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Air pollution found harmful to young brains 16.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Calderón-Garcidueñas’ findings are detailed in a paper titled "Air pollution and children: Neural and tight junction antibodies and combustion metals, the role of barrier breakdown and brain immunity in neurodegeneration."
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National Association of Manufacturers: Thin Air 16.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) published a report last week showing a purported cost of $2 trillion per year to the economy caused by federal regulations. The audacity of the release was impressive. For the most part, it essentially...
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How not to teach climate change 16.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
New research suggests that emphasizing scientific progress won't promote environmental action. In fact, it may do the reverse.
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Two Cheers for Obama: Nobody Makes the Best Out of Bad Situation Like He Does 16.9.2014 American Prospect
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines) An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for Poland, September 5, 2014, from Aviano Air Base, Italy.  This article originally appeared on  The Huffington Post . It took President Barack Obama a long time, and multiple stumbles, to back into a foreign policy role that looks something like leadership. If Russian President Putin is agreeing to a cease-fire in Ukraine that just might hold, the U.S.-led combination of pressure and restraint deserves much of the credit. Putin considers the loss of the Ukraine one of the great tragedies of Russian history, and before this conflict is over Putin will probably demand and get greater regional autonomy for Russian-majority Eastern Ukraine. But that beats an annexation or a war. At the outset of this conflict, Germany was prepared to subordinate the independence of Ukraine to long-standing German economic ties with Russia. Chancellor Merkel's new toughness, which helped alter the Russian calculus, would not have happened ...
Obama has bipartisan support against Islamic State, still faces doubts 16.9.2014 L.A. Times - World News
President Obama and his advisors appear to have convinced Americans that the Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria are a threat to the U.S. This week he'll try to prove he's capable of taking them on.
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White House Denies Truce Between Syrian Rebels And ISIS 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack Obama wants to help fight the Islamic State -- struck a non-aggression pact with the Islamic State. Those reports, which emerged late Friday night , sent shocks through some corners of the foreign policy community, where skepticism has been high over the president's plan to aid rebel factions. According to the stories, one of the main rebel groups, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, had agreed with the Islamic State that the two groups would not attack each other and would instead focus their efforts on unseating their mutual enemy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday during his daily briefing that SRF had issued a statement "indicating they have never ceased hostilities" with the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL. To supplement his point that SRF and the Islamic State were still in conflict, ...
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US Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria 13.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, but Expanded Strikes in Syria and Iraq Point to "Endless War" 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Start Your Engines, New Funding Available in Texas for Newer, Cleaner Vehicles 12.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
95% 90% *These estimates use the current, cleanest standards for engines (including Tier 4 for locomotive engines that will take effect in 2015) and compare emissions from the oldest engines based on TERP guidelines for NOx. For PM estimates, values from the engine regulations (locomotive, on-road) and from the EPA guidance for non-road engine modeling (>300 hp) were used. Second, TERP has stepped in to provide vehicle owners with the necessary funds to upgrade their engines and help improve air quality throughout the state. TERP is paying owners of heavy-duty engines and equipment to replace old machines with clean models earlier than they might have planned, effectively increasing business’ bottom line while also helping improve the quality of the air that Texans breathe. To date, the program has provided nearly $1 billion in grants for over 15,000 emission reduction projects. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers several TERP programs that target different types of equipment ...
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Cleaning China's Smoggy Skies: China Released Draft Air Pollution Law Amendments for Public Comment 12.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: Though a burst of clear skies on Monday allowed Beijingers to marvel at a magnificent Mid-Autumn Festival moon, a blanket of smog choked the capital the next morning, reminding citizens of China’s grave air pollution woes. However, that same Tuesday,...
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EPA Takes Real Steps Toward Curbing Smog Pollution - Now We Need Your Voice 12.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Environmental Protection Agency recently found that we've been doing it wrong for years; our air is not as clean or as safe as we once supposed. The agency's smog pollution policy assessment, released in late August, found that current "safe" levels of smog pollution are actually not strong enough to protect our communities, our kids, or the air we breathe. Doris Toles could tell you that.The Baltimore resident struggles with serious respiratory issues which are only made worse by the poor air quality in the city. "I had my first asthma attack when I was two. I'm now living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)," says Doris. "A person gets COPD like I have after years of asthma attacks permanently weaken the lungs, and there is no cure." Doctors told Doris that her asthma is triggered by pollution in the air where she lives. "I have to be very careful and keep my inhaler close at hand on days when smog levels are high." When smog is inhaled, the harm it does has been likened to getting a ...
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Good News: EPA Standards Could Lower Electricity Bills 12.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mandy Warner Source: Brendan Wood Millions of Americans are watching their bills more closely as middle-class incomes continue to stagnate in the nation's uneven economic recovery . So it's frustrating to hear opponents of climate action once again use the threat of higher electricity rates as a scare tactic to try to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's  Clean Power Plan . We know it has many people concerned. The good news is we have more evidence than ever before to prove our opponents wrong.   We pay the same rates for power now as in 1994 Electric rates in the United States have remained steady over the last 20 years, even as consumption of renewable energy increased 40 percent, statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show. Over the same time, we reduced coal plant emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by more than 75 percent. The power sector has a long history of implementing clean air standards while delivering reliable power and doing so at ...
