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Dangers hiding in everyday products 2.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry." But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
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Air pollution spikes during Utah's July 4 revelry 2.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Holiday revelries and hot, dry weather could combine this weekend to produce unhealthy levels of air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley and other areas, state regulators say. The most densely populated portions of the state typically see spikes of particulate matter — the culprit usually associated with Utah’s wintertime inversions — on the Fourth of July, according to Bryce Bird, director of the state Division of Air Quality. Last year, for example, air monitors in the Salt Lake Valley recorded ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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State regulators: Smoke from fireworks, wildfires can spike pollution levels on Independence Day 2.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Holiday revelries and hot, dry weather could combine this weekend to produce unhealthy levels of air pollution in the Salt Lake Valley and other areas, state regulators say. The most densely populated portions of the state typically see spikes of particulate matter — the culprit usually associated with Utah’s wintertime inversions, on the Fourth of July, according to Bryce Bird, director of the state Division of Air Quality. Last year, for example, air monitors in the Salt Lake Valley recorded c... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Fossil fuels don’t just change the climate, they impact our children’s health 1.7.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Jonathan Choi is a chemicals policy fellow. Ananya Roy is a health scientist.   It was December 2009. The newly elected President Barack Obama was spending his first Christmas in the White House, the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” was at the top of the Billboard year end charts, and the iPhone 3GS was […]
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Air Pollution Kills 6.5 Million People Every Year, And It Could Get Worse Unless We Act Now 1.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution is linked to the premature deaths of about 6.5 million people every year, according to new International Energy Agency  cautionary report this week. That makes it the fourth-largest threat to human health after high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. And the number of deaths attributed to poor air quality is set to only rise in the coming decades, said the Paris-based energy security group -- unless swift international action is taken to tackle this crisis. “Clean air is vital for good health. Yet despite growing recognition of this imperative, the problem of air pollution is far from solved in many countries, and the global health impacts risk intensifying in the decades to come,” the report said. The IEA warned that while premature deaths due to household air pollution should fall to 2.9 million a year from 3.5 million by 2040, outdoor air pollution-related deaths could rise from 3 million to 4.5 million annually in that time. Asia will account for ...
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Why meat is horrible (for the environment) 1.7.2016 Washington Post
It may be delicious, but the evidence is growing that meat is kind of a disaster.
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Plastic plague in world's oceans 1.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become the stuff of legend. This hotspot of marine waste, created by the spiral currents of the North Pacific Gyre, has been described as a floating trash island the size of Russia.
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The SCOTUS Immigration Decision Has Aggravated a Humanitarian & Environmental Crisis 1.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Those four Supreme Court justices showed no mercy on June 23rd by ruling against President Obama's executive orders on immigration and aggravating a national tragedy that impacts millions of people. Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito upheld a lower court decision blocking the President's initiatives that would have legally protected the undocumented parents of citizens and green-card holders. The remaining four justices ruled against the decision, and the ensuing tie automatically upheld the original ruling. Today millions of undocumented workers remain in a distressing legal limbo and at the mercy of polluters throughout the country. For we must remember that Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrants remain the demographic most vulnerable to the impact of fossil fuel pollution. According to a Washington State University study , "economically disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods of non-English speaking Latinos are more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air ...
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These Streetlights Are Great For The Planet — But Horrible For Your Health 30.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tree-lined streets, good schools, quiet road and low-intensity streetlights...  That last one may not have made it on your checklist for finding your last home, apartment or condo, but doctors now say it probably should have. Even though they save energy, some light-emitting diode (or LED) streetlights are too bright and may actually be putting your health and security at risk, according to  new recommendations from the American Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in the U.S. The benefits of LED lights include a lot of energy and cost savings. They use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional lights. And the lifetime of LED lights is two to four times that of older, non-LED lights, which means lower maintenance costs for cities that need to change a street’s lightbulbs when they go out. But the bottom line from the AMA is that high-intensity LED streetlights that emit too much blue light can actually throw off sleep patterns of the people living in those ...
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The EPA Could Have Protected These People From Breathing Coal Dust Every Day. So Why Didn't It? 30.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BOKOSHE, Oklahoma — Here in the land of wind-whipped, rolling plains, the gray dust, which sparkles in just the right light, seems inescapable. Residents of this town near the Arkansas line say they have spotted it on their grass, trees, ponds, barns, furniture and cars. The source of Bokoshe’s enduring misery is coal ash, an often-toxic byproduct of burning coal for electricity. Clouds of it, swirling like tornadoes at times, descend upon people while they sit in their yards and mow their lawns. The powdery material clogs swimming pools, air conditioners and chicken coops. The ash, which contains harmful metals such as arsenic, chromium and lead, comes from a state-permitted disposal pit — operated by a company named Making Money Having Fun — fed by a power plant eight miles outside of town. Residents here began complaining about the dust to state regulators in 1998. More than a decade later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency got involved and in 2014 finally acknowledged that the pit has shown ...
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Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates 29.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Oakland City Council took a strong stand against coal this week. Following a long and often emotional city council meeting -- during which whistles and cheers were at times met with boos and yelling -- the council passed an ordinance prohibiting the storage and handling of coal and petcoke at Oakland facilities, and a resolution that would specifically apply the ordinance to the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT), which is being built on the old Oakland Army Base. The meeting drew hundreds of impassioned Oakland residents, including representatives from the labor, faith, environmental, and health communities, as well as the terminal developers. Those speaking against the terminal emphasized that West Oakland already suffers the effects of disproportionate air pollution. They argued that added particulate pollution tied to the coal export terminal could elevate the risk of health problems like asthma, cancer, and lung and heart disease. Several speakers also pointed to climate change and it's ...
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Pat Summitt's work advancing women's rights through sports can never be forgotten 29.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It was a battle of unbeatens, the Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, one of the biggest regular-season games in WNBA history, the story of the season.

