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Shootings, Guns and Public Opinion 31.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week the country was shocked by the on-air shooting of a reporter and cameraman - shocked, but perhaps not surprised. Gun violence has become an all-too-common part of the news, and after each incident, a debate erupts over gun control. Public opinion data over more than fifty years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives: Tragedy in the news. Again. Gun-related homicide deaths have been decreasing in number since the 1990s . But the number of active shooter events and mass shootings have increased in recent years. Such terrible events make headlines. Pollsters have asked the public about their attention to news stories about these tragedies since 1998. While many stories of national-reported shootings are followed very or fairly closely by half or less of the public, some such incidents gain the attention of eight in ten or ...
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INDIA GREEN NEWS: India's INDCs in Final Stage; Sustainable Development Possible Along with Greenhouse Gas Cuts; Plans Approved for 'Solar Cities' 29.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco: India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India. Week of August 21-28, 2015 CLIMATE CHANGE Sustainable development possible along with greenhouse gas cuts: study New Delhi: India can improve sustainable development metrics...
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California Climate Bills Could Set A High Bar For The Rest Of The Country 29.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As states prepare to develop plans for meeting new greenhouse gas standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, they might look to California as an example of what's possible. Right now, the California legislature is considering two bills, SB 32 and 350 , which would allow the state to meet interim climate goals that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) established through an executive order in April. Brown's order calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, a stopping point along the path to reaching an 80 percent cut by 2050 -- a goal scientists have said  is necessary to preventing the worst impacts of climate change.  The state is already on pace to bring emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020, a goal established in the landmark  state law known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The latest bills would set the state up for long-term reductions and establish specific energy goals to make that possible. SB 32 , from state Sen. Fran Pavley (D), would ...
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Dirty Air Campaign Opposing Safe Air for Americans Founded on Falsehoods 29.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Lobbyists for polluting industry and their political allies are increasingly resorting to misrepresentation and fear mongering to oppose national health standards that deliver on the law's guarantee of safe air for all Americans. I follow yesterday's post by continuing to...
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Natural gas-fueled buses and trucks: Will the climate really benefit? 28.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
As readers of this blog will know, the freight transportation industry in Texas— a freight hub – has a significant impact on the state’s economy and environment. Recent market conditions and environmental concerns have ignited talk of expanding the use of natural gas trucks instead of diesel. But what would be the true climate benefit – or cost? This post from our colleague Jonathan Camuzeaux, a senior economic analyst for EDF’s Office of Economic Policy and Analysis, explores this question from a national perspective, but we wanted to share this post with Texas Clean Air Matters because of its relevance to our state. We have the second-largest state-highway system in the U.S., as well as the Port of Houston Authority, which is the second busiest port in the nation when it comes to overall tonnage. Considering the switch to natural gas could have a big effect on the climate impact of the state’s truck fleets. — The EDF Texas Clean Air Matters Team Natural gas-fueled buses and trucks: Will the climate ...
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The Definitive History Of 'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People' 28.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the moments before he took the stage at NBCUniversal's " A Concert for Hurricane Relief " on Sept. 2, 2005, Kanye West looked calm.  Up to that point, the charity telethon for Hurricane Katrina's victims had gone as well as could have been expected, considering that it had been slapped together in a matter of days. That it happened at all was a credit to executive producer Rick Kaplan's team. Kaplan and his crew had worked hard to make sure things would go smoothly on the set, and celebrities, including  Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Connick Jr. and Lindsay Lohan , had agreed to say whatever needed to be said and play whatever needed to be played. "All the stars we contacted -- Aaron Neville, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill -- I mean, everyone came in and was willing to do whatever they could do," Kaplan remembers now. "Everyone was totally cooperative." West was cooperating, too. The hip-hop sensation's second studio album, "Late Registration," had come out that week. West, who was scheduled to appear on stage ...
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What the newly proposed EPA methane rules mean for California 28.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O'Connor Last week, the U.S. EPA released a historic proposal for new rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, a step toward meeting the ambitious national goal of reducing these emissions 40 to 45 percent in the next decade. California is a step ahead, with new regulations already in development to cut methane from oil and gas operations within its borders. Even as the rest of the nation begins to catch up, it’s critical that California continues to move forward with developing state standards that complement the federal rules, and go even further when necessary. Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are a massive problem – the industry emits more than 7 million tons of the potent greenhouse gas each year, equivalent to the 20-year climate impact of 160 coal-fired power plants. And the latest scientific research indicates the problem is even bigger than we think. For example, a study published just last week says previously unrecorded emissions from thousands of ...
