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Green Clean for Sydney's Opera House 22.6.2017 Planet Ark News
A 50-year love affair between man and building nurtured with bicarb soda, olive oil and devotion.
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Rocky Flats Made Nukes. Then It Made A Mess. Now It's About To Become A Public Park. 21.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROCKY FLATS, Colo. ― Plutonium, named for the Roman god of the underworld and the dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, is one of the world’s most dangerous elements. Inhaling just one particle will bombard internal organs, particularly the lungs and liver, with harmful alpha radiation for decades. For the most part, it isn’t naturally occurring. But until just over a decade ago, it was plentiful in this 5,000-acre patch of rolling hills and grasslands. From 1952 to 1989, this picturesque sanctuary was home to a factory that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons ― a lot of them. Nearly all of the approximately 70,000  nuclear weapons produced in the United States include a part made at Rocky Flats. It was designated as a Superfund site in the early 1990s, and the radioactive materials have been removed. It’s scheduled to open to the public for the first time next summer . But rather than welcoming the prospect of thousands of new acres for recreation, some Coloradans are suing to stop ...
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Report identifies ways to reduce water contamination from oil and gas development in Texas 20.6.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By: Nichole Saunders A  new report  from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) is shedding more light on what we know and don’t know about the potential health and environmental impacts caused by oil and gas development in Texas. The report, the first of-its-kind authored by experts across the state, looks at all areas of concern related to oil and gas – including seismicity, air pollution, land and traffic issues  – but TAMEST’s observations about the risks to water are especially noteworthy. Tracking and reducing spills and leaks Wastewater that comes out of an oil or gas well is usually extremely salty and can be laden with chemicals, and TAMEST notes this wastewater can contaminate soil and harm vegetation. In fact, according to the report,   spilling or leaking wastewater  and other substances is the most likely pathway for surface water contamination from oil and gas development in Texas. Yet Texas is the only major state that doesn’t require companies to report their ...
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Lawsuit alleges hostile environment for Jews on San Francisco State campus 20.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Students and Jewish community members filed a lawsuit Monday against San Francisco State University and Cal State’s board of trustees, alleging that the San Francisco campus of the country’s largest public university system has long cultivated a hostile environment in which Jewish students are...

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Philly kids in peril from lead unearthed in booming neighborhoods 18.6.2017 Philly.com News
A development boom in the city's river wards is stirring long-dormant lead in the soil, exposing a new generation to health risks.
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Ask Your Doctor if the Paris Climate Agreement Is Right for You 16.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Medical professionals are often the first to deal with the health harms caused by air pollution, heat waves, drought, famine and war brought on by climate change. The newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health representing 11 major medical specialty organizations in the US is working to build awareness among the public and lawmakers about the looming public health crisis precipitated by climate change. (Photo: Global Landscapes Forum ; Edited: LW / TO) President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement has been condemned throughout the world for a long list of reasons. It's a manifestation of complete detachment from the reality of climate science. The US economy will crawl into hibernation in a cramped den of dirty energy while the rest of the world eagerly exploits the enormous economic opportunities of clean energy. And it has quickly and decisively knocked the US off the leadership podium on the most important issue in the history of mankind. The White House, cheered on ...
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CDPHE stopped state testing PFCs plume, blaming end of EPA funding 16.6.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
No one is monitoring the plume of groundwater contaminated with PFCs at levels exceeding a federal health advisory levels that is spreading south from Colorado Springs toward Pueblo.
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The Energy 202: EPA head Pruitt had two government email addresses in his last job 15.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
He told Congress he had one.
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Michigan's health chief, four others charged with manslaughter over Flint water contamination 14.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who contracted Legionnaires' disease.

Health and Human Services Director Nick...

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The Energy 202: Paris and Kyoto have a lot more in common than you might think 14.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President Trump could learn from George W. Bush's mistakes.
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L.A., Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports 13.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement Monday directing the nation’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving toward zero-emission trucks and yard equipment.

The two-page declaration signed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia says the...

