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The Tongass National Forest, Alaska

I’m elated to tell you about a huge victory that will maintain protection for the roadless lands in the Tongass National Forest. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in a rare, 11-judge en banc court, ruled that Bush-era action exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule is invalid. Yesterday’s decision will ensure that the roadless portions of the Tongass—the largest and wildest national forest in the U.S.—will be protected from new road-building and logging.

Ulises Alfaro traveled to Washington D.C. to offer common-sense solutions for the HVAC industry that could help Colorado waste less gas and electricity.

This is a guest blog by Ulises Alfaro, an EPA Universal-and North American Technical Excellence-certified HVAC technician who lives in Denver, Colorado. Every year in his industry, climate change creates very unusual weather patterns that make service seasons volatile.

As a heating and cooling professional working in Colorado, I have a passion for making people feel comfortable in their homes and a responsibility to help homeowners save money by maximizing efficiency in the heating and cooling of their homes.

A coal ash pond at the Duke Energy Cape Fear Plant that has been here since 1985.

Coal ash is a nationwide problem and is responsible for high-profile drinking water contamination, air pollution and public health threats. On July 28, Earthjustice Legislative Representative Andrea Delgado sat down with Buenos Dias D.C host Nestor Bravo on Univision in Washington, D.C. to explain what coal ash is, where it comes from, why we need regulations to protect communities and the opposition these safeguards face in Congress. Nearly 70 percent of coal ash waste ponds are located in communities of color and low-income communities.

Howling wolf

Wolves have influenced human language for many thousands of years. In ancient Greece, “λύκον ἰδεῖν” meant “to see a wolf,” or to be struck dumb, apparently the result of being sighted by a wolf. The word “wulf” was one of the most common compounds in early Anglo-Saxon names, and today we lament (or sometimes celebrate) how fast we “wolf down” a meal or complain of someone who has “cried wolf” again.

A foggy morning in Baltimore

Imagine for a moment you are forced to breathe through a straw, only from one nostril. Now, imagine that straw shrinks to the size of a coffee stirrer, making it even more difficult—nearly impossible—to inhale enough oxygen. This is what asthma feels like for Doris Toles, a Baltimore resident who had her first asthma attack when she was just two years old.

Ana E. Nobis is an occupational and environmental medicine physician and discusses how the EPA’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants is essential to avert the devastating consequences of global warming for our children.

This is a guest blog by Ana E. Nobis, M.D., MPH, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program. Dr. Nobis is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Annika Rodriguez Scholar.

The FDA neither tests genetically modified foods nor has ever approved one as safe for human consumption.

Have you noticed that the latest tactic to discredit anyone who doesn’t buy into a corporate claim that a product is safe is to label the person “anti-science?” If you try to get better regulation of pesticide use around schoolchildren or farmworkers, you’re not prudent, you’re “anti-science.” Don’t care to have genetically engineered products on your dinner table while companies fight every attempt to label them so you have a choice? They’re happy to label you “anti-science,” too. 

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