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Why we have grave environmental concerns about "fast track" trade authority 21.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jake Schmidt, Director, International Program, Washington, DC: A "fast track" trade bill was just introduced that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements. We know enough about these pending trade agreements - one between the U.S. and eleven other countries and the other with the European...
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Why we have grave environmental concerns about "fast track" trade authority 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A "fast track" trade bill was just introduced that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements. We know enough about these pending trade agreements - one between the U.S. and eleven other countries and the other with the European Union - to reject efforts to put them on a fast lane to becoming law. These agreements could have grave impacts on our bedrock environmental laws and public health protections. That is why we oppose this "fast track" bill. Anyone that cares about the environment and public health should also oppose this bill. As NRDC's Executive Director Peter Lehner stated: "These trade agreements would allow foreign corporations to challenge our chemical safeguards, climate protections and food safety laws at special trade tribunals outside our normal legal system. Congress should reject any fast track legislation that allows expedited approval for trade agreements that can undercut our public health and environmental safeguards." Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR), and ...
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Letter to President Barack Obama About Vieques 21.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dear President Obama: This month, the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico will again commemorate the death of David Sanes, killed 16 years ago by two errant bombs dropped by the U.S. Navy in the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Three days later, on April 22, the community of Vieques will reflect on Earth Day while living in one of the most contaminated and toxic places in our planet. This contamination comes as a direct result of the U.S. Navy's activities in Vieques. All of us who care about the environment share their concerns. I am writing you today to respectfully request that you uphold the promise you made during your presidential campaign in February 2008: to use all available resources to address the man-made health and environmental crisis that afflicts the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico. For over 60 years, the island of Vieques was shelled continuously with tens of thousands of bombs and toxic chemicals every year. Following the death of David Sanes on April 19, 1999, thousands of citizens, including ...
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6 Eco-Friendly Tips For The Home 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors By: Anne Reagan, Editor-In-Chief of Porch.com Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and looking back over the past 45 years and what we know now about climate change, sustainability, energy efficiency and how our actions impact our planet is alarming but also empowering. We now understand that what we choose to purchase or produce, or what we choose to use or waste, can have a direct impact to the health of our planet as well as the health of our bodies and surrounding environment. Nowhere is this extraordinary potential seen more than in the decisions we make with our homes, and particularly with home improvement. Even a small DIY project like painting a wall gives us the opportunity to choose a product that doesn't negatively impact our health or our environment. And when it comes to major home remodeling or improvement projects, homeowners have a wide array of choices that can ultimately make a positive, rather than a negative, impact on the environment. As we ...
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"Merchants of Doubt": More than just a movie review--a challenge to conservatives on climate change 20.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco: I don't see a lot of movies, except on airplanes, and "Merchants of Doubt" is not the kind of movie that airlines like to show. The film documents how climate change deniers twist the truth and cast doubt on theories...
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Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Wednesday is Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection. The U.S. EPA was established that same year. Five years later, I enrolled in my first class in environmental politics and by 1977 I was working in EPA's water program. In those days, the environment was a minor and relatively uncontroversial policy issue in the United States. The connection between environmental quality and public health was not yet clear, and the relationship of environmental quality to economic growth was not often discussed. More contentious issues at the time included the war in Vietnam, civil rights, the flight from cities to suburbs, and in 1973, the Arab oil embargo and subsequent "energy crisis." Republicans and Democrats worked together on all of the environmental policies formulated during EPA's first decade. Policies to regulate water, air, toxics, solid waste, and hazardous waste were all ...
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'Anne of Green Gables' actor dies 19.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, who co-starred in the "Anne of Green Gables" TV movies, died this week at age 48.
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Experts Agree: We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan 16.4.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever national carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources […]
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This Tea Contains Just As Much Caffeine As A Cup Of Coffee 16.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every day, more than half of the American population drinks a cup of coffee . Some like the rich flavor; others enjoy the ritual associated with pouring a morning cup. Many have made it a habit for the purpose of an energy boost . Such drinkers may scoff at the idea of sipping on a mug of tea for the sake of productivity, as typical commercial teas contain less than half the caffeine of an average cup of joe. Eight ounces of coffee contains anywhere from 95 to 200 mg of caffeine , while black tea contains 14 to 70 mg -- that is, until Zest Tea , a brand that claims to be most caffeinated tea on the market. Zest Tea's black tea blends boast 155 to 160 mg of caffeine per cup, which founder James Fayai says puts the drink in line with a mid to strong coffee brew. Fayai developed the super-caffeinated brew when he realized he was compromising his taste and health preferences in order to perform at a job that required working long hours. "I would have three to four cups of tea a day, and then switch over to ...
