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Pollution was just too much: Beijing to close its last remaining coal plant next year 28.3.2015 TreeHugger
Concrete steps in the right direction, but are they doing enough?
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EPA wants to test Silverton’s soil 28.3.2015 Durango Herald
SILVERTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is asking Silverton for permission to test the soil in the town’s parks, streets and schoolyard to determine if the small town suffers from widespread contamination with heavy metals from years of mining activity.And EPA officials suggested that if problems are found in the...
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Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms 28.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. But this is Beijing, and the store that used to serve almost entirely a health-conscious foreign clientele now has so many Chinese customers that they’re nearly outnumbering foreigners. “Questions around the safety of water, food and air in China have made people much more health-conscious,” says Howard He, a store manager. That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty environment has given birth to one of the fastest-growing segments of China’s consumer marketplace: foods with perceived health benefits. Sales of organic foods in 2014, for example, grew at a breakneck pace of 35 percent, according to analysts at Euromonitor International, the market research company. The total health and wellness market hit RMB 637 billion — or just over $1 billion. Not huge, yet, given ...
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Senate Leader Reid “A Giant” for Our Health and the Environment 27.3.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (March 27, 2015) – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has served in the Senate since 1987, announced today that he will retire when his current term expires in 2016.
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Fish face pollution a mile deep 26.3.2015 Environmental News Network
Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused  pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. The research, conducted in the Bay of Biscay west of France, also discovered the first case of a deep water fish species with an “intersex” condition, a blend of male and female sex organs. The sampling was done in an area with no apparent point-source pollution, and appears to reflect general ocean conditions.
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Over 100 Pages Long: The List of Problems with California's Draft Environmental Report on Fracking 26.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani, Attorney, Marine Mammal and Southern California Ecosystems Projects, Santa Monica: The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) recently released a draft of its environmental impact report on fracking and other well stimulation--and it comes up shockingly short on various fronts. We reviewed that draft with our partners at...
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GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein 26.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. A budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and a bill by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) strike at the heart of the federal Clean Air Act by letting each state simply walk away from national clean air requirements, giving big carbon polluters free rein to foul the air. This is the McConnell-Boehner Congress's most dangerous and brazen bid to carry out the big polluters' agenda to derail crucial action on climate change. These bills would force us back to the dark days half a century ago when powerful polluters had a free hand to poison our air, because states were unwilling or unable to protect their citizens. Nearly 50 years ago, congressional leaders made it a national responsibility to protect Americans' health and environment. They saw that air pollution doesn't stop at state ...
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University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy 26.3.2015 NPR News
Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.
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House Budget An Assault on Our Health and Environment 25.3.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Republican-led House today passed a 2016 federal budget resolution. David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this comment:
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Polluters Again Challenge Common Sense Public Health Protections at the Supreme Court 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Supreme Court will hear polluter arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) vital Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a long-overdue protection finalized in 2012 that will help guard our families, air, water, and wildlife from dangerous toxic pollution that comes from coal plants. These vital protections are critically important to public health, and the polluters challenging them are putting lives at risk. The mercury, arsenic, and other poisonous metal and acid gas pollution that these protections are meant to control pose serious dangers to pregnant women and young children. EPA scientists have estimated that as many as one in 10 women have mercury levels in their blood high enough to cause damage to a developing baby. I know I worried about this when I was pregnant with my daughter five years ago, and I still worry about it now as she grows up. That's why thousands of Sierra Club supporters worked with our partner organizations for years to push for these standards. ...
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Air pollution linked to increased risk of stroke and anxiety 25.3.2015 MinnPost
Short-term exposure to air pollution — even for a single day — is associated with a significant increased risk of stroke, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal BMJ . A second study in the same issue links air pollution to an increased risk of anxiety. Both studies were observational and therefore do not offer direct proof that polluted air causes stroke or anxiety. But the findings add to a growing body of research that has identified air pollution as a major global health problem that requires urgent attention.  The stroke study The association between long-term exposure to air pollution and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, is well established. Indeed, repeated exposure to a single form of air pollution — particulate matter — is believed responsible for more than 3 million deaths worldwide each year. Less is known about the cardiovascular effects of short-term exposure to air pollution. To investigate that lesser-understood link, a ...
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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over EPA Mercury Limits 25.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in a case about the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action against coal- and oil-fired power plants that are responsible for half the nation's output of mercury. The EPA's rules on emissions of chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other toxic substances is supposed to begin taking effect in April, and be in full force next year. The court is to decide whether the Clean Air Act requires that costs be a factor in the initial decision on whether to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or whether health risks are the only consideration. The EPA ...
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Time to control online sales of breastmilk, say experts 25.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Health watchdogs should regulate online sales of breast milk, so prone to contamination that babies may be placed at risk, the BMJ medical journal said in an editorial on Wednesday. New mums face mounting social pressure to provide breast milk, given its famous nutritional benefits, and more and more are turning to the Internet if they are unable to provide the milk themselves. Breast milk purchased online is cheaper than that obtained from regulated breast milk banks. The reason, the editorial said, is that Internet providers cut corners on the cost of checking donors and on storing and shipping the milk in hygienic ...
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State's Public Health Dept. announces food recalls ice cream, frozen ravioli 25.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment announced Tuesday the recall of two food products because of possible contamination with Listeria ...
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GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein 25.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. A budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman...
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Supreme Court to Decide Profits vs People 25.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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NRDC Ads: Sens. Portman & Toomey Voted for Polluters over Climate Action 24.3.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a six-figure multi-state ad campaign taking to task two key senators for votes backing a big polluter agenda while praising three of their colleagues for voting to back health and clean energy and action on climate change.
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NRDC Raps Portman, Toomey for Big Polluter Agenda Votes; Applauds Ayotte, Collins and Warner 24.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.: NRDC is announcing today a significant digital ad campaign criticizing Senator Rob Portman and Pat Toomey for voting against climate solutions, clean air and renewable energy while thanking Senators Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins and Mark Warner for voting to defend...
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Environment, Public Health Advocates Urge Government to Adopt Less Meat, More Plants in American Diet 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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NHS game-changers: The rising threat of climate change 24.3.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
The changing climate could increase insect-borne disease and push up deaths related to heatwaves and pollution, while more floods could lead to ...
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