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Clean Power Plan Will Save Thousands of Lives Every Year

October 7, 2014 by David Doniger
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Clean Power Plan and Public Health

Researchers have published new estimates of how many lives can be saved each year by EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation’s 1500 fossil-fueled electric power plants. These first-time carbon limits can save the lives of 3,500 Americans each year in 2020 and thereafter.[read more]

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water

 

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

August 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo Water Crisis

Toledo residents could breathe a sigh a relief after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted. Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins, likely caused by Lake Erie algal blooms.[read more]

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Projected To Fail

July 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Pennsylvania Fracking Well Risk

A major new study finds that, as suspected, it is new, unconventional gas wells that are far more likely to leak heat-trapping — and tap-water igniting — methane than older, conventional wells. Study after study has found consistently higher methane leakage rates from natural gas production and distribution.[read more]

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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People like to breathe. Rich, poor, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old, young, Americans, people from other countries, all are united in the biological necessities of being human. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health

June 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Obama administration announced its proposal for working with states to set national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. By putting the brakes on this carbon pollution we stand to gain a great deal for better health and more climate-secure communities.[read more]

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

May 29, 2014 by Max Baumhefner
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California and Clean Air

Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a gallon of gas – to help make it happen.[read more]

New EPA Reports on Fracking Waste Don't Go Far Enough

April 6, 2014 by Amy Mall

The EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. There have been documented cases around the country where this dangerous waste has been released into the environment and endangered human health.[read more]

Mounting Evidence of Health Concerns Near Tar Sands Development

April 5, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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Addressing Health Concerns

Two studies have drawn attention to the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected.[read more]

Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

March 28, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Global Warming Effects

The recent MIT article, 'How the ocean reins in global warming,' points out how burying atmospheric heat deep in the ocean delays long-term global warming. Can we be anything but criminally negligent for not acting on this readily apparent knowledge?[read more]

New Report: 7 Million People Died from Air Pollution in 2012

March 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7 million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012. Unfortunately, this updated science indicates that air pollution problems worldwide are even worse than we previously thought.[read more]

Radiation, Pollution, and Radiophobia

March 20, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Radiation Risk

I found a book titled Nuclear Shadowboxing: Legacies and Challenges. It includes a fascinating appendix titled Radiation, Pollution and Radiophobia that should be required reading for people who are interested in understanding more about the health effects of low level radiation.[read more]

Healthy Doses of Radiation

March 19, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Radiation and Health

Doses of radiation that are lower than about 700 mGy/yr are more likely to reduce cancer incidence and increase life span than to decrease it. In other words, moderate radiation doses are good for you in the same way as moderate exercise is good for you.[read more]

Mounting Evidence that Tar Sands Activity is Causing Health Problems

March 1, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from California has connected the dots and is pointing to growing evidence that communities living near tar sands mining and drilling operations, pipelines, and refineries are showing serious health risks and problems.[read more]

Activism and Deception Underlie Weather Channel's Eagle Ford Shale Report

February 20, 2014 by Steve Everley

A report by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrityconcludes that shale development in south Texas is “releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air.” But shaky research underlying the report raises serious questions about the validity of those claims.[read more]