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Roots and reverence: 3 Hawaiian teenagers share hopes for a sustainable future 16.6.2018 GreenBiz.com
Unfiltered, youthful advice for corporate sustainable professionals and policy experts.
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Policy News: June 11, 2018 12.6.2018 EcoTone
ESA Policy News In This Issue: Proposed Alaskan Pebble Mine Could Threaten World’s Largest Salmon Fishery and Wetlands Army Corps of Engineers seeks public comments by June 29. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Holds First Meeting of 2018, Congress Signals Its Support SAB voted to review the EPA’s ‘secret science’ proposed rule. Congress House Appropriations Committee ...
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Where are they now? A status report on previous 30 Under 30s 4.6.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Now in its third year, our roundup of 30 inspiring young sustainability leaders wouldn't be complete without a look at what their earlier cohorts are doing today.
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Dayton vetoes wild rice bill, earning thanks from environmentalists 30.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have eliminated Minnesota's sulfate standard aimed at protecting wild rice.
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Informal Workers Make Cities Work for All: 3 Stories from Thailand, India and Colombia 29.5.2018 THE CITY FIX
Think of the delicious food stands in Southeast Asia, the street performers in Africa, the rickshaw driver in Bangladesh, and the invisible home-based workers who embroider garments and stitch shoes in India. What do they all have in common? They ...
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Why diversity in sustainability matters, and what you can do 23.5.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Here's what some are — and aren't — doing to fight whitewashing in the green movement.
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Spotlighting the bright business case for LED retrofits on Native American lands 18.5.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Beyond energy savings, these projects can illuminate opportunities for economic development.
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Yet Another Town Is Dealing With Lead Contamination 17.5.2018 Mother Jones
In northwest Indiana, it seems as if no city is safe from lead pollution. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the Environmental Protection Agency has found alarmingly high levels of lead in the soil in dozens of yards in Hammond and Whiting, Indiana, neighboring cities in the industrial sector of the state. The EPA is […]
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Is vasopressin what's lacking in the brains of those with autism? 3.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Researchers have found that male rhesus monkeys who tend to shun group play, mutual grooming and other social activities have a subtle thing in common with boys who have an autism spectrum disorder. In both cases, they have unusually low levels of a hormone called vasopressin.

Outside the brain,...

How to Keep Social Security Secure 2.5.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  For the last 35 years, official government projections have reported that Social Security will be unable to pay some scheduled benefits sometime in the middle third of this century. For almost as long, the Congressional Budget Office has annually warned that the overall federal budget is on an unsustainable trajectory. Conservatives, some of whom still yearn to roll back the New Deal and Great Society, point to these projections as support for their claim that we can no longer afford Social Security, Medicare, and other so-called “entitlements.” Their declared strategy involves sowing doubts about the sustainability of these programs and creating a coalition to scale back or replace them. So far, this campaign has enjoyed little legislative success, but the talk of crisis has made many people very nervous. Roughly two-thirds of the American public tell pollsters that Social Security is already in crisis or ...
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Rocky Flats may soon open for recreation, but the feds skipped a study on plutonium exposure and the risk it poses to cyclists and hikers, lawsuit says 2.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Environmental activists -- and an ex-FBI agent -- are trying to stop Rocky Flats from opening to recreational uses, arguing the federal government has not properly studied the potential risk of exposure to plutonium on the nearly 4,000 acre national wildlife refuge.
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Resisting the terror of cultural genocide at Muskrat Falls 26.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada On Monday, May 7, a rally and nonviolent direct action will take place on Parliament Hill in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are trying to stop an act of cultural genocide downstream of the massive Muskrat Falls mega-dam that experts predict will eventually cost $78 billion . Individuals trained in nonviolence will attempt to walk straight into the House of Commons and place on the desks of all 343 MPs pictures and testimonies from those at risk of methylmercury poisoning as well as mass drowning from a potential catastrophic dam break in Labrador. The gathering is in response to a call from the Labrador Land Protectors, who write: "This battle for our very lives can no longer be waged alone. Most of us in Labrador cannot go to Ottawa. We need your voices to help expose the major tragedy unfolding that there is still time to stop. Ensure the federal government sees our faces, hears our voices, and acts on our ...
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The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned 26.4.2018 LA Times: Environment

Lupe Perez knows the soil outside her Boyle Heights apartment is contaminated with lead. But it’s not easy keeping her 3-year-old daughter away from a yard riddled with the brain-damaging poison.

“I try to tell her not to touch the dirt or play with the dirt, but, I mean, she’s going to step on...

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Does Minnesota need Line 3? Pipeline plan tests state's environmental-business balance 24.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
State regulators are weighing whether to let Enbridge Energy build a new high-volume oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The company says the new line is vital to the nation's energy needs and will be strong and safe. Environmentalists say it's a disaster waiting to happen. Is there a middle ground?
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You’ll Probably Never Save as Many Lives as This Guy Who Got the Philippines to Stop Using Lead Paint 24.4.2018 Mother Jones
While the United States effectively banned lead-based paint in 1978, in many developing countries—even after decades of research showing how lead is linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, and other health effects in children—the element is still abundantly applied in paint products, with lead concentrations sometimes up to 100 times higher than what’s permitted in […]
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An Oil Company Faced Pushback About Fracking Near a Charter, So It Moved Next to a Low-Income Public School 17.4.2018 Mother Jones
In one of the most fracked counties in the country, a fight is underway between environmental justice advocates and the Colorado commission that oversees oil and gas development. Four environmental and civil rights groups are suing the commission for allowing a company to build 24 oil and gas wells by a public school in a low-income area—after the […]
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Reviving the Fair Housing Act at 50 11.4.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Noah Berger) Protesters outside Twitter's San Francisco headquarters on November 7, 2013. On April 11, 1968—50 years ago today—Lyndon Johnson signed the federal Fair Housing Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing units. The act, passed in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, represented a major advance for human freedom and racial justice. While discrimination in housing remains a problem, the act enabled many middle-class African Americans to move out of segregated high-poverty neighborhoods. The black/white residential dissimilarity index (where zero is perfect integration and 100 is apartheid) declined from 79 in 1970 to 59 in 2010. The bad news, however, is that local governments have frustrated the Fair Housing Act by adopting “exclusionary zoning” laws that discriminate based on income—and disproportionately affect people of color. These ordinances limit housing to single-family homes and ban apartment buildings or other multifamily ...
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Why New Social Movements Are Different 6.4.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/David Goldman) Protesters march at Oceti Sakowin camp, where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on December 4, 2016. In mid-March, a Canadian alliance of First Nation tribes led protests in British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. This action followed other indigenous protests in Canada and the United States over the past few years, over Keystone XL, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the Bayou Bridge. One of the most widely covered of these protests, the anti-DAPL demonstrations at Standing Rock, was led by the Standing Rock Sioux, which unfolded in tandem with their lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. Under President Obama, the Corps finally denied an easement for the construction of the pipeline. With little apparent care for the Sioux’s concerns, President Trump promptly reversed that move. But one defeat could not stop indigenous protesters. From Alaska and Canada to the ...
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Koch network growing frustrated with the GOP’s 2018 agenda 6.4.2018 Washington Post
Billionaires Charles and David Koch still plan to spend $300 million to $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. But they’re growing impatient and signaling a willingness to work more closely with Democrats on areas of common ground.
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Economic inclusion becomes a sustainability imperative 5.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Leveling the sustainability playing field yields stronger systems and lasting prosperity, in cities, major corporations and beyond.
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