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Vet Homelessness Drops As 2015 Deadline For Ending Issue Nears: Report 31.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The number of veterans living on the streets is on the decline -- a welcome update considering that the Department of Veterans Affairs' deadline to end vet homelessness is fast approaching. On a single night in January, 49,993 veterans were homeless, marking a 33 percent drop since 2010 , according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report released on Thursday. The results were tallied by HUD’s annual "point-in-time" count, which partners with local agencies and volunteers across the country to manually enumerate the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night. The Obama Administration and the VA have remained steadfast in their commitment to end vet homelessness by 2015. The success so far has been largely attributed to the close collaboration between the VA and HUD and their supportive housing program, called HUD-VASH. Since 2008, the program has doled out more than 59,000 rental vouchers and an estimated 45,000 formerly homeless veterans currently live in ...
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The Climate Post: EPA Refines Pollution Rules 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was told by a federal appeals court that it could move forward with implementing a program to curb air pollution that crosses state lines. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CASPR) would require 28 states to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by power plants. The rule establishes a two-step process : 1) The EPA determines if a state contributes more than 1 percent of the pollution causing a downwind state to exceed emissions standards to 2) The EPA using modeling analysis to determine state emissions targets (subscription). CASPR's first phase would be implemented next year, with the final phase beginning in 2017. Days later, the agency announced it's making additional data available to elicit further comments on another controversial rule. In its Notice of Data Availability (NODA), the EPA points to areas of "concern" raised by stakeholders during the public comment period for its proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to ...
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Fired air marshal -- hero or agitator? 30.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Hero or agitator? Exposer of wrongdoing or threat to the state? Robert MacLean has been called many things as he fights the federal government over his firing, for what he says was retaliation after he exposed cracks in the nation's air passenger security.
Pennsylvania congressman launches frack waste investigation 30.10.2014 Philly.com News
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China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In preparation for hosting the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Beijing's municipal government has announced a six-day public holiday for central and city government. It will order drivers to use their vehicles only on alternate days. In neighboring Hebei province, more than 800 factories and 900 construction sites will halt work for nearly two weeks, in an attempt to keep the skies clear over Beijing during the meeting. Much of the air pollution in China comes from burning coal, for heat, in power plants, and in factories--hence the shutdowns. But coal is also the major contributor to China's carbon emissions--meaning that China's attempts to tackle its crippling air pollution problem could also have the added benefit of curbing climate change. A truck loaded with coal moves toward hazy Beijing. ("Coal Consuming China," by Han Jun Zeng , Creative Commons BY-SA-2.0) China's government recently declared a "war on ...
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Why Are Environmentalists Supporting This Republican Senator? 30.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party has moved far right on energy and environment issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have decided that they actually don't. Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their bipartisanship haven't been left with many Republicans to support. In this election cycle, Maine Sen. Susan Collins stands out. She unequivocally accepts climate science. In 2009, she cosponsored a "cap-and-dividend" bill to limit emissions with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). She is the only Senate Republican to vote against preventing EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (But she did vote to block EPA climate ...
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The Clean Power Plan and Early Action by States to Reduce Carbon Pollution 29.10.2014 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 24, 2014) Should EPA credit early action taken by states to reduce carbon emissions? If so, how? Under the Clean Power Plan, the United States will finally have Clean Air Act standards to address carbon pollution from […]
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Cleaning up the environment brings economic benefits 27.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Before environmental laws, Minnesota was a land of toxic smoke and filthy rivers — often forgotten in today’s anti-regulation politics.
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Despite California climate law, carbon emissions may be a shell game 25.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming.
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Greek Mainstream Media: Economic Interests Come Before the Law 25.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
One factor connecting censorship, political favoritism, violence toward journalists, and selective enforcement of the law is economic influence, and in Greece, media is dominated by a few business tycoons, with significant commercial, industrial and financial interests.   Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This is the sixth in a series of articles that chronicle the long history of corruption, lawlessness and censorship in Greece's media and journalism landscapes. This is a situation that has worsened in recent years in the midst of the country's severe economic crisis, but which has a deeply-rooted history. Censorship, political favoritism, violence towards journalists, and selective enforcement of the law collectively pose a tremendous threat to press freedom. One factor which connects all of the above, however, is economic influence, and in Greece, media has traditionally been dominated by a ...
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Law firm that won Toyota safety settlement targets Takata air bags 25.10.2014 LA Times: Business
The law firm that negotiated a $1.6-billion class action settlement with Toyota in the 2013 sudden acceleration case -- and just filed suit against General Motors over that company's faulty ignition switch -- is now targeting Takata air bags and Honda.
Polluters Push a Paragon of Misinformation, But Most Americans Want Climate Action 24.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.: A new “poll,” with some state-by-state results, is part of a larger, polluter-coordinated, national disinformation campaign to keep our air dirty, our health in jeopardy and our country paralyzed in the face of real and growing threats from climate change....
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Court Lifts Stay on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule 24.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Court Lifts Stay on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
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Air strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town 23.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on ...
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Suit Demands EPA Show Documents Related to Big Oil Influence over Fuel Standards 22.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States 22.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining 22.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
FOR DECADES, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences . They aren’t ...
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Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air, accuses it of 'maligning' judiciary 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air 21.10.2014 World
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's media regulation authority says it has taken an anti-government TV news channel off air for 15 days for "maligning" the country's ...
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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