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Action Alerts!
Stop Efforts to Undermine the EPA
Under the misleading title of “strengthening transparency in regulatory science”, a new proposed EPA rule would cause the EPA to either discard important studies that have formed the basis of key environmental regulations or violate patient confidentiality by making information public. Sign the American Lung Association petition opposing this misleading rule at this link. The deadline for sign-on is May 29 to be submitted to the EPA on May 30. 

If you would like more information, see this ALA fact sheet for more details on why the EPA’s proposal would be harmful.  
This publication in the New Yorker by Harvard Epidemiologist provides the background on this effort: Read More

Here is a New York Times Op-E by former EPA director Gina McCarthy. Read More
Stop Fossil Fuel Exploration
The Lofoten Declaration affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of fossil fuel producers to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development and to manage the decline of existing production. The movement to end fossil fuel development and phase out existing production with a just transition has been growing rapidly – New Zealand recently banned all offshore oil exploration, the Netherlands committed to phasing out gas production in Groningen, and Ireland is well on its way to banning fossil fuel exploration through legislation, among other signs of progress. These steps demonstrate the political power of confronting the climate crisis by saying that it's time to stop digging. 

Your organization can sign the Lofoten Declaration here:
The News
We Can Reduce Heat-Trapping Pollution
American University achieves carbon neutrality

AU is the first University in the United States to become carbon neutral. WATCH VIDEO
California Becomes First State to Order Solar on New Homes
(Bloomberg News)

The move underscores how rooftop solar, once a luxury reserved for wealthy, green-leaning homeowners, is becoming a mainstream energy source, with California -- the nation’s largest solar market -- paving the way. READ MORE
Southern California air quality officials will craft rules governing warehouse, rail yard pollution (LA Times)

In a controversial bid to combat transportation emissions in the nation's smoggiest region, Southern California air quality officials voted Friday to craft rules governing warehouses, distribution centers, and rail yards. READ MORE
Girl Scouts head to DC to press EPA on harmful coal ash (Illinois)

The agency is considering the rollback of a 2015 regulation lowering standards for the cleanup and disposal of coal ash. The EPA will be taking public comment for 45 days. READ MORE
MarkWest settles federal air pollution claim, promises to invest millions (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

MarkWest, which operates natural gas facilities, has agreed to pay $610,000 and spend several million dollars to install emission control technology to settle an air pollution claim brought by the federal government and the state of Pennsylvania. READ MORE
About the plague of plastic
The Royal Wedding 
(One Green Planet)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Ask For Donations to Charity Fighting Plastic Pollution As Wedding Gift. READ MORE
Plastic problem: What one tiny Iowa town did to combat it, and how yours ranks (Des Moines Register)

21 Des Moines-area communities were asked to bring in their plastic bags throughout April to be weighed and swapped for a reusable tote. The agency collected 3,168 pounds of bags, more than doubling last year’s total. READ MORE
Anti-competitive State Laws Present Obstacles to Clean Energy 
How Solar Panels on a Church Rooftop Broke the Law in N.C.
(inside climate news)

An environmental group and a largely African-American church tried to challenge North Carolina’s utility monopoly by generating cheap, clean power. They lost. READ MORE
The health of any American may be harmed by climate change, but some of us face greater risk than others 
Air Pollution Near Power Plants Tied to Premature Births. 
(The New York Times)

Closing coal- and oil-fired power plants is associated with a reduction in preterm births in the surrounding region, researchers report.  
The Kids Trying to Green One of L.A.'s Most Polluted Neighborhoods. (CITYLAB)

For generations, oil refineries brought jobs—and pollution—to the residents of Wilmington. Can a new generation of youthful activists make it a healthier place to grow up?  READ MORE
Environmental Problems Go Hand In Hand With Social Injustice. North Carolina Wants to End That. (Futurism)

Flint, Michigan's city water system contains dangerously high levels of lead that may already be impacting the mental development of children who consumed it. More than half of Flint residents are black, and 40% live under the poverty line. North Carolina wants to prevent such injustices from happening and to rectify them if they do.  READ MORE
Climate Change is Affecting Our Health Now.
Pediatricians are concerned about climate change, and here's why. (CNN)

Doctors have long raised alarm about the potential health risks of climate change, but it turns out that children are particularly vulnerable. READ MORE
Illnesses from ticks, mosquitoes, flea bites have tripled in recent years, CDC says. (CBS News)

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 640,000 cases were reported across the country from 2004 through 2016, though officials say the actual number of illnesses is likely much higher. READ MORE
The mental aftermath of hurricanes. (GMU Fourth Estate)

George Mason University student reflects on the hardshIrmaafter Irma and Maria hit her home. 
Members in the News
A pediatrician’s Mother’s Day wish. (Billings Gazette)

By Lori Byron, MD, Climate Health Champion in Montana — This Mother’s Day, consider the ultimate gift. To help protect our future generations, we can transition to clean, nonpolluting energy sources. READ MORE
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