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Re: Pollution
« Reply #90 on: July 12, 2014, 05:39:20 pm »
 
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8 Summertime Woes That Will Only Get Worse With Climate Change  :( >:(

EcoWatch | July 1, 2014 2:46 pm

With the Forth of July upon us, summer is in full swing, the dog days are heating up and today, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) released a fact sheet on eight summertime woes that will only get worse with climate change.

NRDC’s fact sheet also includes tips that individuals—as well as the nation—can take to ease the misery, highlighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

NRDC’s tip sheet highlights the following summertime blues:

1. Heat waves

2. Bad air alert days

3. Ticks and mosquitoes

4. Poison ivy

5. Sneezing and wheezing

6. Food-borne illness

7. Dangerous swimming conditions

8. Ruined visits to national parks and landmarks


“Across America, climate change already is super-charging summer, and with hotter days we’re seeing more risks to our health and happiness,” said Peter Altman, director of NRDC’s Climate Campaign. “We can ease these warm-day woes today, but it would be wrong to doom tomorrow’s families and children to even more heat waves, code red air alerts, disease-carrying ticks, poison ivy rashes, stomach illnesses and degraded national landmarks. That’s not a future they deserve.”


Without stronger action on climate change, the summers that lie ahead could very well be unbearable. NRDC’s tip sheet—co-written by two contributing authors to the National Climate Assessment—hopes to help us beat the heat, now and in the future.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/01/8-summertime-woes-worse-with-climate-change/

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/06/petition-president-obama-be-delivered-september-demand-liberty-fossil-fuels-through-10
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #91 on: July 17, 2014, 03:39:33 pm »
 
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For Immediate Release, July 14, 2014

Contact: Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 436-9682 x 318

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Air Quality in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that North Carolinians are protected from lead and ozone air pollution. The EPA has failed to make sure the state has a plan in place to meet Clean Air Act standards formalized eight years ago for lead and ozone pollution, which pose serious threats to public health and ecosystems.

“From the highest peaks of the Smoky Mountains to the beaches of the Outer Banks, clean air is the primary building block for healthy ecosystems and strong communities,” said Jonathan Evans, toxics and endangered species campaign director at the Center. “The EPA needs to take steps right now to implement the Clean Air Act to save lives and protect the environment in North Carolina.”

North Carolina elected officials have become increasingly hostile to federal clean-air laws. On Dec. 26 the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources under Gov. Pat McCrory sued the EPA to loosen air-quality requirements related to dangerous soot called particulate matter. The state legislature introduced the Regulatory Reform Act (Senate Bill 734), which included a requirement that the state eliminate the majority of its 132 air-quality monitors that help ensure clean-air requirements are being met. 

“It’s shameful that the elected officials of North Carolina are working at the beck and call of polluters  :evil4: to roll back clean-air protections for the state,”
said Evans. “Clear skies, healthy families and clean ecosystems shouldn’t be bargained away for the next campaign contribution or Tea Party vote.”

The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to identify and set “National Ambient Air Quality Standards” for pollutants such as lead and ozone, both of which cause harm to people, especially sensitive populations such as children and the elderly, and to ecosystems. In North Carolina alone, more than 860,000 people have illnesses like asthma and pulmonary disease that may be the result of ozone pollution and can be exacerbated by the pollutant. Despite improvements in air quality since the state enacted the Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002, regions such as the Charlotte metropolitan area still violate the minimum air-quality standards for ozone.

Background
Lead, which does not break down in the environment, is an extremely toxic element that threatens human health, especially that of children. It disrupts their development, causing slow growth, development defects and damage to the brain and nervous system. Ecosystems near lead sources experience decreases in biodiversity, ecosystem production, and increases in invasive species. Many scientific studies have also expressed concern about sublethal effects of atmospheric lead on wildlife.

Ground-level ozone leads to public health problems, particularly in children and adults with lung disease. Ozone reduces lung function, increases respiratory problems like asthma, increases visits to emergency rooms, and can lead to premature death. Repeated exposure to ozone during the growing season damages vegetation and ecosystems. Cumulative ozone exposure can lead to reduced tree growth; visibly injured leaves; and increased susceptibility to disease, damage from insects and harsh weather. Sensitive plant species that are at risk from ozone exposure include trees such as black cherry, quaking aspen, ponderosa pine and cottonwood.

For more on the dangers of lead click here (at link below).