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Indiana Doctors Criticize Senate-Adopted Resolution that Condemns New Clean Air Protections 16.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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WANTED: Gang of Texas Legislators on the Loose at the Capitol Upending Local Control and Putting Texas in Harm’s Way 16.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston There is an assault on public health and environmental integrity underway in the Texas Legislature right now that’s the worst I’ve seen in my twenty-something years as an environmental advocate. The Texas Legislature is currently considering a series of bills that would eliminate much of the important rules protecting not just air and water, but also public health and safety. Many of these laws have been in place for decades and are critical in a state where the energy industry and large polluting companies are a key part of our economy. Here’s a run-down of some of the worst bills being considered at the Texas Legislature and the elected “leaders” sponsoring them: WANTED: Legislators on the Loose at #TXlege Upending Local Control and Putting Texas in Harm’s… Click To Tweet Crime: State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), author of Senate Bill (SB) 931 , is proposing to undo the law that put Texas on the national – and international – map for wind energy: the Renewable Portfolio ...
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China's disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all 15.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
China's disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all
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China’s disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all 15.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning . Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more elaborate, filtered respirators. Cancer has become the leading cause of death in the city and throughout the ...
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Getting From Here to There: California Thinks Beyond 2020 14.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Erica Morehouse Hollywood produces some duds, especially right after the end of Oscar season. But virtually all of the environmental scriptwriting that happens in the Golden State has four-star appeal. Californians are trailblazers in protecting the environment and our planet from harm. The state debuted the first-ever vehicle efficiency standards in the 1960s and building efficiency standards in the 1970s and government leaders haven't slowed down since. Today Californians find themselves ahead of schedule on meeting ambitious 2020 climate pollution goals. The state’s top leaders, from the Governor to the Legislature , are discussing ways to solidify targets, for 2030 and beyond, that would dramatically cut pollution and create a powerful script about public health and prosperity that other states could emulate. As is fitting for deliberations involving our state’s future, these discussions are built on what could be thought of as “the dirty work” – careful research and planning, and sound analysis. ...
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First 100 Days of Congress Reveal McConnell's Big Polluter Agenda 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wednesday marks the 100th day of Congress. This milestone is traditionally used to assess the new leadership, and by all measures of public health and the environment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is failing miserably. He has used the first 100 days to attack clean air laws, undermine water protections and block climate action. None of his efforts have succeeded--they are so out of step with what most Americans want--but the next 100 days are likely to bring more assaults on environmental protections. McConnell has already vowed to use the upcoming appropriations process to handcuff agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. People aren't asking for more pollution in our communities. Quite the contrary. Most Americans value clean air and water, and the vast majority support government efforts to address climate change. They want solutions, but Senator McConnell isn't offering any. The Majority Leader's plan for the environment entails nothing more than constantly saying "no." He ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Earth May Be on the Brink of a Mass Extinction, and More 14.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: If we want any chance to prevent the next mass extinction, we'd better break our addiction to fossil fuels; a new report says medical marijuana works on brain tumors, but that won't stop the Justice Department from going after pot users; ALEC is threatening to sue groups like Common Cause and the League of Conservation Voters; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....Science and Green news..... You need to know this. The more we learn about previous mass extinctions, the more we recognize that we're on the brink of triggering the next one. Earlier this month, an team of international researchers say that changes in the biochemical makeup of the ocean were a primary factor in the Triassic mass extinction 200 million years ago. According to their study, which will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Geology, the ocean around the supercontinent Pangaea became toxic because of oxygen-depletion. Although previous studies have documented ...
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The Flyers and Local Dayton Community Embrace Ohio's Energy Future Tour and Are Ready for Energy Innovation 14.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago: Just last month, Ohio's Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impacts of clean energy in their lives and communities, completed its third stop at the University of Dayton,...
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Stress eating helps, when they're these superfoods 13.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Here are 12 foods to reach for when you've just about had enough.
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Clean Power Plan Litigation: An End Run around the Clean Air Act and the Democratic Process 13.4.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This Thursday, April 16, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in three related cases — West Virginia v. EPA (No. 14-1146) and In re Murray Energy Corporation (No. 14-1112, 14-1151) — involving challenges to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which will establish the […]
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Cancer surge in China prompts rise of special patient hotels 12.4.2015 AP Top News
BEIJING (AP) -- Li Xiaohe has set herself up for the long haul in a cramped but sunny room in western Beijing, about a block from China's most renowned cancer hospital. Her laundry dries on hangers and her husband cooks in a communal kitchen as she embarks on an 84-day program of chemotherapy, following the removal of part of her right breast....
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