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How The Tech In Your Smartphone Could Help Fight The Next Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green

The Ebola crisis has brought new perspective to concerns about how diseases -- and people who carry them -- travel. And a number of experts following ...

Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking Four Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.01.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Why is he building a massive garbage dump in a fragile wetland on the waterfront of a residential neighborhood, right in front of public housing, next to an athletic facility used by 34,000 city kids and in the worst kind of flood zone?

Weeks, Months, and Years Later, Still No Coal Ash Safety Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week marks the six month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gal...

How The EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities Of Color

Manuel Pastor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Manuel Pastor

While the Black Chamber's opposition may be sincere, it also provides big business advocates with a bit of diversity cover -- striking since people of color actually stand the most to gain from the short-term public health benefits of the rule.

North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. After years of amazing community a...

Clearing the air around human health and air pollution

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Many years after completing medical school, I am still haunted by the first memories of caring for emergency department patients with full-blown asthm...

Will the Next Coal Ash Disaster Be in Your Neighborhood?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Guess what -- you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it.

An Open Letter to President Obama: Consider the Full Costs of Wireless Technology

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Before this nation makes Wi-Fi in schools like it is in coffee shops, as the president recently urged, we need to consider what this could do to our children's brains and bodies.

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which ...

Big Victory for Public Health: Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families.

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn on Your Lungs

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution -- also known as ground-level ozone.

North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered...

Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The UGA students are not patting themselves on the back just yet -- their push now is to get the school's administration to retire the coal boiler by 2018 and commit to clean energy for campus.

Endocrine Disruptors: Latest Threat to Surface Waters

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The United States has one of the world's best systems for both wastewater and potable water treatment and distribution; however, that doesn't mean we are without challenges.

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Public hearing in Washington, DC, Thursday will be packed with supporters. This week we once again heard the call for action from Americans loud and ...

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Late Wednesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations ...

Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, "It's Your Decision"

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Saying "it's your decision" is abdicating government's responsibility to protect us. It's declaring that the chemical industry is in charge, that our only chance for protection is for each and every one of us to become toxicologists and assess risk in our tap water, in the beauty aisle, at the supermarket.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.

Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week's coal chem...

Should We Count on Companies to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals?

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Simply put, we can't rely on these companies to voluntarily make the kind of transformative changes we need to ensure our everyday products are free of chemicals linked to disease.

What's at Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in Our Highest Courts on December 10

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Back in 2011, EPA unveiled this update of a critical public health protection. Unfortunately, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an extremely controversial divided ruling in August of 2012 that struck down this rule.

Why We Need to Move From Coal to Natural Gas

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

We must better control the level of methane being released from the current technology employed in hydraulic fracturing extraction of natural gas from shale deposits. We have the technology to minimize fugitive emissions of methane. We must implement the required real-time monitoring and control technology.

The Democratization of Health Care: The Quest for Sustainability

Gary Puckrein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Gary Puckrein

Google is now shining a light on an obscure aspect of human existence, helping us to think about human sustainability -- something difficult to imagine and seldom discussed. The Calico announcement heralds the dawn of an age in which the business community will turn its attention to sustainability.

Environmental Carcinogenesis -- Separating Fact From Fiction

James M. Gentile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
James M. Gentile

One can hardly read a newspaper, turn on the radio or a television station, or surf the Internet without finding a myriad of information concerning yet another physical, chemical, or biological agent in our environment that can 'cause cancer.'