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 775,000 members and supporters dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places
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http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/lead-ozone-07-14-2014.html
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #92 on: July 17, 2014, 03:54:11 pm »
For Immediate Release, July 17, 2014

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Contact: Mollie Matteson, (802) 318-1487

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Hudson River, Endangered Wildlife From Massive Increase in
 Dangerous Crude Oil Shipments 
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NEW YORK— Responding to a massive increase in shipments of highly explosive crude oil along the Hudson River, the Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update their oil-spill plans to ensure that spill-response activities do not harm the many endangered species dependent on the river. The lawsuit, filed under the Endangered Species Act, identifies 17 federally protected endangered species, including Atlantic sturgeon, sea turtles and piping plovers that, like the millions of people living along the river, are threatened by the increased risk of spills.

“With little public scrutiny or input, there’s been a massive increase in transport of highly flammable crude oil by rail and barge, which puts communities, rivers and wildlife in danger,” said Mollie Matteson, a senior scientist at the Center. “We need a spill-response plan that actually protects residents and the precious endangered wildlife of the Hudson and northeast coast — animals like the Atlantic sturgeon, red knot and loggerhead sea turtle. We have to take immediate action to make sure these rare and marvelous creatures aren’t casualties of a reckless industry.”

The amount of crude oil being brought by rail to the port of Albany and then barged down the Hudson to East Coast refineries has jumped from essentially nothing, two years ago, to close to 3 billion gallons a year. The recent history of fiery derailments across North America indicates the urgency of addressing this growing threat to the environment from the rapid increase in oil trains. The U.S. Coast Guard and EPA, lead agencies on the region’s spill-response plan, have not completed required Endangered Species Act consultation to keep up with rapid increases of crude oil cargos from North Dakota and the potential impacts of oil-spill response measures.

“Oil trains pose an enormous danger we can’t overlook,” said Matteson. “Further shipments into Albany and along the Hudson River should be stopped until there’s an adequate plan in place to deal with the spills that are almost certain to occur.”

Since last year a series of fiery oil-train derailments have occurred in the United States and Canada, including a wreck of a 72-tank-car train last year in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec that killed 47 people and incinerated part of the small tourist town. The most recent explosive derailment, on April 30, occurred in downtown Lynchburg, Va., where the James River was set on fire by oil leaking out of punctured tank cars. These accidents pose serious threats to endangered species as well as human communities, and the potential response measures, including the use of dispersants, burning the spilled oil and booming of oil, can directly affect protected species and their critical habitat.

The Hudson River has become a major conduit for crude shipped from the rapidly expanding oil fields of North Dakota and eastern Montana to East Coast refineries. In the wake of explosive derailments and mounting evidence that “Bakken” oil from North Dakota is unusually volatile and dangerous, the federal Department of Transportation has issued a series of safety advisories and called for voluntary reforms from the railroad and oil industries. But the agency has not enacted stronger regulations, despite warnings for years from transportation safety experts, including the National Transportation Safety Board, that tank cars are prone to puncture and rail routes, running through the heart of cities and towns across the country, are ill-placed for shipment of hazardous, volatile materials. 

The Center’s lawsuit identifies 17 federally protected endangered species, including shortnose sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, sea turtles, whales, roseate tern and piping plover, that are threatened not only by the increased risk of spills from oil trains, barges and tanker ships, but by response measures that often do more harm than good.

The Coast Guard and EPA have never completed formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service on the potential impact of oil-spill response on the protected species. 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated that oil-spill responses can sometimes be as harmful to wildlife as the original spill; the use of chemical dispersants and burning of spilled oil, in particular, proved to be lethal to numerous marine species, protected sea turtles among them. The Center's complaint seeks to ensure that these mistakes are not repeated in the Hudson River region.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 775,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/crude-oil-transport-07-17-2014.html

More EXTERNALIZED costs courtesy of the FOSSIL FUEL FORKS! I'm glad to see another lawsuit addressing this MURDER of a part of our biosphere for short term profit.
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Re: Pollution from Pipelines 1986-2013
« Reply #93 on: July 17, 2014, 07:45:55 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog&feature=player_embedded

Many excellent and revealing graphics at link. See what exactly has caused the deaths, injuries and environmental damage:  >:(

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/americas_dangerous_pipelines/index.html
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw_Gv4K-uJ8&feature=player_embedded
More EXTERNALIZED COSTS in the deadly service of fossil fuel short term profits.  >:(
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #96 on: July 21, 2014, 07:48:44 pm »

http://viewrz.com/video/impact-on-the-environment
In less than 2 minutes, this video says what Words cannot express...
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #97 on: July 26, 2014, 09:27:32 pm »
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #98 on: July 27, 2014, 12:16:24 am »
How Dangerous is Air Pollution?   ???

