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    U.S. Supreme Court scraps arguments in Medicaid work case Plaskett responds to House Republican for saying Black Lives Matter doesnt like the old-fashioned family OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The stars of the “Diesel Brothers” reality TV show have been ordered to pay nearly $1 million in legal fees on top of $848,000 in previous...
    By Deborah Kyvrikosaios ATHENS (Reuters) - Tucked between rows of apartment blocks on an Athens street, a strip of green with a few trees, some plants and a bench offers a breathing space in the surrounding crush of concrete. The Greek capital has started creating "pocket parks", transforming small plots once ridden with garbage and...
    DENVER (CBS4)– More than 400 students gathered for a virtual rally on Wednesday that focused on pollution. The rally was in support of a bill that would phase out plastic containers in Colorado. The bill would eventually ban single-use plastic and foam packaging in stores and restaurants. (credit: iStock/Getty) READ MORE: Colorado Leaders...
    A BBC film crew has recorded heartbreaking footage of a once-beautiful coral reef in the Philippines choked with floating PPE equipment and discarded surgical masks. Today on BBC News… Divers find Philippine coral reef littered with blue surgical face masks (the single-use ones popular during the Covid-19 pandemic). https://t.co/eY8jqfHtGQ THREAD 1/10 pic.twitter.com/CPwQEJR0ah — Howard Johnson...
    In France, air pollution is the third leading cause of premature death after alcohol and tobacco. If pollution peaks are more and more frequent, city dwellers were able to take the measure of the phenomenon during the first confinement, when the significant decrease in nitrogen oxides made the air more breathable, despite the still...
    Imagine the building blocks of our oceans’ food webs being under threat. Imagine the food sources for both tiny fish and massive whales being killed off. Imagine entire ecosystems being thrown off balance because the primary source of nutrition and energy on which they’re built is being assaulted by a combination of climate change and...
    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The stars of the “Diesel Brothers” reality TV show have been ordered to pay nearly $1 million in legal fees on top of $848,000 in previous penalties over pollution law violations. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby of Utah ruled Jan. 26 that David “Heavy D” Sparks and Joshua “Redbeard” Stuart must...
    When Chiara Geroldi removes her makeup at night, you can see the contamination that comes off with it. Your deck is full of dust that needs to be swept constantly, and your hair gets dirty faster when you’re outside. “Bergamo is a very polluted area,” says Geroldi, 50, who works as a clerk. “It is...
    By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) - Earlier this month, Loren Hughes, a longtime resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands, noticed specks of an oily substance covering his home, as well as those owned by his neighbors. For Hughes, 46, it brought back memories of the last time St. Croix's long-idled refinery was operating, roughly a decade...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — We know the smoke from wildfires is bad. Now we know more about how bad it is. A new study released Friday shows wildfire smoke is much more hazardous than other common forms of air pollution. Tom Corringham Ph.D. and fellow researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego...
    Bloomberg Opinion columnist David Fickling noted Wednesday that while China makes all sorts of grandiose promises about reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2060, it was the only major economic power in the world that increased pollution in 2020. That analysis came from a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released Tuesday, which found...
    Choking smoke from record wildfires blanketed Northern California last summer and fall. It turned Bay Area skies an otherworldly orange, raising health concerns over a hazard that is increasing as temperatures continue to climb and poorly managed forests burn out of control each year across the West. With this winter being extraordinarily dry, the chances...
    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The city of La Crosse filed a lawsuit Thursday against a host of chemical manufacturers that produced firefighting foam linked to groundwater contamination around the city’s airport. Tests have revealed at least 40 wells around the airport on French Island are contaminated with man-made chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals...
    The court said the UK has failed to keep pollution as low as possible – REUTERS The UK has “systematically and persistently” broken air pollution laws, the European Court of Justice has said in its first ruling against the UK since Brexit. Britain could face a fine from the EU after it did not adhere...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation that’s the product of Idaho's hundreds of thousands of cows and the 50 million pounds (23 million kilograms) of cow manure they produce daily. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to send to the full Senate the bill...
    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The city of La Crosse filed a lawsuit Thursday against a host of chemical manufacturers that produced firefighting foam linked to groundwater contamination around the city's airport. Tests have revealed at least 40 wells around the airport on French Island are contaminated with man-made chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals...
    Nearly all farm animals — 99 percent — are raised on one of the 20,000 factory farms located in the United States. That includes an estimated 29 million cows that go through the factory farm system every single year. These “factory farms” or “CAFO”s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are minimally regulated due to ag-gag laws, which...
    By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up in waterways as a first step toward solving the problem, officials said Wednesday. The project enables “citizen scientists" using a...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a $14.25 million civil penalty Tuesday in an 11-year-old lawsuit alleging it violated the Clean Air Act for eight years at its flagship Baytown, Texas, refinery. In setting the penalty, which would go to the U.S. Treasury, U.S. District Judge David Hittner of Houston...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a $14.25 million civil penalty Tuesday in an 11-year-old lawsuit alleging it violated the Clean Air Act for eight years at its flagship Baytown, Texas, refinery. In setting the penalty, which would go to the U.S. Treasury, U.S. District Judge David Hittner of Houston...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State regulators filed a lawsuit Monday accusing a Nebraska ethanol plant of repeatedly failing to comply with their orders to clean up wastewater and old, pesticide-laced seed corn. The lawsuit comes amid growing complaints about the AltEn plant near Mead, a town of fewer than 600...
    By Travis Loller | Associated Press When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged...
