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Compelling new data on why we shouldn't waste wastewater 22.3.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
In the face of shortages, water recycling and reuse strategies may be necessary to ensure business continuity.
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As Trump Looks to Dismantle the EPA, Concerned Americans Rally to Demand Lawmakers Defend Public Health and the Environment 21.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch As details of the Trump administration’s plans to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and attack fundamental health and safety standards steadily come to light, thousands of concerned residents and community leaders rallied at dozens of actions across the country today to demand that lawmakers resist Trump’s agenda and defend the funding and mission of the EPA. The National Day of Action to Defend Public Health and the Environment was organized by the advocacy groups Food & Water Watch and People’s ...
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Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning 21.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
After having nearly a thousand coins removed from its stomach in a four-hour operation two weeks ago, the turtle -- nicknamed "Omsin," or "Piggy Bank" -- died Tuesday.
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Trump Moves to Cook the Books, Undercutting Common Sense Climate Protections 21.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Susanne Brooks This blog was co-authored with Martha Roberts It’s reported that the Trump Administration is poised to continue its barrage of attacks on some of our most vital health and environmental protections, following last week’s assault on broadly supported fuel economy and greenhouse gas safeguards for cars and light trucks . Here’s one attack that they may try to sneak under the radar—a move that would undercut common sense climate protection all across the federal government: directing federal agencies to abandon the use of social cost of carbon estimates in their evaluation of new policy. The social cost of carbon is a measure of the economic harm from the impacts of climate change. Specifically, it’s the dollar value of the total damages from emitting one ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Weakening or eliminating the use of the social cost of carbon would result in skewed and biased policy-making that ignores the benefits of crucial safeguards and stacks the deck against actions ...
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Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us 20.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Lois Marie Gibbs

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children.

As I travel from one polluted community to the next, women weep as they hold their children, and explain how chemicals in their air, water or land have made their families sick.

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As Trump Slashes EPA, Worry Over the Fate of an Agency Doing Similar Work 20.3.2017 Truthout.com
It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation's major political parties. Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what's to come. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 28, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation's major political parties. Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what's to come. "In light of what President Trump wants to do to the EPA, I don't think any agency that deals with issues unpopular with the current government is going to escape," said Tracey Woodruff, a ...
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The Crazy Theory About Smog That's Gaining Ground in the White House 18.3.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It was known as the Great Pea Soup. In 1952, a thick, greenish-yellow fog smothered London, halting traffic and daily life. At the time, when households burned cheap coal for heat, factories spewed unregulated smoke, and buses burned diesel fuel, Londoners were used to a certain degree of greasy haze. But the Great Smog or Big Smoke, as this 1952 pea-souper was also known, was unprecedented. Bitterly cold air "soaked up the pollution and held it like a blanket over the city" for four days straight, according to the Daily Mail . Twelve thousand people died. Sixty-five years later, our scientific understanding of air pollution has advanced immeasurably. We now know—because of events like the Great Pea Soup, but also a groundbreaking 1993 Harvard University study of smog-ridden U.S. cities and countless research papers since then—that short-term and long-term exposure to air pollution ...
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New Video Contest – Houston Teens Care about Clean Air 18.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Environmental Defense Fund is working together with four local high schools on a new video contest about the value of clean air. EDF is sponsoring the contest for students at four schools in Houston’s East End – Chavez , Furr , Galena Park and Milby. Students at those schools can submit short videos about the health effects of air pollution in Houston. Winning videos will be eligible to receive prizes worth up to $2,500. Winning students will also have the opportunity to learn filmmaking, editing and post-production techniques from Houston-area filmmaking professionals.  Student entry forms and video submission instructions are available at the participating schools. Click here for research resources for students The Challenge In 2015, Houston experienced 44 days of unhealthy air quality . The region also continues to be unable to meet federal health-based air quality standards for ground-level ozone, commonly referred to as smog. This is cause for concern. Poor air quality is associated with a range of ...
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Four Important EPA Programs Threatened by President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” 17.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mandy Warner Wikimedia Commons The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical mission to protect health and the environment is strongly supported by the public , which is why it is incredibly alarming to see that President’s Trump’s new “skinny budget” would cut EPA’s funding by 31 percent. Half of EPA’s budget goes to states, tribes, local agencies, and non-profits, which help carry out EPA’s lifesaving mission and provide significant benefits to communities in the process. EPA also provides essential technical guidance, assistance, scientific research, coordination, and more to help states and others protect health and the environment. Budget cuts to EPA would jeopardize Americans’ health and the safety of their communities. In addition to the vital programs that protect our air and water, these are a few examples of programs that EPA oversees – and that are now at risk. Cleaning Up Pollution from School Buses School buses take 25 million American children to and from school every day. Many of ...
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Trump's push to ease vehicle emissions rules takes aim at the foundation of California's air pollution fight 17.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration’s move to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy standards raises the possibility of a confrontation over what for decades has been at the core of California’s fight against air pollution: the state’s power to set its own stricter emissions rules.

