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Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening? 25.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water supplies in America's heartland. How much more do we need to know about the devastating effects of climate change before Congress takes action? In California, the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record, and 82 percent of the state is currently experiencing extreme drought. And the situation is expected to get worse -- recently scientists predicted that 2014 will end as the hottest year ever recorded. Experts also tell us that climate change has tripled the probability that the drought-causing weather conditions will continue. This historic drought is contributing to more frequent and intense wildfires. In the past, California's ...
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I can't hear you: Noise pollution is a health threat near unconventional oil and gas sites 24.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Tanja Srebotnjak, Public Health Research Fellow, San Francisco: The concerns about air and water pollution resulting from the explosive growth in unconventional oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and other controversial stimulation methods have received a lot of attention recently. Increased oil and gas production using...
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Money to Burn? Questioning Public Health Priorities at the TCEQ 24.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Flaring in Eagle Ford Shale Source: flickr.com/photos/earthworks The Texas Tribune recently published a piece debunking some of the science behind the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) position on the national health standard for ozone – one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet. As outlined in the agency’s latest newsletter , TCEQ’s Director of Toxicology, Mike Honeycutt, questions the benefits of a stronger standard, even though public health experts across the country have been calling for a more protective standard for years. What’s more disappointing than the agency’s apparent anti-health position, however, is the lack of attention to other legitimate air pollution issues in Texas. It would seem that the agency must have a surplus of staff, as well as unlimited resources to establish such an aggressive position on a standard that hasn’t been proposed yet. The reality is that there are so many more important things that the agency could and should be doing ...
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Why the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine needs a formal health risk assessment 24.10.2014 MinnPost
Minnesota DNR The plan for the NorthMet mine site at year 20, when extraction operations are projected to end. Sulfides in waste rock at the mine site will need to be contained and treated for an additional 200 years. Click for larger version. A growing number of Minnesota’s health professionals and scientists are publicly expressing their concern about the potential health impacts of the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine near Hoyt Lakes. Earlier this week, several health-related groups, including the Minnesota Public Health Association and the Minnesota Medical Association , joined others in asking Gov. Mark Dayton to require the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct a formal health risk assessment of the controversial mine project. The health experts are particularly concerned about how the project will increase mercury in fish, contaminate drinking water with toxins such as lead and arsenic, and release pollutants — including nickel dust and asbestos-like mineral fibers — into the air. One of the ...
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President Obama Should Embrace Disclosure of Climate Damage 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate pollution threatens our children's health, cherished wildlife and forests, agriculture and our coastlines. Its impacts only get worse, and more costly, the longer we continue to make decisions for the future that commit us to more carbon pollution. President Obama has underscored his desire for the federal government to lead by example. But some agencies in his administration are fumbling an easy opportunity to do just that. We have the tools available today to enable our federal agencies to account for the damage caused by carbon pollution before approving oil and gas developments, new highways, coal mines and other big investments that deepen our dependence on fossil fuels. How can a federal agency meaningfully disclose the incremental climate damages from an individual federal proposal? There is a ready measure at hand -- called the "social cost of carbon" -- developed by a dozen federal agencies using well-established climate science and economics . This model provides a range of estimates, ...
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Polluters Push a Paragon of Misinformation, But Most Americans Want Climate Action 24.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.: A new “poll,” with some state-by-state results, is part of a larger, polluter-coordinated, national disinformation campaign to keep our air dirty, our health in jeopardy and our country paralyzed in the face of real and growing threats from climate change....
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Court Lifts Stay on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule 24.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Court Lifts Stay on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
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'Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide 23.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps 23.10.2014 NPR News
It turns out that green coffee extract isn't a "miracle pill that can burn fat fast," even though Dr. Oz said so. But there are plenty more "miracle" cures out there. Here's how to sell your own.
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Floridian's Deliver over 92,000 Petitions to Governor Scott Asking Him to #ActOnClimate 23.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pamela Rivera, Latino Engagement Associate / Program Assistant, Washington, D.C.: Over the last several months, Florida's Clean Energy Future -- a coalition of clean energy, business, Hispanic, faith, community and academic leaders throughout the Sunshine State  -- has worked across the state to raise awareness about the threat of climate...
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As U.S. struggles with poultry-borne disease, other countries offer lessons 23.10.2014 MinnPost
Ebola is still high in the headlines across American media, as editors try to simultaneously reflect and defuse ill-informed public anxiety about a disease that, while unquestionably horrific, had caused just one fatality and infected a mere handful of other people in the U.S., a majority of whom had recovered as of yesterday . But to find coverage of two important new reports on food-borne illnesses that are estimated to afflict more than two million Americans every year — some fatally, and perhaps 20,000 so seriously that they require hospitalization — you pretty much have to turn to trade publications like Food Safety News. That's where I found the report on Monday's comparative analysis of food-inspection systems in the U.S. and a selection of comparably modern and affluent nations, prepared by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Motivated in part by last year's surge in poultry-borne salmonella infections, researchers examined the state of safeguards here and ...
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Organizations Deliver Comments to EPA from more than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water 22.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (October 22, 2014) – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and today a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to ...
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Mining in Armenia: New Campaign Focuses on Stemming Ecological Damage 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is the year that global warming and its man-made causes have raced to the top of headlines worldwide, including recently at the United Nations. While not a big greenhouse gas emitter, the small Republic of Armenia -- slightly larger than Belgium -- is facing an environmental challenge of its own, this one largely of its own making. High in the Caucasus mountains, with its green valleys and verdant peaks, unchecked mining is polluting water sources and making parts of this mountainous country uninhabitable. Since independence in 1991, Armenia has dealt with a devastating earthquake, a war with Azerbaijian and blockades on two of its four borders. As a result, it has turned to almost any options it has to generate revenue, including mining and mineral processing. Entire valleys are being stripped of vegetation and life; rivers are being turned into dump sites and the air becoming toxic as well. If carried out responsibly, mining and mineral processing can be important sources of economic growth and ...
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Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog: experts 22.10.2014 Health

A couple walk with a face mask on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 11, 2014Beijing (AFP) - The soaring, grimy chimneys of the coal-fired power station have belched the last of their choking fumes into Beijing's air, authorities say -- but experts doubt the plan will ease the capital's smog.


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Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California? 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco: From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from...
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FRACKING REPORT: 5.4 Million Californians Now Live Within a Mile of Oil or Gas Wells, Majority are People of Color 22.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2014) – Nearly five and a half million Californians now live within a mile of an oil or gas well, including nearly 4 million who are people of color. Approximately one-third of those living near wells, or nearly 2 million people, already live in some of the state’s most polluted communities.  The risk to these populations is expected to increase as fracking expands in these impacted regions and throughout the state, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense ...
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Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research 20.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC:    We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too. In particular, the research,...
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Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing marathon 19.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

A runner wears a mask as he takes part in the 34th Beijing International Marathon which began at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 19, 2014Beijing (AFP) - Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.


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Competitors at Beijing International Marathon don face masks to battle heavy pollution 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan 19.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)...
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