Summer Is Toxic Algae Season: What You Need to Know

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By Gary Belan, American Rivers What is a toxic algae outbreak and where do they occur? If your river or lake is choked with green slime, it might be a toxic algae outbreak. These outbreaks are triggered by several factors, including warm temperatures and excess nutrients from agricultural and...
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Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health

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By M. Isabelle Chaudry, National Women’s Health Network With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics manufacturers to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before their products go on the market. In fact, manufacturers aren’t required to list all of...
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Another Gross Reason to Put Down the E-Cigarettes

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By American Lung Association Scientists have been working hard to debunk the belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. A recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is giving the mounting...
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The Best School Lunch News You Never Heard

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists This spring, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a groundbreaking new study showing that kids and schools alike have benefited enormously from new school nutrition standards adopted over the course of the last seven years. This is...
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U.S. Lacks Data Needed to Weigh Effects of Oil and Gas Production on Western Water Supply

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By Mary Ellen Kustin, Center for American Progress At a time when policymakers, land managers, and the public should weigh and scrutinize any demands on Western water, they are missing critical information to help inform whether, where, and how energy development should take place. The federal...
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Testifying to Stop Wall Street Gambling With Derivatives to Jack Up Prices for Their Bonuses

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By Better Markets Almost everything you buy (gas, cereal, coffee, etc.) is connected to complex financial instruments called “derivatives,” about 90% of which are controlled by the five biggest Wall Street banks.  If those gigantic derivatives-dealing banks are not properly regulated, then they...
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DOE Relents, Will Hold Webinar on Testing Loophole Plan

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By Joe Vukovich, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of Energy (DOE) today agreed to hold a public webinar to provide more information on its proposed controversial changes to its test procedure waiver process for testing the efficiency of appliances, equipment, and electronics....
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