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June 15, 2016 -Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry.

For the first time, Americans across the country—from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Weld County, Colorado to Kern County, California—can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations across the country. Click the map to read the whole story and access the interactive map.

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Pesticides and Farm Workers
Download the Transit App
About Those Toxic Chemicals
Map Showng the Lost Rainforests
Why Toilet Paper Usage Matters
Your Auto Needs a Professional Wash
Danger: Seismic Airgun Blasting
Clean Up Your Act - Your Cleaning Act
Pittsburgh to Tackle Its Water Lead
A Pesticide List of Dos and Don’ts
Help End Food Waste
Are Puerto Rico’s Corals Repairable?
The World's Cleanest Cities
The Dirty Dozen Foods to Avoid
Carbon Offset Credits
Paying Back Koch Industries
Confronting Ocean Acidification
Fossil Fuel Facts You Should Know
Chicago Urban Agriculture
Synthetic Leaves Suck Out CO2
What Our Agencies Don’t Tell Us
Breaking Down Toxic PFAS
Earth’s Rocky Future
Reshaping Renewables & the Grid
Fact:Fracking Threatens Your Water
C’mon Congress - Get the Lead Out
Coal Ash: Hazardous to Human Health
Can We Reinvent Cement
Cancer Causing Radon in Your Home?
Headed for the Last Roundup®?
Mangroves May Store More Much CO2
How Do I Reduce My CO2 Footprint?
Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
Declining: The Dirt Beneath Our Feet
NRDC Warns of Up to 40% Food Waste
Mass Bleaching: Bad For Young Coral
Avoid Hurricane Surge Flooding
Fuel Usage Comaprison
What to Know About Ground Water
Insects Could Vanish Within a Century
A Cleaner Way to Remove CO2
The Greenhouse Gas Story in Detail
Transportation Emissions in the U.S.
Australia’s Ecosystems Collapsing
Arsenic In Babies’ Cereal
The Goldman Environmental Prize
Green Fire Documentary
NOAA Carbon Tracker
Palm Oil is Killing Borneo
How Your State Makes Electricity?
Your Car's Carbon Footprint
Diesel School Buses & Health
What Is Amphibious Architecture?
We Should Be Minimizing Pesticides
Tropical Deforestation
Dirty Water = Dirty Fish
Intercactive Power Grid Maps
Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
Palm Oil Scorecard
Clean Power Companies
Why Go Organic?
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Environmental Impact News (for the past 90 days)

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Domestic News Stories

International Stories are directly below this section.

  • Don't Like Plastics in Your Seafood? Neither do Otters and Orcas
    Plastic In Your Seafood?
    Otters and Orcas
    Have the Same Problem

    Oct. 2, 2019 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)- It was a dark and slippery early morning on the Oregon Coast when researchers scrambled down the rocky shore in the small town of Yachats. M

    They kept one eye on the crashing waves while scanning for two species of Pacific Northwest sea life that are now being checked for microplastics — fibers and fragments less than 5 millimeters long. A very low tide on Saturday accounted for the pre-dawn alarm to collect mussels and whelks that prey on the mussels.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • They're Saying My Laundry is Not So Smart?
    One Thing You Can Do:
    Smarter Laundry

    Oct. 2, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-On average, American households do about 300 loads of laundry every year. Heating the water and running the machines can consume enormous amounts of energy, and that means plenty of greenhouse gas emissions.

    While efficiency has improved significantly in the past couple decades, one study estimated the nation’s residential laundry carbon dioxide emissions at 179 million metric tons per year. That’s equal to the total annual energy use of more than 21 million homes.

  • San Jose Says Bye-Bye to New Natural Gas Lines
    San Jose Becomes the Largest City in the US to Ban New Natural Gas Lines

    Sept. 18, 2019 (GIZMODO)-In California, more and more cities are moving to ban the expansion of natural gas lines in a bid to prevent further climate change. On Tuesday, San Jose became the latest—and also the largest—city to issue a ban, which will go into effect come 2020.

    Mayor Sam Liccardo and city council members unanimously approved a proposal to ban new gas lines in residential buildings, a move comes just a few months after the nation’s first natural gas ban in new buildings in Berkeley. Since that vote in July, other cities like Menlo Park and Santa Monica have done the same. These bans have typically only covered new buildings, which prevents cities from growing their long-term dependence on gas. If cities want to be serious about decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions, this is a necessary first step toward eventually cutting off gas completely.

    Click now for the story.

  • Why Wildlife is Not Shouting, “Build That Wall!”
    How the Border Wall
    Could Harm Wildlife

    Sept. 13, 2019 (LOE.org)-Amid outcries about its immigration policy, the US government is moving forward with an expansion of the border wall with Mexico. Biologists are raising the alarm that the wall can be a dead-end for migrating animals, including some bird species. Living on Earth Host Bobby Bascomb reports from the border on how construction of the wall can disturb nesting birds and damage sensitive habitat.

    Click now to read or listen to the transcript.

  • Bad News for Alaska's Birds: Alaska Is Open For Drilling.
    Alaska’s Last Vast Wild
    Place Is Open For Drilling.
    Will the Birds Survive?

    Sept. 10, 2019 (National Geographic)- In late June our floatplane lifted off from Deadhorse, Alaska, at the top of the state, and arrowed west. As it gained altitude the industrial spraddle of the Prudhoe Bay oil field shrank beneath the plane’s pontoons. Soon there was nothing below but land the color of wet cardboard, an earth still waking from its long winter.

