User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-National
Category: Environmental Justice :: Impacts
Last updated: Feb 21 2019 20:31 IST RSS 2.0
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Toxic Black Snow Blankets Siberia's Coal Mining Region 21.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Eerie images shared online show the shocking impact of coal mining.
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues L.A. over Hollywood project 21.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Critics of a vast new development in Hollywood are suing the city, arguing that it violated the California Environmental Quality Act and other laws when city leaders gave the green light for the Crossroads Hollywood project.

The Los Angeles City Council voted last month to approve the planned project,...

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Solar for schools and 9 other state environmental budget items to watch 21.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Gov. Tim Walz's budget proposal mostly maintains environmental programs, but there are some changes, such as a tax credit for farmers who install buffers along waterways and new spending on strategies to reduce food waste.
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Daily Digest: The Walz budget 20.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A roundup of the day's top stories from politics and government.
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Essential California: The EPA embraces a scientist claiming some pollution is good for you 20.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 20, and here’s what’s happening across California:


Research claiming that low-dose exposure to toxic chemicals is good for humans could help shape Environmental Protection Agency policy. This disputed...

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Air Purifiers Could Be Contaminating Water Instead 20.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Thanks to pollution, purifiers are a billion-dollar business.
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A Complete Bucket List of Places to Find Peace & Quiet 20.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Unplug and de-stress in these scenic, beautiful places where no phones are ringing and you can truly switch off and reconnect with yourself.
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Today: The Toxic Defender 19.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A scientist’s disputed theory that low doses of toxic chemicals are good for people could become U.S. policy.


The Toxic Defender

Are low levels of pollution and radiation good for you? For decades, Massachusetts toxicologist Ed Calabrese has agitated for a public health standard suggesting...

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The VW scandal leads to a path to healthier cities 19.2.2019 Design & Innovation |
It was the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history. How can it have the most impact?
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Halting HIV by 2030 is a challenge. Here’s why it’s especially tough in the South 17.2.2019 LA Times: Nation

By midmorning, a line snaked out the door of AID Atlanta’s Midtown clinic. It was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the waiting room was packed with people — a worker in an orange safety vest, a mother cradling a toddler, a man in a navy suit — waiting to be tested.

Downstairs, Ted Krug,...

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Gavin Newsom pushes for new ties with Mexico as Trump fights to build wall 17.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

As President Trump pushes Mexico further away, declaring a national emergency to force the construction of a wall along the border, Gov. Gavin Newsom and California lawmakers have made clear they want to draw the country closer.

Along with a commitment to reopen a trade office in Mexico City, the...

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Long-delayed introduction of pharmacare should be top priority in this election 15.2.2019 - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn When the government of Saskatchewan pioneered public health care in Canada in 1962, it covered the two main components of such a system: the services of physicians and hospitals. When other provinces, and finally the federal government, later extended medicare to the national level, it was still confined to these two admittedly important but insufficient-on-their-own benefits. Tommy Douglas, the main proponent of public health care in Canada, always envisioned this two-pronged program as just the first step toward complete health care coverage. His ultimate goal was to have prescription drugs, dental, vision, and other important services added to the system, as they already were in most countries in Europe. If those countries could afford such comprehensive care, he reasoned, so could Canada. More than half a century later, however, his vision of providing Canadians with all-inclusive health care remains unfulfilled. The biggest gap, of course, is the lack of universal public drug insurance. One ...
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Diapers, Menstrual Pads and Tampons Are Full of Toxic Chemicals 15.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Many women don't consider how feminine hygiene products are made. If the brand says cotton on the label, most automatically think it's safe. Since feminine hygiene products are classified as medical devices, companies do not have to release materials used in the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only regulates tampon absorbency, so all must meet the same guidelines.

Two crises in one: As drug use rises, so does syphilis 15.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Public health officials grappling with record-high syphilis rates around the nation have pinpointed what appears to be a major risk factor: drug use.

“Two major public health issues are colliding,” said Dr. Sarah Kidd, a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead...

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L.A. Planning Commission backs new hotel, housing development near USC 15.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A Los Angeles city commission backed plans Thursday for a new complex with hundreds of hotel rooms, shops, restaurants and housing near USC, overriding opponents who complained it would drive out longtime tenants and destroy a historic district.

The Fig would bring seven-story buildings to a 4.4-acre...

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Military families in privatized housing 'afraid to come forward,' survey says 14.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Military Family Advisory Network gathered responses from families in 46 states. It concluded that residents' complaints were ignored and fear of retaliation on service members' careers persisted.
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Arsenic in Your Fruit Juice? Tests Say Yes. 14.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Are there heavy metals lurking in your fruit juice?

Yes, according to a recent analysis by Consumer Reports (CR). CR tested 45 fruit juices in four popular flavors—apple, grape, pear and fruit blends—sold in the U.S. and found “elevated levels” of arsenic, cadmium and lead.

The levels were “concerning,” according to CR. Even more worrisome? Toxic heavy metals were found in nearly half of the juices tested.

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Strength in solutions: Emerging Leaders in sustainability see hope in just, equitable transition 13.2.2019
These individuals are pushing past barriers to fight climate change and pursue sustainable careers.
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Why the Green New Deal Needs to Include Fair Prices for Farmers 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The GND twin resolutions, introduced February 7, 2019, call for all Americans to have access to healthy food, clean water and clean air. The GND also proposes to provide “economic security,” jobs and good wages to all who want to participate in the new green economy.

For consumers, healthy food (and clean water and clean air, for that matter) mean transitioning away from an industrial agriculture model that poisons our food and pollutes our environment.

For farmers, any promise of “economic security” must include the return to an economic agriculture model based on providing farmers a fair price for the products they produce—or as the agriculture industry calls it, “parity pricing.” Only then, will the GND fulfill its promise to clean up our food system, clean up our environment and provide a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”

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Heading south: Warming to change how U.S. cities feel in 2080 13.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds.
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