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Can urban forests cultivate sustainable healthcare? 12.6.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An unprecedented research project is correlating medical data about more than 4 million Kaiser Permanente subscribers with their proximity to trees and green spaces.
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California officials say they'll move ahead on cutting emissions despite Trump's delay of ozone rules 10.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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As Trump's EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead 9.6.2017 LA Times: Environment

California officials say they are forging ahead with emissions-cutting measures despite the Trump administration’s move this week to delay implementation of Obama-era limits on ozone, the lung-searing gas in smog.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told governors Tuesday...

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3 Incredible Inventions That Are Cleaning Our Oceans 8.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The research is clear: Man-made pollution is  choking the oceans . From plastics  that swirl around the world  trashing beaches  and  killing marine animals , to chemical and oil spills that poison the sea , humans are to blame for much of the oceans’ deteriorating health. Fortunately for our planet, some people have dedicated themselves to reversing mankind’s mistakes. In honor of World Oceans Day  Thursday, HuffPost is highlighting groundbreaking inventions that were designed to take care of the sea. While these solutions won’t entirely solve the world’s pollution problem ― real change can only happen when humans drastically change their consumption and plastic production habits ― the projects featured below are a good place to start. 1. This genius bucket that sucks trash and oil out of the sea Surfers spend a great deal of their lives floating in the ocean, so it makes sense that they would also be responsible for a brilliant yet simple invention that literally sucks pollution out from the water’s ...
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EPA gives Utah a break on meeting ozone standard 8.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Federal regulators have decided to give Utah — and other areas on track to violate the 2015 standard for ozone pollution — an extra year to address the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday evening that it would extend the deadline for determining which areas did not meet the new requirement. According to the agency’s news release, the delay is intended to give states more time to develop air quality plans while giving the EPA additional time to review the 2015 standard.... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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America’s Soviet Problem Is All Around Us 6.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail.  I’m tantalized by the cover article.  “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces.  The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social catastrophe and strategic irrelevance.”  Could it be that the country I had worried most about as a military officer during all those grim years of the Cold War, the famed “Evil Empire” that had threatened us with annihilation, was truly kaput, even in its Russian rather than Soviet guise? Sixteen years later, the article’s message seems just a tad premature.  Today’s Russia surely has its problems ― from poverty to pollution to prostitution to a rickety petro-economy ― but on the geopolitical world stage, it is “finished” no longer.  Vladimir Putin’s Russia has recently been enjoying heightened influence, largely at the expense of a divided and disputatious superpower that now ...
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The US's Real "Russia Problem": Creeping Domestic Authoritarianism 6.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It's May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I'm tantalized by the cover article. "Russia is finished," the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: "The unstoppable descent into social catastrophe and strategic irrelevance." Could it be that the country I had worried most about as a military officer during all those grim years of the Cold War, the famed "Evil Empire" that had threatened us with annihilation, was truly kaput, even in its Russian rather than Soviet guise? Sixteen years later, the article's message seems just a tad premature. Today's Russia surely has its problems -- from poverty to pollution to a rickety petro-economy -- but on the geopolitical world stage it is "finished" no longer. Vladimir Putin's Russia has recently been enjoying heightened influence, largely at the expense of a divided and disputatious superpower that now itself seems to be on an "unstoppable descent." Sixteen ...
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Suspension of clean air standards for the oil and gas industry: an urgent health threat for Americans 6.6.2017 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt officially suspended vital air pollution safeguards that will reduce harmful methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds and toxic air pollutants like benzene from new and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector – a move that puts the health and safety of Americans across the country […]
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How Leaving The Paris Accord Will Hurt Our Health 6.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement  was derided by economists who worried that the U.S. exit would hurt the clean-energy sector, and environmentalists who said abandoning the agreement would be a devastating setback to global efforts to combat climate change.  The withdrawal also drew ire from another group: doctors and public health experts.  “I am stunned at this irresponsible action,” Dr. Howard Frumkin, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at University of Washington School of Public Health, told HuffPost. “Climate change is perhaps the greatest public health threat of our time.” “As a pediatrician, I am gravely concerned that this administration’s has a blatant disregard for the health of its citizens,” said Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment. “All Americans, and especially our children, face substantially less healthy and ...
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