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Donald Trump's Latest Budget Still Takes An Ax To Environmental Protection Agency 23.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― The latest version of the Trump administration’s 2018 budget will still cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly a third. The Washington Post reported on an advance version of the budget on Monday night that would cut funding to the agency to $5.65 billion ― a 31 percent reduction.  As far as the EPA goes, the proposal doesn’t appear to have changed drastically from the so-called “skinny budget” released in March .  Science and health advocates decried the cuts. The proposal “takes a wrecking ball to agencies that protect our health, safety and environment,” said Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and former Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, in a statement. The lower budget would mean “taking our environmental cops off the beat and allowing those who would seek to pollute to get away with it.” This is a developing story and will be updated when there is more information on the budget proposal.  -- This feed and ...
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Electric city: Volvo unveils vision for clean cars, buses and more 22.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Swedish vehicle manufacturer focuses on air quality as it unveils a host of new green bus, truck and construction machinery prototypes.
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Fungal Diseases Are on the Rise -- Is Environmental Change to Blame? 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Scientists and physicians are looking for clues to a worrying increase in fungal infections and exploring ways to reduce the threat. (Photo: Pixabay ) Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way -- make a donation to support our independent journalism. Fungi are everywhere -- from the mushrooms that decompose fallen logs in the forest, to the mold that grows in your bathtub, to the microscopic fungal cells that reside naturally on your skin. Scientists estimate there are 1.5 million species of fungi on the planet. They're a diverse group, bunched together by their ability to use digestive enzymes to break down and absorb nutrients from their surroundings -- a characteristic that makes some of them great decomposers. Fungi are, in essence, nature's first compost bin. Many of them also help plants grow or carry out other important ecosystem functions. And some fungi are pathogens, causing disease in plants and ...
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Op-ed: Building energy efficiency to improve air quality 21.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In the Utah Foundation’s 2016 Utah Priorities Project survey, Utah voters statewide ranked air quality as the second most important issue in 2016, and voters along the Wasatch Front ranked air quality as the number one most important issue. This won’t be news to anyone. In fact, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2017 report ranks the Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem area as the seventh worst in the U.S. for shorter-term spikes in particle pollution, a regular occurrence during wintertime...
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This Bicycle Will Clean Polluted Air While You Pedal 18.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For Architectural Digest , by Nick Mafi. As urban environments grow, particularly in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and India, city smog is increasingly becoming a public health concern. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization , around 3 million deaths a year worldwide are attributable to air pollution. That’s one of many reasons why the Dutch artist and innovator Dan Roosegaarde has taken it upon himself to design a series of products to help curb the growing problems stemming from pollution. Last fall , Roosegaarde unveiled a series of 23-foot-high towers that, in essence, operate as a massive air purifier. But Roosegaarde wasn’t content only designing pollution-curbing buildings. He felt there was more he could do. And he was right.  The implications could be enormous, particularly in urban environments where bike lanes are interwoven within the grid. The Dutch innovator recently unveiled a concept bicycle that, true to form, cleans polluted air while the rider pedals. Dubbed the ...
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Glenview-based SoyNut Butter files for bankruptcy after possible E. coli contamination 17.5.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Glenview-based SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy and plans to liquidate after its products were recalled for possible E. coli contamination. In its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, SoyNut Butter, which makes a nut-free peanut butter substitute, revealed it has less than $50,000 in ...
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Protecting The Environment And Growing The Economy Go Hand-In-Hand 17.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
San Francisco has reduced its carbon emissions by 28 percent since 1990, while growing its GDP by 79 percent. And it’s far from alone. Across the country, cities have been proving that protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand-in-hand. A big part of this story is that cities – large and small, in red and blue states – have been transitioning away from coal and toward cleaner sources of energy. Clean energy sources are at their cheapest prices in history, and since burning coal leads to asthma, lung disease, cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and countless other illnesses, consumers are increasingly demanding cleaner energy. As a result, coal production is no longer economically competitive. In fact, since 2010, nearly half of all U.S. coal plants have closed or switched to cleaner energy sources. As a result, the number of Americans dying each year from pollution from coal-fired power plants has been cut from 13,000 to about 7,500. That is great news for our health and environment – ...
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3 environmental policies business can push for now 17.5.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Business leaders can leverage influence with policymakers by supporting a carbon tax, product ingredients disclosure and water protection policies.
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Your Store-Bought Sea Salt Could Contain Plastic 17.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The ocean’s plastic pollution problem doesn’t just cloud our waters with trillions of plastic  particles, it contaminates the seafood we consume . Now, a study suggests that plastic is affecting another human staple harvested from the sea: salt. An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight countries  found all but one  contained traces of microplastics, according to  researchers  from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Monash University Malaysia and the University of Exeter in England. Their findings were  published in April in the journal Scientific Reports.  The researchers purchased various salt products from a market in Malaysia , but the actual sea salt in each product had been extracted from different countries including Australia, France, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa. The salt extracted from France was the only brand that was not contaminated with microplastic. Of the plastic particles extracted from the salt, 41.6 percent was identified as plastic ...