    About 110 miles to the west, the plane skidded down on a half-frozen lake. We pitched our tents and ringed the camp with an electrified bear fence against curious grizzlies. Then, Martin Robards and Peter Detwiler—a scientist and a senior field technician for the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively—headed out across the tundra. Robards wore a Remington 870 shotgun slung over his shoulder (bears, again).

  • Why Would Want Our Beaches to Be Safe for Swimming?
    Study: Hundreds of beaches Found
    Not Safe For Swimming

    Sept. 9, 2019 (Environment Florida )- A study published this summer by our national research partner, Environment America Research & Policy Center, found that more than 500 beaches across the country had pollution levels that could make swimmers sick on at least one-quarter of the days tested.

    “We must invest in water infrastructure that prevents pollution so that all of our beaches are safe for swimming,” said John Rumpler, senior director of our national network's Clean Water program. “Rain barrels, rooftop gardens, more green space—these simple measures absorb stormwater and prevent pollution of our waterways.”

    Environment Florida is urging Congress to pass the Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Efficiency (WISE) Act, which would fund projects that reduce runoff pollution and help prevent sewage overflows.

  • Addressing the Major Cause of Climate Change (or Not)
    In Curbing Transportation
    Sector Emissions, Will States
    Prioritize Community Needs?

    Sept. 9, 2019 (The Baltimore Sun)-Transportation is now the sector most responsible for the carbon emissions that cause climate change and exacerbate extreme weather. And tailpipe pollution exposes communities of color disproportionately to harmful toxins, causing asthma, heart problems and even premature death.

    Yet, transportation is still critical to reach jobs, education, health care and other services. In Baltimore, communities of color continue to be stranded from economic opportunity and social mobility due to decades of discriminatory land use and transportation planning decisions, including the decision to cancel the Red Line project.

    The Red Line was a planned east–west mass transit light rail line for Baltimore. Although it had been granted federal approval to enter the preliminary engineering phase, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared on June 25, 2015 that he would not provide state funds for the project.

  • Why Should There Still Be Lead Paint in NYC Schools?
    Lead-Paint Concerns Remain As
    NYC Kids Head Back To School

    Sept. 4, 2019 (gothamist)-Amy Wilder had felt lucky. After touring a number of public schools in her district earlier this year, her four-year old son got a pre-K spot at her top pick — P.S. 84 on the Upper West Side.

    Then, in July, the Department of Education released detailed data on hundreds of elementary-school classrooms with lead-paint hazards after conducting inspections over the summer, prompted by an investigation by WNYC that initially found loose lead-paint chips and high lead-dust levels in four schools. It was the first time the DOE had ever made a list of test results public

  • Taming the Flame With Plant-Based Fire Retardants
    Plant-Based Fire Retardants
    May Offer a Less Toxic
    Way to Tame the Flame

    Aug. 26, 2018 (Science News)-Using compounds from plants, researchers are concocting a new generation of flame retardants, which one day could replace the fire-quenching chemicals added by manufacturers to furniture, electronics and other consumer products.

    Many traditional synthetic flame retardants have come under fire for being linked to health problems like thyroid disruption and cancer (SN: 3/16/19, p. 14). And flame retardants that leach out of trash in landfills can persist in the environment for a long time (SN: 4/24/10, p. 12).

  • Depressed About Air Pollution? You’re Not Alone
    Air Pollution Linked to Bipolar Disorder, Depression

    Aug. 20 2017 (National Geographic)-Air pollution takes a massive toll on our health. The World Health Organization links it to deadly diseases like lung cancer and stroke, and new research suggests that polluted regions see more cases of neurological disorders like depression and bipolar disorder.

    In the United States, scientists found counties with the worst air quality, as indicated by the Environmental Protection Agency, had a 27 percent increase in bipolar disorder and 6 percent increase in depression, when compared to the national average.

  • Taxing Gas Drillers to Pay for Infrastructure
    Poll: Broad Support for Wolf’s
    Plan to Tax Gas Drillers
    to Pay for Infrastructure

    Aug. 16, 2018 (Allegheny Front)-A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College finds widespread support among Pennsylvania voters for Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to pay for infrastructure upgrades by taxing natural gas drilling companies.

    The poll shows more than two-thirds of respondents either “strongly” or “somewhat” favor Wolf’s Restore PA plan.

    The proposal calls for $4.5 billion in infrastructure initiatives over four years, funded by a severance tax on natural gas — a tax paid based on how much gas is produced from wells. It would target things like mitigating flooding, addressing blight and expanding broadband access.

  • Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Down the Insect Population
    Insect ‘Apocalypse’
    in U.S. Driven By 50x
    Increase in Toxic Pesticides

    Aug. 6, 2019 (National Geographic) -America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS One.

    This enormous rise in toxicity matches the sharp declines in bees, butterflies, and other pollinators as well as birds, says co-author Kendra Klein, senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth US.

    Click now to read the article.

  • On Transportation Sector Emissions
    In Curbing Transportation Sector Emissions, Who Comes First?

    Aug. 5, 2019 (Baltimore Sun)-Transportation is now the sector most responsible for the carbon emissions that cause climate change and exacerbate extreme weather. And tailpipe pollution exposes communities of color disproportionately to harmful toxins, causing asthma, heart problems and even premature death.

