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Trump Expected to Pull Out of Paris Climate Deal – May 31, 2017

Move would be 'a foolish mistake,' say environmentalists

If White House sources are to be trusted, it appears that Donald Trump is all set to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement. The long-expected move by a president who has called global warming a hoax created by the Chinese is sure to further worsen the United States’ relationship with its allies.

photo of G7 summit 2017photo courtesy ofG7 Summit ItalyOn the heels of his first trip abroad as president, Donald Trump appears ready to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

The president had refused to endorse the accord during the G7 summit last week, despite… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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WTO Ruling on Mexican Tuna Fisheries Is a Blow for Dolphins – April 27, 2017

Conservationists denounce trade body ruling that US “Dolphin Safe” tuna-labeling rules discriminate against Mexico

In a setback for dolphins, the World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday that the United States’ “Dolphin Safe” tuna-labeling regulations unfairly discriminates against Mexico by restricting its access to US markets and that Mexico can seek $163 million a year in trade tariffs against the US for economic damages.

photo of tuna cansPhoto by The Hamster Factor, Flickr The WTO ruling on Tuesday is the latest in a long-running trade dispute between the US and Mexico.

The decision is the latest development in a long-running trade dispute between the two countries that dates back to the establishment of the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Strawberries, Spinach Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides – March 9, 2017

Report finds pesticide residues often remain on fruits and vegetables even after they are washed

For the second year in a row, strawberries topped the “Dirty Dozen” list of pesticide-contaminated produce that the Environmental Working Group complies every year. Spinach was a close second on the list of fruits and vegetables to avoid released by EWG last evening.

photo of strawberries with pesticidesPhoto by Jerry BurkeStrawberries topped the "Dirty Dozen" list of pesticide-contaminated foods, bad news for the average American who eats nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year. 

Given that the average American eats nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year, this isn’t the best news for most of us. EWG’s… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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More Near-Disasters Like Oroville Are Very Likely in the Future, Say Experts – February 21, 2017

Despite increasing evidence of climate impacts, state isn’t considering climate change for new dams and water storage projects that are in the works

As the skies continued to open up over the past few days and evacuations were being ordered in many parts of Northern California, like many others in this state, I couldn’t but wonder if other dams in California could run into the same kind of problems as Oroville dam in Butte County, where heavy rainfall during what’s turning out to be California’s wettest season on record, surpassed the dam’s capacity.

Oroville Dam spillPhoto by Photo by Cal OESThe 770-foot-tall dam Oroville Dam in northern California, the nation’s tallest, ran into problems with both it’s main and emergency spillways, prompting the evacuation of nearly… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Gaps in Lead Screening Policies Across States Put Our Children at Risk – January 23, 2017

Elevated lead exposure in a significant number of US children is going undetected, says report

Until a few weeks ago, I’d not considered the problem of lead contamination as something I should worry about personally. This, despite the fact that I live in a house built in the 1930s with old doors and windows with lead paint. We replaced those a few years ago and the renovations were done in keeping with US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. So that, I thought, was the end of it. Lead in the water supply, which I’d researched when the Flint, Michigan crisis began became public, wasn’t much of an issue in the California Bay Area.

child palying with toy truck in backyardPhoto… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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