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5 Ways the Midterms Will Shape the Clean Energy and Climate Future 2.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Now that Labor Day is behind us, the campaign season is about to heat up in earnest. Candidates, strategists, and pundits will vie for the spotlight from now until November 4. Yet try as they might, midterms never garner as much attention as presidential cycles. This year's election, though, matters more than most. The outcome of the 2014 races could have a major impact on the air we breathe, the health of our families, and the intensity of the climate change outside our doors. Victory could come for candidates who take millions of dollars for fossil fuel companies and ignore the climate threat--I call these folks the Dirty Denier$. Or environmental champions will triumph and expand clean energy and climate action to protect our health and create jobs. The choices we make in the voting booth always carry weight, but they have even greater heft in a year when control of the Senate is up for grabs, when GOP leaders have promised to roll back decades-worth of public health and environmental safeguards, and ...
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The US and ISIS 2.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama family attends wedding of longtime friend 31.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters Saturday attended the wedding of their longtime friend and food guru Sam Kass to media personality Alex Wagner at a farm outside New York City, the White House ...
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U.S. conducts air strikes on militants near besieged Iraqi town 31.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and dropped humanitarian supplies to civilians in the area, the Pentagon ...
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Obama family attends long-time aide's wedding to TV journalist 31.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters on Saturday attended the wedding of their long-time friend and food guru Sam Kass to media personality Alex Wagner at a farm outside New York City, the White House ...
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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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EPA Says Government Needs To Tighten Smog Rules 30.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. Since 2008, the standard has allowed up to 75 parts of ozone per billion parts of air. The staff report recommends between 60 and 70 parts per billion. The report says it will provide more health protection for higher risk populations, including the elderly, very young, outdoor workers and people with asthma and lung disease. And it estimated that there are tens of millions, if ...
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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review 30.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record * Says killing of Michael Brown "not an isolated event" * Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination * ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record. "Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing. Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a ...
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EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard 30.8.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Environmental Protection Agency staff says smog rules should be up to 20 percent stronger 30.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog 30.8.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent....
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EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog 30.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
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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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New California Law Puts State on Road to a Million Zero-Emission Vehicles 28.8.2014 Union of Concerned Scientists
California Legislature approves the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which aims to bring one million electric cars, trucks and buses to California by 2023.
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Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance 28.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In California, brokers are at the heart of every non-residential sale or lease. Can the AIR organization get them on board with benchmarking?

Real estate pros strive to explain building energy performance
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Water contamination discussed in Warminster 28.8.2014 Philly.com News
A new drinking-water testing requirement has led authorities in Warminster and Horsham to close four major wells and could further delay redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove.
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With This Decade's Climate Policy, Expect More Warming Than if Nothing Was Done at All 27.8.2014 Truthout.com

2014 827 clim fwThe Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. It removes up to 90 percent of global cooling sulfate emissions, but the majority of coal fired generation in the U.S. does not. (Photo: Bruce Melton)

Since 1986, we have emitted as much carbon dioxide as we emitted in the prior 236 years, yet climate policy has only become approximately 13 percent more stringent. New knowledge suggests currently proposed policy will likely cause more warming in critical short-term time frames than if nothing was done at all. 

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Texas’ Last Stand or Last Hope? 27.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Marita Mirzatuny Source: North Texas Renewable Energy Group August has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commissioners (RRC) Barry Smitherman and Christy Craddick, and State Representative Jason Isaac held a joint session to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a  Texas Tribune analysis . However, EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal through a combination of actions: making coal plants more efficient, using more natural gas plants, increasing the use of renewable resources, and expanding energy efficiency. Texas has a choice : either roll up ...
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In Wake Of Ferguson, Police Departments Try To Build Trust With Black Residents 27.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DALLAS (AP) — In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods. Dallas Police Chief David Brown considers it a preventative step. "I'd much rather they shout at me at a town hall meeting at a church and get to know me afterward than not have a relationship," Brown said. After a police shooting has already happened, "it's too late to try to establish relationships." Dallas has had 13 police shootings so far this year, leading to eight deaths. That follows last year's tally of 22 shootings and six deaths, according to police. To reassure the public, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins recently announced he would begin sending two prosecutors to independently investigate each police shooting. Both Brown and Watkins are black and grew up in Dallas. Watkins ...
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