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DC Court of Appeals Upholds EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld EPA’s 2012 rule setting emission standards for coal and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units, denying the challenge from utilities and industry groups that EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act. The … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Rise in Beef Prices

The price of beef has risen to $5.28 per pound, the highest since 1987, reflecting both increased demand and record drought in the U.S.’s major cattle regions. As the climate warms, causing drought in the Southwest and Midwest, reduced crop … Continue reading

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Research Finds Correlation Between Arsenic and IQ Scores

According to a study recently published in Environmental Health, exposure to arsenic in drinking water, even at low levels, can cause cognitive impairment. Researchers from Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire followed 272 school children from three school … Continue reading

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A Last Call for Limits to Growth?

Following closely on the heels of the IPCC’s most recent publication on climate change (outlook: not good), Dartmouth College screened the film Last Call about the controversial 1972 book Limits to Growth. Limits to Growth explored the potential consequences of … Continue reading

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UN Panel Releases Report on the Impacts of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II released the most recent contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the second of three reports the IPCC will ultimately synthesize and release in December, 2014. Established in 1988 by … Continue reading

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill–25 Years Later

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground along the Bligh Reef, spilling an estimated 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil from the Prudhoe Bay oil field into the Prince William Sound–enough to fill 125 Olymplic … Continue reading

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West Virginia Responds to the Elk River Spill With SB373

At least nineteen lawsuits have been filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court in response to the January 9, 2014 chemical spill, where the company’s Charleston facility leaked MCHM into the Elk River. The claims, mainly filed on behalf of the … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Discusses Scientist Tyrone Hayes’ Research on Atrazine

The New Yorker recently published an article about Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1997, Hayes has focused his research on the health effects of exposure to atrazine, the most widely used herbicide in the … Continue reading

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Obama Visits Drought-Stricken California, Announces Climate Resilience Fund

During a recent visit to California, President Obama announced plans to help the farmers, small businesses, and communities that are being affected by the state’s drought. California is suffering through some of the driest years on record; nearly 99% of … Continue reading

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A Move Towards Transparency, or More of the Same?

Transparency and disclosure are regulatory buzz words, corresponding to demand for information about how the government makes decisions and the information used to justify those decisions. In an interesting turn of events, Republicans have begun to introduce or support bills … Continue reading

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