California officials have...

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Is there such a thing as good eugenics? 17.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

We entered a new phase as a species when Chinese scientists altered a human embryo to remove a potentially fatal blood disorder — not only from the baby, but all of its descendants. Researchers call this process “germline modification.” The media likes the phrase “designer babies.” But we should...

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The no-brainer case for saving fuel economy standards 17.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
4 reasons why the Trump administration should reconsider dismantling our current automotive fuel standards.
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Suncor oil refinery spewed hundreds of pounds of toxic gases over Denver — again — after Xcel power outage 17.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Malfunctions at the Suncor oil refinery just north of Denver triggered toxic belches spewing more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide gas into the air this week, exceeding state air quality limits.
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"Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again 16.3.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Meals on Wheels. Amtrak. Teacher training, after-school, and summer educational programs. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Appalachian Regional Commission. The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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Trump Budget is Dirty and Dangerous for Americans and the Planet 16.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, President Trump released his first proposed budget to Congress. Below is a statement from Margie Alt, Environment America executive director, on the president’s budget proposal.
 

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White House Budget Proposes Sweeping Cuts To EPA, Environmental Programs 16.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The White House proposed steep, sweeping cuts to the federal climate change initiatives, including axing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent. The preliminary skinny budget  of President Donald Trump ’s administration, released at 7 a.m. on Thursday, reduces the EPA funding by $2.6 billion to $5.7 billion. It eliminates funding for regional cleanup efforts in the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay, for example, and defunds the Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s only major effort to reduce carbon emissions from the utility sector. The move essentially kneecaps U.S. participation Paris Agreement on climate change that 195 countries signed.  The budget dramatically shrinks the State Department, eliminating spending on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Climate Change Initiative and ceasing payments to the United Nations ’ climate change programs, such as the Green Climate Fund ― a critical tool for getting poorer countries to reduce their carbon footprint. At ...
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East Chicago's Pleas for Clean Drinking Water Go Unanswered as Trump Moves to Weaken EPA 15.3.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: 3345408 ; Edited: LW / TO) Environmental justice is on the chopping block at the Environmental Protection Agency, and that doesn't bode well for communities like East Chicago, Indiana, where the agency recently discovered that drinking water is contaminated with lead. Nearly two weeks ago, a number of East Chicago churches and community groups petitioned the EPA to take emergency action and protect the majority-Black community from lead poisoning , which can cause a long list of health problems, especially in children. As of Tuesday, the local leaders and their environmentalist allies had yet to hear back from the agency. The EPA's inaction in East Chicago comes as Trump's administration considers massive budget cuts that could crush the agency's environmental justice program, which is supposed to ensure the fair treatment of low-income communities and people of color under environmental law. The agency's environmental justice office is slated to lose at least 78 percent of its funding, according ...
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Environment America Supports Cleaner Cars 15.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, President Trump will sign an executive order instructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin rolling back state and federal clean car standards. The executive order begins the process to withdraw the final determination on EPA’s vehicle emission standards for 2022-2025.  

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Taking B Vitamins May Reduce Epigenetic Effects of Air Pollution 15.3.2017 Environmental News Network
A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health showed that B vitamins may play a critical role in reducing the impact of air pollution on the epigenome, further demonstrating the epigenetic effects of air pollution on health. This is the first study to detail a course of research for developing interventions that prevent or minimize the adverse effects of air pollution on potential automatic markers. The results are published online in the journal PNAS.
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Maryland fracking opponents are right on the science 15.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Maryland fracking opponents are right on the science
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