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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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Want to Save Thousands of American Lives Each Year? Cut Power Plant Pollution 4.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change today, calculates that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will save thousands of lives every year. The study, by researchers at Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston Universities and Resources for...
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Black Lives Matter advocate elected to lead Minneapolis NAACP 4.5.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Nekima Levy-Pounds noted on her website that the chapter also elected an all-female cabinet.
Trick your brain to avoid 'portion distortion' 4.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Your diet may be wrecked by your eyes and the size of your plates.
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Coal ash contamination upsets residents near North Carolina plants 4.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As a boy, Ron Thomas often watched murky water pour from a pipe into the Yadkin River behind his family's farmhouse, dumped from coal ash storage ponds at Duke Energy's Buck electricity plant.
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Letters to Nurses (Full) 3.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Read the complete set of nominations this year.
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#NPRreads: Why Black Leadership Didn't Matter In Baltimore 2.5.2015 NPR News
Also, we recommend pieces exploring a hidden online drug bazaar and the Syrian regime's sinister, new weapon.
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Lead paint poisons poor Chicago kids as city spends millions less on cleanup 2.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Alarming levels of brain-damaging lead are poisoning more than a fifth of the children tested from some of the poorest parts of Chicago, even as the hazard has been largely eliminated in more prosperous neighborhoods, a Tribune investigation has ...
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Lead paint is poisoning poor Chicago kids as city cuts millions for cleanup 1.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Alarming levels of brain-damaging lead are poisoning more than a fifth of the children tested from some of the poorest parts of Chicago, even as the hazard has been largely eliminated in more prosperous neighborhoods, a Tribune investigation has ...
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The Toxic Truth About A New Generation of Nonstick and Waterproof Chemicals 1.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Plant Flares Could Pump Out More Pollution Than Previously Thought 1.5.2015 Truthout.com
A new method of estimating air pollution from flares at refineries and chemical plants, released under court order by the US Environmental Protection Agency this week, could mean that earlier tallies substantially undercounted the tons of chemicals pumped into communities. Flares are used to burn off gas, a process that releases some volatile organic compounds - VOCs, which can harm health and contribute to lung-damaging smog. The Environmental Integrity Project , an environmental law group that sued to press the EPA to reconsider its emissions figures, said the new calculations suggest that factory flares likely belch four times more VOCs than previously thought. The EPA did not release an analysis of how the new guideline changes the pollution picture. Officials there cautioned that previous national tallies included numbers from firms that used their own estimation methods, not just those that used the EPA calculation. But the new guideline is about four times higher than the old one, the agency ...
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"The Human Experiment" doc says we're poisoning ourselves with everyday products 1.5.2015 TreeHugger
When you look at the number of unregulated chemicals that surround us in North America, it's not surprising we're sicker than ever - and that could be just the tip of the iceberg.
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Scientists Warn of Hormone Impacts From Benzene, Xylene, Other Common Solvents 1.5.2015 Truthout.com
Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released April 15.The chemicals - benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene - are ubiquitous. The chemicals - benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene - are ubiquitous: in the air outside and in many products inside homes and businesses. (Photo: Toxic cleaner via Shutterstock)Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released April 15 . The chemicals - benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene - are ubiquitous: in the air outside and in many products inside homes and businesses. They have been linked to reproductive, respiratory and heart problems, as well as smaller babies. Now researchers from The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) and the University of Colorado, Boulder, say that ...
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Countering the Cynical Messaging around the Clean Power Plan 1.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Katharine McCormick, Midwest Advocate, Chicago: Low-income people and those on fixed-incomes could benefit hugely from the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce the dangerous carbon pollution from our nation's power plants. As states develop ways to meet the goals set...
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Nicotine-like insecticides may be luring bees to their poisoning, study finds 30.4.2015 MinnPost
Two interesting new papers came out last week on the dangers that neonicotinoid insecticides may pose to bees, both of them in the influential journal Nature. Because one showed (again) some clear and negative impacts on bees that forage in crops grown from neonic-treated seed, in this case canola, it got the lion’s share of the headline space. But the more interesting research, I think, demonstrates that these nicotine-like insecticides may actually be drawing bees into harm’s way. Researchers at Newcastle University and two other UK schools set up a lab experiment of piercingly simple design: a “two-choice feeding assay” that offered bees a pair of sugar solutions, one pure and the other treated with insecticide. The treated solutions were laced with one of the three neonics that have been mostly widely used in British agriculture (although at the moment all three are temporarily banned, under a moratorium adopted by the European Union over British objections). With one of the neonics, clothianidin, ...
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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening 30.4.2015 NPR: Healthcare
The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.
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Feds Pay for Drug Fraud: 92 Percent of Foster Care, Poor Kids Prescribed Antipsychotics Get Them for Unaccepted Uses 30.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo credit: Dai Sugano/ The San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group The release in late March of an  alarming new report  by federal investigators has confirmed in shocking new detail what has been known for years: Poor and foster care kids covered by Medicaid are being prescribed too many dangerous antipsychotic drugs at young ages for far too long -- mostly without any medical justification at all. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General examined in depth nearly 700 claims filed in 2011 in five of the biggest prescribing states -- California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and New York -- and discovered that two-thirds of all the prescribing with these popular and costly "second generation antipsychotics" (SGAs) raised high-risk "quality of care" concerns. The new report noted several disturbing examples, just a few months after an over-medicated teen in foster care, Steven Unangst, died in Antioch, CA. The report cited a ten-old-year with ADHD given an ...
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Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam War 30.4.2015 Truthout.com
A helicopter sprays foliage with Agent Orange in an undated photo taken during the Vietnam War. (Photo via Shutterstock )Mai Giang Vu was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the Army of South Vietnam from 1968 to 1974. He carried barrels of chemicals to spray in the jungle. His sons were born in 1974 and 1975. They were unable to walk or function normally. Their limbs gradually "curled up" and they could only crawl. By age 18, they were bedridden. One died at age 23; the other at age 25. Nga Tran is a French Vietnamese woman who worked in Vietnam as a war correspondent. She was there when the US military began spraying chemical defoliants. A big cloud of the agent enveloped her. Shortly after her daughter was born, the child's skin began shedding. She could not bear to have physical contact with anyone. A helicopter sprays foliage with Agent Orange in an undated photo taken during the Vietnam War. (Photo via Shutterstock )Mai Giang Vu was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the Army of South ...
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The Work Plan: California Safer Consumer Product Program's 3 year playbook 30.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Andrea Spacht, Program Assistant, Health and Environment Program, San Francisco: The Mount Everest of toxic chemicals in everything with which we interact can be petrifying. What are all those ingredients in every product I use in the shower every morning? How toxic is the bathroom cleaner I used? What's keeping...
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Study: Even 1 hour of TV can make kids fat 30.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Even a little bit of television viewing goes a long way to potentially hurt a child's health, according to new research.
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