Sadly, for me, it wasn’t even the story of the day.

Last week I planned to visit Staples Center to write about what could have been a very nice...

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A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future 29.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Clean air is a national asset and personal right that must be protected and vigorously defended. When Americans see images of blinding smog and choking pollution in cities from Beijing to Mumbai, they should remember that before the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970, and landmark laws like the Clean Air Act were enacted, some of our own cities suffered similar fates. If not for the importance our country has placed on protecting public health and our environment, many of our own hometowns would still look that way today. These protections don't just happen. They require cutting edge science, technology, ambitious yet careful policy making, and legal mandates to execute, enforce, and defend. That's the job of the EPA. We use the authorities granted to us by Congress to protect the environment and public health in a common sense way. And that includes setting and enforcing limits on pollution from our vehicles. We Americans love our cars. We've doubled our collective driving mileage ...
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Climate Change This Week: Climate Emergency, Pope Francis Inspires Divestment, and More! 29.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB - beautiful unique biodiversity, like this furry Javanese beetle, is another benefit of conserving carbon-storing forests. Source gbohne at www.flickriver.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Locals Know Best such as these Amazonian Awa forest people, when it comes to conserving forests. Source pinterest OO Indigenous Rights, Private Funding Key To Slowing Deforestation, Says Norway Minister - Efforts to save the world's forests hinge on securing private sector funds and ensuring indigenous communities in tropical forests are more involved in protecting their environment. <> A Lethal Landslide, and More Rain in a Javanese village. Courtesy of @Sutopo_BNPB OO Java, Indonesia: Massive Deforestation, Heavy Rain Create Lethal Landslides - Takeaways: 64 died in recent landslides; 1800s to present: Java forests declined from 10 to 0.4 million hectares. Since 2005: 2000+ people have died from landslides. Forests anchor ...
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Kentucky holds hearing on proposed health overhaul 28.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is holding its first public hearing on his proposal to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is paid for by state and federal funds, so the federal government must approve Bevin’s proposal. If they don’t, Bevin said he would eliminate Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program, meaning […]
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Stink rises over proposed fee for septic systems in King County 28.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A proposal to charge an annual fee to everyone with a septic tank in King County is stirring anger among rural residents. Some opponents want proof that the septic systems are significant contributors to water pollution. Others are concerned about property rights.
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Montco town officials vow steps to ensure water safety 28.6.2016 Philly.com News
Federal officials say the drinking water in Horsham Township is safe, but with mounting concern over contaminated water and a lack of answers about long-term health effects, but officials in the Montgomery County town vowed Monday night to take extra steps that would make their water even safer.
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Water tests show raccoons to blame for polluted creek 27.6.2016 AP Washington
LOFALL, Wash. (AP) -- Raccoons are to blame for the pollution in a northwestern Washington creek....
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Stricter Gun Controls Are Now Inevitable 25.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
You know the tide has turned against gun violence when even the American Medical Association calls it a public health menace at the finish of its annual convention. "CHICAGO - In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and with more than 6,000 deaths already in 2016 from gun violence, the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted policy calling gun violence in the United States "a public health crisis" requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution," said its press release. Additionally, at the Annual Meeting of its House of Delegates, the AMA resolved to actively lobby Congress to overturn legislation that for 20 years has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence. This is after the US Senate could not even agree on banning gun purchases for anyone on the terrorism watch list in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre. You know it's a public health menace when such mass killings are the work of both domestic and ...
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Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era 24.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Harvey Wasserman

As worldwide headlines have proclaimed, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it will shut its giant Diablo Canyon reactors near San Luis Obispo, and that the power they’ve been producing will be replaced by renewable energy.

PG&E has also earmarked some $350 million to “retain and retrain” Diablo’s workforce, whose union has signed on to the deal, which was crafted in large part by major environmental groups.

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