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On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Where We Were and Where We Are Going

Posted December 12, 2014 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. As part of the celebration, I participated in an event recently at the National Press Club to talk about the challenges ahead on dealing with emerging contaminants in...continued

Standing Up with Those Who Stand for Justice

Posted December 12, 2014 by Rhea Suh in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Working on environmental issues, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that communities of color too often suffer first, and suffer most, from pollution that poisons our waters and air, our communities, and our food. For people consigned to living on the...continued

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

Posted December 11, 2014 by Amanda Maxwell in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. Latin America and the Caribbean is the most urbanized region in the world, with 80 percent of its inhabitants living in cities. In...continued

DIRTY ENERGY INDUSTRY'S SOOTY PALM PRINTS ALL OVER MICHIGAN'S HB 5205

Posted December 10, 2014 by Patrick Kenneally in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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You know the quiet satisfaction you take when driving by a wind farm.  The awe at encountering human ingenuity and goodwill in the form of perfectly sculpted and pitched blades of over 100 feet garnering wind’s immense power with each...continued

New York Utilities to Get a Clean Energy Makeover

Posted December 10, 2014 by Raya Salter in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over 130 years after Edison’s incandescent light bulb, the way New York state gets its energy is fundamentally changing. And much of that change is centered around reforming the way the electric utilities—like Con Ed and LIPA—do business here. On...continued

Shedding Efficient Light on DOE Appliance Standards Program

Posted December 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Part 3 of a 3-Part Series Whether in a home, business, or factory, energy that is burned without benefit is a waste. Efficiency standards, such as those set for appliances and equipment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), prevent...continued

Dominoes falling: A year-in-review in the consumer movement for antibiotic-free meat

Posted December 9, 2014 by Sasha Stashwick in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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It’s been a banner year for the consumer movement demanding more responsible use of antibiotics in the meat industry and more antibiotic-free meat and poultry options in our grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. The average grocery store shopper isn’t waiting...continued

Looking for Good Food in LA? Head to the School Cafeteria!

Posted December 9, 2014 by Margaret Brown in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today, the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles voted to reaffirm the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) commitment to the Good Food Purchasing Policy — a significant and vital step in efforts to help improve the...continued

Major US Cities Not “Chickening” Out on Good School Food

Posted December 9, 2014 by Mark Izeman in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today, six of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando — announced they will seek to buy only antibiotic-free chicken for the nearly three million kids they serve in...continued

Counting On Energy Savings Is the Right Way To Go

Posted December 9, 2014 by Sierra Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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California is in the midst of reinventing its energy infrastructure for a number of reasons: massive amounts of clean renewable energy (like solar and wind) are coming online; the state’s second largest nuclear power plant recently retired; and a whole...continued

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