    Yet, transportation is still critical to reach jobs, education, health care and other services. In Baltimore, communities of color continue to be stranded from economic opportunity and social mobility due to decades of discriminatory land use and transportation planning decisions, including the Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to cancel the Red Line project.

  • Dunkin Moves Into the 21st Century With Plant-Based Sausage
    The Author Is Absolutely
    Here for Dunkin's
    Beyond-Meat Sausage Sandwiches

    July 26, 2020 (Earther Gizmodo) -Meat lovers and breakfast enthusiasts, we have some news. Dunkin’ announced this week that it’s teamed up with Beyond Meat to introduce a new sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich sans the meat, which is both great news for the planet as well as your stomach.

  • The E.P.A. Allows Chlorpyrifos to Remain on the Market
    EPA Refuses to Ban Dangerous
    Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked
    to Brain Damage in Children

    July 22, 2020 (Democracy Now!) -The Environmental Protection Agency will not ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos—even though the agency’s own research shows that it can cause brain damage in children.

    The substance is sold under the commercial name Lorsban and is banned for household use. But it’s still used by farmers on more than 50 fruit, nuts, cereal and vegetable crops. The announcement came Thursday. The Obama administration said it would ban the use of the toxic chemical in 2015, but the rule never took effect. It was suspended in 2017 by then-EPA head Scott Pruitt.

    Earthjustice is fighting this with a lawsuit against the EPA’s original decision in 2017.

    Click now to read or
    listen to the podcast segment.

  • If Fracking is So Safe, Why Does It Need a Health Registry?
    Ohio Citizens Start Their Own Fracking Health Registry

    July 19, 2020 (Allegheny Front) - A dozen people are scurrying around a church basement in Youngstown, Ohio. They’re arranging tables and chairs, setting up paperwork, and hanging up signs that read, “Ohio Health Registry.”

    “The Ohio Health Registry is really an attempt to collect the contacts of people who live close enough to any aspect of shale development, that they might be affected,” said Dr. Deborah Cowden, a family physician from the Dayton area, who started this effort.

  • What the USDA and EPA Is Not Telling Us About Industrial Farming
    1/2 of All US Greenhouse Gas
    Emissions Come from Industrial
    Food, Farming and Land Use

    July 17, 2019 (Organic Consumers Association)) -The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers.

    This great awakening has arrived just in time, given the record-breaking temperatures, violent weather, crop failures and massive waves of forced migration that are quickly becoming the norm. Global scientists have dropped their customary caution. They now warn us that we have to drastically reduce global emissions—by at least 45% over the next decade. Otherwise, we’ll pass the point of no return—defined as reaching 450 ppm or more of CO2 in the atmosphere sometime between 2030 - 2050—when our climate crisis will morph into a climate catastrophe. That’s when the melting polar ice and Arctic permafrost will trigger catastrophic sea rise, fueling deadly forest fires, climate chaos, crop failures, famine and the widespread disintegration of society as we know it.

    Click now to read the story,
    but you might not walk away smiling.

  • Oil-Drilling in Earthquake Zones is Probably Not a Smart Move
    Earthquakes Near Oil Fields Could
    Persist Long After Drilling Stops

    July 17, 2020 (National Geographic) -Water left over from oil and natural gas production may strengthen the magnitude of earthquakes in states like Oklahoma and Kansas, according to a new study.

    Dense, salty water pumped deep into the Earth is putting stress on small, hidden fault lines scattered throughout oil-producing regions.

    “It doesn’t take a large fault to generate a damaging earthquake,” says Martin Chapman, a seismologist at Virginia Tech.

    Click now to crack open the story.

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International Stories

(Domestic News section is just above this one.)

  • 20 Companies Are Responsible for 1/3 of All Carbon Emissions
    Revealed: the 20 Firms Behind
    a Third Of All Carbon Emissions

    Oct. 9, 2019  (The Guardian)- New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers:
    • Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline
    • Why we need political action to tackle the oil, coal and gas companies - video explainer

    The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

    New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.

  • Eliminating Single-Use Plastics in Your Travels
    How to Take Your Next
    Trip Without Single-Use Plastics

    Oct. 1, 2019  (National Geographic)- By Marie Mcgrory

    Avoiding single-use plastics like bottles and bags is hard enough at home, and can be especially difficult while traveling. When you’re on the go and trying to pack light, it’s easy to grab a plastic-wrapped sandwich and bottle of water. But eliminating single-use plastics on a trip might be easier than you think—even in a foreign country without potable water.

    I took on this challenge in Belize, a country that is no stranger to ecotourism. Its government recently announced a ban on major single-use plastics like bags and straws to go into effect by Earth Day 2019. And UNESCO has removed the Belize Barrier Reef from its list of World Heritage in Danger, after years of efforts to restore the reef’s long-term health.

  • Helping Animals Hurt By the Amazon Fires
    Inside the Efforts to Help
    Animals Hurt By the Amazon Fires

    Sept. 26, 2019  (National Geographic)- Nearly every day for the past 35 days, biologist Raúl Ernesto Rojas and a group of volunteers have been out looking for animals on the edges of the flames roaring around Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Mostly, they find only charred bodies or bones. For any unseen survivors, they leave corn and fresh water cradled in palm husks.

