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Winds of Change Evident in US Environmental Policy 31.3.2009 Truthout.com
Daniel Reifsnyder, a 25-year State Department veteran, knew even before President Obama was elected that U.S. environmental policy was going to change. So in early November, he called a couple of his Environmental Protection Agency counterparts about drafting documents to lay the groundwork for endorsing a treaty to curb global emissions of toxic mercury. The Bush administration had resisted proposals for a United Nations-sponsored mercury treaty since at least 2005 on the grounds that voluntary measures were sufficient, but Reifsnyder told his fellow career officials that they had an opportunity to quickly formulate a new U.S. position in time for an upcoming meeting in Nairobi. They knew that as a senator, Obama had sponsored legislation ...
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US and Canada Seek International Approval of Air Pollution Reduction Zone for Ships 31.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009

Friends of the Earth

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today during a noon conference at Port Newark, New Jersey, its submission of an Emission Control Area application to the International Maritime Organization.  If the application is successful, it would require steep pollution reductions from large ships in U.S. and Canadian coastal waters. 

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EPA to Clean Up Diesel Ship Pollution Nationwide 30.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2009

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it is taking steps under a new global agreement to reduce ship pollution within 200 miles of U.S. shores. Under the new proposal, U.S. and foreign-flagged ships in this area will be required to use dramatically cleaner fuel and more effective pollution controls for their engines. Once implemented, the proposal will significantly improve air quality in port communities, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Winds of Change Evident in US Environmental Policy 30.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Juliet Eilperin

Daniel Reifsnyder, a 25-year State Department veteran, knew even before President Obama was elected that U.S. environmental policy was going to change. So in early November, he called a couple of his Environmental Protection Agency counterparts about drafting documents to lay the groundwork for endorsing a treaty to curb global emissions of toxic mercury.

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How to Identify Indoor Air Quality Problems 28.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People complain when smog lies thick over a city. They complain when a factory or plant pumps curling, black smoke into our air. It is...
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EPA Revs Up Leased Construction Equipment Retrofit Program Release date: 03/26/2009 26.3.2009 Environmental News Network
Working to boost the economy while protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction projects throughout the Northeast.
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Man Sues Polluters On Behalf Of US Schoolchildren 26.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
INDIANAPOLIS — Ron Kurth, who grew up in Gary and worked in the steel mills, raised his family in the region near the outskirts of...
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Israel Accused of Indiscriminate Phosphorus Use in Gaza 26.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Rory McCarthy Israel's military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, Watch said today. In a , the rights group said the repeated use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells in populated areas of Gaza was not incidental or accidental, but revealed "a pattern or policy of conduct". ...
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Clean Trucks at California Ports Survive Court Ruling 25.3.2009 ENS
Clean Trucks at California Ports Survive Court Ruling
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EPA Environmental Justice Grants Fund Projects in 28 States 25.3.2009 ENS
EPA Environmental Justice Grants Fund Projects in 28 States
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Paula Gordon: It's Not Just AIG, Friends 24.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I don't think being outdoors should be life-threatening. Southern Company, a power company behemoth providing some 5% of the United States' electricity, acts on a very different premise.
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Air Pollution Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk 24.3.2009 ENS
Air Pollution Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risk
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EPA Presses Obama To Regulate Warming Under Clean Air Act 24.3.2009 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
The Environmental Protection Agency's new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.
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Climate competitiveness, part 1 23.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm Contrary to popular belief, a strong climate bill will not harm U.S. competitiveness. Quite the reverse -- it is our only hope for restoring U.S. leadership in key job creating industries such as solar energy, wind power, and automobile manufacturing, which was lost in large part because of conservative orthodoxy (see " " and " " and below). While the media debate over green jobs and cap-and-trade has begun in earnest (see and ), most of it misses a key point. Action on global warming and resource efficiency is inevitable. Conservative deniers do not understand that, so they contract out for economic analyses that assume the choice is between action and inaction. Action always has a significant cost in a traditional ...
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Toxic Chemical Releases Down Overall, Mercury and PCBs Up 20.3.2009 ENS
Toxic Chemical Releases Down Overall, Mercury and PCBs Up
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Gulf War Illnesses Debate Rages On for 18 Years: No End in Sight for the Sick 19.3.2009 Truthout.com

Soldiers in chemical safety gear.

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    Barack Obama is now the fourth president facing the scientific and bureaucratic conundrum around the US-created ongoing wartime hazards producing disastrous health complications for soldiers and civilians.

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Burning Toxic Waste is Making U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis Sick, But the Pentagon Refuses to Admit It 19.3.2009 AlterNet
Six years into the war, many U.S. bases in Iraq are still without incinerators, leaving open pits spewing toxic plumes over soldiers and civilians.
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Burning Toxic Waste is Making U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis Sick, But the Pentagon Refuses to Admit It 19.3.2009 AlterNet
Six years into the war, many U.S. bases in Iraq are still without incinerators, leaving open pits spewing toxic plumes over soldiers and civilians.
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Growing pollution leads to 'global dimming'- study 16.3.2009 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
Visibility on clear days has declined in much of the world since the 1970s thanks to a rise in airborne pollutants, scientists said on Thursday. They described a "global dimming" in particular over south and east Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, while visibility remained relatively stable over North America and improved over Europe, the researchers said.
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Growing pollution leads to 'global dimming'- study 16.3.2009 Environmental News Network
Visibility on clear days has declined in much of the world since the 1970s thanks to a rise in airborne pollutants, scientists said on Thursday. They described a "global dimming" in particular over south and east Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, while visibility remained relatively stable over North America and improved over Europe, the researchers said.
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