User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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Illinois students give Civil War vets 'their identity back' 28.5.2016 AP National
CHICAGO (AP) -- With more than a century of rain, wind, snow and pollution conspiring to erase what was once carved into a row of headstones, about the only thing anyone in the tiny north-central Illinois community of Odell knew of the men buried there was that they'd fought in the Civil War....
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For public officials, accountability for Exide lead contamination has been scant 28.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

California officials have talked tough about the contamination of up to 10,000 homes with lead from a battery recycling plant, calling it a regulatory failure, an environmental injustice and a public health disaster.

Yet accountability for years of pollution by Exide Technologies has been scant.

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New Zealanders to pay $20 for cigarette pack under tax plan 26.5.2016 AP Business
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Smokers in New Zealand will pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes under the government's budget plan released Thursday. Polluting industries will also get hit with higher taxes....
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Room for Debate: Should Overcrowded National Parks Have Restricted Access? 26.5.2016 NY Times: Editorials
Tourism is degrading popular natural sites with increased crowds, pollution and conflicts between humans and wildlife.
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New Zealanders to pay $20 for cigarette pack under tax plan 26.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Smokers in New Zealand will pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes under the government’s budget plan released Thursday. Polluting industries will also get hit with higher taxes. In its annual budget, the government forecasts that rising fiscal surpluses in coming years will allow it to begin paying down its […]
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Colorado coal industry collapse leaving mining towns unsure 25.5.2016 Durango Herald
SOMERSET – Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and seven miles deep into Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine.Shiny black rocks fell past his helmet as he secured the tunnel, doing a job that is fast disappearing in Colorado: taking coal from deep inside Earth and sending it...
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UW-led study pinpoints how air pollution harms your heart 25.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Dr. Joel Kaufman of the University of Washington led a 10-year study of 6,000 people in six cities that found air pollution accelerates deposits of calcium in heart arteries, a known cause of heart attack and stroke.
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Arizona business leaders say pollution from Utah is obstructing Grand Canyon views 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A coalition of Arizona businesses has joined the push for additional pollution controls at Utah’s Hunter and Huntington coal-fired power plants, a move they hope will influence the Environmental Protection Agency as the deadline for the agency’s decision on the matter looms. Fifty Arizona business owners sent a letter to the EPA last week, urging the agency to consider the impact of its decision on the Grand Canyon and surrounding communities, which, according to the letter, supports more than 7... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Bug poo is turning the Taj Mahal green, but scrubbing it off only makes matters worse. 24.5.2016 Washington Post
Bug poo is turning the Taj Mahal green, but scrubbing it off only makes matters worse.
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Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. waters 24.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Across Minnesota each summer, sky-blue waters transform into pea-green soup, a sign of possible toxins. It's happening more often -- and farther north -- than ever before, suggesting that climate change is a key player.
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From septics to sewers on Rainy Lake's south shore 23.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates that one in every five of the state's half-million septic systems is failing. Leaking sewage takes a heavy environmental toll, but across most of the state, it's an invisible problem.
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Saving Minnesota's polluted lakes takes science, political will 20.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The green scum that spreads across Minnesota's contaminated lakes each summer is the legacy of decades of pollution from cities and farms. Those lakes can be rescued, but it requires cooperation and compromise.
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London company raises $400M to electrify taxis 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Just days after London’s new mayor revealed plans to clamp down on the city’s toxic smog, the Chinese owner of the London Taxi Co. raised $400 million for a project to electrify its fleet of iconic black cabs. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., owner of the company that makes London’s iconic black cabs, secured $400 million through a green bond sale. The proceeds will finance development of the TX5, a hybrid battery-powered version of the classic 1958 FX4, unveiled in October during a state visit...
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This could be the last mine - Colorado clean coal in decline 15.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
SOMERSET —Coal miner Eric Sanchez bolted a grate across the top of a tunnel, 1,000 feet beneath a forest and 7 miles deep into Arch Coal's West Elk Mine.
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UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk 13.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, May 13 : More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), with populations in low-income cities the most at risk for respiratory diseases and other long-term health problem.
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Proposed Maryland power plant violates civil rights, rural Pr. George’s residents say 13.5.2016 Washington Post
Proposed Maryland power plant violates civil rights, rural Pr. George’s residents say
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Start your morning with a quick read of the day's top 10 stories 12.5.2016 Washington Post
Brazil president suspended; Zimmerman selling Trayvon gun; Scherzer joins baseball royalty are among the things you should know.
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The Daily 202: Jack Kemp’s ghost haunts Paul Ryan as he agonizes over Donald Trump 12.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Widespread agreement that almost everything about Trumpism would repulse the Speaker’s mentor
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Dangerous Bedfellows 11.5.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  In February 2015, a startling collection of strange political bedfellows assembled to promote mass-incarceration reform at all levels of government. The U.S., with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, incarcerates more than 20 percent of all prisoners. Sixty percent of the imprisoned are racial and ethnic minorities. Between 2001 and 2010, eight million people were arrested on marijuana charges; African Americans were 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession as whites. Fiscal and libertarian conservatives (Koch Industries, FreedomWorks, and Right on Crime) joined the group to emphasize the urgency of cutting prison spending, which is about $80 billion annually and unsustainable for many states, as well as the importance of freeing nonviolent offenders from government control. Liberals (the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Center for American ...
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Can India's Sacred But 'Dead' Yamuna River Be Saved? 11.5.2016 NPR News
The river enters Delhi relatively clean but by the time it flows out, it's a "toxic cocktail of sewage, industrial waste and surface runoff," says an environmentalist. Urbanization is partly to blame.
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