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Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities 22.2.2018 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court began considering Thursday whether authorities should ban diesel cars from cities in order to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country's powerful auto industry....
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Plastics Found in Majority of Deep-Water Atlantic Fish, Posing Potential Threat to Human Health 21.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
An Irish research team found that nearly three-quarters of deep-sea fish collected from the northern Atlantic Ocean had tiny plastic particles known as "microplastics" in their guts, suggesting that plastic pollution is penetrating deep into the marine food chain and could even threaten human health. (Photo: Bubbers13 / Getty Images) Nearly three-quarters of deep-sea fish collected from the northern Atlantic Ocean by an Irish research team were found to have tiny particles of plastic in their guts, suggesting that human-made plastic pollution is penetrating deeper into marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to a  report  published Monday. Scientists at the National University of Ireland collected 233 fish specimens from a warm, circular current in the northwest Atlantic known as a "warm core eddy" and found that 73 percent had digested tiny plastic particles called "microplastics." These are pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters long, or smaller than a sesame seed. They come from ...
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Mayors across the country announce their opposition to repealing the Clean Power Plan 21.2.2018 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF’s John Bullock co-authored this post) 233 U.S. Mayors just added their voices to the growing chorus that opposes rolling back the Clean Power Plan. The mayors represent more than 51 million Americans from 45 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. They just sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt saying: “[W]e […]
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Some fear 3M water pollution settlement money won't go far enough 21.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
On Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced an $850 million settlement in the state's lawsuit against 3M over water contamination by perflurochemicals, or PFCs, in several east Twin Cities suburbs.
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The Pentagon Is Using an Environmental Law Meant to Protect Us Against Us 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) The National Environmental Policy Act, a law requiring federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD) to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to implementation, has been used instead by the DOD to place millions of US citizens in harm's way. A ground crew member signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snows at Naval Air Facility Misawa. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada / US Navy ) Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! While it has long been known the US military is one of the biggest polluters in the world, the egregious and intentional nature of its actions is less well known. Canadian ...
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3M vs. Minnesota: A primer for this major water pollution trial 20.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota's attorney general is suing 3M for contaminating Minnesota's water with chemicals the company produced for decades. Here's what you need to know as the lawsuit begins.
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Minnesota's $5 billion case over 3M chemicals heads to trial 20.2.2018 AP Business
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades....
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Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial 20.2.2018 AP Business
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades....
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All eyes on Minnesota as state readies fight against 3M in water pollution trial 19.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
East metro residents and observers from across the country will be watching closely as Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against 3M for polluting natural resources finally goes to trial after years of delays.
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The Green Movement Is Lily White. That’s a Problem. 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  It’s been 20 years since Esteban González Burchard took a trip to Chicago that changed his life. The asthma researcher had been to the Windy City before, so tourism wasn’t on his agenda. Rather, he was there to attend the American Thoracic […]
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Mad about L.A.'s air quality? Blame common products like hairspray and paint, not just cars 16.2.2018 LA Times: Science

When it comes to air quality, the products you use to smell nice or scrub your kitchen could be just as bad as the car you drive. A new study of the air around Los Angeles finds that consumer and industrial products now rival tailpipe emissions in creating atmospheric pollutants.

The findings, ...

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“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic. 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner […]
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Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles 13.2.2018 Mother Jones
This fall, Californians may have the opportunity to vote on a catch-all ballot initiative that would ban genetically modified organisms and get rid of school vaccination requirements. But that’s not all. The so-called California Clean Environment Initiative would also prohibit the use of 300 substances, including certain vaccine ingredients and chemicals used in water treatment—chlorine […]
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Plan for 600 homes near Erie stalled when lost chemical waste dump was found nearby 13.2.2018 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Developer Richard Dean had a plan to clean up an old landfill in Erie and build 600 single-family homes to the south, but his plan became messy.
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Overwhelming local support for EPA Chemical Assessment Program: Communities impacted by PFC contamination urge Congress to maintain critical program 9.2.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Samantha Lovell is a Project Specialist. Today, a letter signed by more than 100 people was submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging Congress to protect the EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. The signatories come from dozens of communities across the country impacted by PFC contamination in drinking water. EPA’s IRIS […]
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Pollution monitors should be standard in LA’s oilfields 7.2.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Pollution monitors should be standard in LA’s oilfields
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Why car horns and other common loud noises might be bad for your heart 7.2.2018 Washington Post
Why car horns and other common loud noises might be bad for your heart
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Colorado high court hands cities responsibility for cleaning up historic coal-tar contamination 6.2.2018 Denver Post: Business
Colorado’s Supreme Court on Monday saddled cities with environmental responsibility for century-old underground toxic messes from coal gas plants that made fuel for lanterns and streetlights, ruling in favor of a Colorado Springs arts and yoga center that for six years pushed city officials to clean up.
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Eating leafy greens daily may help keep minds sharp 5.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A five-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.
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In Karnataka, PM Modi says his govt’s TOP priority is Tomato, Onion and Potato 5.2.2018 India – The Indian Express
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