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Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws 30.4.2016 AP National
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached....
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Washington State Kids Score Huge Legal Win In Climate Change Lawsuit 30.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A judge's ruling on Friday in a lawsuit filed by eight kids forces the state of Washington to get dead-serious about the threat of climate change. In what the activist teens and pre-teens called a surprise decision , King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the state Department of Ecology to create rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2016. The judge said the urgency of climate change and the state’s responsibility to protect citizens required that the Ecology Department be held to a deadline, rather than make its own timeline.  The ruling reversed a November decision that left emissions-reducing rules to the state. Hill said then that the state has a "mandatory duty" to " preserve, protect, and enhance the air quality for the current and future generations." But because the Department of Ecology was already working on new regulations ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee, additional rules weren’t necessary , she said then. After the state withdrew draft emissions rules in February for ...
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Rise of the aerostate: U.S. legacy airlines scramble as Persian Gulf rivals emerge 30.4.2016 Washington Post
The supersonic growth of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways has triggered a lobbying, legal and political battle in Washington and Brussels unmatched for its rancor, even for the raucous business of international aviation. 
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2016 election: Explaining Trump’s foreign policy 30.4.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

The Times’ headline and story saying that Trump “struggles” to make his America First point involves very selective perception [“Trump vows he’ll implement ‘coherent foreign policy’ for U.S.” Nation & World, April 28]. It begins by asking how can Trump’s policy be a consistent and unpredictable force in the world? Any elementary student could have […]
Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws 29.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has blocked Houston from enforcing tougher clean-air laws over the hub of industrial pollution that makes it one of the smoggiest cities in the U.S. Friday’s ruling is a victory for ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries that sued in 2008 after the nation’s fourth-largest city […]
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Chicago seeking 'smart-city' tech solutions to improve city life 29.4.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Come late June, city electricians are expected to start strapping beehive-shaped sensor boxes to municipal light poles — environmental Fitbits for neighborhoods, essentially. How's the air quality? Where does rainwater pool? Where do air temperatures spike? The 14-inch-high cylinders filled ...
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This Congressman Doesn't Buy Obama's Excuses For Supporting Saudi Arabia In Yemen 28.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of the architects of unprecedented new legislation that would restrict U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia believes the Obama administration has repeatedly deflected questions about its ongoing support for Saudi actions in Yemen. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said his frustration with the U.S. policy is one reason why he joined three other lawmakers to propose barring the sale of more American bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia until the administration provides new guarantees on Saudi behavior.  That precondition means that the measure, introduced earlier this month, is an indictment of President Barack Obama’s approach to the kingdom as much as it is one of Saudi wrongdoing. In March 2015, Obama quietly approved a U.S. role in a Saudi-led military effort to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government, which had lost its capital and much of the country to Iran-backed rebels. U.S. intelligence began to flow to the campaign and U.S. planes began refueling its jets, as Saudis and other ...
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Donald Trump's big foreign policy speech, explained. 28.4.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
I suffered through all of Donald Trump's foreign policy speech. This is my story.
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Lawsuit Launched to Fight Dangerous Sulfur, Nitrogen Pollution 28.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Conservation and public-health groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency because the agency has failed to update air-pollution thresholds for sulfur and nitrogen.

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Paris becomes oh-so-affordable on this $1,998 hotel-air tour 27.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If you’ve always wanted to explore Paris, but were afraid a tour would be too pricey, check out the weeklong Rendezvous in Paris tour offered by Essential Travel & Tours.

The trip, which includes international air transportation from LAX, begins with pre-trip planning meeting before leaving Los...

