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Walmart to Shed Solvents Linked to Deaths, Birth Defects

From Bloomberg News, August 20, 2018. Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will stop selling paint strippers containing a solvent linked to more than a dozen deaths and a second solvent that could harm the development of babies in the womb. The phase out applies to paint strippers with either methylene chloride or n-methylpyrroilidone (NMP). […]

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Diet and Exercise May Stem Weight Gain of Pregnancy, but Should Begin Early

From the New York Times, September 6, 2018. Overweight women limited their weight gain with a diet and exercise program during pregnancy, but it did not lower their rate of complications like gestational diabetes. For years, maternal health experts have worried about a troubling statistic: More than half of all pregnant women in America are […]

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Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study

From Thomson Reuters Foundation News, September 5, 2018. OSLO/LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth. President Donald Trump, […]

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California wants 100% clean power by 2045. Wishful thinking?

From the San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2018. In the past decade, California has tripled its use of renewable power, raising wind turbines above hills and plugging vast fields of solar panels into the grid. That may have been the easy part. California legislators now want the state to get 100 percent of its electricity […]

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Minnesota Could Reap $30 Billion Driving on Electricity

From Renewable Energy World, August 27, 2018. What would happen if millions of Minnesotans ditched gasoline and started to drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity? A new report from MJ Bradley & Associates answers that question, demonstrating that Minnesota could realize upwards of $30 billion in avoided expenditures on gasoline and maintenance, reduced utility bills, and […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

From the New York Times, August 21, 2018.Honeybees are under siege, straining the business of farming. Now growers are turning to other bee species to help their crops. OMAK, Wash. — Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state, on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in […]

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Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year

From the New York Times, August 21, 2018. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has hailed its overhaul of federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning power plants as creating new jobs, eliminating burdensome government regulations and ending what President Trump has long described as a “war on coal.” The administration’s own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that […]

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It’s easier to breathe in Beijing these days

From MNN News, August 20, 2018. As China continues to crack down on pollution, Beijing’s residents are breathing easier and seeing bluer skies. As reported by Bloomberg, of the seven months with the lowest monthly pollution readings since 2008, five of them have happened since the summer of 2017, with back-to-back low-pollution months this summer […]

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Imperfect Produce expands to Waukesha

From gmToday, August 19, 2018. WAUKESHA — A company seeking to eliminate food waste and help farmers benefit from a full harvest has expanded into the Waukesha market. Imperfect Product launched in Milwaukee this past June and has now spread its services to Waukesha. Each customized box is filled with a variety of organic or […]

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Bulk Of Clean Energy Jobs In Wisconsin Are In Construction Or Manufacturing

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 17, 2018. A report on clean energy say 2.5 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce has jobs that involve renewable energy or efficiency. The bulk of those jobs are in construction or manufacturing and are concentrated in Milwaukee, Dane and Waukesha counties but are found in all of the state’s 72 counties. […]

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Briess receives Business Friends of the Environment Award

From The Courier, August 16, 2018. Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., with a facility in Waterloo, has been recognized by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) with a Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. It is the 29th consecutive year the WMC has recognized companies for programs that demonstrate an innovative approach to environmental protection […]

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New Research On Tropical Corn Could Help Reduce Fertilizer Used By Farmers

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 16, 2018. Unique Corn Variety Can Take Nitrogen Out Of The Air, Reducing Need For Artificial Fertilizers That Can Cause Runoff Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have helped discover a corn variety that could reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer farmers need to spread. The tropical variety of corn […]

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