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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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Change and Hope Comes To Agbogbloshie: Africa's Largest E-waste Dump Begins Transformation to Model Recycling Center 30.10.2014 ENN Network News - ENN
A celebration marked the opening of the new e-waste recycling facility in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana. Dignitaries, dancers, performing school children and a balloon archway stood out in sharp contrast in this sooty, trash-strewn landscape. This collaborative effort to transform Agbogbloshie from one of the world’s largest e-waste dumps into a model recycling center was launched on October 9, 2014 by Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth, a New York-based non-profit, with local partners Green Advocacy Ghana (GreenAd) and the Greater Accra Scrap Dealers Association (GASDA).
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US Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.S. and eleven other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over forty percent of the world's trade and economic output. It will have far reaching implications for public health, environmental and conservation protection in the U.S. and around the world. If it is to truly reflect a "21st Century Trade Agreement" as President Obama has outlined, it will need to include meaningful, binding, and enforceable environmental provisions and not include back-door mechanisms that undercut bedrock protections for people's health and the planet. That was the message in a letter that leading environmental and conservation groups just sent to the U.S. This trade agreement is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, U.S., and Vietnam. These countries are major ...
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A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit , climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit therefore provides an important opportunity for these leaders to address one of the most significant -and largely unregulated -- sources of toxic air pollutants and black carbon emissions in Asia: its ports and shipping system. Asia is home to nine of the ten busiest and most densely populated container ports in the world - seven of them in China. As detailed in NRDC's new report, The Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Air Emissions in China , container ships loading their cargo in China and elsewhere in Asia are free to run on dirty bunker fuel, a waste product of traditional fuel oil processing containing a number of pollutants that are known to cause cancer, respiratory illness and premature death, as well as exacerbate climate change and damage the oceans. The sulfur levels in marine ...
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Pennsylvania congressman launches frack waste investigation 30.10.2014 Philly.com News
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Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons 30.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
My breasts did not volunteer to be the canary in the coalmines of modern life. Neither did the Yazidis or Kurds welcome bands of ISIS into their communities. These curses came upon otherwise healthy bodies. The distressing medical options my doctors offered for addressing breast cancer and the foreign policy options offering scorched earth bombing of communities in Iraq are alarmingly similar. The dearth of options for both preventing cancer or the spread ISIS is equally troubling. The metaphors of cancer and terrorism are easily interchangeable. Breast cancer is a terrorist organization of cells, threatening mass casualties in the rest of my body. ISIS is a cancerous growth, metastasizing at an alarming rate. But waging war on cancer and ISIS do little to address root causes or prevent the conditions that cause these terrors in the first place. The proposed Western "cures" to these curses come with the burden of added suffering. "Are you sitting down?" These are the words my doctor said to me through ...
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Fireball Whisky Recalled In 3 Countries Over Antifreeze Ingredient 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is taking heat in Europe over a chemical ingredient that's used in some forms of antifreeze. Norway, Sweden and Finland have recalled the popular cinnamon-flavored liqueur -- a trendy favorite of sweet-toothed college students -- after a batch of the North American recipe, which contains higher levels of propylene glycol, was shipped there, its manufacturer said on Tuesday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says propylene glycol is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food, where it is used to enhance flavor by absorbing water. Sazerac, the New Orleans-based beverage company that owns Fireball, puts more propylene glycol in its drinks sold in America and Canada than in Europe. Propylene glycol can have toxic effects in some circumstances, including for people suffering with pre-existing skin or eye conditions, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. In recent years, the substance has been used as a less-toxic alternative to ethylene glycol in ...
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White Zambian named acting president 29.10.2014 AP Top News
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed "Mr. King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, died in a London hospital after a long illness, the Zambian government said Wednesday. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, was appointed acting president of the southern African nation until elections are held within 90 days....
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In the Shadow of Oil Refineries, We Must Protect Texans’ Health 28.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Marcelo Norsworthy Source: flickr.com/podruzny/ Big Oil casts a long shadow along the Texas Gulf Coast: its toxic emissions of cancer-causing compounds leave overburdened communities facing serious health concerns, even as the industry resists implementing commonsense, protective policies. The shadow, however, need not be so dark for much longer. Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen long-overdue emissions standards for petroleum refineries, which is a critical step toward securing healthier air quality for millions of Americans. Refineries are a major source of a “toxic soup” of extremely harmful air pollutants including neurotoxins, hazardous metals, and cancer-causing pollutants. Exposure to these compounds can cause lung disease, skin disorders, headaches, and immune system ailment, as well as increase the risk of cancer. Refineries nationwide reported about 22,000 tons of hazardous air pollution in 2010, and many of the largest polluters are right ...