    The amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface has been fluctuating for decades, and a new study supports the idea that human activity is to blame, reveals Science Alert. As reported in this medium, in the late 1980s, researchers first noticed a constant decrease or in various parts of the world, including a...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has launched a program encouraging restaurants to reduce the use of plastic. To take part, restaurants have to commit to study their plastic use and seek alternatives when possible. For example, they could offer to-go plastic cutlery by request. The aquarium will provide training and tips. Roughly 22 million...
    By TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged communities...
    Anna Moneymaker/CNP via Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Many of President Joe Biden’s promises for tackling unchecked climate pollution come down to nailing down one obscure economic metric. It’s called the social cost of carbon,...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has sent investigators to Greece to inspect a ship suspected of causing an oil spill that has covered much of Israel's shoreline with tar, the Environment Protection Ministry said on Saturday. Israel has been looking at a spill from a ship that passed about 50 km (30 miles) offshore on Feb....
    Environmentalists may have cheered when President Biden pulled the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline, but his decision is sparking concerns of a greater calamity down the tracks as the risks associated with transporting Canadian crude oil by rail start to pile up. "Biden is trying to be a 'green' hero, but if he...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration wants to place 40% of the benefits in clean energy into communities that have “been hurt by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy” and have suffered from pollution. Granholm said, “[T]he Biden administration wants to put 40% of...
    Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state — and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools — under a bill in the state’s General Assembly. HB33, the Climate Crisis and Education Act, cross-filed with SB76, would require the state to reduce its carbon...
    By MADISON HUNT of Capital News Service Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state — and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools — under a bill in the state’s General Assembly. HB33, the Climate Crisis and Education Act, cross-filed with SB76, would...
    We might think that any strategy that helps reduce pollution and fighting climate change is good. And if it goes through plant shrubsWhat could be wrong? Because according to a recent study, one of these shrubs helps reduce pollution considerably in high traffic areas. But it has a serious problem: it is an...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is being sued over its enforcement of environmental protection laws. The state's largest industry lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and an Oconomowoc dry cleaner have filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court seeking to block the DNR from requiring cleanup of unregulated “emerging contaminants,”...
    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in air that has even low levels of pollution poses a threat to older adults' heart and lungs, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed medical records of more than 63 million Medicare patients from 2000 to 2016. They found that long-term...
    Long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution can increase the risk of heart and lung disease, a new US study reveals.  Researchers used the addresses of 63 million US adults aged 65 and older to assess their exposure to particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3). Pollution exposure was then compared to whether they...
    Fine particles, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, these pollutants poison the air we breathe. Studies on the impact of deteriorating air quality are, year after year, more and more alarming. In France, it is 48,000 premature deaths per year, 9% of annual mortality, up to 2 years of life expectancy less. Figures...
    The arctic freeze in Texas caused refineries to release tons of pollutants into the air last week, Reuters reported Sunday. Reuters reports that refineries and petrochemical plants rushed to shut down as freezing temperatures spread out across the state and impacted the power and natural gas supplies needed to run the plants. The shutdowns resulted in...
    By Laura Sanicola and Erwin Seba NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this week, according to figures provided to the state, as one environmental crisis triggered another. Refiners and petrochemical plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast scrambled to shut production as an...
    Dogs have turned pink in a former chemical weapons-making city in Russia where there was a recent case of seven blue strays. The incidents were in Dzerzhinsk, one of the world's worst polluted locations. An expert who examined the strays said their colouring — and poo — had both turned blue. A first video of...
    New York : You can see everything on the NYC Subway Photo: ANDRÉS CORREA GUATARASMA Researchers from New York University (NYU) concluded that users and workers of subway public transport in New York City have been exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution. The study, published last week in the...
    Air pollution killed 54,000 people in New Delhi, India’s national capital, last year, Greenpeace Southeast Asia revealed in a study published Thursday. “Delhi sustained an estimated 54,000 avoidable deaths due to PM2.5 [fine particulate matter] air pollution in 2020, or one death per 500 people,” the report stated. Exposure to PM2.5 – fine particulate matter measuring smaller...
    New York : For: Andrea Marpillero-Colomina February 19, 2021 It is not a coincidence that Latinx communities in the United States are more likely to breathe dangerous air. Decades of racist and myopic government policies have allowed highways to divide our neighborhoods, trucks to flood our streets, and polluting industries to transform...
    Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission asked the state on Tuesday to delay its entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative slated for next year. The nonpartisan review board said too many questions remain about the program’s purported environmental and health benefits, as well as its impact on the economy and the overall cost it...
    Air pollution is related to a increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes progressive and irreversible loss of vision, according to a large long-term study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. If these findings are confirmed, they could pave the way for new treatment options, the researchers say. AMD is...
    Humans have waged a 'suicidal' war on nature, the head of the United Nations declared yesterday. Antonio Guterres warned about the triple threat to the world from high pollution levels, climate change and loss of biodiversity in a report. The UN Secretary-General said: 'Humanity is waging war on nature. This is senseless and suicidal.  'The consequences...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli officials said Thursday that a dead whale has washed up on a beach south of Tel Aviv. David Halfon of the Nature and Parks Authority said the animal was a fin whale calf about half the size of an adult, which can grow to more than 20 meters (about...
    Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says. Unlike past U.N. reports that focused on one issue and avoided telling leaders actions to take, Thursday’s report combines...
    BY SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says. Unlike past U.N. reports that focused on one issue and avoided telling leaders...