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Brexit Could Encourage British Companies To Pollute And Waste More 26.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Splitting away from the European Union won't just choke the British economy. British companies may end up creating more trash and dirtying the air in the wake of the Brexit, according to a new report.  When the EU's ambitious targets for reducing waste and increasing recycling first went into effect two years ago, the United Kingdom  pushed back , insisting that it would be too expensive for businesses to comply. Once negotiations to leave the EU are complete -- a process that could take two years or more -- U.K. legislators may scale back those regulations, found a report examining environmental and social governance at U.K. corporations from investor research firm Sustainalytics. “Recycling rights in the U.K. trailed off in the last few years,” Doug Morrow, a Toronto-based associate director at Sustainalytics who co-authored the report, told The Huffington Post. “We wouldn’t be surprised if we found a relaxation of the recycling targets.”  Companies polluting the air in England may be able to breathe ...
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NewsCut: Supreme Court upholds MN breath test law for DUI 23.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Supreme Court partially backed Minnesota law, saying warrantless breath tests are OK for people suspected of driving under the influence. Justices, however, rejected blood testing without a warrant.
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The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy 23.6.2016 Truthout.com
Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children's ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world's dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel and gasoline. These include the 7 million adult deaths per year attributed to ambient air pollution, most of it from fossil fuel burning. Less recognized is the huge and largely silent toll on children's health and development from both air toxics and climate change. Children, whose bodies and brains are especially vulnerable to harm as they develop in utero and in the first years of life, bear a disproportionate burden of disease from both air pollution and climate change. Exposure to toxic air pollutants released during fossil fuel combustion contributes to low birth weight, cognitive and ...
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Saying no to Canada's death game 22.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In a reminder that the warfare state is never affected by who gets elected in Canada, the Trudeau Liberals are about to embark on a militaristic spending spree that will draw no ...
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Climate Change This Week: Requiem for a Reef, Developing Divestment, and More! 22.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
REQUIEM FOR A REEF: THE DEVASTATION OF THE GREAT BARRIER From This ... To This. The devastation of this reef, one of the most beautiful undersea wonders of the world, will not recover in our children's lifetimes, if ever. Diving photographers were saturated with the stench of rotting corals. OO The Great Barrier Reef: Almost A Quarter of All Corals Just Killed, The Rest In Danger due to hot waters that stressed, bleached then killed the corals; the rest are endangered from continuing climate change and pollution. An area the size of Scotland is largely dead. Giant Clams, Too: Beautiful in Life, Starving, then Bleached and Dead - like corals, these Great Barrier giant clams can get heat stressed, ejecting the algae they rely on, and then undergo a slow, starving, bleaching death. Surveys have revealed that 90+ % of the almost 3,000 individual reefs making up the Great Barrier have been touched by bleaching, and almost a quarter - 22% - of coral over the entire Great Barrier Reef has been killed by this ...
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Orlando shows Clinton’s new approach to commander-in-chief test 22.6.2016 Washington Post
Orlando shows Clinton’s new approach to commander-in-chief test
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The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Dr. Frederica Perera

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning.

Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world’s dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, diesel and gasoline.

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Diplomats’ frustration unlikely to change Obama’s policy on Syria 21.6.2016 Washington Post: Politics
The dissenters’ letter chides the White House, urges airstrikes to force Assad to negotiate.
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Fish have feelings, too: the inner lives of our 'underwater cousins' 20.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness -- or "sentience" -- that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.
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Constructing Visions of "Perpetual Peace": An Interview With Noam Chomsky 19.6.2016 Truthout.com
A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress leads a formation of aircraft from Poland, Germany, Sweden and the US over the Blatic Sea, June 9, 2016. Although the US has remained supreme in the military dimension, the consequences of US decline have been many. One is the need to resort to "coalitions of the willing" when overwhelmingly opposed internationally. (Photo: Senior Airman Erin Babis / US Air Force ) Noam Chomsky expounds on the crisis in today's democracies, the apparent end of Pax Americana, the historical significance of Castro's Cuba, the deadly threat of nuclear weapons, the means of exploitation under today's capitalism, and the shape and form of a society free of oppression and exploitation. A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress leads a formation of aircraft from Poland, Germany, Sweden and the US over the Blatic Sea, June 9, 2016. Although the US has remained supreme in the military dimension, the consequences of US decline have been many. One is the need to resort to "coalitions of the willing" when ...
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Tainted: How Navy bases contaminated Pa. drinking water 19.6.2016 Philly.com News
When the planes burned, the kids would come out. Hope Grosse and her siblings would run down their Warminster street and rubberneck amid shrieking sirens. They would watch Navy firefighters shoot a dense white foam from hoses, smothering the flames that leapt up from the fenced-off lot.
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The State Department’s Collective Madness 18.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Robert Parry