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Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, But Expanded Strikes in Syria & Iraq Point to "Endless War" 11.9.2014 Democracy Now!
President Obama has authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and their expansion in Iraq against the militant group Islamic State. In a prime-time address, Obama vowed to hunt down Islamic State militants "wherever they are." Obama also announced he is sending 475 more U.S. military troops to Iraq, bringing the total to 1,600. He also called for congressional support to arm and train the Syrian opposition. We get analysis of Obama's speech and this latest U.S. military foray into the Middle East with two guests: Peter Galbraith, a former U.S. ambassador to Croatia who has worked on issues involving Iraq since the 1980s and a former adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government; and Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College and author of several books. Prashad’s latest article is "What President Obama Should Not Do About ISIS."
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The ISIS Speech: Obama and the Dogs of War 11.9.2014 Mother Jones
Here is President Barack Obama's challenge: how to unleash the dogs of war without having them run wild. This dilemma applies to both the political and policy considerations Obama faces, as he expands US military action in Iraq (and possibly Syria) to counter ISIS, the militant and murderous outfit that now calls itself the Islamic State and controls territory in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In a speech from the White House on Wednesday night, Obama announced what was expected: the United States would widen its air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, "take action" of some sort against ISIS in Syria, ramp up military assistance for the Syrian opposition, keep sending advisers to assist the Iraqi military's on-the-ground-campaign against ISIS, and maintain pressure on Iraqi politicians to produce a national government that can represent and work with Sunnis and, consequently, undercut ISIS's support and appeal in Sunni-dominated areas of the country—all while assembling a coalition of Western nations and ...
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Will Airlines Wreck Crucial Chance to Cut Global-Warming Gases? 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas pollution. And the airline industry's massive emissions of global-warming gases are completely unregulated. But that might be about to change -- unless the airlines manage to sabotage the process at the tail end. Last week, after years of unreasonable delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally announced it will complete the first step toward reducing aircraft greenhouse gas emissions by April 2015. On that date, EPA will propose an "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act, to be finalized within another year, which will determine whether aircraft carbon emissions threaten human health and welfare. That question can be answered only one way: Of course aviation emissions are dangerous. Five long years ago, the EPA confirmed what the world has known for decades: Man-made greenhouse gases are already disrupting our climate and will inflict catastrophic warming unless we take major steps to cut pollution. The urgent need for action ...
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China's battle plans in war on air pollution under scrutiny 10.9.2014 LA Times: Environment
Last fall, 29-year-old Fang Da, an entrepreneur and cycling enthusiast, suddenly found himself in the midst of a coughing fit after biking near his home in Hangzhou, in eastern China.
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Learning from the Era of American Environmental Leadership 8.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This past week, I had the honor of attending a new class at Columbia taught by Tom Jorling and Leon Billings on the origins of American environmental law . Jorling and Billings have accomplished a great deal in their long careers. Billings worked for Senator Ed Muskie and was elected to the Maryland legislature. Jorling was a senior administrator at EPA under President Carter, ran New York State's environmental agency for Mario Cuomo, worked in the private sector, and was a professor at Williams College. But the course focuses on a time that began when both were still in their late twenties. At that time, Jorling staffed the Republicans on the senate committee responsible for environmental policy and Billings staffed the Democrats on the same committee. In that amazing and creative time in American environmental history they drafted and saw enacted the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972. They and the senators they worked for knew how to compromise, and together they ...
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California's Climate Leadership: Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future (Next Up: Reining in Climate Super-Pollutants) 6.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco: National and state leaders past and present will gather in Sacramento Monday to celebrate California’s track record of climate leadership and look to the future on how the Golden State can help set the stage for climate action globally. Entitled...
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More benefits of green neighborhoods 5.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Mothers who live in neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees or other green vegetation are more likely to deliver at full term and their babies are born at higher weights, compared to mothers who live in urban areas that aren’t as green, a new study shows. The findings held up even when results were adjusted for factors such as neighborhood income, exposure to air pollution, noise, and neighborhood walkability, according to researchers at Oregon State University and the University of British Columbia.
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The Climate Post: EPA Considering Lower Ozone Standard, Methane Strategy 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In its Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards report --released Friday--the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests revising the health-based national ambient air quality standard for ozone. "Staff concludes that it is appropriate in this review to consider a revised primary [ozone] standard level within the range of 70 ppb [parts per billion] to 60 ppb," the report said (subscription). "A standard set within this range would result in important improvements in public protection, compared to the current standard, and could reasonably be judged to provide an appropriate degree of public health protection, including for at-risk populations and life stages." The report is part of the normal EPA process to consider changing air quality standards. It recommends tightening current smog rules--now at 75 parts per billion--somewhere between 7 and 20 percent , echoing findings of the EPA's science advisory committee in June. A final decision lies with EPA ...
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