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Sierra Club Applauds EPA Progress to Improve Air Quality in National Parks 26.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Sierra Club Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to update the Regional Haze Rule, a Clean Air Act protection intended to eliminate harmful air pollution in America’s national parks and wilderness areas. Haze, a mixture of smog and soot, is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels. Sources of haze pollution include coal-fired power plants, oil and gas operations, and vehicle emissions. Haze pollution in our national parks is a pervasive problem that harms visitor health, compromises scenic vistas, and can hinder local economies that depend on ...
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Experts Agree: The Clean Power Plan has a Rock Solid Legal and Technical Foundation 26.4.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
An extraordinarily broad coalition of states, cities, leading companies, members of Congress, medical associations, consumer and ratepayer experts, and organizations from across the country underscored their support for the Clean Power Plan earlier this month, filing a host of legal briefs in court to defend the Plan against attacks by major polluters. As EDF’s president […]
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Polluters Continue Legal Challenges over Mercury and Air Toxics Standards 25.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Polluters Continue Legal Challenges over Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
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Moench: Legislature dawdles while our children absorb lead and other toxins 23.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
While Utahns can be relieved to not be drinking the water in Flint, Mich., Emma Penrod’s Tribune report April 17 did not evoke confidence that our public schools are paying much attention to lead pipes. Despite strong evidence that should be peeling back our complacency, so far no one else in Utah is paying much attention, either — to lead, or to the many other well known neurotoxins our children are exposed to. A national investigation found 2,000 water systems in all 50 states, including Utah,...
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Seattle area’s air quality gets poor grades 22.4.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The Seattle area received poor ­— but passing — marks for air quality from the American Lung Association. Overall, air quality has greatly improved in recent decades.
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Our Beleaguered Planet 22.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly in South America and heading north toward the U.S. as summer comes, shows how a previously isolated and sporadic illness can suddenly become a frightening pandemic because of the combined effects of global warming and overpopulation. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika apparently arose in Uganda in the 1940s and occurred only episodically until 2015, when it began to spread explosively in Brazil, mainly in densely crowded urban areas. Like other mosquitoes, which are vectors for many diseases, Aedes aegypti thrives in a warm climate, and, as nearly all experts now agree, the world’s climate is steadily growing warmer because of human activity. In addition, this particular mosquito has evolved to live in close proximity to humans, and breeds in small amounts of water in human trash, such as bottle caps and plastic containers. The transmission of the virus occurs ...
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A look at the Volkswagen emissions scandal 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Detroit • After months of wrangling with the U.S. government, Volkswagen has agreed to buy back or fix about 482,000 vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines that are rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Details of the decision announced Thursday in a federal court hearing are still being worked out. Also yet to be decided are what Volkswagen will do with another 90,000 VW, Porsche and Audi brand vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines. And the government and Volkswagen are still working out fines and p...
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Volkswagen's Big Lie 21.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appeared in the Spring, 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. It was written prior to Volkswagen's recent emissions violations settlement. In September 2015, Volkswagen shocked the automotive industry and the world by admitting publicly that, since 2008, it had duped consumers and violated U.S. federal and state emission laws by using a “defeat device” or “cheatware” in its diesel automobiles. The cheatware detected when the car was being put through an emissions test cycle and made the exhaust emissions compliant only during the test. Under actual driving conditions, emissions of certain toxic pollutants shot up to as much as 40 times more than the tests found. The cheatware had been installed in some 11 million VW vehicles worldwide, as well as Audis and Porsches, including nearly 600,000 vehicles in the United States. The impact of this disclosure on VW has been calamitous. VW stock has lost a third of its value since the scandal broke. Its new-car sales in the United States are ...
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VW reaches judge's deadline for diesel car fix 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge’s deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he wanted to know the timing of the fix and any planned payments to vehicle owners by a court hearing set for Thursday. That is when a deal is expected to be announced between Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers for the automaker to buy back s...
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VW Will Buy Back Your Cheating, Polluting Diesel 21.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
VW Will Buy Back Your Cheating, Polluting Diesel
Volkswagen will offer to buy back the nearly 500,000 diesel cars it illegally programmed to cheat on emissions tests, Reuters reports. The post VW Will Buy Back Your Cheating, Polluting Diesel appeared first on WIRED.
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