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New map could refocus state's pollution battles 23.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Supreme Court justices appear conflicted over Aereo copyright case 23.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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EDF honored with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award 22.4.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF honored with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award
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Sweeping global survey registers progress, and declines, on environment 22.4.2014 MinnPost
This being Earth Day, I call your attention to the 2014 edition of the  Environmental Performance Index , a massive inventory of global progress, stasis and backsliding on all things environmental. Issued biennially by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the EPI ranks 178 countries of the world in ways that may test some of your preconceptions. The top-ranked nation is Switzerland, and No. 2 is Luxembourg. Both fit the notion that exemplary environmental stewardship is the prerogative of wealthy Western nations possessing not only the means but also the cultural mores and advanced economies that make it easier to be green. But Singapore — populous, cramped, port-oriented, Southeast Asian Singapore? Or Australia — with its horrific wildfires and retreat from initially aggressive policies on climate change? And the Czech Republic — just a couple of generations into its post-Soviet history? Yet those are the countries rounding out the top five, for reasons I'll come back to in a moment. No ...
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How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality 22.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
Few urban policies have been as contentious or as fruitful as congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a travel demand management policy that charges a fee for vehicles that enter a certain urban area or a certain street during specific periods ...
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Hey, Congress! Let's Honor Next Earth Day With a Carbon Tax 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, the movement to clean up our air and water and to prevent our world from becoming one big garbage dump was born. Before the year was out, Congress passed -- and President Nixon signed -- the Clean Air Act , establishing the Environmental Protection Agency as the guardian of all that we breathe and, eventually, the water we drink. Over the years, the EPA has served us well by regulating the pollution that would otherwise make our air and water toxic. And while the agency remains vigilant on that front, it has been charged with an even more difficult and important responsibility: preserving a livable world for future generations by cutting the greenhouse-gas pollution that is slowly roasting our civilization. To be clear, this is a responsibility thrust upon the EPA by Congress' failure to act. For decades now, scientists have warned that the carbon-based fuels we burn to keep us comfortable, manufacture our products and get ...
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China's planned urban growth bodes ill for environment 22.4.2014 LA Times: Commentary
A plan to shift 250 million rural Chinese to cities must be accompanied by environmental protection measures.

Premier Li Keqiang wants to wean the Chinese economy off its dependence on export trade in cheap electronics, clothes, toys and tchotchkes of all variety. Let the Chinese people consume instead, he says, and let them consume products and services of high value.
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April 22 Readers' letters, Earth Day brings call for action on climate change 22.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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Groups Press EPA to Address Toxic Lead Air Pollution from Aviation Gasoline 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Three leading advocacy groups filed a petition today asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action to address harms caused by lead emissions generated by the continued use of leaded aviation gasoline (avgas). Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that destroys nerve tissue and causes a variety of health and neurological problems, particularly in children.

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Trucking rules: Don't delay clean air regulations on trucks, buses 21.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
Christina De Luca of Roadstar Trucking says the Air Resources Board proposal to postpone bus and truck regulations would hurt responsible companies.
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Apple Tries to Clean Up Its Carbon-Spewing Ways With New Data Centers 21.4.2014 Wired Top Stories
In a 2011 Greenpeace report called “How Dirty is Your Data?", Apple earned the dubious distinction of being the among the worst climate offenders. Not long afterwards—though Apple says the announcement was long in the making—the company proclaimed its intent to power all its operations via renewables like wind, biogas, hydro, and ...
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More than 5,000 sign petition seeking frac-sand mining moratorium 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Fracking opponents will deliver petition to Dayton on Earth Day.
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Big Victory for Public Health - Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families. The court decision keeps in place the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) standard, which is on track to eliminate as much as 90 percent of the mercury and air toxics currently released into our air by coal-fired power plants. As the mom of a young daughter, I know that mercury pollution is of special concern to families, because babies exposed to high levels of mercury in the womb are at higher risk of lifelong developmental problems including lowered IQ, learning disabilities, and delays in walking and talking. Mercury exposure is so widespread that, according to EPA studies , at least 1.4 million American women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their bodies to put a fetus at developmental risk. Coal-fired power plants are the ...
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China Environmental News Alert 18.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing: NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around...
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The Climate Post: Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was " appropriate and necessary " to go forward with the standards. The EPA contended the rule was required under the Clean Air Act. "On its face," the majority opinion said , the Clean Air Act "neither requires EPA to consider costs nor prohibits EPA from doing so. Indeed, the word 'costs' appears nowhere" in that section of the law. Although Judge Brett Kavanaugh--one member of the three-judge panel--agreed with the majority in other aspects of the ruling , he wrote a dissenting opinion on when the EPA should have considered the costs of MATS. "The estimated cost of compliance with EPA's Final Rule is approximately $9.6 billion per year, by EPA's own calculation ... To ...
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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies 18.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.
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Obama aims to reinvigorate Asia strategy 17.4.2014 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama’s bid to focus U.S. attention on Asia has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set three years ago in a grand pronouncement that the new emphasis would become a pillar of his foreign ...
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.
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Court Upholds Original EPA Emission Standards For Air Pollutants 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA's determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency's reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, "are amply supported by EPA's findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure," said the court. Congress did not specify what types or levels of public health risks should be deemed a hazard under federal law. By leaving this gap in the statute, Congress delegated to the EPA the authority to give reasonable meaning to the term "hazard," said the court. In the majority were chief judge Merrick Garland and judge Judith Rogers, both appointees of ...
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US 16.4.2014 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas....
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