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Stream Buffer Rule = Cleaner Water, Little Cost

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The 2013 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy committed the state to an ambitious goal of reducing phosphorus pollution from so-called nonpoint sources – mostly farm operations – by 29 percent, and nitrogen pollution by 41 percent. The science assessment that accompanied the strategy concluded that the simple step of putting 35-foot-wide grass strips between waterways and adjacent cropland could cut phosphorus runoff by 18 percent and nitrogen pollution by 7 percent. Enacting a streamside buffer standard would affect only a handful of landowners and an almost undetectable effect on land in row crop production. Requiring a 35-foot buffer would affect only 8 percent of landowners and convert only 0.05 percent of corn and soybean acres in those counties.

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EPA Report Warns of Economic Impact of Climate Change

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A report released Monday by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency analyzes the economic costs of a changing climate across 20 sectors of the American economy.

The report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” found that global policy to curb climate change could prevent 12,000 deaths from extreme heat and cold. the report also found that the U.S. could face up to $180 billion in economic losses due to drought and water shortages by the end of the century.

This report comes as President Obama is trying to build political support both at home and abroad for an ambitious climate change agenda. The President hopes to make the case that long-term economic benefits of taking action on climate change will outweigh the short and medium-term costs.

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You can find the full EPA report here.

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New Report says Risk of Extreme Weather from Climate Change to Rise

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More people will be exposed to floods, droughts, heat waves and other extreme weather associated with climate change over the next century than previously thought, according to a new report in the British medical journal The Lancet.

Professor Peter Cox, one of the authors of the report, said that this report was the first large-scale effort to quantify the effects that different types of extreme weather would have on people. This is a attempt to move away from thinking of climate change as an atmospheric or natural habitat problem, but rather a problem for people.

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You can read the full report, “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health,” here.

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EPA Can Map Environmental Justice Communities – Can They Stop The Poisoning?

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Today we know how to identify Environmental Justice communities but what is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doing to relieve their community burdens? A new mapping tool created by the EPA, called EJSCREEN was recently released. This tool is great for academia or researchers but how does it help environmentally impacted communities? Why is generating information, that community already know because they are living with the pollution and associated diseases daily, more important than helping them?

CHEJ, for example, has worked for over thirty years with Save Our County in East Liverpool, Ohio This community in the 1990’s was defined by EPA as an Environmental Justice community, through their evaluation process which is the same as the mapping categories. Yet nothing has changed as a result of this definition.

  • The hazardous waste incinerator, WTI, still operates and remains for most of the time in violation of air and other standards.
  • Other industries continue to pollute with little enforcement.
  • An elementary school was closed due to the air emissions from the WTI Incinerator stack which is almost level to the school windows (incinerator is in the valley) stack peeked over the embankment. The City was force to shoulder the costs of relocating students and staff.
  • In the past several years new wells were drilled for natural gas extraction and infrastructure.
  • The community has the highest number of cancers in their county than other similar counties in the state.

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed in East Liverpool, Ohio as a result of being defined an environmental justice community.

  • No decision to stop new polluting industries from setting up shop.
  • No action on denying permits, when they have been a significant repeat violator of the laws and regulation, when up for renewal permit.
  • No fee data and information when requested under the freedom of information requests.
  • No additional public comment meetings for new or existing permits. Absolute nothing changed in East Liverpool, OH and so many other communities.

    Thank you EPA for providing a tool for academics, for communities to say yes our community qualifies (although they already knew) and for real estate and banking institutions to provide information that will make it more difficult for families in Environmental Justice communities to secure a home improvement loan or sell their property.

    Now can you spend some time and money on reducing the pollution burdens and assisting with the medical professionals for disease related injuries.

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    Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Pollution in Great Lakes: Report

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    The largest source of surface freshwater is becoming more polluted everyday and we are failing to protect it despite commitments from U.S. and Canadian Governments.

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    DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk

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    Women exposed in the womb to high levels of the pesticide DDT have a nearly fourfold increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to new results of research conducted on California mothers and daughters for more than half a century.

    Full story at National Geographic

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    WHAT IF…? Offshore Drilling Forum July 2 at ODU

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    the Deepwater Horizon spill had occurred off the mid-Atlantic coast? What are the impacts stemming from industrialization of coastal areas? What long-term ecological harm is inflicted just with normal drilling operations?

    These questions and more will be posed by a panel of federal, state and local elected officials and answered by a large panel of experts.
    Virginia Offshore Drilling Forum
    Thursday, July 2, 7pm
    Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA


    Elected Leaders Panel:

    Congressman Bobby Scott (tentative)

    Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (tentative)

    Virginia Beach & Norfolk City Council members




    Experts Panel:

    Representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD), NASA and the Bureau of

    Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network, Ingrid Biedron, Marine Scientist, Oceana, and others!


    Moderator:

    Joel Rubin, Rubin Communications


    Who Should Attend?

    Coastal business owners, commercial and recreational fishermen, beach-goers, surfers,

    tourism industry representatives, local government officials and YOU!


    Click here to RSVP TODAY!

    Partners:

    Chesapeake Climate Action Network


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    Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters

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    As the U.S. and Russia take the first steps to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, experts say the harsh climate, icy seas, and lack of infrastructure means a sizeable oil spill would be very difficult to clean up and could cause extensive environmental damage.


    Read the full story by Ed Struzik here.

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    Climate Change Affecting Ocean Circulation and Environmental Pollution

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    Climate change may have dramatic effects on the behavior of pollutants in the environment. Listen to the whole story at   http://capeandislands.org/post/climate-change-affecting-ocean-circulation-and-environmental-pollution

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    The Pope and the Environment United

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    Today the pope expressed his opinion on climate change in order to help support the cause in a significant way. His opinion was strong and straight forward blaming fossil fuel companies and putting pressure in the U.N. climate negotiations, domestic politics, and the general public. He mentions that the people most in danger of the risks of climate change are the poor class and the future generations. This speech is another great step forward in environmental justice by uniting the power of the church and the awareness of climate change.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/pope-urges-sweeping-change-save-planet-n377556