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Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

BBC News - Science & Nature - 7 hours 29 min ago
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine
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350.org Leads Climate Awareness Parade Tomorrow

San Francisco’s green community kicks off Earth Day Weekend with a special parade down Market Street to raise awareness about the climate crisis (www.350bayarea.org/earthday-sf), culminating with speeches from the main stage at the Earth Day San Francisco Fesival (www.earthdaysf.org) highlighted by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben at about 1:30 PM.   Marchers will gather at Justin Herman Plaza at 11:00 AM and start down Market at about 11:30 AM.

“The time has come to put citizen action back into Earth Day,” says 350 Bay Area’s Rand Wrobel, the parade’s main organizer.  “This  ‘Earth Day Action Parade” is a good way to put our feet in the street to declare that the earth and its climate needs our action now - as the recent IPCC report warns (see links below).”

Besides 350.Org, there are several influential Bay Area Environmental organizations participating in the parade: 350 Bay Area & 350 San Francisco, the Sierra Club’s SF Bay Chapter, CREDO Action, Sunflower Alliance, 350 Marin, AFSCME Council 57, Greenaction, Ecology Center, Citizens Climate Lobby, Amazon Watch, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition,  OccupySF Environmental Justice, 350 Silicon Valley and others.

 "There will be marchers of all sorts,” Wrobel expains.  “We have a large youth group participating, and another group of bicyclists, some electric vehicles, and even a brass band.  We’re getting a lot of interest from people representing communities threatened by crude oil ‘bomb’ trains and air pollution, as well as folks fighting the Keystone XL pipeline and those supporting the Air District's plan for the Bay Area to lead the nation in an 80% reduction in carbon pollution by 2050."

After McKibben and other speakers address the crowd, the event’s main music stage features a mini-Jam Band festival (http://www.earthdaysf.org/line-up.html), including local favorites New Monsoon and The Earth Day SF All Starts (Rat Dog’s Mark Karran, Hot Butter Rum’s Nat Keefe, Further’s Sunshine Becker and others. 

There are two other multi-cultural stages offering a wide variety of performances and presentations, highlighted by the special Planet Dance Electronic Music Show featuring the Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan and six of the area’s top DJs.  There are also many onsite lectures, DIY workshops on subjects varying from raw foods to greening your home, 80+ eco-friendly exhibits, Eco-Chic Fashion Shows, Clean Energy Zone featuring electric cars (sponsored the Chevrolet Volt and the All Electric Smart Car), Green Kids Zone, Green Tech Pavilion, natural food sampling, live music and the Organic Food & Beer Court. Key sponsors are Rogers Family Coffee, KTVU TV 2, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM, KALW and The Park Trust Alliance.  For more information go to www.earthdaysf.org, or call 415-272-8889.

About Earth Day San Francisco:

First conceived by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day has become a major international holiday, and nowhere is that more evident than San Francisco.  Local organizer Douglas Kolberg and his steering committee of influential activists and green businesses are in their fourth year producing San Francisco’s Official Earth Day celebration at San Francisco Civic Center’s United Nations Plaza on Saturday, April 19, from 10 AM to 6 PM.  The event is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees.

Recent IPCC Report Background Info:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/13/ipcc-report-touts-clean-energy/7593073/)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/apr/14/ipcc-report-scientists-world-seize-opportunity-roadmap

http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2014/04/ipcc-mitigating-climate-change-more-challenging-ever

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Green-N-Fit

On April 26, 2014, 1,000 volunteers will repair and renovate more than 20 homes on Pendleton Avenue and Pickett Place, in Springfield's Old Hill Neighborhood.

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Breaking News: Keystone decision to be delayed.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
The Obama administration on Friday extended the review period on the Keystone XL pipeline, perhaps pushing back a final decision on the disputed project until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections.
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China seeks solution to providing clean drinking water supplies.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Large colonies of micro-organisms - some capable of causing serious disease - have been discovered inside pipelines carrying drinking water to homes in most major mainland cities.
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Studies: Links between fracking and smog pollution stronger than state claims.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
New research suggests that pollution from fracking contributes a much larger share of Dallas-Fort Worth's smog problem than state officials have said.
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As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.
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Triclosan aids nasal invasions by staph.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap. Microbiologist Blaise Boles and colleagues swabbed the noses of 90 adults and found that having triclosan-containing snot could double a person’s likelihood of carrying staph. The microbes may have adapted to triclosan.
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Gene increases meat-eaters' cancer risk.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
One in three people carry a gene that significantly raises the risk of developing bowel cancer from eating processed meat, new research shows.
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Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person's risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of mice.
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Why we get autism but our Neanderthal cousins didn't.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
It's not what you've got but how you use it. The first maps of gene expression in two of our extinct cousins flag up important differences between the activity of their genes and our own. The results suggest that brain disorders like schizophrenia and autism may be unique to us.
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The fracking industry faces its climate demon.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Controlling methane is key to lowering the climate footprint of the natural-gas industry and its efforts to sell itself as the environmentally friendly fossil fuel.
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Into the maelstrom.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the northern polar jet stream, the high, fast-moving torrent of air that circles the pole. The jet stream is slowing and meandering more, she proposes, causing extreme weather patterns to linger longer over North America.
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Loan guarantees for U.S. renewables making a comeback.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
More than two years after closing the last loan guarantee program, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”
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Gulf Coast facilities put U.S. on track to make more oil than we need.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
U.S. refiners are sending a "tidal wave" of gasoline, diesel and other refined products onto the world market, taking advantage of the surge in domestic oil development that has helped drive Gulf Coast crude stockpiles to record levels, according to a new report.
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Wildfires really are on the rise in West, Utah researchers say.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Over the past three decades, wildfires in the western United States have been getting larger and more frequent, according to new research from the University of Utah.
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Oil industry launches new ad campaign.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
The oil industry’s leading trade group broadened its pitch beyond the Beltway on Thursday, rolling out new advertisements and a series of state polls highlighting widespread support for domestic energy development from New York to Nevada.
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Rising food prices pinching consumers.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Beef, pork, poultry, eggs and milk have had the most dramatic price increases as drought, a virus outbreak and rising exports have thinned U.S. supplies.
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Washington governor weighs tenfold increase in cancer risk for fish eaters.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian tribes and environmentalists. It would allow a tenfold increase in allowable cancer risk under the law.
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Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill.

Environmental Health News - 16 hours 55 min ago
Global technology giant IBM has joined the opposition to a Vermont proposal to regulate chemicals in children’s products that the state’s health department considers harmful.
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