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State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning 24.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Daniel Raichel, Project Attorney, New York: It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or...
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Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds 23.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.: Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair....
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Fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco under nationwide recall 23.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
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Fruit sold at Trader Joe's, Costco under nationwide recall over possible listeria contamination 23.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Minnesota's carbon-cutting plan should maximize efficiency and renewable-energy development 23.7.2014 MinnPost
Four dozen Minnesota leaders and citizens came together Tuesday for a public hearing at the State Office Building to show support for responsible national limits on carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants — the biggest source of global-warming pollution. The resulting message was loud and clear: Minnesotans strongly support the president’s Clean Power Plan and want to see Minnesota continue to grow our clean-energy economy by cutting carbon pollution. In attendance were Sen. John Marty, St. Louis Park City Council Member Jake Spano, and staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, as well as representatives from the offices of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, and Rep. Betty McCollum.  The week prior, I had the pleasure of attending the Clean Energy Economy Summit, where Gov. Mark Dayton called on hundreds of policy and business leaders to outline a plan for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state’s energy portfolio. As the governor said, “Clean air is the most important legacy we can ...
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California firm issues nationwide fruit recall 23.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
California firm issues nationwide fruit recall 23.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
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NRDC: Polluter Partnership Wrong to Reject Climate Action 22.7.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – The following is a statement from Peter Altman, Climate Campaign director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on misguided complaints issued today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future about proposed first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power ...
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Critics say proposed rules on fish consumption insufficient 22.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Tribal leaders are skeptical of a proposal by Gov. Jay Inslee to set new water-quality standards.
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Fruit from Trader Joe's, Costco recalled due to possible Listeria contamination 22.7.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
A California packing company has voluntarily recalled fruit sold at Trader Joe's and Costco due to the possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, CBS News reported. The fruit has not been linked to any illnesses at this time. 
Wawona Packing recalls fruit over listeria concerns 22.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
Wawona Packing Co is recalling fresh Sweet 2 Eat brand peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of potential contamination by listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The Cutler, California, company is pulling about three dozen brand products of bulk and packaged fruit nationwide, the FDA said in a statement on Monday. Wawona shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the plant and retested. Subsequent tests have been negative, the FDA said.
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Alberta Tar Sands pollution evidence is devastating 22.7.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The disgraceful lack of control and study of the Alberta tar sands exploitation is leading to people's health problems. As the US considers its imports from Canada, it would be wise to consider just how neglectful the Canadians have been to their residents, air quality, water purity and forests.
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Study: To Cut Down On Environmental Impact, Eat Less Beef 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new study on the environmental burdens of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy and plant products finds that beef is by far the worst offender. According to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prominent scientific journal, beef production releases five times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the average of other meats and animal products. Nor is that all: Beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and six times as much reactive nitrogen as the average of the other categories, according to the study. To calculate the impact of different animal products, the study's authors looked at the environmental effects of producing feed for animals , taking into account land use, water consumption and the potential for nitrogen pollution from fertilizers. (When excess nitrogen leaches into a body of water, it can cause algal blooms that deplete local levels of oxygen and cause harm to other marine organisms.) The researchers also calculated the amount ...
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Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch? 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SEATTLE -- Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs. "I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza . "Their main concern is protecting their loved ones from exposure to toxic chemicals." EcoBalanza's six-person workforce prides itself on not using any formaldehyde or other synthetic materials commonly found in furniture. But these days, many of Robinson's customers have one particular chemical threat on the brain, flame retardants -- which is an additive EcoBalanza also avoids. A newly crafted EcoBalanza chair sits inside the Seattle facility. (Photo: Lynne Peeples) They're not alone in their concern. The once-obscure issue has found its way on to HBO and the front pages of major newspapers . For the growing number of consumers worried about the potential health hazards of upholstered foam furniture treated with flame retardants, options like ...
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Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray 21.7.2014 LA Times: Science
Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.
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4 ways to take green cities to the next level 21.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What will crystallize all of the best practices into common practice is the development of partnership templates and tools that link into a replicable model. 

4 ways to take green cities to the next level
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New App eEcosphere Aims To Change How We Share Sustainability Ideas 20.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are many websites, phone apps, and books telling us how to “be green,” “save energy” or “reduce your carbon footprint.” There are dozens of labels claiming a product is ecofriendly or carbon neutral. But just having that information doesn’t mean that we will use it. Which sources can we trust? Why should we be motivated to do what they say? These questions continue to plague those in the advocacy community and those who just want to help others live a more sustainable lifestyle. Andrew Krause, co-founder of eEcosphere , hopes the app can help address these problems. It offers sharable, easy advice on how to make your life more sustainable. “Our vision is to help people, specifically millennials, connect with actionable ideas in their network so they can work together, near each other or from afar, on the causes that matter to them,” Krause told The Huffington Post. He says he knows they cannot compete with general social networks like Facebook and Twitter, so they hope to use them as a tool to ...
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Would you breathe bad air for a 15 percent bonus? 19.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Would you breathe bad air for a 15 percent bonus?
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Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades Amid Wildlife Concerns 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development. The cannons fill waters shared by whales and turtles with sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine. Saving endangered species was the environmental groups' best hope of extending a ban against offshore drilling off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management disclosed its final approval first to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement later Friday. The approval opens the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration by energy companies preparing to apply for drilling leases in 2018, when current congressional limits ...
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Bible museum planned for US capital 18.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
The devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday. The Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores, is contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall. The ruling was seen by some as a victory for religious freedoms in the United States -- as well as a blow to a controversial section of Obama's health care ...
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