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Pharma company cashed in on Flint water crisis, raised lead poisoning drug prices 2,700 percent

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) During the Flint city water crisis, as children's brains were being poisoned by lead coming from their tap water, one pharmaceutical company was caught cashing in, in the greediest way. Valeant Pharmaceuticals hiked the price of an important medicine that treats severe...

Medicine is evolving in scary ways: health tracker implants, genetically modified DNA and more

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) We all know that technology is rapidly changing life around the world. Just seeing the evolution of personal computing devices, cell phones and televisions in the past decade alone proves how fast the tech industry is moving forward.With the technology boost comes...

GAPS diet claimed to relieve food allergies, autism, ADHD, depression and more

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) What if there was a way to permanently heal all sorts of chronic health conditions that stem from the gut by temporarily changing one's diet? That's what many people claim about the "GAPS" (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet, an intensive, intestinal-healing food regimen...

Beverage companies plan to lower sugar content 50% to avoid government sugar tax

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The threat of being subjected to a government sugar tax is prompting British beverage manufacturers to reduce sugar content by more than 50 percent in their products.British supermarket chain Tesco recently announced it will cut sugar levels in all 251 of its soft...

Women who suffer from migraines at higher risk of a stroke

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) As if suffering from excruciating migraines on a regular basis wasn't bad enough, it is now emerging that women who suffer from migraines are at a significantly higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack later in life than those who do not experience these debilitating...

Acai berries actually come from palm trees

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Acai berries have become so famous in recent years as an antioxidant-packed superfood that even many people who don't stay actively informed on health food topics have heard of them. Given the name, you might imagine that they grow on bushes like blueberries or raspberries...

NTX molecule scientifically shown to protect liver from alcohol poisoning being censored by Obama's Tax and Trade Bureau

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Partaking in a little post-work happy hour just became a lot safer with the creation of a little known molecule that reduces alcohol's harmful effects on the body, particularly the liver (which is affected the most adversely), without comprising the enjoyable buzz many...

"No animals were harmed in the process of killing these babies" ... Beastie Boy releases vegan sneakers to benefit Planned Parenthood

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:39
(NaturalNews) As the lunacy of progressivism descends into sheer hilarity… “Adam Horovitz — a.k.a. Ad Rock — has teamed up with vegan shoe company Keep to design a new sneaker made to benefit Planned Parenthood,” reports CBS News. “The Ramos Ad-Rock was inspired the rapper’s desire for a sneaker that would keep him warm during...

Biological warfare-like 'thunderstorm asthma' killing Australians

Natural News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:17
(NaturalNews) You won’t hear much about it in the global establishment media, but thousands of Australians have been hospitalized in recent days – with more than six dying – as a result of what some think could be a biological warfare experiment gone awry. According to a few locally published reports, including one from The...

Corals much older than previously thought

ENN Climate - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 02:51
Coral genotypes can survive for thousands of years, possibly making them the longest-lived animals in the world, according to researchers at Penn State, the National Marine Fisheries Service and Dial Cordy & Associates.The team recently determined the ages of elkhorn corals  — Acropora palmata — in Florida and the Caribbean and estimated the oldest genotypes to be over 5,000 years old. The results are useful for understanding how corals will respond to current and future environmental change.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate? What climate? IEA backs fossil-fuelled future

The Ecologist Magazine - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 01:21
The International Energy Agency's latest World Energy Outlook is calling for increased investment in new oil and gas, writes Oliver Tickell, while minimising the fast-growing and ever lower-cost contribution to world energy supply of renewables like wind and solar.
Categories: Ecological News

Robust Technical Analysis Supports Leaving Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks in Place Through 2025, EPA Administrator Finds

Ecology Today - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 23:10

By U.S. EPA

Automakers on track to meet standards at lower than expected cost

Based on extensive technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today proposed leaving the standards in place, so the program that was established in 2012 will stay on track to nearly double fuel economy, dramatically cut carbon pollution, maintain regulatory certainty for a global industry, and save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump.

“Given the auto industry’s importance to American jobs and communities and the industry’s need for certainty well into the future, EPA has reanalyzed these clean car standards and sought further input,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “It’s clear from the extensive technical record that this program will remain affordable and effective. This proposed decision reconfirms our confidence in the auto industry’s capacity to drive innovation and strengthen the American economy while saving drivers money at the pump and safeguarding our health, climate and environment.”

