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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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You Thought Flint Was Bad? See The Lead Levels In California Children 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry. In one central Fresno zip code, 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old came back high for lead. That compares to 5 percent across the city of Flint during its recent water contamination crisis. In all, Reuters found at least 29 Golden State neighborhoods where children had elevated lead tests at rates at least as high as in Flint. “It’s a ...
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Dozens Of California Towns Have Childhood Lead Poisoning Rates Higher Than Flint’s 22.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry. In one central Fresno zip code, 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old came back high for lead. That compares to 5 percent across the city of Flint during its recent water contamination crisis. In all, Reuters found at least 29 Golden State neighborhoods where children had elevated lead tests at rates at least as high as in Flint. “It’s a widespread problem and we ...
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Dozens Of California See Rates Of Childhood Lead Poisoning Worse Than Flint's 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows. The data shows how lead poisoning affects even a state known for its environmental advocacy, with high rates of childhood exposure found in a swath of the Bay Area and downtown Los Angeles. And the figures show that, despite national strides in eliminating lead-based products, hazards remain in areas far from the Rust Belt or East Coast regions filled with old housing and legacy industry. In one central Fresno zip code, 13.6 percent of blood tests on children under six years old came back high for lead. That compares to 5 percent across the city of Flint during its recent water contamination crisis. In all, Reuters found at least 29 Golden State neighborhoods where children had elevated lead tests at rates at least as high as in Flint. “It’s a widespread problem and we ...
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Trump Said He'd Fix Flint. Hobbling The EPA Is An Odd Way To Do That. 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was doing a live TV interview from the U.S. Capitol last month when she noticed that Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was doing a TV hit right next to her. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) had invited Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to the Capitol to hear President Donald Trump address a joint session of Congress. Pruitt’s EPA is the main federal agency working to mitigate the crisis in Flint, so Hanna-Attisha waited for his interview to wrap up and then introduced herself. “He spoke quite a bit about infrastructure, saying that money would also go to pipes,” Hanna-Attisha recalled in an email. “I said that [replacing America’s lead pipes] will take decades, and until then we need to tighten regulations. He went back to infrastructure.” Trump’s administration is much more interested in investing in new infrastructure than in regulations. While decaying pipes are what poisoned ...
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Climate Change Could Lead To An Uptick In Type-2 Diabetes 21.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Global warming already widens the footprint of Lyme disease while Zika virus exacerbates asthma and lung diseases and increases the risks posed by violent weather and wildfires. Now, new research suggests rising temperatures lead to a surge in diagnoses of type-2 diabetes. The study, published Monday in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care , compared annual average temperatures across the United States from 1996 to 2009 with reported new cases of type-2 diabetes. The disease, which typically develops later in life, prevents the body from absorbing glucose needed to produce energy. In particularly hot years, the number of new diagnoses spiked. “When it gets warmer, there is higher incidence of diabetes,” Lisanne Blauw , the study’s co-author and a PhD candidate at the Netherlands-based Einthoven Laboratory, told The Huffington Post by phone on Tuesday. “It’s important to realize global warming has further effects on our health, not only on the climate.” Blauw and six other researchers from the Leiden ...
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While One Louisiana Town's Lead-Tainted Water System Is Replaced, Dozens of Others Deteriorate 21.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
St. Joseph, Louisiana, resident Lee Richardson gets discolored water from his tap. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) For years the discolored water delivered to the northern Louisiana delta town of St. Joseph resembled what one would expect to find in a third-world country. But it wasn't until high levels of lead were discovered in the town's municipal water system that work began to replace it.  On March 6, Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards, along with local officials and state lawmakers, attended a groundbreaking ceremony for St. Joseph's new water system, wielding symbolic golden shovels in the parking lot next to city hall.  Gov. John Bell Edwards, front and third from right, at the groundbreaking ceremony in St. Joseph, Louisiana, for the new municipal water system. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) After tests found lead in the water of city hall and some of the town's homes, Gov. Edwards made an emergency health proclamation on December 16, 2016, enabling a fast-tracked replacement of St. Joseph's water system. St. ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Here's What Polling Says About The French Presidential Campaign 21.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
French surveys show Marine Le Pen narrowly ahead in the nation’s first round of voting, but losing in subsequent runoffs. Back at home, the GOP health care bill is deeply unpopular. And a new study finds a growing partisan divide between younger and older Americans. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, March 18, 2017. HUFFPOST POLLSTER IS TRACKING THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - Natalie Jackson: “Front National candidate Marine Le Pen’s lead in French pre-election polls raises the specter of France falling to right-wing populist power similar to the forces that resulted in U.K. voters choosing Brexit and U.S. voters electing Donald Trump to the presidency....She has consistently held the lead in the first round of voting, but En Marche’s Emmanuel Macron is close behind...Unless she pulls off a surprise and gets a majority of the vote on April 23, Le Pen will have to face either Macron or Les Républicains’ François Fillon in a runoff election on May 7. Le Pen doesn’t poll very well against either of these ...
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Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S. 21.3.2017 LA Times: Science

If the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear.

