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How does your community rank on health and environment? 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ramya Sivasubramanian, Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice, Santa Monica, California: Want to know how your community stacks up on exposure and vulnerability to environmental and health burdens? If you live in California, there's a tool for that. The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a new version of its CalEnviroScreen...
The many benefits of street trees and urban greenery (excerpted from People Habitat) 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC:   We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature.  The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck.  Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism –...
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Creating active cities and healthy citizens through innovative urban design 23.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, killing as many as 17 million people each year. Sedentary, inactive lifestyles are a major contributor to this rise in cardiovascular disease – stress, pollution, poor diet, and lack ...
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Minnesota wins three national 'green schools' awards 23.4.2014 MinnPost
Two Minnesota schools and a school district received awards this week from the U.S. Department of Education for sustainability efforts. Green Ribbon School Awards went to 48 schools around the country for their "efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways." Two of the 48 were from Minnesota:: Five Hawks Elementary School, Prior Lake Chisago Lakes Middle School, Lindstrom Nine school districts also got District Sustainability Awards, including one in Minnesota: Waconia Independent School District 110 In announcing the awards, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the winners: "...are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness and learning into their daily operations. They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs, improve health, and engage students with hands-on learning that prepares them with the thinking skills ...
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Cities Need Nature 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature.  The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck.  Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism – streets, buildings, and infrastructure – in sufficient density to achieve environmental and economic efficiency and nurture social bonds.  It is critical that we incorporate nature into cities, but we must do so in a way that supports urbanity rather than replaces it. (Today’s article is excerpted from the book People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities , by F. Kaid Benfield, distributed by Island Press, 2014).  At the neighborhood scale I remember a happy day in our neighborhood a few years back.  When I came home from work, three new trees had been planted on our block.  That’s a small thing, of course, just three street trees.  But their predecessors had been sorely missed for a few years.  When we moved into the neighborhood a little over ...
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New map could refocus state's pollution battles 23.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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The social cost of carbon: playing catch up to the IPCC 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: Photo: U.S. Army under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode This blog was originally published at the Cost of Carbon Pollution project here. In time for Passover, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest state-of-climate-change report, predicting a...
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Why Latinos Are Disproportionately Affected by Asthma, and What We Can Do 22.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This post was co-authored by Lucía Oliva Hen­nelly, EDF's Tom Graff Diversity fellow,  Rachel Shaffer , EDF's Research Assistant, and Declan Kingland, National Health Programs Coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens. Source: iStockphoto.com Today in the United States, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups. Latino children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites, and nearly 1 in 10 Latino children under the age of 18 suffer from this chronic respiratory illness. Addressing the dangerous indoor and outdoor air pollution that is linked to asthma is critical for the health of Latino communities – and for all Americans. Socio-economics Latinos are one of the poorest demographics in the United States, with roughly 1 in 4 Latinos living under the poverty level. Many Latinos also face challenges due to limited English-language proficiency, and in some cases, low levels of education. These issues can lead ...
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Why Latinos are disproportionately affected by asthma — and what we can do 22.4.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post first appeared on EDF Voices. Para leer en Español haga clic aquí) This post was co-authored by Rachel Shaffer  and Declan Kingland, National Health Programs Coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Today in the United States, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups. […]
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EDF honored with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award 22.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF honored with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award
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Why Latinos are disproportionately affected by asthma …and what we can do 22.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Para leer en Español  haga clic aquí This post was co-authored by Rachel Shaffer  and Declan Kingland, National Health Programs Coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Today in the United States, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups. Latino children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites, and nearly 1 in 10 Latino children under the age of 18 suffer from this chronic respiratory illness. Addressing the dangerous indoor and outdoor air pollution that is linked to asthma is critical for the health of Latino communities – and for all Americans. Socioeconomics Latinos are one of the poorest demographics in the United States, with roughly 1 in 4 Latinos living under the poverty level. Many Latinos also face challenges due to limited English-language proficiency, and in some cases, low levels of education. These issues can lead Latinos, particularly new immigrants, to low-paying jobs, often in the ...
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Already Rapidly Spreading Across New York State - Solar to get Ten-Fold Boost 22.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Counsel, Air and Energy Program, New York: New York is a big state—almost 55,000 square miles of city, river, pasture, suburb, mountaintop, forest and coast. Yet, in the past few years solar power has been spreading like wildfire from one corner to the next. Throughout the state—on...
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Sweeping global survey registers progress, and declines, on environment 22.4.2014 MinnPost
This being Earth Day, I call your attention to the 2014 edition of the  Environmental Performance Index , a massive inventory of global progress, stasis and backsliding on all things environmental. Issued biennially by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the EPI ranks 178 countries of the world in ways that may test some of your preconceptions. The top-ranked nation is Switzerland, and No. 2 is Luxembourg. Both fit the notion that exemplary environmental stewardship is the prerogative of wealthy Western nations possessing not only the means but also the cultural mores and advanced economies that make it easier to be green. But Singapore — populous, cramped, port-oriented, Southeast Asian Singapore? Or Australia — with its horrific wildfires and retreat from initially aggressive policies on climate change? And the Czech Republic — just a couple of generations into its post-Soviet history? Yet those are the countries rounding out the top five, for reasons I'll come back to in a moment. No ...
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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Saving Mother Earth from Climate Change 22.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney, Director, Latino Outreach, San Francisco: As we approach Earth Day and our celebration of Madre Tierra (Mother Earth), most of us can't help but be concerned about her health and the impacts that climate change is having on her and our own lives. The Earth is...
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Groups Press EPA to Address Toxic Lead Air Pollution from Aviation Gasoline 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Three leading advocacy groups filed a petition today asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action to address harms caused by lead emissions generated by the continued use of leaded aviation gasoline (avgas). Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that destroys nerve tissue and causes a variety of health and neurological problems, particularly in children.

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Air pollution from China = stronger storms in the Pacific? 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
Since all weather systems on Earth are connected in one way or another, these effects in the Pacific could in turn affect climate systems elsewhere.
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Global Partnership for the Oceans 21.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions. In the modern vernacular of political discourse, we praise these "bottom up" efforts and successes. I fear that this is partially explained by our collective frustration with the larger agents of governance that appear to move at a pace not commensurate with the urgency of the situation. What is obvious, however, is that the challenge for a sustainable ocean can only be met locally and globally, and that solutions can only come when both efforts support the agreed upon values, objectives, strategies, and tactics articulated and implemented in all places at all levels of action. To that end, the World Ocean Observatory has become a partner in a newly formed Global Partnership for the Oceans , a growing alliance of some 140 UN agencies, governments, international ...
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Green cities should have no cars 21.4.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Eric Sanderson says if you really want to strike a blow for the environment--and your health--this Earth Day, work to get cars out of cities and create transportation alternatives
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