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Is the Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production in the Americas 23.11.2014 Truthout.com
In the Americas, three nations prevail as leading consumers and producers of beef: the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. From burgers to filet mignon, beef is often considered a staple food, even a delicacy. Its consumption is deeply ingrained in some cultures, but only a few understand the impact of industrial demand of cattle products. Most people are not aware that beef production is directly responsible for producing vast levels of greenhouse gases and expanding deforestation, especially in the Amazon forest region. In fact, in the past 25 years forests with an area the size of India have been cleared in Central and South America.[ 1 ] Although demand for beef has stagnated in the U.S. and certain Latin American countries, worldwide consumption continues to expand, and producers in the Western hemisphere are eager to supply. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that beef production and consumption will double by 2050, a situation that can ultimately be costly to the ...
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Area Votes in Congress 23.11.2014 Philly.com News
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Science and the environment. Voting 237-190, the House on Wednesday passed a Republican bill (HR 4012) that would negate specific rulemakings by the Environmental Protection Agency unless all data from underlying scientific studies - including any confide
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ERROR: Missing Story Title 23.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
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'That Dragon, Cancer' brings a serious real-life ordeal to gaming 22.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Clean Power Plan Protects Iowans' Health in the Hawkeye State 22.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate and Health Fellow, Washington, D.C.: This week, my colleague (and Senior Scientist) Kim Knowlton was honored to address Iowa’s professional public health community in a webinar about public health threats in the state associated with climate change—and to share some things that can be done...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Are We Failing Our Kids? 21.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home. Today's children have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. More than one-third of kids and teens in America are overweight or obese and even fewer are meeting the recommended national physical activity guidelines. Half of our kids have zero access to safe places to play and get active like parks, community centers, bike paths and sidewalks. Kids of color are more likely to live in park -- poor communities, and not surprisingly, have higher rates of obesity. As if the lack of safe places to play wasn't a significant enough hurdle in and of itself, many of our kids have been hit with a double whammy: air pollution. According to the American Lung Association , nearly 50 percent of all Americans live in communities where pollution makes ...
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Are We Failing Our Kids? 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home. Today's children have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. More than one-third of kids and teens in America are overweight or obese and even fewer are meeting the recommended national physical activity guidelines. Half of our kids have zero access to safe places to play and get active like parks, community centers, bike paths and sidewalks. Kids of color are more likely to live in park -- poor communities, and not surprisingly, have higher rates of obesity. As if the lack of safe places to play wasn't a significant enough hurdle in and of itself, many of our kids have been hit with a double whammy: air pollution. According to the American Lung Association , nearly 50 percent of all Americans live in communities where pollution makes ...
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Lawsuit Calls on EPA to Clean Up Lead Air Pollution Across United States 21.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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China’s clean air challenge: The health impacts of transport emissions 20.11.2014 THE CITY FIX
This is the first post of the “China’s Clean Air Challenge” series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series examines the increasing social, environmental, and economic impacts of the serious air quality issues in Chinese cities, and investigates the source of emissions ...
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REPORT: EPA Can Quickly Cut Dangerous Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry in Half 20.11.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2014) — A new report from leading climate advocates today shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can cut climate warming methane pollution in half, while dramatically reducing harmful, wasteful air pollution from the oil and gas industry at the same time, by issuing federal standards for methane pollution based on available, low-cost technologies and ...
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NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT PERSONAL AND PLANETARY HEALTH GOES VIRAL – OVER 200,000 VIEWS IN 6 DAYS 20.11.2014 ENN Network News - ENN
Absent Traditional Advertising, "Origins" Garners Worldwide Acclaim and Audience Via Grassroots, Social Media
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House GOP Continues Its Anti-Science Campaign 19.11.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (November 19, 2014)—House Republicans continued their attack on science-based protections for public health and the environment today, passing on a largely party-line vote a bill that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from using certain peer-reviewed health research when developing standards to protect public ...
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Amending Colorado's Constitution: Do Communities Have Right to Clean Air and Water? 19.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
As voters last week  banned fracking in regions from Ohio to Texas to California , Colorado citizens are meanwhile attempting to reclaim their own right to a safe, healthy environment by enacting the  Colorado Community Rights amendment  to the Colorado Constitution. The amendment declares that "the people have an inherent and inalienable right to local self-government." The push to amend the Colorado Constitution grew out of attempts by municipalities to ban fracking in their communities but was expanded to include any laws that attempt to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people in communities. The amendment is being proposed by the  Colorado Community Rights Network (CCRN) . When some Colorado communities  previously attempted to pass laws to regulate industry practices  such as fracking in their communities, they were promptly  sued  by pro-fracking interests in the oil and gas industry, which argued that regulatory authority lies with the state, not local governments. Translation: Oil and ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Immigrants baffled by HealthCare.gov lapse 19.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like other HealthCare.gov customers, immigrants are relieved that the government's health insurance website is working fairly well this year. They're baffled, though, by what looks like an obvious lapse: There is no clear way to upload a copy of their green card, the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents and therefore entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama's health care ...
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No pathway for legal US residents to upload copies of green cards on HealthCare.gov 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Immigrants baffled by HealthCare.gov lapse 19.11.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Like other HealthCare.gov customers, immigrants are relieved that the government's health insurance website is working fairly well this year. They're baffled, though, by what looks like an obvious lapse: There is no clear way to upload a copy of their green card, the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents and therefore entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama's health care law....
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India Green News: India's Goals in the Wake of U.S.-China Climate Deal, Energy Efficient Buildings, and Environmental Health Threats 19.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney & Director of Policy and Research, India Initiative, International Program, San Francisco: India Green News is a selection of news highlight about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of Nov. 9th-14th CLIMATE CHANGE After U.S.-China climate deal, focus on India to follow suit WASHINGTON/NEW DELHIAfter this week's...
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12* Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the "ultimate dreamcrusher." That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week's election. After working on climate change solutions for over 8 years, we are finally beginning to take meaningful steps to curb this epic global challenge. I want my kids and others to have every opportunity to follow their dreams in the world we leave them. Now with the Republican controlled legislature, critical environmental gains are at stake - surely an unintended consequence. Republicans and the mighty fossil fuel industry are eager to gut environmental protections , especially the EPA's Clean Power Plan that will set standards on carbon pollution for the power sector. A host of climate deniers will now head up our nation's environment and science committees. For example, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will likely chair the Environment and Public Works Committee. In case you ...
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