This post reflects the latest versions of TSCA reform legislation: the revised version of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 passed by the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on May 14, 2015. (2) All of the earlier posts in this series have been updated to reflect these latest versions.] This is the fifth in a series of blog posts looking at less talked-about, but critically important, elements of bipartisan legislative proposals to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  This post deals with how costs and other non-risk considerations factor into safety and regulatory risk management decisions.   The safety standard Under current TSCA, EPA’s determination of whether or not a chemical presents an “unreasonable risk” requires the agency to formally balance consideration of costs and other non-risk factors against the potential danger to human health or the environment. The ...
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Climate Change and the True Wealth of Nature and Prosperity 20.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By: Marc A. Ross, founder and executive director, Rock the Earth The world we live in today will not be the world we hand off to future generations. Despite this fact, supported by thousands of scientific studies examining the impact of climate change and the plague of pollution, many of our world leaders continue to ignore the truth and persistently place shortsighted self-interest and economic wealth above the wealth and prosperity of a planet teeming with a biodiverse and sustainable ecosystem. Will that sentiment prevail -- even after we have mastered the science to understand the implications of our fossil-fuel driven economies -- when our world leaders gather yet again for climate change negotiations in Paris later this year? We've been here before : more than 20 years of talks from Rio to Copenhagen to Paris. And while immense progress has been made at these gatherings, we still lack an ironclad international treaty with teeth to tackle climate change and stop toxic pollution. No doubt that's ...
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White House Pollinator Strategy Won’t Solve Bee Crisis 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Interview: Challenging Corporations' "Right" to Grow GMOs in Rural Oregon 19.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Read the Dirt editor's note: Oregonians for Community Rights has filed paperwork to begin petitioning for a "Right to Local, Community Self-Government" state constitutional amendment that would flip corporate "rights" on their head. Not only would the amendment recognize a right for local communities to adopt more stringent protections for health, safety and welfare, it would elevate that right to local self-government above corporations' claimed constitutional privileges. This spring, activists in Benton County are campaigning for a local GMO ban that has similar language. The Initiative, Measure 2-89 , asserts community rights to local self-government and seed heritage, and introduces rights for natural communities, like rivers and aquifers. Then, the ordinance declares that "corporations which violate this Ordinance shall not be deemed to be 'persons,' nor possess any other legal rights, privileges, powers, or protections which would interfere with the enforcement of rights or prohibitions enumerated ...
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Enviro Groups to Governor Abbott: Please Protect Texans’ Health 19.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Last week, seven other Texas environmental groups came together with Environmental Defense Fund to deliver the following letter to Governor Abbott: Dear Governor Abbott, We are proud Texas likes to do things its own way. When Congress passed the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) many decades ago, they included provisions that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delegate administration of the related programs and regulations. Naturally, Texas applied for and received the right from EPA to manage the environmental permitting processes related to the CAA and CWA. A key component, though, was the obligation of states to meet the minimum requirements set by delegation of the federal rules, designed to ensure the safety and health of each state’s citizens. We are very disappointed about the recent Senate Bill (SB) 709 by Senator Troy Fraser because it would put Texans’ health at risk for the sake of industry, all to solve a problem that does not exist. In addition, this bill ...
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California Lawyer With Terminal Cancer Sues State For Right To Die Peacefully 19.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three California residents with advanced or terminal diseases, along with a doctor, filed a lawsuit against the state of California last week seeking the right to choose medical aid in dying. The suit -- filed on behalf of the four plaintiffs by the nonprofit end-of-life advocacy organization Compassion & Choices -- asserts that the California constitution and existing state laws should allow medical professionals to prescribe mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses medications "they can take in their final days to end their dying process painlessly and peacefully, ending unbearable pain and suffering," according to a news release. The lead plaintiff in the case, and the only one whose illness is terminal, is Christy O'Donnell, a 46-year-old civil rights attorney, former LAPD sergeant and single mother. O'Donnell is a nonsmoker and vegetarian who was diagnosed with late-stage lung caner in June 2014. The cancer had also spread to her brain. If the law allowed, she would choose to die ...
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Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF 18.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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After Duke guilty verdict, fears and questions linger about coal ash 18.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Duke Energy may have been hauled into federal court and smacked with a $102-million penalty for polluting North Carolina rivers with potentially toxic coal ash, but that didn’t do much for the tainted well water at Barbara Morales’ house.
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Letter to Gov. Abbott from TX Environmental Groups on Bill Limiting Citizens’ Ability to Protect Their Property, Health 16.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Letter to Gov. Abbott from TX Environmental Groups on Bill Limiting Citizens’ Ability to Protect Their Property, Health
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