And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year.

Experts have...

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San Francisco woman dies after drinking poisonous tea 21.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A woman is dead after drinking tea containing a lethal poison that she unwittingly bought from an herbalist in San Francisco’s Chinatown, public health officials announced Monday.

The woman, whose identity was not released, became sick within an hour after sipping tea in February, according to...

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Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us 20.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Lois Marie Gibbs

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children.

As I travel from one polluted community to the next, women weep as they hold their children, and explain how chemicals in their air, water or land have made their families sick.

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As Trump Slashes EPA, Worry Over the Fate of an Agency Doing Similar Work 20.3.2017 Truthout.com
It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation's major political parties. Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what's to come. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, February 28, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) It has little name recognition, a budget less than 10 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency's, and is part of a government institute embraced by both of the nation's major political parties. Still, those concerned about the future of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences are wary of what's to come. "In light of what President Trump wants to do to the EPA, I don't think any agency that deals with issues unpopular with the current government is going to escape," said Tracey Woodruff, a ...
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Leading The Charge Against The GOP Health Plan, Rep. Mark Meadows Is Right At Home 20.3.2017 NPR: Healthcare
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows enjoys strong support in his western North Carolina district as he leads conservative opposition to the GOP's health overhaul plan.
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Trump's Budget Endangers American Workers 20.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After the president issued a budget last week slashing and burning environmental, labor and educational programs, the guy responsible for the thing, Mick Mulvaney, contended those financial massacres are the heart’s desire of the “steelworker in Ohio, the coal-mining family in West Virginia, the mother of two in Detroit.” Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, asserted that members of my union, the United Steelworkers (USW), coal miners and urban parents are eager to kill off Public Broadcasting’s Big Bird, to drink lead-laden water, to breathe cough-inducing air and to work among life-threatening dangers. This illustrates a complete lack of knowledge of the working and living conditions of huge swaths of Americans. Big Bird and Mr. Rogers are way more popular than Congress. Americans would much rather pay their freight than the wages of politicians. Americans are horrified by the poisoned water in Flint, Mich., and are willing to invest in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
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Who’s happy, who’s not: Norway tops list, US falls 20.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community. A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy. Norway vaulted to […]
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Behind a Corporate Monster: How Monsanto Pushes Agricultural Domination 19.3.2017 Truthout.com
A farmhand loads genetically modified corn seed into a planter on Bo Stone's farm in Rowland, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. (Photo: Jeremy M. Lange / The New York Times) Monsanto, one of the world's biggest pesticide and seed corporations and leading developer of genetically modified crop varieties, had a stock market value of US$66 billion in 2014. It has gained this position by a combination of deceit, threat, litigation, destruction of evidence, falsified data, bribery, takeovers and cultivation of regulatory bodies. Its rise and torrid controversies cover a long period starting with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, chemicals used as insulators for electrical transformers) in the 1940s and moving on to dioxin (a contaminant of Agent Orange used to defoliate Vietnam), glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH, a hormone injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production), and genetic modified organisms (GMOs). Its key aim in dealing with ...
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Does playing on artificial turf pose a health risk for your child? 18.3.2017 Washington Post
Does playing on artificial turf pose a health risk for your child?
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Four Important EPA Programs Threatened by President Trump’s “Skinny Budget” 17.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mandy Warner Wikimedia Commons The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical mission to protect health and the environment is strongly supported by the public , which is why it is incredibly alarming to see that President’s Trump’s new “skinny budget” would cut EPA’s funding by 31 percent. Half of EPA’s budget goes to states, tribes, local agencies, and non-profits, which help carry out EPA’s lifesaving mission and provide significant benefits to communities in the process. EPA also provides essential technical guidance, assistance, scientific research, coordination, and more to help states and others protect health and the environment. Budget cuts to EPA would jeopardize Americans’ health and the safety of their communities. In addition to the vital programs that protect our air and water, these are a few examples of programs that EPA oversees – and that are now at risk. Cleaning Up Pollution from School Buses School buses take 25 million American children to and from school every day. Many of ...
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Wild Birds an Unlikely Source of Costly Poultry Disease 17.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Wild ducks and shorebirds do not appear to carry Newcastle disease viruses that sicken or kill poultry, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.
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State unveils a 10-year plan to restore habitat and control toxic dust storms along the Salton Sea's receding shoreline 17.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Salton Sea advocates on Thursday cautiously celebrated the announcement of a 10-year state plan to complete projects designed to restore areas where migrating birds once proliferated and control toxic dust storms rising off expanses of smelly playa surrounding the shrinking salty lake.

The California...

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