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These Pit Bull War Heroes Might Not Even Be Allowed In Military Housing Today 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Some of America's most beloved wartime canines wouldn’t even be allowed to live on many military bases today. The U.S. Army , Marines , Air Force  and Air Force Space Command  -- as well as some individual Navy bases  -- all have polices prohibiting "aggressive" dog breeds from residing in military housing as pets of service members. The first type of dog named on every single one of these lists? Pit bulls. The policies define "pit bull" differently, since it is  not a specific breed , but, rather, a general category. While the Army, for instance, defines pit bulls as "American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers," the Marines' policy doesn't define the term at all. It's unclear how exactly officials determine the breed or type of dog. The Marines policy states that if a dog does not have formal breed certification, a veterinarian will be tasked with determining the breed, and a 2013 article by Amy Bushatz , editor-in-chief of Military.com's family blog, indicates this is ...
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New EPA Ozone Data Highlights Wyoming Success Story 27.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New EPA Ozone Data Highlights Wyoming Success Story
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Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia! 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hold on to something,” Jim Tennant warned as he fired up his tractor. We lurched down a rutted dirt road past the old clapboard farmhouse where he grew up. Jim still calls it “the home place,” although its windows are now boarded up and the outhouse is crumbling into the field. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Preview for Obama-Modi Visit in September: The U.S. Clean Power Plan as a Driver for Global Clean Energy Action 27.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: With the announcement of the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. took a big step toward fighting climate change. Lauded as the largest single action the U.S. has ever taken to address global warming, many domestic leaders offered their support and...
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Overwhelming Majority of California Latino Voters Want Climate Action Now 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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NRDC Survey: NYC Businesses Still Blasting Their Air Conditioners with Doors Open 26.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: Many New York City retailers are continuing to blast their air conditioners with store doors wide open this summer, seven years after the New York City Council enacted legislation intended to curb the wasteful practice. A recently completed NRDC sampling...
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The Corporations Funding the Lawyers to Fight the Clean Power Plan 26.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Lawyers from coal-dependent states, led by West Virginia, are challenging President Obama's Clean Power Plan . Joining their effort is an army of industry-funded law firms that specialize in fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Together, they will argue that the EPA does not have any authority under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to issue the carbon regulations; they will also contest the legality of the " fence line " used to set state emission targets. Yet, buried in coverage of the litigation is the fact that the coalition suing the EPA is connected to some of the largest electric utility companies in the country - and many have purposefully kept themselves at arms' length so that their customers never know they are funding lawyers who are working to stop one of  President Obama's main pillars to fight climate change. Policymakers, regulators, and ...
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The Latest: TV station employees advised to stay inside 26.8.2015 AP National
MONETA, Va. (AP) -- The latest on the fatal on-air shooting of two TV station employees in central Virginia (all times local):...
The Latest: TV station employees advised to stay inside 26.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
MONETA, Va. (AP) — The latest on the fatal on-air shooting of two TV station employees in central Virginia (all times ...
Revisions are on tap for climate change legislation 26.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
With climate change legislation facing a tough road in the Assembly, top state senators are planning amendments intended to alleviate concerns that California's air regulator is gaining too much power.
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Tackling Climate Change Boosts Economic Growth 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Too often the debate among policymakers rests upon a false dichotomy between choosing economic growth or environmental sustainability. What initially comes to mind when I think of this manufactured dichotomy is the doomsday 1972 book 'The Limits to Growth' which highlights how sustaining current developments with finite resources would lead to disaster. The 'regulation kills growth' mindset is especially destructive at a time when the focus within public policy should be on combining economic growth with environmental sustainability, as advocated by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs who argues that , "today's mounting threats cannot be covered up. The Age of Sustainable Development must be built on openness, participation, and science." This sentiment is gaining traction as policymakers look to the Paris Conference in December where 196 countries will meet to sign a critical new climate change agreement. As part of an overarching goal to stabilize and reduce greenhouse gases to less than 2 degrees Celsius ...
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Thirty Miles From Selma, a Different Kind of Civil Rights Struggle 25.8.2015 Truthout.com
Also see: Environmental Racism Persists, and the EPA Is One Reason Why Uniontown, Alabama - As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground. A landfill owner that staked out roughly 1,000 acres for Alabama's biggest municipal-waste site on a county road dotted by well-worn homes. A county commission that approved the landfill over objections from a largely African-American neighborhood. And a state agency that issued operating permits time and again. "If this had been a rich, white neighborhood, the landfill would never have gotten here," said Calhoun, whose sharecropper and slave ancestors toiled on local plantations, explaining why so many of her fellow citizens view the facility as discriminatory. "They put it here because we're a poor, black community," she said. "They knew we couldn't fight back." In the last decade, little has roused this town in the heart of Alabama's "black belt," 30 miles west of Selma, like the ...
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Satellite data reveal silver lining of Middle East conflict — cleaner air 25.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The political turmoil in the Middle East is so dramatic that scientists say they can see it from space.
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