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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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Acid Rain Experts Plan Next Steps to Reduce Air Pollution, Aid the Recovery of Adirondack Park 18.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Acid Rain Experts Plan Next Steps to Reduce Air Pollution, Aid the Recovery of Adirondack Park
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Unpacking the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act: Victory for Big Coal or Much Ado About Nothing? 17.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: On Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before it concluded its fall session and scurried out of state capital building in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that has since been sent to Governor Corbett. The bill, which had...
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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Bill Would Obstruct Clean Air Act Protections 17.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Elena Craft, PhD Air quality signboard indicating an ozone watch – Harris County Courthouse Annex 19 – Gulfton, Houston. Earlier this year, close to 20 Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the  American Lung Association  for ozone pollution (up from 15 counties in 2013). Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses, as well as increased emergency room and hospital admissions. And it poses an especially serious risk to children, seniors and those with lung diseases like asthma and bronchitis. If realized, a stronger public health standard for ozone would prevent up to 12,000 premature deaths, avoid up to 21,000 hospitalizations and provide $100 billion in associated economic benefits. Why then are Texas officials fighting tooth and nail against it? U.S. Rep.  Randy Weber , R-Pearland, joined by fellow Texas Republican Reps.  Lamar Smith  of San Antonio,  Pete ...
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WorldViews: India launches its own Air Quality Index. Can its numbers be trusted? 17.10.2014 Washington Post: World
After years of facing flak from global health experts for not doing enough to tackle worsening air pollution, India now says it will launch its own national air quality index in the next five years. The index will rank 66 Indian cities and provide associated health risks in a color-coded manner that can be understood by everyone. The move, officials say, could raise public awareness of an issue that many Indians often overlook, but also push them to demand higher quality standards and ...
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Wisconsin woman charged with faking cancer to raise money from charities, individuals 17.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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Acting on Climate Change for Our Children's Sake 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Nsedu Obot Witherspoon The missions of the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) align for a simple reason: Healthy people depend on a healthy environment to live, work, and play in. Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change. Warmer temperatures from climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, are making allergy seasons longer and worsening smog, exacerbating children's asthma. One in 10 kids in the U.S. already suffers from asthma, and these numbers could go up. Hotter weather is also increasing moisture in the air in some locations. More moisture means more mold and mildew -- ...
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Failing Humans and Planet, EPA Greenlights 'Agent Orange' Herbicide 16.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Solutions to the sad case of the Aral Sea 16.10.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
A conference looks likely to enliven debate on both the Aral Sea’s fate and the need for interventions on environmental problems that are causing international problems for health, ecology and vast pollution.
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Tell Texas Officials to Drop the Anti-Clean Air Agenda 16.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Early this year, close to twenty Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the American Lung Association for ozone pollution. But some TX officials are behind an effort to PREVENT a stronger public health standard. ...
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Organic Consumers Condemns EPA Approval of Dow Enlist Duo Herbicide 15.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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