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California Moves to Ban Plastic Mircobeads in Personal Care Products – May 26, 2014

Bill passed by state assembly sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species

In a historic vote on Friday, the California Assembly passed the Microplastic Nuisance Prevention Law to ban the sale and manufacturing of personal care products containing tiny, synthetic plastic microbeads. Thanks to 5 Gyres Institute, the group that authored the bill sponsored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), California sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species and pollute our waters.

illustration of microbead pollutionJohanna B., Grade 1, Minnesota/NOOA Marine Derbis ProgramResearchers have discovered large quantities of plastic microbeads escaping wastewater treatment in several New York watersheds, the Great Lakes, Chicago River, and Los Angeles… more

by: Ecowatch

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White House’s Alarming Climate Change Study Calls For ‘Urgent Action’ – May 6, 2014

No region, no economic sector will remain untouched by climate change, says White House science counselor John Podesta

While it remains unclear how many definitive reports it will take to convince everybody that climate change is a real, not-so-distant threat to our planet, the one released by the White House Tuesday morning will go a long way toward that cause.

Unlike other reports released in the past month, the National Climate Assessment (NCA) focuses solely on the U.S. and the droughts, downpours and more that will be boosted by manmade climate impacts. The report was prepared by 300 scientists managed by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a collaboration of 13 federal departments and agencies.

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by: Ecowatch

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Thousands March at ‘Reject and Protect’ Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline – April 28, 2014

Cowboy and Indian Alliance calls on "Man Who Helps the People” to protect America's land and water

Thousands of people joined the farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession along the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday. The procession was the largest event yet of the five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment.

Cowboys and Indians ride horses in protest marchPhoto by Bora ChungReject and Protect has helped shine a spotlight on the strengthening opposition to Keystone XL amongst ranchers, farmers and Native American tribes along the pipeline route.

“Today, boots and moccasins showed President Obama an unlikely alliance has his back to reject Keystone XL to protect our land and… more

by: Ecowatch

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Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive – March 19, 2014

Initiative can now appear on the state's November 2014 ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests last week, allowing for the possibility of a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot.

photo of marchers, one carrying a sign that reads, why not label it - let us decide!photo by desrowVISUALS.com on FlickrIn order for the ballot initiative to come before voters, it needs 86,105
petition signatures to be submitted to the state by early August.

In order for Ballot Initiative #48 – a bill that would mandate the labeling of GMO foods on product packaging… more

by: Ecowatch

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Fukushima Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating – March 12, 2014

Three years on, cases of post traumatic stress disorder are on the rise

So much of the impact of a disaster like the earthquake and tsunami three years ago in Fukushima, Japan is tangible—radioactive leaksfood scarespetitions and lawsuits have all taken place since March 11, 2011.

officials measuring radiation levels in FukushimaPhoto courtesy IAEA ImagebankExperts measure radiation as part of an IAEA workshop exercise in the evacuated zone around TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

The emotional distress faced by many in the areas near the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is far less palpable, though. Predictions on the nuclear future of Japan and other large nations like the U.S. are much easier to find than… more

by: Ecowatch

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