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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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Syringes are key to coronavirus vaccine delivery. Trump is relying on two untested suppliers 8.7.2020 LA Times: Health

U.S. preparedness for a COVID-19 vaccine rests heavily on medical supply companies with little track record of fulfilling government orders of that size.

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How 5 communities across the US are seeking environmental justice 6.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
How 5 communities across the US are seeking environmental justice Kristoffer Tigue Mon, 07/06/2020 - 01:00 This story originally appeared in InsideClimate News and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. In many ways, Maleta Kimmons defines her neighborhood by what it lacks. Several houses near her home remain vacant. Last week, she had to drive seven miles just to buy groceries. And two weeks ago, at the height of the Minneapolis protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a police officer May 25, looters broke into the only pharmacy in the area, forcing the store to close and leaving many in the neighborhood without easy access to life-saving medication such as insulin or inhalers for asthma. Kimmons, who prefers to go by the name Queen, said what her neighborhood doesn't lack is pollution. Near North, where Queen lives, is one of several neighborhoods that make up north Minneapolis, a  predominately ...
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In a vote for reducing lead exposure and for clean water, House passes lead pipe replacement amendment 2.7.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Joanna Slaney, Legislative Director, Health and Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director. Today is a good day in the fight against lead exposure: the U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment to provide $22.5 billion to replace lead service lines (LSL) – the lead pipes connecting the water main under the street to the home […]
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Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni 29.6.2020 GreenBiz.com
Where are they now? Catch up with 30 Under 30 alumni Heather Clancy Mon, 06/29/2020 - 02:30 June 22 marked the publication of the fifth annual GreenBiz 30 Under 30 , our report celebrating rising young professionals in the field of corporate sustainability.  What’s up in the worlds of the 120 alumni from past lists? We reached out this spring to check in, asking those inclined to weigh in on how current events have changed their world views. We asked them to consider two questions: With the world turned upside down, what is your focus at work? Do you think the COVID-19 crisis marks a turning point for the sustainability movement?  Following are some of their responses, lightly edited, representing perspective from all four past cohorts. We did not specifically ask the alumni to consider the broader question of systemic racism, as our outreach was completed prior to the national protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But look for future updates and essays on this topic, such as ...
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California Latino, Black residents hit even harder by coronavirus as white people see less danger 27.6.2020 LA Times: Health

As COVID-19 cases spike, Latino and Black residents of Los Angeles County now have double the mortality rate of white residents.

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Colorado drinking water tested for “forever chemicals” did not exceed limits, health officials say 24.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
State health officials on Tuesday announced that statewide water sampling found that no treated drinking water tested for toxic fluorochemicals, known as "forever chemicals" because of their resistance to breaking down over time, exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory level.
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Parents, educators at Greeley school petition governor to shut down nearby fracking wells 23.6.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Parents and educators from the Bella Romero Academy in Greeley sent a petition to Gov. Jared Polis this week demanding the shutdown of natural gas fracking wells near the school that they say are exposing students to the cancer-causing chemical benzene.
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How much did protests spread COVID-19 in Chicago? No way to know for sure, but overall figures continue to trend downward. 22.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
How much did protests spread COVID-19 in Chicago? No way to know for sure, but overall figures continue to trend downward
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“Illegal, unscientific, and un-health protective”: Summing up EPA’s final methylene chloride risk evaluation 19.6.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Today, the Trump EPA released its first final risk evaluation and determination under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), for the carcinogenic and acutely lethal chemical methylene chloride. Sadly, despite EPA’s rush to issue this document as the 4th anniversary of TSCA reform on June 22 approaches, […]
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China aims to 'lead the world' by winning the coronavirus vaccine race 17.6.2020 L.A. Times - World News

China races against the U.S. and other nations to make the COVID-19 vaccine first, promoting self as a benevolent vaccinator for the developing world.

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Poisoned milkshakes? No free sandwiches? Police persecution complex is real — and it's dangerous 17.6.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The same paranoia that leads a police officer to assume he's been poisoned by a milkshake can lead him to shoot first and ask questions later.

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“No transparency, no communication”: Inside Colorado’s wild fight for PPE in the pandemic’s early months 8.6.2020 Denver Post: Local
Internal emails obtained by The Denver Post show the state's top emergency officials expressing exasperation at the lack of transparency from their federal partners, as they wondered why their orders kept getting canceled or ripped from their fingertips.
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Wheeler’s Remarks about Cleaner Air Shameless and Misleading - EDF 5.6.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Wheeler’s Remarks about Cleaner Air Shameless and Misleading - EDF
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Trump Administration Proposes “Cooking the Books” to Justify Undermining Clean Air Laws 5.6.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Trump Administration Proposes “Cooking the Books” to Justify Undermining Clean Air Laws
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Air quality near Greeley school found to be in compliance with health standards 4.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
An investigation into elevated levels of benzene, a cancer-causing agent, in the air near a Greeley school has found no health risks for students or nearby residents.
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Connecting the Dots: Glyphosate and COVID-19 3.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

I am a senior research scientist at MIT. I have devoted over 12 years to trying to understand the role of toxic chemicals in the deterioration of human health. I have been particularly focused on figuring out what has been driving the skyrocketing rates of autism in America and around the world. My research strongly suggests that glyphosate (the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup) is a primary cause of the autism epidemic in the United States. When the COVID-19 pandemic began its march across the world, I started to consider whether glyphosate might play a role.

Policy News: June 2, 2020 2.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Letter to the community Racism and prejudice continue to harm scientists, future scientists, and the communities we serve. ESA leaders echo the message of these protests: Black lives matter. Webinar: Invasive Species Policy and COVID-19 Webinar recording and related resources posted online. Ecology of COVID-19 blog series ESA guest blogs explore the ...
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Yanomami launch global campaign as goldminers and Covid-19 endanger entire tribe 2.6.2020 Survival International
marcos@socioambiental.org (Portuguese only) Uncontacted tribes are at particular risk of being wiped out by diseases to which they have no immunity. Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami leader known as “the Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” recently warned the UN that the uncontacted Yanomami could soon be exterminated if nothing is done to protect the territory. Gold miners have been spotted close to Moxihatatea (uncontacted Yanomami). Above, one of the Moxihatatea communal houses, seen from the air. © Guilherme Gnipper Trevisan/FUNAI/Hutukara Miners appear to be exploiting the chaos caused by the coronavirus and have been emboldened by President Bolsonaro’s pro-mining stance, with an increase in Yanomami land destroyed by gold miners in March compared with February. President Bolsonaro has actively encouraged land invasions in indigenous territories and has introduced a bill to sell off their lands for logging, mining, ranching and farming. Survival’s Research and Advocacy Director Fiona Watson said today: “The ...
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Schools issue warning: Coronavirus testing and tracing are needed before campuses reopen 30.5.2020 LA Times: Health

coronavirus: California's largest school districts say fall reopening requires testing, contact tracing and more funding

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