Today’s proposed determination is based on years of technical work, including an exhaustive technical report released earlier this year, and the agency’s thorough review and consideration of comments received on that report. This extensive body of analysis shows that manufacturers can meet the standards at similar or even a lower cost than what was anticipated in the 2012 rulemaking, and that the standards will deliver significant fuel savings for American consumers, as well as benefits to public health and welfare from reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change. Full implementation of the standards will cut about 6 billion metric tons of GHG emissions over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold in model years 2012-2025. Cars and light trucks are the largest source of GHG emissions in the U.S. transportation sector.

Although EPA’s technical analysis indicates that the standards could be strengthened for model years 2022-2025, proposing to leave the current standards in place provides greater certainty to the auto industry for product planning and engineering. This will enable long-term planning in the auto industry, while also benefiting consumers and the environment.

Today’s announcement builds on years of success under EPA’s vehicle emission standards. Auto manufacturers are innovating and adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates. Car makers have developed more technologies to reduce GHG emissions, and these technologies are entering the fleet faster than expected. These technologies include gasoline direct injection, more sophisticated transmissions, and stop-start systems that reduce idling fuel consumption. At the end of 2015, all large automakers were in compliance with the standards. In fact, automakers on average out-performed the model year 2015 standards by seven grams per mile. These gains are happening at a time when the car industry is thriving, and domestic vehicle sales have increased for six consecutive years, while maintaining consumer choice across a full range of vehicle sizes and types.

As part of the rulemaking establishing the model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA committed to conduct a Midterm Evaluation of standards for model years 2022-2025. The public comment period for this action begins today and will end on December 30, 2016. After the comment period has ended and consideration of the input, the Administrator will decide whether she has enough information to make a final determination on the model year 2022-2025 standards.

For more information on today’s announcement, go to: https://www.epa.gov/regulations-emissions-vehicles-and-engines/midterm-evaluation-light-duty-vehicle-greenhouse-gas-ghg.

To provide comment on today’s proposed determination, go to Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0827 at www.regulations.gov.

Categories: Ecological News

Why Jill Stein's voter recount is preposterous, won't change anything for Hillary

Natural News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 22:32
(NaturalNews) Jill Stein just won’t go away. The totally irrelevant Green Party presidential candidate has been a massive headache for everyone in the media and beyond. We all hoped that whenever she lost the election that she would go away peacefully. Following the results of the election, though, Stein became more outspoken than ever and...

Mr. Trump: your climate policy will impact the lives of of billions - for better or worse

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 21:03
Donald Trump has made some big policy flips since his election victory, writes Travis N. Rieder. But will the flippery extend to climate change? The danger is not just that America's emissions could soar under a Trump Presidency, but that other nations may follow suit. We must work to make sure he recognises his moral responsibility to humanity. The lives of millions depend on it!
Categories: Ecological News

Iraq's oil inferno - government inaction in the face of eco-terrorism

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 20:36
Hundreds of square kilometres of Iraq are eclipsed by dense clouds of toxic smoke from fires at oil facilities and a sulphur factory blown up by 'Islamic State' terrorists, writes Doug Weir. With the fires left to burn for months on end, entire towns are suffering a public health catastrophe. But the Iraqi government is slow to act, or even collect vital health and environmental data.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA's late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:30
Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

Efforts to save the Cheat River clearer.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:30
As West Virginia pushes toward an uncertain economic future, a river that once flowed bright orange charts a course out of mining's toxic legacies.
Categories: Ecological News

How Trump can quash Obama’s last effort to fight the coal industry.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:30
The Obama administration might finally enact regulations to protect streams. But is it too late?
Categories: Ecological News

Why Trump can't make coal great again.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:30
Long-term market forces will keep miners from getting their jobs back. But Trump could slow the decline of coal—and the rise of renewables.
Categories: Ecological News

Flu - or flu vaccine - in pregnancy not tied to autism in kids.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:30
Pregnant women who get the flu, or a flu vaccine, are not increasing their baby's risk for an autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests.
Categories: Ecological News
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