    The dead animals aren’t a surprise. Nothing in the Amazon is adapted to deal with the fires raging across parts of Bolivia and Brazil, as well as Peru and Paraguay—most set intentionally to clear forest for agriculture. To date in the Chiquitanía region around Santa Cruz, six million acres of forest—an area the size of Vermont—have burned, according to the city’s government. It’s not clear just how much of the Brazilian Amazon has burned this year, but the country’s National Institute for Space Research says the fires are unprecedented.

    Click for the story and some disturbing images.

  • Preserving Plant Diversity
    Connecting Our Dwindling Natural
    Habitats Could Help
    Preserve Plant Diversity

    Sept. 26, 2019 (Science News)- An ecological experiment so big it can be seen from space suggests that connecting isolated habitats with natural corridors can help preserve plant diversity.

    The 18-year-long project revealed that linking fragments of restored longleaf pine savanna by a natural passageway boosted the number of plant species by 14 percent in those patches by the end of the experiment. This increase stems from higher plant colonization rates and lower extinction rates in connected versus unconnected fragments, researchers report in the Sept. 27 Science.

    “This study shows that corridors can, in principle, have lasting, positive effects on shrinking ecosystems,” says Jens Åström, an ecologist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim who wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s rare to have ecological experiments viewable from Google Earth,” he says.

  • The Real Problem With Beef
    It Might Not Be Terrible
    For Human Consumption, But...

    Oct. 2, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-An extensive study confirms that red meat might not be that bad for you. But it is bad for the planet, with chicken and pork less harmful than beef.

    The potentially unhealthful effects of eating red meat are so small that they may be of little clinical significance for many people.

    This finding, just released in multiple articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is sure to be controversial. It should certainly not be interpreted as license to eat as much meat as you like. But the scope of the work is expansive, and it confirms prior work that the evidence against meat isn’t nearly as solid as many seem to believe. (While I had no role in the new research, I co-wrote a commentary about it in the journal.)

  • Can Chinese Govt. Pledges Be Trusted?
    Chinese Firms To Build More
    Coal Power Plants In Asia
    Despite Beijing’s Pledge
    For Greener Initiatives

    Sept. 18, 2019 (South China Morning Post) - China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.

    This will be the case until the host nations – such as Indonesia – have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy projects viable, according to Martin David, Asia-Pacific head of projects practice group at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

    Click now to read more
    about this discouraging news.

  • Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?
    Can a Climate Conscious
    Diet Include Meat or Dairy?

    Sept. 18, 2019 (Inside Climate News)-Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in all cases.

    Though each advocates a major transformation in how the world eats and produces food in order to slow climate change—including a shift toward plant-based diets—they also say that consuming meat and dairy products in certain parts of the world, by certain populations, is critical for meeting nutritional goals.

    Click now to satisfy
    your climate news hunger.

  • There's Womb For That Carbon Dioxide
    Air Pollution Can
    Reach the Placenta Around
    a Developing Baby

    Sept. 17, 2019 (Science News)- Breathing in polluted air may send soot far beyond a pregnant woman’s lungs, all the way to the womb surrounding her developing baby.

    Samples of placenta collected after women in Belgium gave birth revealed soot, or black carbon, embedded within the tissue on the side that faces the baby, researchers report online September 17 in Nature Communications. The amount of black carbon in the placenta correlated with a woman’s air pollution exposure, estimated based on emissions of black carbon near her home.

    “There’s no doubt that air pollution harms a developing baby,” says Amy Kalkbrenner, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee who was not involved in the new work. Mothers who encounter air pollution regularly may have babies born prematurely or with low birth weight.

  • Maps Showing How Much of the Amazon is Burning
    How Much of The Amazon Is Burning, How It Compares To Other Years

    Aug. 29, 2019 (National Geographic)-Thousands of fires are burning across a southern swath of the Amazon. They belch smoke and soot, blanketing those who live downwind with thick, dirty air, hurting wildlife in their path and destroying part of one the most important carbon storehouses left on the planet.

    About 76,000 fires were burning across the Brazilian Amazon at last official count, an increase of over 80 percent over the same time period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Since then, even more fires have appeared in the satellite imagery that scientists use to assess the extent and intensity of burning, and they expect the number to increase over coming months as the dry season intensifies.

    Click now for more
    on this burning issue.

  • Yes, We Have No Bananas
    The Banana is One
    Step Closer to Disappearing

    Aug. 12, 2019 (National Geographic)- A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived in the Americas.

    ICA, the Colombian agriculture and livestock authority, confirmed on Thursday that laboratory tests have positively identified the presence of so-called Panama disease Tropical Race 4 on banana farms in the Caribbean coastal region. The announcement was accompanied by a declaration of a national state of emergency.

    The discovery of the fungus represents a potential impending disaster for bananas as both a food source and an export commodity. Panama disease Tropical Race 4—or TR4—is an infection of the banana plant by a fungus of the genus Fusarium.

    Click now for more on this story.

  • Not the Thin Blue Line, But the Thick Gray Line
    The Thick Gray Line: Forest
    Elephants Defend Against Climate Change

    Aug. 19, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-Poaching destabilizes nations, disrupts ecosystems and threatens biodiversity. A recent study suggests still another consequence: Some types of poaching may also accelerate climate change.

    Forest elephants — the smaller, endangered relatives of African savanna elephants — promote the growth of large trees that excel at storing carbon, according to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

    Click to read more.

