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Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air, accuses it of 'maligning' judiciary 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics 20.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I am in no way an expert on China, but one need not be an expert to understand that China's elite knows they are in the midst of a deep crisis of environmental sustainability. I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University's Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of focused, practical sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world. While there are a number of NGOs and governments engaged in similar work, our goal is to develop measures of the physical dimensions of sustainability, rather than the broader environmental and social justice indicators pursued by many other organizations. The China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) is a new and impressive Chinese think tank that has the ear of the government and is loaded with analytic talent. At Columbia, ...
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Space plane lands after 674-day secret mission 19.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air ...
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EPA’s Rules on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Miss the Mark on Health and Climate Protection 17.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (October 17, 2014) – David Doniger, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program, made this comment on a final rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency limiting the use of HCFC-22, used in air conditioners and refrigeration. It is the most powerful ozone-depleting chemical still in widespread use and traps nearly 2,000 times more heat than carbon ...
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Bill Would Obstruct Clean Air Act Protections 17.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Elena Craft, PhD Air quality signboard indicating an ozone watch – Harris County Courthouse Annex 19 – Gulfton, Houston. Earlier this year, close to 20 Texas counties received a grade of "F" from the  American Lung Association  for ozone pollution (up from 15 counties in 2013). Ozone is one of the most ubiquitous and harmful air pollutants on the planet and has been linked to premature deaths, increased asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses, as well as increased emergency room and hospital admissions. And it poses an especially serious risk to children, seniors and those with lung diseases like asthma and bronchitis. If realized, a stronger public health standard for ozone would prevent up to 12,000 premature deaths, avoid up to 21,000 hospitalizations and provide $100 billion in associated economic benefits. Why then are Texas officials fighting tooth and nail against it? U.S. Rep.  Randy Weber , R-Pearland, joined by fellow Texas Republican Reps.  Lamar Smith  of San Antonio,  Pete ...
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International Climate News October: Hints for Paris Emerge at Climate Summit, NRDC releases new Indian reports, & more 17.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC: 400,000 PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH The turnout for the peoples climate march was massive and historical by all standards. 400,000 people came, marched and demanded action on climate change in New York. The...
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A New Step in the Fight to Reduce Toxic Mercury Pollution from Power Plants 16.10.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post was written by EDF Senior Attorneys Graham McCahan and Tomas Carbonell) Today, EDF and its allies joined the latest fight to protect the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. We filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to deny the petitions that are seeking review of a lower court decision […]
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Drone Victims Sue German Government for Facilitating Strikes in Yemen 15.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Appeals court: Citizens United can air movie about Colorado politics without disclosing donors 15.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Obama to meet with 20 foreign defense chiefs on Islamic State threat 14.10.2014 L.A. Times - World News
President Obama will meet with more than 20 foreign chiefs of defense at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday to discuss strategy in the battle against Islamic State militants.
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BPA in the Air: Manufacturing Plants in Ohio, Indiana, Texas Are Top Emitters 14.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Obama girls, Malala, Tavi Gevinson make Time's 'influential teens' list 14.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The daughters of President Barack Obama, entertainers, a Nobel laureate and a girl baseball player all made Time's annual list of most influential teenagers, the magazine said on ...
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Did Israel's 'Hannibal directive' lead to a war crime in Gaza? 13.10.2014 World
By Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi KEREM SHALOM Israel/GAZA (Reuters) - The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours. Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed. ...
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Beijing smog a work hazard for Mariah Carey, soccer stars 10.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
The first “airpocalypse” of fall hit Beijing this week, but local residents are not the only ones being forced to deal with the smothering smog blanketing the Chinese capital. World-class cyclists and soccer stars from Argentina and Brazil, as well as American pop diva Mariah Carey,...
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EDF toxicologist: EPA must protect our communities and our children from ground-level ozone pollution 9.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF toxicologist: EPA must protect our communities and our children from ground-level ozone pollution
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Canada suspects 80 returnees of 'terror' links 9.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Alleged Islamic State group militants stand next to a black IS flag atop a hill in at the eastern part of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 7, 2014Ottawa (AFP) - Canada said Wednesday 80 citizens and immigrants who recently returned from war zones including Iraq and Syria are suspected of having links to "terrorism" groups.


An Appeal From Okinawa to the US Congress 8.10.2014 Truthout.com
"No More Futenma!" Protesters at the "No Base Okinawa" demonstration in Ginowan, Japan. (Photo: Chris Davis / Flickr ) Introduction Much has been written on this site on recent developments in the long-running saga over the US and Japanese governments’ plan to construct a US military air base, the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF), in Henoko, Okinawa, Japan (Henoko plan). [1]  On July 1, 2014, 17 years after the plan was first conceived, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (the government of Japan) started the “construction phase” amid protest from local citizens and municipal governments. Just over a month later, on August 14, the US Congressional Research Servicereleased a report, The US Military Presence in Okinawa and the Futenma Base Controversy (the CRS Report). [2]  The CRS Report provides a useful and up-to-date (though, as noted below, in one major respect incomplete) file of information, paying for the most part due attention to local, national, and international factors. As warned in the CRS Report, ...
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Clean Air, National Park Advocates Challenge EPA Failure to Protect Grand Canyon from Navajo Generating Station Pollution 8.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Victory for Healthy Air: Court Rejects Nebraska Attorney General's Attempt to “Short-Circuit” the Law in Challenge to Carbon Pollution Standards 8.10.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s attempt to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to limit carbon pollution from power plants failed yesterday. The federal district court in Nebraska dismissed the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for new fossil fuel power plants. The court held that: [the Attorney General’s] attempt […]
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GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio Airs New Ad: I'm A 'Proud Gay American' 7.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republican candidate Carl DeMaio is out with a new ad stating that he is openly gay, a reflection of the fact that it's no longer necessarily toxic for a GOP candidate to be gay or support equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. DeMaio is running in a competitive race against Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). The new ad is an attempt to fight back against Democratic attempts to paint him as being far right. "As a proud gay American, I’ve been called a lot of things in my life," DeMaio states in the 30-second spot, which was first reported by Politico . "But a Tea Party extremist? Nothing could be further from the truth." In February, DeMaio's campaign aired an ad featuring images of the candidate with his partner , Johnathan Hale, at the San Diego LGBT pride parade. Still, DeMaio has not been able to convince the LGBT community, which leans Democratic, that he is the best candidate to fight for equal rights. The Human Rights Campaign, for example, endorsed Peters. The Gay ...
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