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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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Minnesota officials warn of toxic algae after child sickened 3.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
It's not always clear when algae blooms are toxic, so it's best to stay away if the water has a foul smell.
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When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic 3.7.2015 NPR News
Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.
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The grossest health concerns of summer 3.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
You are not the only one who thrives in the summer and loves its warm, long days. Bacteria and other microbes that cause food poisoning, diarrhea and just general grossness also flourish, threatening to make it a season to be sick.
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U.S., European Regulators, the Pope Agree: Time to Re-assess Pesticide Risks 3.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We know a lot about glyphosate, the pesticide widely known as Roundup. We know it kills the only food of the monarch caterpillar, linking it to nearly a 90 percent decline in monarch butterflies over the past two decades. We know that a report released by the World Health Organization in March links it to cancer. We know the Netherlands has banned over-the-counter sales of it. We know this month, France did the same. And this week, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservation group where I work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed for the first time to analyze how 1,500 endangered plants and animals are impacted by Roundup and atrazine -- the two most commonly used pesticides in the world -- as well as well as two other pesticides similar to atrazine. Despite the many known risks associated with all four toxins, hundreds of millions of pounds of them are dumped on U.S. fields and gardens every year. So a fair response would be to ask why the EPA wasn't already assessing those risks. The ...
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How the Pope Is Revving Up Climate Action in LA's Most Polluted Neighborhood 2.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Two young men performed their songs on acoustic guitars in Spanish while the rally chanted along in front of St. Basil Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Even though not everyone in the crowd of around 30 people knew Spanish, the message transcended language: protect the most vulnerable from the effects of climate change. After the June 18 release of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and humanity's responsibility to protect it, young Catholics decided to host a rally to spread awareness of climate change's effect on the poor, particularly Latinos in Southern California. Some Catholics are hopeful that events like this, inspired by the encyclical, will spread and lead to a new emphasis on climate action within the faith. Members of the youth group Pastoral Juvenil of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in front of St. Basil on the morning of June 27 to share what was written in the encyclical and encourage onlookers to participate. "When I started working on the issue of ...
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The Mercury Standards, Post-Supreme Court – Still in Effect, Still Protecting Americans 2.7.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards back in 2011, at a news conference at Children’s Hospital with cheering children and families surrounding the speakers. They were cheering because the Mercury Standards were the single most important clean air measure of our generation – designed to protect Americans […]
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The Climate Post; SCOTUS Overturns Mercury Rule 2.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision , ruled that the Clean Air Act required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the costs of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule when determining whether it was "appropriate and necessary" to regulate mercury emissions from the power sector. The MATS rule requires coal-burning power plants to reduce emissions of toxic pollutants by installing control technologies. The EPA estimated MATS would cost industry about $9.6 billion a year but cut coal and oil emissions by 90 percent and generate $37 billion in savings through "co-benefits." Because these benefits are calculated on the basis of increased life expectancies and reduced health effects, the values have been subject to much of the debate . "It is not rational, never mind 'appropriate,' to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits," wrote Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority. "Statutory context supports this ...
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The super sense you didn't know you had 1.7.2015 Environmental News Network
An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given University of Bristol researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light – the super sense that most of us don’t even know we have. We are all familiar with colour and brightness, but there is a third property of light, the ‘polarization’, which tells us the orientation in which the light waves are oscillating. Dr Shelby Temple, a Research Associate from the Ecology of Vision Group in Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences and one of the study’s lead authors said: “Imagine a skipping rope represents a light wave travelling through space.  If you move the rope from side to side, the wave you make is horizontally polarized.  If you shake the rope up and down you create a vertically polarized wave. Generally, light is a mixture of polarizations, but sometimes – for example in parts of the sky, on your computer screen and in reflections from water or glass – a large ...
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Comic Carrey slams 'fascist' California vaccine order 1.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Veteran comic actor Jim Carrey has labeled California's governor a "corporate fascist" for ordering tougher rules on mandatory vaccinations, claiming they can poison children. In an ongoing Twitter rant Wednesday, Carrey insisted he is not against vaccinations as such, but claimed that those advocated by the western US state for schoolchildren contain neurotoxins including mercury. History will show that that was a reasonable request," Carrey ...
Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law 1.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Jim Carrey has come out swinging against Gov. Jerry Brown for signing one of the nation's toughest vaccination laws this week, barring religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren.
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Gardening with Deb: Poisonous plants of Routt County 1.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
• Hounds tongue (Cynoglossum) • Horsebrush (Tetradymia canescens) Some of the more common poisonous plants that grow naturally and are planted in landscapes in the Steamboat area include the following: • Death camas (Zigadenus spp.) is a grass-like perennial that grows from onion-like bulbs. It affects livestock early in the growing season because it is often the only green plant in a pasture. It causes human poisonings because people misidentify it as a wild onion. • Water hemlock (Cicuta douglasii) is one the most toxic plants in the world, and it commonly grows along waterways in and around Steamboat Springs. The roots are especially toxic (symptoms appear within minutes), and death occurs in livestock or people very rapidly if they eat the roots. Be very careful with this plant; don't allow it to grow in landscape settings. • Poison hemlock (Conium maculata) is another highly poisonous plant that was imported to North America. The toxin is a violent convulsant that affects the central nervous system. ...
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Jim Carrey denounces new Calif. vaccine law in Twitter rant 1.7.2015 Washington Post
A celebrity critic of vaccines and former partner of another star with an autistic child has taken to social media to denounce a new California law requiring most children be vaccinated.Jim Carrey dated Jenny McCarthy for about five years before they split in 2010. In 2005, McCarthy’s son Evan was diagnosed with autism; during their relationship and after their breakup, Carrey and McCarthy were vocal proponents of the discredited theory that vaccines and autism are linked.Read full article ...
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How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
What’s a healthy baby worth? A pristine lake? How about the market value of a life without ...
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Poll: Bush, Trump rising nationally for GOP 1.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
With nearly all of the expected 2016 presidential candidates formally in the race, a new CNN/ORC national poll finds two recent entrants to the GOP field on the rise, while Hillary Clinton maintains her position atop the Democratic field, though holding a slightly slimmer lead.
10 barbecue foods dangerous for pets 30.6.2015 TreeHugger
From ribs and onions to chips and corn, these barbecue-friendly foods can be cruel to dogs and cats.
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Supreme Court Tosses EPA Rules That Would Prevent Thousands of Asthma Cases 30.6.2015 Truthout.com
The Environmental Protection Agency's rules limiting the amount of toxic pollution power plants can spew into the air would prevent thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems, especially in marginalized communities - but the Supreme Court has stopped the rules' implementation. EPA rules limiting toxic air pollution emissions would have prevented thousands of cases of asthma, birth defects and other health problems. (Image: Air pollution via Shutterstock) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to throw out the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules limiting dangerous pollutants from power plants was a big win for the energy industry - and a big loss for just about everybody else, especially anyone living near one of the nation's 600 power plants. Power plants are the No. 1 source of the toxic mercury pollution that can be found in waterways and ...
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Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm 30.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates have filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security saying the detention of immigrant mothers and their children can lead to psychological harm.
High court sets back mercury rules 30.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may be only a temporary setback for regulators.The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not...
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URGENT ALERT: Toxic Chemicals Reform At Risk 30.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Tell the Senate: It's not reform if the chemicals industry gets to set the agenda and pull the strings. ...
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