Study Finds U.S. Methane Emissions Are Much Higher Than EPA Measure

December 27, 2013- A new study shows that U.S. emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas, may be 50 percent higher than federal estimates, a team of Harvard and other researchers reported recently. 

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OSHA Takes New Approach to Enforce Out-Of-Date Rules for Unhealthy Chemicals

December 23, 2013- The nation's top work-safety watchdog, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), limits how much ammonia, benzene and 470 or so other hazardous chemicals workers can be exposed to on the job. 

 

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Two Supreme Court Cases Challenge EPA’s Air Pollution Authority

December 19, 2013- The American government’s authority to regulate air pollution nationwide, often against the wishes of Republican-leaning states, could face new curbs when the Supreme Court takes on two high-stakes cases in coming months. 

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Laundered Shop Towels Come Clean About Dangerous Levels of Harmful Metals

December 18, 2013- A recent study reveals more evidence of a health risk associated with laundered shop towels in the workplace.

 

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Coverage of Climate Change Drops in The New York Times

December 16, 2013- The New York Times eliminated its green blog on climate change and dismantled its special reporting unit on the environment earlier this year. 

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U.N. Climate Chief: Coal Industry Reserves Should Be Grounded For Life

December 13, 2013- The United Nation's chief climate diplomat, Christiana Figueres, speaking on the sidelines of a recent U.N. climate conference in Poland, told a number of coal company CEOs that their industry needs to radically curb emissions of greenhouse gasses that are warming the planet, diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world's remaining coal reserves in the ground.

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Some People At Greater Risk For Toxic Exposure To Flame Retardants

December 11, 2013- Flame-retardant chemicals are everywhere, but a new study and a new film point to two groups of people whose exposure risk may be particularly high: firefighters exposed to toxic fumes and gymnasts who tumble into pits of foam blocks.

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12 Fish You Should Avoid

December 10, 2013- As oceans become more polluted and stocks of wild fish dwindle, it’s getting harder to know which fish are both safe and sustainable. “Good fish” lists can change yearly, when stocks rebound or get depleted, but there are certain fish that you should always avoid -- no matter what.

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California Leads The Way in Reducing Exposure to Lead

December 6, 2013- Efforts to reduce lead exposure are again making news. The California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) is recommending significant reductions to the state's, and OSHA's, permissible exposure limit (PEL) for air lead levels in a workplace environment.

 

 

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OSHA Proposes New Rule to Improve Tracking of Job Injuries and Illnesses

December 4, 2013- In early November, the OSHA issued a proposed rule that aims to improve workplace safety by electronically tracking job-related injuries and illnesses.

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Obama Proposes Reducing Biofuel Requirement

December 2, 2013- The Obama administration in November proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in America’s fuel supply for the first time, USA Today reported.

 

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