  • Satellite-based Emissions Monitoring (Not Just CO2)
    Beyond Carbon:Satellite-based
    Emissions Monitoring Can
    Track Much More Than CO2

    Aug. 19, 2019 (Energy Central) -This recent blog from environmental tech nonprofit WattTime brings up an important point: In addition to reducing emissions for the sake of climate action, millions of lives can be saved in the near-term and beyond by cleaning up the air we breathe to lower cardiac and respiratory illnesses.

    WattTime is embarking on a Google-backed global emissions monitoring project that will focus on CO2 in order to guide and enforce emissions-reduction regulations, but they also hope to expand that project to look at other pollutants—from sulfur dioxide to mercury—to improve health on a global scale.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Rising Ocean Temperatures -Rising Mercury Levels in Seafood
    As Ocean Temperatures Rise,
    So Does Mercury Exposure In Seafood

    Aug. 12, 2019 (inhabitat)) -In case there weren’t already enough reasons to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new study released in Nature reveals that even a 1 degree increase in ocean temperatures leads to a significant increase in mercury exposure among fish — and the people that consume them.

    The joint study was published by Harvard’s School of Public Health and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and used a variety of simulation models to examine and predict how environmental factors affect the levels of mercury in cod and dogfish. Their models use historical data, as far back as 1970, when cod had approximately 6 to 20% less mercury in their diets. Yet researchers also found that dogfish had 33 to 61% higher mercury in their diets in 1970, because overfishing at the time led them to eat squid that are high in mercury.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • Discarded Cigarettes Are Toxic - No Butts About It
    Cigarette Butts Are
    Toxic Plastic Pollution.
    Should They Be Banned?

    Aug. 9, 2019 (National Geographic) -Smokers around the world buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion every day. While most of a cigarette’s innards and paper wrapping disintegrate when smoked, not everything gets burned. Trillions of cigarette filters—also known as butts or ends—are left over, only an estimated third of which make it into the trash. The rest are casually flung into the street or out a window.

    “There's something about flicking that cigarette butt,” says Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action. “It's so automatic.”

    Cigarette filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate. When tossed into the environment, they dump not only that plastic, but also the nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed into the surrounding environment.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro Cares Little About the Amazon
    'No need' for German
    Amazon aid: Brazil's Bolsonaro

    Aug. 12, 2019 (Deuthchvella)) -President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the importance of German funding for forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil. "They can use this money as they see fit. Brazil doesn't need it," he said.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his country has "no need" for German money aimed at supporting conservation projects in Brazil. "They can use this money as they see fit. Brazil doesn't need it," Bolsonaro told journalists in Brasilia on Sunday.

    His comments come after German media reported that Berlin was considering withdrawing the funding.

    Click now to read the full story.

  • How Arctic Wildlife Benefits From a Pristine Environment
    Pristine Arctic Reserves Will Benefit Wildlife and Inuit Communities

    Aug. 1, 2019 (National Geographic) -“When you’re there it’s very quiet. It’s so beautiful. When you’re on the ice it feels so solid, like concrete,” says Paul Okalik, the senior adviser for Arctic conservation at the World Wildlife Fund and former premier of the Canadian province Nunavut.

    Now the far northern Canadian Arctic region is set to remain pristine thanks to an agreement reached between the Canadian government and Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation (QIA).

    Click now for details.

  • A Solution for Handling Microplastics May Have Been Found
    Teenager Wins $50,000 Award
    For Extracting 87% Of Microplastics
    From Water Using Magnetic Liquid

    Aug. 1, 2019 (Daily Koz)) -There are many pressing issues facing our world, including the scourge of microplasticswhich are defined as small bits, smaller than 5 millimeters in length, that collect in our wastewater and make it through most filtration systems into our oceans and rivers. Subsequently, everything living in those bodies of water is affected—from coral reefs ingesting plastics to the entire marine food chain. There’s a good chance that anything you’ve eaten in the past week had a little bit of plastic in it.

    A teenager from an island off of southern Ireland, inspired by the remnants of an oil spill, has come up with a novel way to use NASA-invented magnetic liquid to extract microplastics from water. Eighteen-year-old Fionn Ferreira hypothesized that he could pull out about 85% of the microplastics in his experiment. As Business Insider explains, NASA engineer Steve Papell, in trying to magnetize rocket fuel in 1963 to combat zero-gravity conditions in space, created the first ferrofluid.

    Click now to learn why
    congratulations might be in order..

  • Brazil Slashes Protections For the Amazon
    Under Brazil’s Far-Right
    Leader, Amazon Protections
    Slashed and Forests Fall

    July 28, 2019 (NY Times)) -BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining.

    Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one point, Brazil’s success in slowing the deforestation rate made it an international example of conservation and the effort to fight climate change.

    But with the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist who has been fined personally for violating environmental regulations, Brazil has changed course substantially, retreating from the efforts it once made to slow global warming by preserving the world’s largest rain forest.

    Click now to read the troubling story.

  • Oxford University Study: Become a Vegan
    Study Finds: Veganism Is
    'Single Biggest Way' to
    Reduce Our Environmental Impact

    July 25, 2020 (INDEPENDENT) - Eating a vegan diet could be the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on earth, a new study suggests.

    Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.

    Meanwhile, if everyone stopped eating these foods, they found that global farmland use could be reduced by 75 per cent, an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined.