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U.S. Child Poverty Rate Hit A 20-Year High 4 Years Ago And It's Not Budging: Report 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.S. childhood poverty rate hit its highest level in 20 years back in 2010 and it’s showing no signs of letting up, a recent report concluded. More than 16 million American children live in poverty -- a staggering reality that leads to devastating health risks, in addition to overwhelming economic disadvantages, according to a new study published by JAMA Pediatrics. The figures have remained unchanged since they peaked in 2010 and federal spending on children dropped by more than $20 billion since that year. The good news though, is that the majority of American voters -- regardless of party lines -- are fed up. They’re tired of seeing vulnerable children suffer and want the government to step it up when it comes to investing in their future. These are the impossible struggles impoverished children in America face and some of the measures that could help put an end to them. 1.3 Million Public School Students Are Homeless The number of homeless public school students enrolled in grades K-12 hit a ...
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Pass the ACHE Act and Stop Destroying Appalachia 28.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a long overdue effort, the U.S. is currently spending millions of dollars to help the Vietnamese clean up the tragic legacy of our use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The effort to remove the remaining contamination caused by the toxic mix of herbicides is expected to be completed in the next few years. Agent Orange was primarily manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and these two companies are at it again. This time, they've teamed up to unleash a mixture of their chemical herbicides on the American farmland. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave Dow Chemical approval to manufacture and sell next generation, genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy that can withstand massive dosing of the herbicide 2,4-D. The gene altered crops are also resistant to Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, Roundup. The new combined GE crop systems are given the appropriately military name "Enlist Duo." We know what the coupling of Dow and Monsanto did to ...
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Ebola fears should not lead to overreaction 28.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
ONE OF the profound challenges of our age is how to evaluate risk from complex threats. At one level, experts provide scientific facts about, say, the transmissibility of a disease, and they can quantify the prospects for contagion. At another level, human emotions measure risk with irrational but powerful gut feelings. In a 1987 essay in Science magazine, Paul Slovic of the University of Oregon cautioned that emotions and science must be given equal weight. He wrote that “there is wisdom as well as error in public attitudes and perceptions.” His message was that, in communicating and dealing with perceptions of risk, fears and dread need to be considered as carefully as precise measurements by ...
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Want people to drink less? Make their cigarettes more expensive 28.10.2014 Ezra Klein
Excessive drinking leads to about 88,000 deaths each year in the United States. Cigarette smoking adds another 440,000 deaths to the tally, most due to long-term health problems like cancer. A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests you could take a bite out of both figures with one simple policy change. ...
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In Florida, a water-pollution warning that glows at night 27.10.2014 Washington Post
COCOA, Fla. — Karen McLaughlin normally carries a flashlight for her nighttime kayak trips along Florida’s Banana River to spot any alligators resting on the banks. But these days, it’s the river itself that glows in the ...
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Indigenous Communities Take Chevron to Global Court for 'Crimes Against Humanity' 26.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening? 25.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water supplies in America's heartland. How much more do we need to know about the devastating effects of climate change before Congress takes action? In California, the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record, and 82 percent of the state is currently experiencing extreme drought. And the situation is expected to get worse -- recently scientists predicted that 2014 will end as the hottest year ever recorded. Experts also tell us that climate change has tripled the probability that the drought-causing weather conditions will continue. This historic drought is contributing to more frequent and intense wildfires. In the past, California's ...
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Doctors Without Borders says 20 dead, nearly 1,000 sickened by cholera in Niger 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Cholera sickens nearly 1,000 people in Niger 24.10.2014 World
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says a cholera outbreak in the West African country of Niger killed 20 people and has sickened nearly 1,000 people.
Why the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine needs a formal health risk assessment 24.10.2014 MinnPost
Minnesota DNR The plan for the NorthMet mine site at year 20, when extraction operations are projected to end. Sulfides in waste rock at the mine site will need to be contained and treated for an additional 200 years. Click for larger version. A growing number of Minnesota’s health professionals and scientists are publicly expressing their concern about the potential health impacts of the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine near Hoyt Lakes. Earlier this week, several health-related groups, including the Minnesota Public Health Association and the Minnesota Medical Association , joined others in asking Gov. Mark Dayton to require the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct a formal health risk assessment of the controversial mine project. The health experts are particularly concerned about how the project will increase mercury in fish, contaminate drinking water with toxins such as lead and arsenic, and release pollutants — including nickel dust and asbestos-like mineral fibers — into the air. One of the ...
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