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Reuters finds 3,810 U.S. areas with lead poisoning double Flint’s
Friday November 17th 2017, 9:59 PM

Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the public its first hyper-local look at communities where children tested positive for lead exposure in recent years.

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In landmark ruling, court orders paint companies to pay to clean lead paint out of California homes.
Friday November 17th 2017, 9:47 PM

A California appeals court orders paint companies to pay for lead paint abatement in millions of homes.

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Closing the climate talks, ‘rays of light’
Friday November 17th 2017, 8:49 PM

The 23rd annual ”

Conference of Parties

” (or COP23, in UN-speak) closed Friday with two key messages:

  1. The 195 countries signing the Paris Agreement (yes, that includes the United States, albeit quietly) remain committed to a collective framework on international climate action, and
  2. The international community still has yet to send a strong signal that it is committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels.
True, an alliance of 19 countries, headed by the UK and Canada, committed on Thursday to phase out coal production. (The Guardian, calling the move

“a political watershed” in its headline

, noted that electricity produced by coal in the UK has fallen from 40 percent to 2 percent since 2012).

But little progress was made defining specific emissions-cutting guidelines. Activists call for a “robust set of rules,” but that rulebook remains woefully thin. (A U.S. talk about the necessity of fossil fuels sparked one of the conference’s biggest protests. Our quick read: ”

Song, dance and protests at US energy talk.

” Ecowatch has a

first-person account


The Center for International Environmental Law saw “two rays of light:” Governments agreed to integrate gender equality into climate action, and they committed to giving indigenous peoples equal footing in UN climate responses.

It is further sign that the climate talks are also becoming the way the global community addresses environmental and social justice.

“The decisions related to gender and indigenous peoples are welcome developments,” said Sébastien Duyck, a senior attorney for CIEL. The climate talks, he said, are “where theory becomes practice, with real consequences for communities around the globe.

Plenty of end-of-session wrap-ups on the web, from the

Associated Press




Climate Home News


The New York Times


The Guardian (in pictures)


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Highs and lows of the Bonn climate talks – in pictures
Friday November 17th 2017, 8:40 PM

The successes and disappointments this week in Germany, where the world’s nations gathered for the 23rd annual conference of the parties to prevent dangerous global warming.

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Europe – UN climate talks draw to a close as US holds firm on fossil fuels
Friday November 17th 2017, 8:36 PM

UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrapped up on Friday after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United States defending the use of fossil fuels.

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A Regional Funder’s Commitment to a Post-Fossil Fuel South
Friday November 17th 2017, 3:49 PM

One crucial, often overlooked type of environmental funding is the work of empowering communities to shape what comes after fossil fuels, especially in areas historically dependent on them.

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Coca-Cola Holidays are Coming advert is spectacularly trolled by Greenpeace to highlight plastic pollution
Friday November 17th 2017, 3:10 PM

The environmental charity’s ad calls out Coke for the part they play in endangering marine life.

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What if You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?
Friday November 17th 2017, 2:55 PM

Simple blood tests may soon be able to deliver alarming news about your cognitive health.

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Line streets with trees to prevent serious asthma attacks, say scientists 
Friday November 17th 2017, 2:47 PM

Asthma hospital admissions could be cut dramatically by lining streets with trees, the largest ever study has found.

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How bourbon and big data are cleaning up Louisville
Friday November 17th 2017, 2:43 PM

The Ohio River city has a reputation for fine whiskey and some of the nation’s worst air pollution. Its mayor is making a case to fix that.

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Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume
Friday November 17th 2017, 2:40 PM

One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.

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Framingham: General Chemical fails to qualify for Superfund program
Friday November 17th 2017, 2:26 PM

Massachusetts state environmental officials are coordinating with a contractor to begin partial cleanup of General Chemical’s former property

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