    For the good of the planet,
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Oil Spill History
Site Title

"Birds and Oil Don't Mix"

  • One Dead in Gulf of Mexico Rig Accident
    One dead in Gulf of Mexico
    Rig Accident - But No Pollution

    July 21, 2019 (UPI) -There is no pollution associated with an explosion on a drilling platform about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said.

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it was notified by oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy of an explosion on its Echo Platform.

    Fieldwood said one contract worker was killed and three other employees were treated for injuries at an onshore medical facility.

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  • 14-Year-old Oil Leak in Gulf: Far Worse Than Taylor Energy Says
    New Estimate for an Oil Leak:
    1,000x Worse Than Rig Owner Says

    June 25, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -A new federal study has found that an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that began 14 years ago has been releasing as much as 4,500 gallons a day, not three or four gallons a day as the rig owner has claimed.

    The leak, about 12 miles off the Louisiana coast, began in 2004 when a Taylor Energy Company oil platform sank during Hurricane Ivan and a bundle of undersea pipes ruptured. Oil and gas have been seeping from the site ever since.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • It’s Been Nine Years Since the Deepwater Horizon Incident
    Nine Years After Deepwater Horizon

    April 16, 2017 (National Wildlife Federation) - It has been nine years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing eleven men and unleashing an 87 day-long torrent of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. National Wildlife Federation has taken an active role in Gulf recovery, advocating for science-based decision-making to benefit wildlife and their habitats as Gulf leaders invest recovery funds into restoration.

    While there are still decades of recovery ahead, significant strides have been made over the last eight years to restore the Gulf for coastal communities and wildlife. As we reflect on the lives lost and the damage wrought, we should also consider how we can prevent a similar disaster from happening in the future.

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  • Torrey Canyon Oil Spill - Learning From History
    Torrey Canyon Disaster –
    the UK's Worst-Ever Oil
    Spill 50 Years On

    Mar. 18, 2017 (The Guardian) - “I saw this huge ship sailing and I thought he’s in rather close, I hope he knows what he’s doing,” recalled Gladys Perkins of the day 50 years ago, when Britain experienced its worst ever environmental disaster.

    The ship was the Torrey Canyon, one of the first generation of supertankers, and it was nearing the end of a journey from Kuwait to a refinery at Milford Haven in Wales. The BP-chartered vessel ran aground on a rock between the Isles of Scilly and Land’s End in Cornwall, splitting several of the tanks holding its vast cargo of crude oil.

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  • The Prospect of Cuba Drilling In The Gulf Concerns Tampa Bay.
    Advocates of Gulf Oil-Drilling
    Ban Worried By Talks With Cuba

    Aug. 18, 2016 (Tampa Bay Times) - Progress in international talks over who owns a piece of the Gulf of Mexico has raised the specter of a Deepwater Horizon tragedy along local shores.

    A few hundred miles from the west coast of Florida is a 7,700-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Eastern Gap, thought to be rich with oil but with no clear owner.

    The U.S., Cuban and Mexican governments are now negotiating how to split the area among the three nations. Once that happens, each country can drill for oil in its allotted portion.

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  • Shell Oil Mimics BP With 90,000 Gal. of Crude
    Shell Oil Spill Dumps Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Crude Into Gulf

    May 13, 2016 (EcoWatch) -An oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore Brutus platform has released 2,100 barrels of crude into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

    The leak—roughly 88,200 gallons—created a visible 2 mile by 13 mile oil slick in the sea about 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

    Officials said that the accident occurred near Shell’s Glider field, an underwater pipe system that connects four subsea oil wells to the Brutus platform, which floats on top of the water with a depth of 2,900 feet.

    Click now for more
    (if you can bear it).

  • Blowout Highlights Gulf Drilling Dangers
    Blowout Highlights
    Gulf Drilling Dangers

    July 25, 2013 (Mother Nature Network) -Flames erupted from an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, torching a natural gas plume that had been leaking since a blowout earlier in the day. All 44 rig workers were evacuated before the fire began, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, but the rig continued spewing gas until Thursday morning, when its scorched frame finally collapsed enough to cut off the leak.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban
    Obama White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Ban

    Oct. 12, 2010 (CBS News) -The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the deep water oil drilling moratorium that the government imposed in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.

    The administration has been under heavy pressure from the industry and others in the region to lift the six-month ban on grounds it has cost jobs and damaged the economy. A federal report said the moratorium likely caused a temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.

    While the temporary ban on exploratory oil and gas drilling is lifted immediately, drilling is unlikely to resume immediately. Drilling companies must meet a host of new safety regulations before they can resume operations, officials said.

    Click now for more
    if you can bear it.

  • Enter the No-Spin Zone of the Deep: the BP Live Feed
    The No-Spin Zone of the Deep

    June 5, 2010 (Christian Science Monitor) - It was the last thing BP wanted: An open, high-definition live video feed – a "spillcam," if you will – showing in excruciating detail the massive oil geyser fouling the Gulf of Mexico, a situation admittedly caused by the giant extractive firm.

    But after a series of PR disasters – waffling, obfuscating, misplaced optimism, a gaffe-prone CEO – the decision by BP, under pressure from Congress, to put the live feed on the air reaped some unexpected plaudits for the company.

    Click now for the complete
    story from the archives.

