Health systems improvement can improve quality of life
Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives. Institute of Medicine, September 16, 2014. An IOM study looked at how health systems improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make donor investment in health sustainable.
Fracking and the costs involved
New Study Highlights Environmental Costs, Health Risks of Fracking. Public Health Watch, September 14, 2014. The environmental costs — and possible benefits — from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which requires blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations, are the subject of new research that synthesizes 165 academic studies and government databases. The survey covers not only greenhouse gas impacts but also fracking’s influence on local air pollution, earthquakes and, especially, supplies of clean water.
Fast-tracking Permits affect Manatees
New Report: Fast-track permit system for watercraft access ignores manatee deaths, speedily approving thousands of new docks, ramps. Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, September 12, 2014. US Army Corp of Engineers and the state of Florida have failed to consider the cumulative impacts of thousands of recently permitted docks and ramps on the manatees.
Canadian Ministers make climate change a priority
Environment Ministers Make Climate Change a Priority.Market Wired, September 11, 2014. The Canadian environmental ministers agreed that they would make climate change a priority. Ministers adopted four key objectives:Improving Canada's recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste created; Developing tools for environmentally-sound waste management in Canada; Changing producer and consumer behavior; and Addressing the challenges faced by remote and northern communities in managing waste.
Transco Gas Pipeline Project needs to look at impacts
Environmental Group Criticizes Federal Review of Williams Transco Gas Pipeline Project. Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton, September 11, 2014. “Once again FERC ignores the public when it comes to the impacts of these pipelines. What is worse, they are ignoring the environmental and health and safety impacts, and also now the law. Clearly FERC is not looking at secondary and cumulative impacts, violating NEPA, and must comply,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.
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