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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Children's Lung Health Improves With Reduced Pollution, Study Finds 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents. Children in recent years breathed cleaner air and had stronger lungs compared to those who were studied two decades earlier, researchers found. The improved health coincided with drastic reductions in pollution in the Los Angeles basin and surrounding areas as air quality regulators cracked down on emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks. While the research focused on Southern California, the results suggest that other cities with dirty air may see a health boost with a cleanup effort. Since pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide tend to be higher in cities, reducing "those pollutants should lead to improved health for children living in any urban environment," said lead researcher Jim Gauderman, a professor of ...
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Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says 5.3.2015 AP National
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents....
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Study finds kids in Southern California breathing easier from cleaner air, have stronger lungs 5.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees 5.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils" The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled " Give Soils Their Due " abridged in relevant part: "We are not paying enough attention to the world's soils, a 'nearly forgotten resource' and our 'silent ally,' 33% of which are in a state of degradation. We can't breathe, eat, drink, or be healthy without sustainably managing soils. So in recognizing 2015 as the International Year of Soils, the United Nations (UN) is focusing global attention on the increasing pressures on soils and their ripple effect on other global challenges. ...Exploration of soil's unique habitats reveals numerous microbes and invertebrates that contribute to life-sustaining services such as cleansing water, regulating pests, and cycling nutrients ... we must improve the functioning of soil biota as part of our long-term commitment to a sustainable future. ...The water we drink ...
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Saving Obama from a Bad Trade Deal 4.3.2015 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) In this June 11, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, prior to a trip to Europe for a Group of Eight summit of major Western democracies, where the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with Europe was be a top item. The deal is touted as a means of boosting growth and jobs by eliminating tariffs and other barriers, but those expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled in the deal, which would benefit corporations far more than governments or citizens, which would likely be hurt. Plans to rush fast-track authority for two trade deals for a quick House and Senate vote abruptly broke down on Tuesday. The White House was hoping to put the vote to Congress as early as this week. But Republicans wanted to see more details of one of the deals, which addresses trade with Pacific nations—before agreeing to a fast-track vote. Democrats who favored the deal were seeking some concessions to appease their skeptical ...
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Identifying Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Using ToxCast and Authoritative Lists 4.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kristi Pullen, Staff Scientist, Washington, D.C.: We are constantly awash in a sea of chemicals. Though the exact number is unknown, nearly 85,000 industrial chemicals (not including pesticides, food additives, and pharmaceuticals) have been processed or manufactured in the United States as of July of 2014...
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Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Paul, I'm so proud to be here today. As I've said many times before, speaking to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is one of the highlights of the year. Today holds even more meaning because it's the last time I'll address this group with you at its helm. With your background, including a stint in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, I believe the impact you've had on Greater Boston has been incalculable. You have understood the people, the businesses, and the public leaders of our area, and your contributions have likewise been invaluable. On key issues, such as universal access to health care and health care cost, your voice has been vital. In that respect, I'm also proud to mention something we worked closely together on. Savings from the municipal health care reform law are now estimated at almost $250 million annually, far exceeding early projections. Paul, I've been fortunate to have had your advice and counsel over the past years. You are a good friend and I'll truly miss working with ...
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Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement 3.3.2015 NPR: Healthcare
The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.
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Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health 3.3.2015 NPR: Healthcare
Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.
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How 'Flower Beds' Give Love And Lentils To Moms And Babies 3.3.2015 NPR News
When mothers need day care for their children, the best person to turn to might be another mother. That's the lesson of the new cooperative nurseries in an Indian state.
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125+ Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Bees, Pollinators From Pesticides 3.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Young girl's story may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil 1.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic diseases causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn ...
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What's Butylated Hydroxyltoluene and Why Is It in Your Food Even Though It's Banned in Europe? 28.2.2015 Truthout.com
From the perspective of corporations, the less the public knows about what their products contain or emit, the better. (Photo via Shutterstock )A speaker at an event I recently attended asked why U.S. food companies put butylated hydroxyltoluene, a food preservative and endocrine disruptor, in cereal sold stateside, while in Europe the same companies formulate the same product without BHT. There are three answers to that question: The European Union prohibits numerous harmful ingredients U.S. regulatory agencies allow. Well-informed European citizens have organized and pushed for those regulations. U.S. citizens have not yet pushed for such regulations in sufficient numbers. The precautionary principle is an approach to risk management which places the burden of proof to demonstrate a product or ingredient's safety on the corporations that produces the product— prior to releasing it to the public. Over the last few decades, the U.S. has become lax with this approach while Europe proceeds with a greater ...
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What's Butylated Hydroxyltoluene and Why Is it In Your Food Even Though It's Banned in Europe? 28.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
From the perspective of corporations, the less the public knows about what their products contain or emit, the better. (Photo via Shutterstock )A speaker at an event I recently attended asked why U.S. food companies put butylated hydroxyltoluene, a food preservative and endocrine disruptor, in cereal sold stateside, while in Europe the same companies formulate the same product without BHT. There are three answers to that question: The European Union prohibits numerous harmful ingredients U.S. regulatory agencies allow. Well-informed European citizens have organized and pushed for those regulations. U.S. citizens have not yet pushed for such regulations in sufficient numbers. The precautionary principle is an approach to risk management which places the burden of proof to demonstrate a product or ingredient's safety on the corporations that produces the product— prior to releasing it to the public. Over the last few decades, the U.S. has become lax with this approach while Europe proceeds with a greater ...
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California sets strong public health goal for toxic rocket-fuel chemical in drinking water 28.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, Health and Environment Program, San Francisco: There is good news for public health in California today: the state is tackling rocket-fuel chemicals in drinking water. Today's action sets an updated and strong public health goal for the chemical perchlorate, which was used by facilities that produced,...
California moves forward to limit toxic perchlorate contamination - EPA still overdue 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C.: California is taking a big leap forward on the path to making the tap water of its residents safer than ever by setting a new public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate - a toxic water contaminant - of 1 part...
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A Respirator Device That Looks Like Cool, Retro Kitchen Gear 27.2.2015 Wired Top Stories
A Respirator Device That Looks Like Cool, Retro Kitchen Gear

There's a deeper insight behind the clean lines.

The post A Respirator Device That Looks Like Cool, Retro Kitchen Gear appeared first on WIRED.


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Workplace Bullying: It's Impact Goes Beyond Hurt Feelings 26.2.2015 Yahoo: Business

Workplace Bullying: It's Impact Goes Beyond Hurt FeelingsThe word 'bullying' is usually associated with schoolyard antics, along with negative considerations about bullies. Conversely, if the words 'workplace bullying' are coupled, then the thoughts usually developed are that a target of bullying is weak, needs to get tougher, needs to grow-up, or worse. It's these types of unnecessary evaluations...


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