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Parts of Earth 'look kind of sick' 12.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Which Primary Promises Should We Believe? 12.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Who should we believe of the leading candidates remaining in the Presidential primaries that last through June? Bernie says he will tax the wealthiest enough to pay for his programs, such as tuition free public college and universal health care. But that means raising middle class taxes, as well. The Donald says he is such a successful businessman that he will negotiate us out of all our problems. But how much can he be believed with four bankruptcies and three marriages already? Polls show that economic issues top the voters' concerns, so we should look at the how they will solve those issues. Bernie believes he will save citizens money by converting to universal health care, because if everyone's covered, the government will have the clout to negotiate down drug and hospital costs. Though Trump says he won't touch social security and Medicare, he would cut taxes for the wealthiest even more, which will only increase the budget deficit. That's because we know trickle-down economics doesn't work (i.e., ...
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Environmental Leader Rep. Grijalva Speaks out about Crucial Issues for Latinos and the Nation as a Whole 11.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In his 12-year legislative career in Congress, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has been a champion of the environment and the protection of public health from the daily bombardment of toxic pollution. As the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources , his work on issues such as environmental justice (EJ), climate change and the protection of our special places has set a very high standard for the rest of his colleagues on Capitol Hill. As the representative of a border district, he has been a staunch opponent to the construction of the wall along the Mexican border alleging cost effectiveness concerns and the damage to critical habitat areas. Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus , has been a leading voice in Congress in support of the DREAM Act and immigration reform with a path to citizenship. He has also strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership --a trade agreement involving 12 Pacific Rim nations and signed by all its members in New Zealand on Feb. 4th-- alleging ...
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China's struggle to turn the corner on coal 11.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Air Pollution in Beijing by 大杨 @flickr In early February, Chinese officials announced that no new coal production would be approved for the next three years, while existing production will be reduced by 500 million tons in the next three to five years. The latest State Council decision is an economic one, tied to market reforms that are likely to kill jobs in the heavily industrial coal and steel sectors, but the move is also consistent with China's environmental policy and carbon reduction goals. These targets, aimed at improving air quality and public health in Chinese cities while advancing the nation's compliance with global carbon emissions agreements, cannot be achieved without meeting the formidable challenge of weaning China away from its reliance on dirty coal. There is good news on that front, even as millions of Chinese continue living in Beijing or Shanghai under toxic clouds of smog and constant public health alerts. It's hard for Westerners to envision just how bad coal-related pollution in ...
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Betting the Farm on Free Trade 11.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Janet Redman

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder.

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After the Supreme Court’s Unexplained, Unexpected and Unprecedented Order — America’s Safer, Cleaner Power Supply is Moving Full Steam Ahead 10.2.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Last night’s Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan was unexpected, and the ruling is, as counsel for one of the lead challengers acknowledged, “unprecedented.” Indeed, the Supreme Court itself found in a landmark 2011 case that the Clean Air Act “speaks directly” to carbon pollution from existing power plants. […]
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Over 50 Percent of the World Breathes in Toxic Air 9.2.2016 Environmental News Network
Everyone needs clean air to survive, yet somehow it is not an internationally recognized human right. That probably has something to do with the fact that over half of the world’s population live in areas where they breathe in toxic air. Altogether, that means there are more than 3.5 billion people inhaling dangerous air into their lungs on a daily basis.
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Revamping Our Focus on the Green SDGs -- Because We're All Human 9.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As highlighted by President Obama in his final State of the Union address -- particularly following the inclusion of five climate and environment focused Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the U.N. in September , the agreement reached in Paris at the past year's COP21 conference and the recognition of 2015 clocking in as the hottest year on record -- the last climate deniers standing (most of them American) will soon be very lonely. Accepting this as fact, this reality of climate change begs another urgent question from the majority of us who do not dispute its obvious existence: how do we convince everyone to care enough to do something about it? That's where the media comes in. And the answer is framing climate change and environmental protections as what they are -- human rights. Just because the majority of the world's citizens recognize the legitimacy of climate change does not mean they are attune with the recommendations produced by the field's experts at COP21. As Sustainable Development ...
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Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits 9.2.2016 Durango Herald
DETROIT – One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease.While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water...
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Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits 9.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
DETROIT (AP) — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' ...
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Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits 9.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' disease. While government officials scramble to ...
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Scheer Intelligence: Jill Stein - Presidential Candidate 9.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with potential Green party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, to discuss her plans and why she thinks the Green Party is more relevant than ever. Though former physician and previous Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has not formally locked up the party's nomination, she is expected to do so soon. In this in-depth conversation, Robert Scheer and Stein talk about her evolution from Harvard idealist to family physician to environmental activist and finally to political candidate. Stein discusses why she believes she and Bernie Sanders have much more common ground than differences although those differences do include stances on foreign policy and Israel. Stein also goes into the history of the Green Party and its support for cancelling student debt, which she believes could bring over many new voters. Scheer also talks about why he believes their agenda is not radical at all. Also available in iTunes Click, Share, and ...
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New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution 8.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miles Farmer, Legal Fellow, Energy & Transportation Program, New York City: This post was co-authored by Miles Farmer and Jackson Morris. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting comments on its newly proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations (which have been wallowing in administrative purgatory...
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What price urban green space? 7.2.2016 Financial Times US
City parks boost local economies, home values, the environment and public health, so why are they underfunded?
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Sea turtles with tumors fill Florida hospital 7.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls. This endangered green sea turtle, about two years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis, a potentially deadly disease caused by a type of herpes virus. As the population of green sea turtles rebounds in and around the Florida Keys, cases of fibropapillomatosis have exploded too, filling the corridors of the United States' oldest rescue and rehab facility, known simply as the Turtle ...
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Exide contamination victims worry they've been neglected again 7.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Warmer days are coming soon to the working-class communities east and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, but at many homes, parents won't let their children play in their yards this spring and possibly into summer.

