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How air pollution affects your health: A Minnesota allergist explains 8.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Smoke from wildfires still burning in Canada might continue to affect Minnesota's air quality this summer.
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NRDC: GOP Leaders Pack Anti-Environment Riders into Spending Bill 7.7.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 7, 2015) – Congressional Republicans have been working to add an array of anti-environment riders to the $30.17 billion fiscal year 2016 Interior and Environment appropriations bill, which already included a 9 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 budget  – actions that increase the likelihood of a government shutdown this ...
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NRDC TV Ads Call Out Kirk on Climate 7.7.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – A new public education advertising effort chastises Illinois Senator Mark Kirk for a recent, decisive vote to block climate action. The ads running on television stations throughout Chicagoland and social media highlight Senator Kirk’s vote to block Environmental Protection Agency action to cut dangerous carbon pollution from America’s power plants, which contributes to climate change and leads to childhood asthma ...
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Fire and rain: Dense smoke plume follows downpours 7.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Not your average Minnesota weather day. What next, locusts?
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What Does the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard Ruling Mean for Texas? 7.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tomas Carbonell Supreme Court of the United States The following introduction from Senior Health Scientist  Elena Craft  deals specifically with the implications of the Supreme Court’s recent Mercury and Air Toxics Standard Ruling on Texas. Below, an examination of the broader implications of the ruling follows. “While this ruling does not mean current clean air protections will be revoked in Texas (or any other state), it does mean we will see another series of legal steps in the fight for clean air. As one of the biggest contributors of emissions of mercury in the nation with over 40 coal-fired power plants, Texas facilities are now required to install pollution reducing controls to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic, and acid gases coming from electric generating units. But in truth, most of the plants in Texas and across the country have already installed or have plans to install pollution controls. What Does the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard Ruling Mean for Texas? Click To Tweet Despite the ...
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Steady As She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan from the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions 7.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Everyone with a stake in President Obama's Clean Power Plan waited anxiously last month for the Supreme Court's decisions in the mercury and healthcare cases, Michigan v. EPA and King v. Burwell . What would those cases tell us about prospects for EPA's carbon pollution standards? The two decisions, taken together, tell us the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why: 1. The mercury setback is temporary, and won't interfere with the Clean Power Plan. From the immediate press coverage of the Michigan case, one could be forgiven for thinking the Supreme Court had "thrown out," "struck down," or "blocked" the mercury and air toxics standard (MATS), and put EPA's forthcoming carbon pollution standards into grave doubt. Republican Congressional leaders claimed vindication and coal companies' basement-level stock prices ticked upwards. But the Michigan decision is quite narrow, and the MATS standard can be easily fixed. To be sure, on remand EPA will have to make a new ...
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Canadian wildfire smoke prompts statewide air advisory in Minnesota 6.7.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expanding its air pollution warning due to smoke from wildfires in Canada.

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Steady As She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan from the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions 6.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: Everyone with a stake in President Obama's Clean Power Plan waited anxiously last month for the Supreme Court's decisions in the mercury and healthcare cases, Michigan v. EPA and King v. Burwell. What would those cases tell us about prospects...
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Canadian fires turn northern Minnesota air 'unhealthy' 6.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Air quality across the northern two-thirds of Minnesota has reached unhealthy levels and is expected to remain poor through the day, state officials say.
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Canadian wildfires causing unhealthy air in Minnesota 5.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The MPCA reports that the air quality is rated unhealthy for everyone from a large part of northwestern Minnesota, extending down to Brainerd and St. Cloud toward the Twin Cities suburbs.
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Minnesota officials warn of toxic algae after child sickened 3.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
It's not always clear when algae blooms are toxic, so it's best to stay away if the water has a foul smell.
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EPA's New Fracking Study: A Close Look at the Numbers Buried in the Fine Print 3.7.2015 Truthout.com
When EPA's long-awaited draft assessment on fracking and drinking water supplies was released, the oil and gas industry triumphantly focused on a headline-making sentence: "We did not find evidence of widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States." But for fracking's backers, a sense of victory may prove to be fleeting. EPA's draft assessment made one thing clear: fracking has repeatedly contaminated drinking water supplies (a fact that the industry has long aggressively denied). Indeed, the federal government's recognition that fracking can contaminate drinking water supplies may prove to have opened the floodgates, especially since EPA called attention to major gaps in the official record, due in part to gag orders for landowners who settle contamination claims and in part because there simply hasn't been enough testing to know how widespread problems have become. And although it's been less than a month since EPA's draft assessment was released, the evidence on ...
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Beijing says its air pollution better in first half of 2015 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Chinese authorities have closed some polluting factories in the region, stepped up law enforcement of polluting industries and limited carbon emissions.
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Catholic Colleges In No Rush To Divest From Fossil Fuels After Pope's Encyclical 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Students at Catholic universities across the United States are hoping the pope's encyclical on the environment , which lays out a moral argument for addressing climate change, will help them persuade their schools to drop investments in fossil fuel. “We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas -- needs to be progressively replaced without delay,” Pope Francis wrote in his June 18 encyclical. He pointed to an “urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.” Student campaigns for divestment were already underway at the very wealthiest Catholic universities in the U.S. But so far, not a single American Catholic college or university has announced plans to divest in light of the encyclical. Of the three ...
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How the Pope Is Revving Up Climate Action in LA's Most Polluted Neighborhood 2.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Two young men performed their songs on acoustic guitars in Spanish while the rally chanted along in front of St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Even though not everyone in the crowd of around 30 people knew Spanish, the message transcended language: protect the most vulnerable from the effects of climate change. After the June 18 release of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and humanity's responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change's effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith. Members of the youth group Pastoral Juvenil of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in front of St. Basil on the morning of June 27 to share what was written in the encyclical and encourage onlookers to participate. "When I started working on the issue of ...
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The Mercury Standards, Post-Supreme Court – Still in Effect, Still Protecting Americans 2.7.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards back in 2011, at a news conference at Children’s Hospital with cheering children and families surrounding the speakers. They were cheering because the Mercury Standards were the single most important clean air measure of our generation – designed to protect Americans […]
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The 'Green' Burger Billionaires Are Loving 2.7.2015 Yahoo: Business
Feast your eyes on "The Beast." It's the new 'green' burger that billionaires Bill Gates and Biz Stone are hoping will change the future of meat. 
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A Bold Plan for Saving Pollinators 2.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Honey bees foraging in almonds / UC Davis Department of Entomology "We need solutions to the bee crisis," said Laurie Davies Adams, head of the Pollinator Partnership , at a packed briefing on Capitol Hill, which was organized by her organization and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) . The honey bee crisis Adams is deeply worried about is caused by the spread of colony collapse disorder, which has decimated hives across the U.S. Scientists say a combination of stressors is killing off honey bees, including the loss of the habitat they need for foraging, the widespread use of agricultural pesticides and fungicides, and disease. Other critical pollinators, like native bees, monarch butterflies, and bats, face similar challenges. While the destruction of these species is a cause of concern in itself, it's also causing real fears among many of country's farmers who rely on honey bees to pollinate their crops, at a cost of billions every year. President and First Lady Obama have a "personal ...
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How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
What’s a healthy baby worth? A pristine lake? How about the market value of a life without ...
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Indiana Doctors, Public Health Experts Rally For EPA Clean Power Plan 1.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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