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EDF, coalition partners urge the D.C. Circuit to decide the Clean Power Plan case 16.5.2017 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund and fourteen other public health and environmental organizations filed a brief yesterday urging the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to issue a decision on the merits in the litigation over the Clean Power Plan – America’s only nationwide standards limiting harmful carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel power […]
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Experts Press Feds To Eradicate Lead Poisoning By 2021 16.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In just five years, the U.S. could end the problem of  lead poisoning , a group of health experts argues ― if federal overseers are given more ammunition to attack the problem despite an administration that wants to gut regulations. A coalition of scientists, doctors and children’s health advocates  published an opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics on Monday that calls on the government to stamp out lead poisoning in American children by 2021 ― or ensure no child has a blood lead level greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter ― and eliminate lead exposure altogether by 2030. Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks) advocates for reducing exposure levels to chemicals and pollutants that contribute to neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Lead contamination of the drinking water in Flint , Michigan, which caused a rise in the number of the city’s children who had lead poisoning, drew public ...
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Environment groups urge Hickenlooper not to fight appeals court ruling that prioritizes public health and safety 16.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Environmental groups want the governor to intervene and stop the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's appeal of a court case that prioritized health and safety over fossil fuel extraction.
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Diesel vehicles pollute 4.6 million tons more than industry tests detect – causing 38,000 early deaths 16.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
University of Colorado researchers say the problem is in the testing before diesel-engine vehicles are sold. They're not tested under real driving conditions -- going fast, in cold weather, at high altitudes or idling for long periods.
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EDF, Partners Urge D.C. Circuit to Decide Clean Power Plan Lawsuit 15.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF, Partners Urge D.C. Circuit to Decide Clean Power Plan Lawsuit
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Frozen burritos maker relocates after recall, listeria scare 15.5.2017 AP National
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico company that recalled more than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos because of possible listeria contamination says it's relocating....
My Mom Wants Climate Action, Not Breakfast In Bed 12.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. In honor of the holiday my staff asked moms across the country what they really wanted to celebrate their day. Some folks want jewelry and others a lovely bouquet of flowers, but like most Americans, the moms we talked to cared deeply about their family and the clean air, water and safe planet that we need to ensure that kids today and long into the future are healthy. On that topic, I’m cross-posting a timely column by my colleague Madeline Page, Environment America’s global warming outreach director. My mom wants climate action, not breakfast in bed Sunday is Mother’s Day. A day dedicated to celebrating the mothers in our lives—women who have sacrificed, inspired, protected and forced us to eat our vegetables. My own mom is a retired teacher of the blind and visually impaired (HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM!). She always went beyond her role as educator--making sure her students were fed, safe and received the tools they needed to excel, despite their special needs. I saw my ...
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Atomic town revels in plutonium past as tunnel failure fuels contamination fears 11.5.2017 Washington Post
Some residents near the Hanford nuclear site, where a tunnel storing contaminated equipment caved in, have no concerns about the Washington state facility. Others worry about failing infrastructure and radiation exposure.
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Trump Ethical Storm: 7 Environmental Appointees With Conflicts Of Interest 11.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Back when Donald Trump was a real estate developer whose projects involved thousands of construction workers, he repeatedly downplayed well-documented dangers of asbestos, writing in one of his books that the carcinogen was “100-percent safe, when applied.” It helps explain President Trump’s pattern, amid ever-swirling ethical scandals, of selecting people with conflicts of interest for key environmental positions. These are appointments that will undermine the health of American families. His latest consideration, according to The New York Times: Replacing experts on a federal science advisory board “with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate” – again raising the issue of his administration’s serious conflicts of interest when it comes to enforcing clean air and water laws. Even if some of Trump’s appointees are undoubtedly nice people, it matters a great deal who is running federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and what drives ...
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Memphis Firefighter Selected as One of 10 Nationwide to Participate in Effort to Identify the Toxic Chemicals Around Us 10.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Memphis Firefighter Selected as One of 10 Nationwide to Participate in Effort to Identify the Toxic Chemicals Around Us
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Toxic Exposures: 10 Americans expose the toxic chemicals in our environment 10.5.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Every day we are exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals we can’t see —chemicals used in everything from the clothes we wear to the lotions we use and even the couch we sit on. Synthetic chemicals are used to make 96% of products in the United States. Yet scientific research continues to link chemicals in common […]
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