The Department of Interior Does Not Care What You Think About Endangered Species

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The Department of Interior simultaneously announced three majorly flawed proposals that would radically transform how the Endangered Species Act functions and gave the public just 60 days to provide feedback. Yesterday, without providing any...
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Four Key Findings in Better Markets Poll

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By Better Markets As the country marks the 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers failure and the beginning of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, new polling commissioned by Better Markets, conducted by The Harris Poll, shows the American people are strongly opposed to the...
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What’s for Dinner? A Preview of the People, Process, and Politics Updating Federal Dietary Guidelines

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists Months behind schedule, two federal departments have officially kicked off the process for writing the 2020-2025 iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated and reissued every five years, these guidelines are the nation’s most...
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Wrong Choice on Endangered Species

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By Environment America We know too little about the interaction of species and their effects on each other within ecosystems. What we do know is fascinating. For instance, check out this National Geographic video about how wolves changed rivers, as peculiar as that sounds. We also know that...
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The Public Demands Worker Heat Protections Now

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By Shanna Devine, Public Citizen Today more than 61,000 individuals called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish protections for workers who are exposed to extreme heat. The grassroots petition was organized by Public Citizen, United Farm Workers (UFW), UFW...
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Duke University Study: N.C. Residents Living Near Large Hog Farms Have Elevated Disease, Death Risks

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By Olga Naidenko and Sydney Evans, Environmental Working Group Residents of communities near industrial-scale hog farms in North Carolina face an increased risk of potentially deadly diseases, Duke University scientists reported in a study released this week. Researchers found that compared to...
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From Surviving to Thriving — Emergency Waiver of Health, Safety, and Environmental Rules

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By Victor Flatt, Center for Progressive Reform On August 23, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas Coast. That state of emergency was ultimately expanded to 60 counties in Texas. Emergency declarations in Texas (as in many states...
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