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Environmental Factors To Blame for Increase in Childhood Cancers – New Coalition Report 29.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A 34% increase in childhood cancers since 1975 has led a group of scientists, health professionals, businesses, and advocates to ignite a call to action to highlight preventable environmental factors that threaten our children.

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Lawsuits Seek Justice for California Family Devastated by Dow’s Dangerous Pesticide 22.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Even as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected its own findings into the damage caused by the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a landmark series of lawsuits against the manufacturer are being filed in central California seeking justice for families whose children have suffered severe damage from its deadly effects.

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The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. 21.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Over four years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals. While other administrations have emphasized cutting regulations, calling them burdensome to industries like coal, oil and gas, the scope of actions under Mr. Trump is “fundamentally different,” said Hana V. Vizcarra, a staff attorney at Harvard Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program.

Rethinking the role of sustainability reports 20.10.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Rethinking the role of sustainability reports Mike Hower Tue, 10/20/2020 - 01:00 Corporate sustainability has a reporting problem — it always has. Companies typically don’t enjoy creating them and investors, customers, employees and most other stakeholders don’t revel in reading them. Yet, with investors more interested in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues than ever before, this long-standing problem has become an immediate liability for companies looking to maximize shared value. Today, some 90 percent of companies in the S&P 500 produc e corporate sustainability reports, and the practice has become so ingrained in corporate sustainability culture that few question its purpose or efficacy. Reporting has risen to prominence for good reason — there never has been a more critical time for companies to communicate their strategies and actions for corporate sustainability. Many investors evaluate nonfinancial performance based on corporate disclosures, with most finding value in assurance of ...
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Rep. Casten Introduces Climate Bill to Cut Carbon Pollution in Electric, Industrial Sectors 14.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Rep. Casten Introduces Climate Bill to Cut Carbon Pollution in Electric, Industrial Sectors
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Op-Ed: Trump profoundly damaged our civil rights. Here's how Biden can begin restoring them 30.9.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The Trump administration has deeply damaged our civil rights laws. Here are urgent actions a Biden-Harris administration should take to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.

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How Chemicals Like PFAS Can Increase Your Risk of Severe COVID-19 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Nearly a year before the novel coronavirus emerged, Dr. Leonardo Trasande published “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer,” a book about connections between environmental pollutants and many of the most common chronic illnesses. The book describes decades of scientific research showing how endocrine-disrupting chemicals, present in our daily lives and now found in nearly all people, interfere with natural hormones in our bodies.

Organic Food Is a ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From seed to harvest, the food that arrives on our plates is far from its natural form. Whilst the majority of the population trust in farmers, supply chains and environmental regulations, we are often exposed to a toxic concoction of chemicals. 

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Both Parties Used to Love the Carbon Tax. So Why Are They Giving up on It? 26.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. It was a cold February day in Salem, Oregon, and Republican state senators were fleeing the capitol. It was weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the country and kept Americans huddled inside. So members of Oregon’s legislature were […]
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Our Food System Is Broken and Inhumane, But It Can Be Fixed 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The facts are clear and they are shocking: Factory farming is unhealthy for consumers, dangerous for workers, and devastating for the environment, and it is the largest cause of animal cruelty in the history of mankind.

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ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? 21.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
ESG investments: Exponential potential or surfing one wave? Terry F. Yosie Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:30 Amidst four concurrent crises — health, economic, race relations and climate — one stand-out 2020 development has been the rebound of major stock markets and, particularly, the growing performance and prominence of environment, social and governance (ESG) traded funds. ESG portfolios not only have outperformed traditional financial assets this year, but also a data analysis prepared by Morningstar, a financial advisory research firm, concluded that almost 60 percent of sustainable investments delivered higher returns than comparable funds over the past decade. Morningstar also found that ESG funds have greater longevity than non-ESG portfolios. About 77 percent of ESG funds that existed 10 years ago are presently available, whereas only 46 percent of traditional investment vehicles maintain that survivorship. These developments raise two overriding questions: what factors have converged to catapult ESG ...
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New Study Finds Toxic 'Forever Chemicals' Contaminating School Water Systems in 18 States 16.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A study published Thursday warned water systems for numerous schools and day care centers in 18 states may have been contaminated by toxic chemicals produced at nearby chemical plants. The Environmental Working Group conducted the study by looking at the water systems for schools across the U.S. at risk of contamination, focusing on finding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS or fluorinated “forever chemicals.”

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'A Savagely Broken Food System': Cory Booker Wants Radical Reform ... Now 16.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Cory Booker says the massive challenges facing the US right now are all tied to a “savagely broken food system”. And last week, his most recent challenge to that system gained new momentum, when a coalition of 300 farm, food, and environmental advocacy organizations sent a letter to Congress urging legislators to pass a bill that would eventually eliminate the country’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations.

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Trump EPA Guts Tough Standards for Toxic Metals Dumped Into Us Waterways by Coal-Fired Power Plants, Including Biggest Polluter on Lake Michigan 11.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Towering above Lake Michigan north of the Wisconsin border, the Oak Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest sources of toxic metals dumped into American waterways. Only six other power plants nationwide released more arsenic, lead, mercury and other metals into lakes and rivers last year, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of federal records.

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In Nebraska, He's Working To Break up Meat Monopolies 5.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While most of us have recently witnessed empty shelves and higher price tags from the aisles of our local supermarkets, 2019 Fixer Graham Christensen has been fighting for solutions to our fractured food system from the fields. A fifth-generation farmer, Christensen founded the consulting company GC Resolve to help his home state of Nebraska establish more ethical and sustainable agricultural practices.

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EPA Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants 3.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Trump administration on Monday relaxed strict Obama-era standards for how coal-fired power plants dispose of wastewater laced with dangerous pollutants like lead, selenium and arsenic, a move environmental groups said would leave rivers and streams vulnerable to toxic contamination.

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‘Jurassic Park Experiment’: 750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes To Be Released in Florida 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

US authorities have approved a plan to release more than 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes across the Florida Keys, despite objections from local residents.British-based firm Oxitec are behind the project, that will test whether the altered mosquitoes can work as an alternative to pesticides to control the spread of diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, according to CNN.

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Commentary: Why Grand Avenue and Frank Gehry are L.A.'s path out of the pandemic 25.8.2020 LA Times: Health

Build Frank Gehry's Colburn School concert hall. Renovate Disney Hall. Update the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The investments will pay off, big time.

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The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance 24.8.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance Joel Makower Mon, 08/24/2020 - 02:11 One silver lining of this horrific moment is the rise of loans, bonds and other financial instruments linked to sustainability outcomes. In this sense, "sustainability" is broadly defined to include environmental issues as well as social ones. And, more recently, a new subcategory of, yes, pandemic-related issues. Indeed, the pandemic response is being financed in part through bonds designed to fund development of vaccines or treatments, support healthcare systems fighting the outbreak or provide relief efforts, such as for cities and counties facing budgetary challenges due to lost revenues and emergency spending. As of the end of May, governments, banks, companies and others raised just over $150 billion globally from selling pandemic bonds, according to research by BNP Paribas, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. "These instruments will contribute to the economic recovery of many sectors and will emphasize ...
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Kamala Harris Brings Food Justice To the Democratic Ticket 22.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Just four days before Senator Kamala Harris became the first woman of color chosen as the running mate of a major U.S. political party’s (presumptive) presidential nominee, she co-authored an op-ed in CNN calling on grocery store chains to reinstate “hazard pay.”

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