Living off the grid, which involves not being connected to a city’s water supply or electricity from a utility company, is growing in popularity. Depending on where you live, local and state government may support off-grid living, or zoning regulations may make disconnecting from public water and utilities a crime. However, there are good reasons why states should support off-grid living.… [Read more]
While there has been a slight population uptick in recent years, rural America is dwindling. About 46.1 million people, or roughly 14 percent of U.S. residents, called rural and non-metro areas home as of July 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Further, 462,000 more people have moved out of rural areas since 2010 than have moved in. … [Read more]
The Environmental Working Group estimates that more than 12,000 people die each year in the US from asbestos exposure and 255,000 people all over the world. The most significant toll is on the people who have to work with asbestos on the job, accounting for 90% of the total number of deaths.
Health hazards regarding this mineral emerged 40 years ago when it became known that asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and cancer of the larynx and ovaries.… [Read more]
The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]
Forty three years ago Congress unanimously passed the Clean Air Act which was subsequently signed into law by a Republican president. Six years ago the Supreme Court declared that greenhouse gases are a pollutant. Fast-forward to the present day.
How fitting that on such a hot day, repeatedly wiping his brow in the summer sun, President Obama delivered a speech on climate change policy.… [Read more]
I have to confess that the first time I heard about the Keystone XL pipeline I didn’t know a thing about it. All I heard was a quick blurb on the evening news mentioning that the president might not approve it. (However, I believe this was before the election and I think he conveniently changed his mind after he was re-elected.)… [Read more]
It’s Earth Day; today is the anniversary of a green environmental movement that began in 1970. The movement has grown from 20 million participants to over 1 billion people who are committed to the planet we all call home. Prior to December 1970, there was no legal way to thwart environmental polluters until Congress authorised the creation of the U.S.… [Read more]
Today, the Environmental Defense Fund relayed some information that should make all of us breathe a little easier:
The EPA has just announced historic new standards to reduce soot, smog and other dangerous pollution that spews from the tailpipes of our cars and trucks.
With every breath, these standards will deliver cleaner, healthier air to the lungs of millions of Americans, producing billions of dollars of public health benefits every year.… [Read more]
Taking the good with the not so good; isn’t it all a balancing act? As with every other week, there was much on the nation’s calendar to juggle this week; so much to do…so much to fix. This week, we’re wrapping up with a look at a study in contrasts.
During the same week in which there was strong focus on the environment in the form of the International Day of Action for Rivers, we also received word that the US Environmental Protection Agency may delay proposed greenhouse gas limits for power plants.… [Read more]
It’s fairly certain that there will be opposing viewpoints on the levels of environmental damage and the impact on the planet’s life but, at some point, shouldn’t we move beyond debating whether climate change is actually real?
Thanks to extensive research and noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence, it’s getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change.… [Read more]