Over the past several decades, the U.S.

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Over 12 Million Americans Live in the Oil and Gas Threat Zone 17.6.2016 Truthout.com
(Image: oilandgasthreatmap.com ) This week, Clean Air Task Force and Earthworks unveiled a suite of tools designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry. For the first time, Americans across the country -- from Washington County, PA, to Weld County, CO to Kern County, CA -- can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations. The oil and gas industry is the country's largest and fastest-growing source of methane pollution. And its facilities emit numerous other hazardous and toxic air pollutants along with methane -- including benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and ethylbenzene. That toxic pollution presents significant cancer and respiratory health risks, underscoring the need for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up existing sources of toxic air pollution without delay. The EPA recently signed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that for the first time will ...
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In Detroit, a Victory for Clean Air and Environmental Justice 17.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We've just taken a big step forward toward correcting a major environmental injustice in this country. After 5 years of advocacy led by local residents in the City of River Rouge, just outside Detroit, the local utility announced it will retire coal plants in the community that operate without modern pollution controls and are a major contributor to the area's sky-high rates of asthma. I traveled to the area three times over the past year, and my heart was broken by stories of mothers who lost their children to asthma attacks, school kids leaving soccer fields in ambulances, and regulators who for decades had failed these families. But community leaders were standing up and fighting back , targeting two coal plants without scrubbers that were the source of the lion's share of smog-forming pollution in the area. It was a fight that garnered national media attention, including a Newsweek cover story with the scathing title, " Choking to Death in Detroit: Flint Isn't Michigan's Only Disaster." Then last ...
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Get Smart Fast: Top Environment Regulations in 200 words 16.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the Obama Administration winds down, federal agencies are pushing out new rules to implement their policy agenda before leaving office. This has created a flurry of new proposals, finalized rules, lawsuits and congressional action. Here is a run-down of the status of the top tier environmental rules related to air emissions and air quality. Clean Power Plan: This rule governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants was stayed by the Supreme Court in February 2016. The rule is currently pending in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled for this September. Ozone Standards: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the latest ozone rule in October 2015. The rule lowers the allowable level of ozone - which creates smog -- to 70 parts per billion. The rule is being challenged by a number of stakeholders in the DC Circuit. Republicans in Congress have tried unsuccessfully to block the rule through legislation. Methane Emissions: The Bureau of Land Management ...
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Potential Iranian deal for airliners thrusts Boeing into risky political debate 16.6.2016 Washington Post
Potential Iranian deal for airliners thrusts Boeing into risky political debate
The EPA has deemed the drinking water toxic in these three Colorado towns 16.6.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals widely used to fight petroleum fires have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous.
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Paul Ryan Attacks Climate Action. Fight Back. 15.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Paul Ryan Attacks Climate Action. Fight Back.
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Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to EPA’s air pollution regulation 14.6.2016 Washington Post
Twenty states wanted the case reviewed, but justices instead opted to leave in place a lower-court decision preserving rules that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants.
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Aviation regulators seek $350,000 fine against Amazon 14.6.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

U.S. aviation regulators seek to impose a $350,000 fine on Amazon for what they say was an improper packaging job for a gallon-size container of corrosive drain cleaner.
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