  • Can We Restore the Gulf of Mexico?
    Gulf Oil Spill:
    Dispersants Have Potential
    to Cause More Harm Than Good

    May 11, 2010 (CISTON PR Newswire) -The chemical dispersants being used to break up the oil leaking into the gulf following the explosion of British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig have the potential to cause just as much, if not more, harm to the environment and the humans coming into contact with it than the oil possibly would if left untreated.

    That is the warning of toxicology experts, led by Dr. William Sawyer, addressing the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a group of lawyers working to protect the rights and interests of environmental groups and persons affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The group represents the United Fishermen's Association and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), among others.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Exxon Valdez: The Story That Never Goes Away
    20 Years After Exxon Valdez
    Oil Spill, Alaskan
    Coastline Remains Contaminated

    Mar. 24, 2009 (Democracy Now) - Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez spilled between 11 and 38 million gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound.

    The spill contaminated more than 1,200 miles of Alaska’s shoreline and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine animals. It also dealt a staggering blow to the residents of local fishing towns, and the effects of the disaster are still being felt today. We speak with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, former commercial salmon fisherma’am and author of two books on the spill. Her latest is Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill.

    Click now for the story
    deep in the archives.

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America's Greenest Cities

Provided by Mother Nature Network

# 1 - Portland, Ore

PortlandThe city of microbrewery mania and home to megastore Powell's Books — one of the few remaining independent booksellers in the country — is No. 1 in sustainability. Declared the most bikeable city in the United States for its 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes, Portland certainly makes forgoing gas-powered travel easy. And for lessons in DIY sustainable food sources, classes are available for container gardening and cheese making, or beekeeping and chicken keeping.

# 2 - San Francisco, Cal.


San Francisco
Declared by Mayor Gavin Newsom to be America's solar energy leader, this vibrant city of cultural tolerance was a 1960s icon and epicenter for the Summer of Love. But in addition to peace, love and solar power, there's also an innovative recycling program with an artist-in-residence at the recycling facility. The artist uses his work to inspire residents to recycle and conserve. San Francisco is also the first U.S. city to ban plastic grocery bags, a concept that supports its effort to divert 75 percent of landfill waste by 2010.
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# 3 - Boston, Mass.


BostonIt's hard to think of this city without also thinking of tea — as a commodity, not a drink. Boston ranks high among the urban green elite. Sustainability efforts include a "Green by 2015" goal to replace traditional taxi cabs with hybrid vehicles, recycle trash to power homes, use more solar panels, and use more electric motorbikes for transportation.

The city's first annual Down2Earth conference was held in 2008. It's designed to educate residents about how to live the most sustainable lifestyle.

# 4 - Oakland, Calif.


Boston
Residents of this port city have access to an abundance of fresh, organic food, much of which is locally sourced. It's also home to the nation's cleanest tap water, hydrogen-powered public transit and the country's oldest wildlife refuge.

Oakland also plans to have zero waste and be oil-independent by 2020, and already gets 17 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
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# 5 - Eugene, Ore.



Eugene
Known as the Emerald City for its natural green beauty, this baby boomer haven and second largest city in the state has been doing the "green" thing since the 1960s. In 2008, after only one year of service, the Emerald Express, a hybrid public transit system, won a Sustainable Transport award. Cycling is the preferred mode of transportation, made possible by the 30 miles of off-street bike paths and 29 dedicated bike routes, which total a whopping 150 miles of smog-free travel throughout the metro area.

# 6 - Cambridge, Mass.


Cambridge
In 2008, Prevention Magazine named Cambridge "the best walking city." Thoreau's Walden Pond can be found in nearby Concord, and education powerhouses Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are located here. In 2002, city officials implemented a major climate protection plan and today most city vehicles are fueled by B20 biodiesel or electricity. All new construction or major renovations must meet LEED standards. And a project called "Compost that Stuff" collects and processes organic waste from residents, restaurants, bars and hotels.

# 7 - Berkeley, Calif.

A great place to find an abundance of organic and vegetarian restaurants is also on the cutting edge of sustainability. Berkeley is recognized as aBerkeley leader in the incubation of clean technology for wind power, solar power, biofuels and hydropower.

# 8 - Seattle, Wash.


Seattle
The unofficial coffee klatch capitol of the country is also sustainable-living savvy. More than 20 public buildings in Seattle are LEED-certified or under construction for LEED certification. Through an incentive program, residents are encouraged to install solar panels on their homes for energy conservation. Sustainable Ballard, a green neighborhood group and sustainability festival host, offers ongoing workshops about how to live in harmony with the environment.
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# 9 - Chicago, Ill.

Chicago

The Windy City has embraced land sustainability far longer than you may think. In 1909, pioneering city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham created a long-range plan for the lakefront that balanced urban growth, and created a permanent greenbelt around the metropolitan area.
This greening of the city continues through the Chicago Green Roof Program. More than 2.5 million SQF city roofs support plant life — including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the city hall building. Also, about 500,000 new trees have been planted.

# 10 - Austin Tex.

Austin

Carbon neutral by 2020 — it's an ambitious goal, but Austin Energy is the nation's top seller of renewable energy among 850 utility-sponsored programs, which makes its goal to power the city solely on clean energy within reach. As the gateway to the scenic Texas Hill Country, acreage in Austin devoted to green space includes 206 parks, 12 preserves, 26 greenbelts and more than 50 miles of trails.


