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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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'No Escape': Alarming Cancer Rates at Prison Built Next to Toxic Coal Dump 2.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Classic rock band singer dies 2.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Jimi Jamison, who belted out the hits "The Search is Over" and "Burning Heart" for 1980s rock band Survivor, has died. He was 63.
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Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help 1.9.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
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The monster that took my son 1.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A week before Cole died, I promised my son he would do "something big" someday. For two years now I have been fighting around the clock to fulfill my promise.
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7 obstacles to a healthier you 31.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Nutritionist Carrie Dennett identifies habits and attitudes that can get between you and your best intentions.
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Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More! 31.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 29 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal. The North Pole and surroundings are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. ...
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California Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown for Signature 30.8.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (August 30, 2014) – Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment. As the 2013-14 California Legislative session drew to a close early this morning, environmental and health groups celebrated big wins for clean air, clean transportation, coastal protection, chemical disclosure, healthy communities and clean ...
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How the Fracking Industry Undermines Labor 30.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Mercury News editorial: If you liked Prop 103, pass Prop 45 30.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
Prop 45 would require that health insurance companies justify rate increases and gain the state insurance commissioner's approval before enacting them.
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Right to Know Reader: Cancer-Causing Power Plants Might Be Closer Than You Think 30.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo by Solovyova Lyudmyla When you think about sources of toxic air pollution, one of the first things you might picture is a large power plant with huge smoke stacks belching black clouds into the sky. But the truth is that smaller power plants collectively contribute more to the cancer risk faced by Americans every day. Consider the Evergreen Community Power Plant near Reading, Penn., a small power plant that burns wood waste from the forestry and construction industries. The plant spews out an alarming toxic cloud of chemicals , including lead, chromium, nickel, mercury, cobalt, beryllium and cadmium, many of which have been shown to cause cancer. But the Evergreen community may not even know it's there because the facility avoids the public disclosure and public process requirements faced by larger power plants by claiming to keep barely under the emissions thresholds that define it as a small, stationary source . According to the EPA, smaller polluters like this -- including factories and chemical ...
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Mass Urbanization Could Lead to Unprecedented Human Creativity -- But Only if We Do it Right 29.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As billions of people across the world choose to live in cities, urbanization is changing the human condition irreversibly. From small-scale, intimate societies based on subsistence economies experiencing slow change, humans are now increasingly part of globally-connected, fast-paced societies, where interdependencies with billions of strangers and with remote natural environments are the norm. Why? In every human society, cities have been the path to human development. This means economic growth but, more fundamentally, it refers to changes across all dimensions of human life: better politics, public health, justice, education and access to ideas and culture. So, it should come as no surprise that people everywhere are now aspiring to a modern urban life. Despite many pessimistic views about the feasibility or sustainability of these changes, I think it is a sign of great progress that this is now possible around the world. "Successful global urbanization could lead to a profoundly-changed world in ...
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Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs 29.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Medical charity MSF wants U.N. to take lead on Ebola epidemic 29.8.2014 Health
By Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council must lead efforts to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a senior official from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday, warning the current response risked aggravating the crisis. Mego Terzian, head of the medical charity's French arm, said the epidemic was getting worse each day and neither MSF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) or the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea had the means to contain it. "I am extremely pessimistic if there is not a substantial international mobilisation," Terzian told Reuters in an interview in Paris. MSF is the leading private charity battling Ebola, with about 2,000 staff in the four countries - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - previously affected.
Chemical industry fights for flame retardants 29.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American ...
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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions 29.8.2014 NPR News
A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
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7 obstacles to a healthier you 28.8.2014 Seattle Times: Health
Nutritionist Carrie Dennett identifies habits and attitudes that can get between you and your best intentions.
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Tagging toxics: Legislation green lights labeling of harmful chemicals in household furniture 28.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Veena Singla, Staff Scientist, Health Program, San Francisco: Today, the California legislature voted to give consumers the right to know whether they are bringing home a toxic couch. This first-in-the nation legislation (SB 1019), authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), requires the furniture’s attached label to clearly...
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Only a 2-month wait, down from 28 years: New EPA risk assessments find paint stripper chemicals pose significant health risks 28.8.2014 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.  In June, I blogged about the first final risk assessment EPA had issued in 28 years using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  Happily, we only had to wait two months for EPA’s TSCA office to issue final risk […]
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Change Of Habit: How Seattle Cops Fought An Addiction To Locking Up Drug Users 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jeremy Bradford and a friend were walking through downtown Seattle one summer night in 2011, looking for a place where they could share the contents of the baggie in Bradford’s pocket, when they ran into a man who told them about a spot under the freeway. A narrow trail led through a thicket of blackberry brambles to a small clearing. Eight or nine people were sitting around on salvaged chairs and mattresses, smoking cigarettes and talking. Bradford didn’t feel like he belonged there. “You have two types of people in the crack world -- crackheads and smokers,” he said. He still thought of himself as a smoker, someone with too much self-respect to live in the weeds under a highway. But there he was. He took a seat on a mattress, held a flame to the end of a thin glass tube and inhaled. In another life, Bradford supervised 13 soldiers as a corporal in the Marines, and later sold good suits in the men’s section of a department store. He was “a preppy black guy in Armani,” he said, a man who took pride in ...
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