Terry Cano didn't hesitate when I asked if her 10-year-old son Edward is allowed...

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Oligarchy and Politics 6.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Watching the politicians running for president in 2015-2016 has become an exciting show. Big TV and a sprinkle of citizens chosen by TV ask the presidential candidates questions. The politicians then bluster their message. "Elect me," say the Republican presidential candidates to the American people, "and I will wipe out the terrorists in the Middle East and restore America to greatness." "Elect me," say the Democratic presidential candidates, "and I will raise the minimum wage and bring prosperity to the middle class." The Republican candidates come primarily from the world of big money, funded by millionaires, billionaires and corporations. Their vision is that of the super-rich. They are determined to maintain and expand the power and wealth of the oligarchs funding them. They see nothing wrong with corporations plundering America, but, still, America for them is an exceptional country. They have no doubt they are running the world. Republican president George W. Bush invaded and destroyed Iraq in ...
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Contaminated Water Requires a National Public Health Mobilization 5.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Clean Up The Mines! team gathers at Riley Pass, South Dakota. Activist Charmaine White Face is in the foreground. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) As physicians, we are concerned about the future of our water supply. The Flint water crisis should provoke a national public debate about the best ways to protect clean water, including what type of water infrastructure is required and how water is owned and managed. The Clean Up The Mines! team gathers at Riley Pass, South Dakota. Activist Charmaine White Face is in the foreground. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) It's hard to miss the water contamination that residents in Flint, Michigan, are experiencing. Television footage shows family members holding bottles of yellow, orange or brown water. They could see and taste the change in their water quality shortly after Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the switch to supply water from the polluted Flint River, rather than Lake Huron, without adding anti-corrosives to prevent leaching from lead pipes in early 2014. Thanks to a few ...
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Zika virus: Is DDT an option? 5.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus known as Zika has rapidly spread to more than two dozen countries.
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Hidden Costs, Hidden Benefits 5.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Humanity's burning of fossil fuels and engagement in wholesale deforestation are imposing some heavy peripheral costs on society. Because of often being incremental and largely out of sight, these costs to the environment and public health tend to go unnoticed until they become too impactful to be ignored. If these costs were integrated into the charges for carbon use, the incentive to increase efficiency and thereby reduce emissions would be greatly enhanced. Over time, the costs would diminish. Unfortunately, that has not been happening. Egregious examples of the failure to cope with the negative ancillary effects of fossil fuel use can be found in our consumption of gasoline and maintenance of the health of the oceans. When motorists purchase gasoline, the price at the pump does not reflect the medical costs from adverse health effects and related premature deaths associated with the manufacture and use of the toxic-spewing product. Nor are the costs generated by pollution abatement as well as land ...
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