Safer Habitats Table of Contents

Clean Air Council Climate Emergency Network Common Dreams Earthworks
Env. Impact Assessment Environmental Working Group Florida Black Bears Fly California
Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat Guardian Sustainable Business Los Angeles Mass Transit Mass.gov
Sierra Club UNLV Recycling Virginia Dept of Env. Quality Your Cities, Yourselves

Organizations for Safer Habitats
(Click on an image for more of the story)

The Guardian Sustainable Business

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Read articles like "Famers Turn Tobacco into Airplane Fuel," Infographics on Air Pollution and Your Health, Cardboard Boxes You Sleep In, and much, much more.






Florida Black Bears are in trouble, and they can't hire their own lawyers. -but we can help.

Gold Rush vs Salmon Habitat

Transboundary Watershed Map
Five major mining projects have been proposed for the transboundary watershed – the waters shared by British Columbia and southeast Alaska. The region is home to important salmon producing rivers that originate in British Columbia and run through Alaska to the sea. A number of environmental groups, Alaskan Natives and commercial fishermen strongly oppose some of these mining developments across the border. They argue mining could have negative impacts on the salmon and water quality, and irrevocably alter the region's economy, environment and way of life

Environmental Working Group

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Two-thirds of produce samples in recent government tests had pesticide residues. Don't want to eat bug- and weed-killers? EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce helps you shop smart. We highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. If a conventionally grown food you want tests high for pesticides, go for the organic version instead. And remember - the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure. Dirty Dozen™ Plus highlights hot peppers and leafy greens - kale and collard greens - often tainted with unusually hazardous pesticides.
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Hydraulic Fracturing (AKA Fracking). Another assault to the environment for which we can thank Haliburton and others. Read all about this extreme method of natural gas extraction , and its impact on water quality and other serious health issues (human and other species). Click the Earthworks icon to learn more.
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100 Coal Plants Unplugged. This Sierra Club milestone, 100 coal plants defeated, marks a significant shift in the way Americans are looking at our energy choices. Read on and/or view video.
What Massachusetts is doing about Climate Change?
Flooded Village Files Suit, Citing Corporate Link to Climate Change.
The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming.  Read all about it.
This is the web page for Climate Emergency Network news.

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Impact reports for the high speed rail system. You can fly California without leaving the ground, or the carbon footprint associated with air travel. Includes maps of the extensive rail system. ALL ABOARD!



The Cape Wind Project will bring clean energy to Nantucket Sound. The project has been delayed by NIMBY (not in my back yard) issues by some who claim to be environmentalists.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the likely positive and/or negative influence a project may have on the environment. “Environmental Impact Assessment can be defined as: The process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.”[1] The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision-makers consider environmental impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects.
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EIR + Facts about the Los Angeles Metro - yes, L.A. has a mass transit system. Also read about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Your Cities, Yourselves


Smart-growth advocates offer tips for changing your neck of the woods.

Virginia Dept. of
Environmental Quality


The Office of Environmental Impact Review coordinates the Commonwealth's response to environmental documents for proposed state and federal projects. The environmental impact review staff distributes documents to appropriate state agencies, planning districts and localities for their review and comment. Upon consideration of all comments, the staff prepares a single state response.
Discover how Networkfleet can help lower fleet fuel costs and greenhouse emissions with technology that combines GPS vehicle tracking with onboard engine diagnostics.
Monitoring the environmental impact of Pennsylvania's energy generation. A steward in validating the state's compliance with the Clean Air Act. What happens in Pennsylvania doesn't necessarily stay in Pennsylvania.
Between 2003 and 2006, the UNLV Rebel Recycling Program recycled 2,144.5 tons of materials. Paper/Fiber (cardboard, paper, books) recycled was 1,641.6 tons. The diversion of these materials from the Apex landfill to the manufacturing process resulted in a positive impact on the global environment. Click on the logo for more.
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Companies Producing Cleaner Power

(More companies will be added to this page shortly)


1366 One Step Closer to
Opening US Solar PV Wafer Facility

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Solar silicon wafer innovator 1366 Technologies has landed new funding led by newest partner Tokayama, and is ready to scale up to a 250-MW production line ahead of an anticipated upswing in demand.
Ten months ago 1366 moved into a new 25-MW pilot facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, to nail down process and tweak equipment for its solar silicon wafering technology to take the next step toward commercialization. In June of 2013 the firm inked a R&D deal with Japanese silicon producer Tokuyama with hints that it could expand to an equity investment.
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What if a cost-effective air pollution control technology could actually increase energy efficiency? What if it were possible to prevent harmful emissions from the combustion of any fuel, including gas, biomass, coal — even tire-derived fuel and municipal solid waste — in the flame, before those pollutants were ever formed?
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The executives at Fulton-based Redox Power Systems are making a bold bet: The homes and businesses of the future will be powered by an extraterrestrial-looking apparatus loaded with fuel cells that convert natural gas and air into electricity.
The technology promises to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than the systems that power many buildings today, but the company has to first overcome the economic and social barriers that often beset renewable energy ventures.
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Mesothelioma is a Disease Brought
On By Exposure to Asbestos

Disclaimer: There are many sites that focus on treatment, but we lack the credentials to recommend the best ones*. We've provded a short list:
• Mesothelioma Justice Network
• MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org
      • Treat Mesothelioma.org
• Mesothelioma Staging System

• Mesothelioma Help Now
*Always consult with a professional
before making your choice.