Air pollution is even more dangerous than smoking in terms of causing cancer, according to 2013 conclusions from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC). Outdoor air pollution as a whole is considered a carcinogen more harmful than cigarette smoking because of the unavoidable nature of breathing in polluted air on a regular basis from sources such as power plants, transportation, and agricultural and industrial emissions. Air pollution caused approximately 3.2 million deaths in 2010, including 223,000 from lung cancer, according to estimates from WHO.

More about air pollution:

•Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution were found to be 22% more likely to have premature babies, according to a research study of European women from 1994 through 2011.

•WHO estimates that about 25% of all stroke deaths worldwide are attributed to indoor air pollution, such as burning solid fuels indoors for heat or cooking.

•Over 65,000 Americans are estimated to have heart attacks or other cardiac events as a result of exposure to air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-dangerous-is-air-pollution.htm

MORE "EXTERNALIZED" costs for the "profitable" Fossil Fuel Marquis de Sades  >:(  :(
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #99 on: July 27, 2014, 11:57:06 pm »
The Vatican is on the right track!

Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution


By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY 
 
(Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.

The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican's number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance, spoke of modern evils.

Asked what he believed were today's "new sins," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics.

"(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control," he said.

The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.

Girotti, in an interview headlined "New Forms of Social Sin," also listed "ecological" offences as modern evils.


In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has become progressively "green".

It has installed photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.  :emthup: :icon_mrgreen:

Girotti, who is number two in the Vatican "Apostolic Penitentiary," which deals with matter of conscience, also listed drug trafficking and social and economic injustices as modern sins.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/03/10/us-pope-sins-idUSL109602320080310

How about that! Those fish eaters (West Point cadet slang for Catholics) actually beat the Druids!  ;D
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #100 on: July 28, 2014, 12:17:24 am »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2QrBziPHJw&feature=player_embedded
Thank God for a pope than CAN ADD AND SUBTRACT!   
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Styrofoam Listed As Human Carcinogen
« Reply #101 on: July 30, 2014, 07:15:29 pm »
  Styrofoam Listed As Human Carcinogen
SustainableBusiness.com News

Every time a town or city tries to ban take-out styrene (styrofoam) containers there's pushback, but research provides fresh evidence about this problematic, unnecessary material.

The US National Toxicology Program has decided to list styrene conservatively as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." We've long known that cancer rates are higher in and near styrene manufacturing plants, but it can also leach into hot foods from cups, plates and clamshells. 

 Yuck!



Scientists say the listing is supported by "limited but credible" evidence of carcinogenicity in human studies, "sufficient" evidence from animal studies, and "convincing relevant information" in studies that observe DNA damage in human cells exposed to styrene.   

It's also linked to vision and hearing loss, impaired memory and concentration, and nervous system issues. Then there's the environmental problem - it never degrades and is rarely recycled.

The substance is of interest because it's so widespread. Besides being the key ingredient in styrofoam, it's used to make a raft of products: plastic containers (look for #6 on the bottom), refrigerator lining, insulation, carpet, latex paint, synthetic rubber and construction materials like pipes, fittings, and lighting fixtures. You can also be exposed to it from cigarette smoke, vehicle exhaust and as a by-product of incinerating products that contain it. 

 One of NYC Mayor Bloomberg's last actions was to ban Styrofoam - which the city tosses out 23,000 tons of each year - and Seattle did so years ago. Recently, Portland, Maine  followed suit. McDonald's is finally phasing it out and Dell ditched it in favor of mushroom packaging awhile ago. Leading sports arenas no longer allow it; six of the biggest public school districts in the US are transitioning to compostable dishware and hospitals are also moving away from it.

Not surprisingly, the ubiquitous product remains common because of industry lobbying.

Learn more about styrene:

 
Website: http://saferchemicals.org/2014/05/26/styrene-and-styrofoam-101-2/

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25841
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #102 on: July 31, 2014, 01:37:41 am »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VgSMrZP9rk&feature=player_embedded


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Re: Pollution
« Reply #103 on: August 04, 2014, 10:24:39 pm »
Taxpayers Clean Up Corporate Pollution, Is That Right?  ???
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