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Homegrown vendors hope to make the cut at Whole Foods 31.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Homegrown vendors hope to make the cut at Whole Foods
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Clearing the air: Why we need strong smog standards 29.1.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This week and next, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog (ground-level ozone) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone […]
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Who You Gonna Believe About Smog's Health Hazards, the Oil Lobby or Doctors & Scientists? 29.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: An oil industry lobbying group just released a paper that inadvertently reveals the bankruptcy of Big Oil's attacks on the health basis for more protective national standards for smog pollution. The 8-page paper contends that legions of doctors and scientists...
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The Green Coffee Speech Crime 29.1.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The feds fine a guest of Dr. Oz for pushing a health study.
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If It Can Rot, Eat It 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger Lisa Bronner, writer of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom Fresh food -- the stuff of life that nourishes, builds, and heals and that, with its rich abundance of nutrients, should make up the bulk of a healthy diet -- boasts a fundamental difference from its prepackaged and processed cousins: It is able to rot. And it's this very ability that trumpets its healthfulness. Throughout humankind's sordid dietary history, advancements in preserving food brought such benefits as reducing foodborne illnesses, allowing people to live a greater distance from food sources and extending permissible time from food gathering to consumption. Cooking, drying, salting, smoking, chilling, and freezing meant people could follow pursuits beyond mere survival. None of the great achievements of our day would be possible if we could not extend the life of our food. We Took a Wrong Turn Somewhere along the way, however, we missed the left turn in Albuquerque. As agriculture and food production became ...
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Coalition Sues EPA for Failing to Address Factory Farm Air Pollution 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Pollution Blamed as Leading Cause of Death in Developing World 28.1.2015 Environmental News Network
In 2012, pollution – in the form of contaminated soil, water, and both indoor and outdoor air – was responsible for 8.4 million deaths in developing countries, finds Pollution: The Silent Killer of Millions in Poor Countries. That’s almost three times more deaths than those caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined: Malaria claimed 600,000 lives in 2012, HIV/AIDS caused 1.5 million deaths and tuberculosis killed 900,000 individuals.
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Fracking with Our Food: And 7 Other Reasons California Should Ban Toxic Drilling 28.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Washington State Cap-And-Trade Plan Would Make Polluters Pay 28.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — So many people signed up to testify on Gov. Jay Inslee's sweeping proposal to rein in greenhouse gases that Tuesday's public hearing on the bill was continued to Thursday. About three dozen people from across the state testified before the House Environment Committee on a bill to cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released. The hearing room quickly filled, and many who couldn't get a seat had to watch the proceedings on TVs in several overflow rooms. Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, who chairs the committee, said the impacts of climate change are real and the state can't afford to wait any longer to address it. He's the prime sponsor of House Bill 1314, which has three dozen Democratic co-sponsors. The governor-backed bill, which must be approved by the Legislature, faces resistance from some businesses and Republicans, who control the Senate. Q: Why is the governor proposing it? A: Inslee says ...
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Fracking with Our Food: The Fight to Ban Toxic Drilling in California 28.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Air pollution choking the life out of Asia 28.1.2015 CNN: Top Stories
At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of southeast Asia's worst-ever "haze episodes."
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EPA to Host an Ozone Hearing in Arlington, TX, and You’re Invited 28.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Elena Craft, PhD Smog over Dallas Skyline Source: WikiCommons/Turn685 This Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will hold hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog ( ground-level ozone ) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone is the single most widespread air pollutant in the United States and is linked to severe respiratory health outcomes. For an industrious and populous state like Texas, ozone poses a great threat to public health. In Texas, the hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. local time at Arlington City Hall . Does the proposal go far enough? While EDF supports EPA’s proposal to strengthen these critical health protections, we believe that going even further, to 60 ppb, would provide the strongest protections for Americans and would be in line with what leading medical associations like the ...
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Rio official says there's 'no plan B' for Olympic sailing 27.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers said Tuesday they have "no plan B" for the 2016 games' sailing competitions, despite a recent admission by the state's top environment official that it will be impossible to meet pledges to clean up the raw sewage- and trash-filled waters where the events are to be ...
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Makayla, cancer and colonialism 26.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The tragic death of Makayla Sault -- who died of leukemia after stopping chemotherapy -- has triggered a backlash. " First Nations parents can now doom their sick children ," warned the Toronto Star. "Dying, because her parents were likely weak and uninformed, possibly misled, and our institutions could not find the backbone to protect this child," wrote an infuriated doctor in the Ottawa ...
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EPA Sued Over Disclosure Rules for Toxic Pollution From Drilling and Fracking 24.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over toxic chemicals released into the air, water and land by the oil and gas industry, a coalition of nine environmental and open government groups announced recently. The extraction of oil and gas releases more toxic pollution than any other industry except for power plants, according to the EPA's own estimates, the coalition, which filed the lawsuit this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, noted. But the industry has thus far escaped federal rules that, for over the past two decades, have required other major polluters to disclose the type and amount of toxic chemicals they release or dispose. The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a federal pollution database, established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, and can be used by first-responders in the event of a crisis as well as members of the general public. "People deserve to know what toxic chemicals are being used near their homes, schools ...
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New Study Shows Alternative Fuel Supplies Could Triple on the West Coast 24.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Simon Mui, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San Francisco: In my line of work to protect public health and the environment from car and truck pollution, one of the largest barriers continues to be, frankly, the lack of clean, alternative fuel choices. For every fifteen gasoline stations you drive...
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Environment official: Saltwater spill reached Missouri River 24.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so ...
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North Dakota official: Saltwater spill reached Missouri River, diluted enough to lessen harm 24.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Unhappy home pollutiion is rife. 23.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How clean is your home? Rephrase that now and ask yourself how polluted it is, compared to the fresh air, if your neighbourhood has any. You may be hygienic too, which is another kettle of fish (smelly that is). Whatever your situation, we all become complacent. It is not only the drains, polluted with too much detergent. Your own life, that of children and that of older and sick people is endangered by what you do. Awareness is a very simple science, pure and logical, but we must keep up. New products often turn out to be unexpectedly dangerous, even to the manufacturer. The testing now is rigorous, but simpler science is best.
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“Smog Journeys” gives China’s air pollution problem a human face 23.1.2015 TreeHugger
A short film by Jia Zhangke quietly explores life with smog.
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