Sunday, March 04, 2018 by: David Williams Tags: badhealth, badpollution, coal ash, contaminated groundwater, Ecology, environ, EPA, pollution, power companies, power plants, toxins, USWAG (Natural News) The first power plant coal ash reports have now been made publicly available for the first time since they were required to be submitted a couple of years back, and the data doesn’t look pretty. Based on an analysis conducted by the environmental law organization Earthjustice, the data shows – rather conclusively – that there are toxic substances like arsenic currently being leaked from unlined pits, thereby contaminating groundwater at more than a few hundred coal ash storage facilities across the country. Of the 14 power plants reviewed by Earthjustice, nine were found to show “statistically significant increases” of toxic materials present in groundwater near their respective coal ash containment ponds. This data clearly won’t sit well with … [Read more...] about Toxic substances from coal ash are leaking into the groundwater, yet utility companies keep petitioning for weaker monitoring rules
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(Natural News) It’s practically a given at this point that whenever a power plant is in operation, it is inevitably going to have at least some emissions. After all, the waste material from what’s being produced inside has to be expelled somewhere. But did you know that it’s possible for a power plant to have less than zero emissions? Indeed, as one newly-constructed power plant now shows, the world finally has its very own “negative emissions” plant in existence, and its benefits can already be seen where it is located in Iceland.The world’s first negative emissions power plant was made possible by the world of a climate startup called Climeworks. What they did was basically re-fit an existing geothermal plant in Iceland in order to, first and foremost, remove carbon dioxide from the air. At the same time, as they removed the carbon dioxide from the air, they also managed to generate power that can be used in thousands of separate homes. Instead of … [Read more...] about Powering clean air: The world’s first power plant with negative emissions now in operation
(Natural News) Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Cornell University, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are making a revolutionary step towards creating major changes in the field of geoengineering. By presenting their findings via a sophisticated computer model, the scientists have shown that a new approach to geoengineering could possibly be used to lessen the Earth’s warming while reducing some of the risks that have been posited in previous studies, such as the uneven cooling of the globe. Geoengineering, which is also called climate intervention, is the process of interfering with the Earth’s climatic system with the intention of reversing global warming. (“Geoengineering” is sometimes used interchangeably with the term “chemtrails.”) Past studies tried to answer the age-old question “What happens if we do geoengineering?” The studies showed both positive and negative outcomes but … [Read more...] about Geoengineering proponents attempt to alleviate concerns of the public by changing their focus to just “limit warming”
RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Is your reusable shopping bag going to make you sick? It could. This past Monday, a Washington-based nonprofit released results of independent lab tests revealing that 25 percent of bags tested contained dangerous levels of lead. But the reasons they tested these bags in the first place may not have anything to do with improving public health.THE DETAILS: A nonprofit called the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) purchased and tested bags from 44 different retailers and found that 16 retailers, including CVS, Safeway, and Walgreens, were selling reusable shopping bags that exceed the government's limit of 100 parts per million in food packaging; about 25 percent of the actual bags exceeded that level. All the bags the group tested were the cheaper woven polypropylene (plastic) bags, the kind that sell for as little as 99 cents in supermarket checkout lanes.In some cases, the source of the lead was paint from the decorations. But in nearly two-thirds of the … [Read more...] about Lead in Your Reusable Shopping Bag: Public Health Problem, or Industry Scare Tactic?
(Natural News) Johnson & Johnson has recently come forward to admit that one of their products, the Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump, could be vulnerable to hacking. This security issue could allow malicious individuals to exploit the device and cause it to overdose diabetic patients with insulin. Who would do this to a type 1 diabetic? Hopefully no one.Johnson & Johnson claims that the risk of this happening is quite low, and medical device experts claim that this is the first time such a concern has ever been reported. Cyber vulnerability has become an increasingly hot topic following similar concerns with bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.The OneTouch Ping manufacturer claims that so far, they have not received any reports about cyber attacks on their devices. Regardless, Johnson &Johnson is doing their best to warn customers and teach them how to fix the problem for their protection. The company sent letters out to doctors and about 114,000 patients who use … [Read more...] about Johnson & Johnson warns public: Insulin pump is vulnerable to hacking
But after that story faced a barrage of intense criticism — from Adrian Chen in the New Yorker (“propaganda about Russia propaganda”), Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone (“shameful, disgusting”), my own article, and many others — including legal threats from the sites smeared as Russian propaganda outlets by the Post’s “independent researchers” — the Post finally added its lengthy editor’s note distancing itself from the anonymous group that provided the key claims of its story (“The Post … does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings” and “since publication of the Post’s story, PropOrNot has removed some sites from its list”).What did Baron tell his followers about this editor’s note that gutted the key claims of the story he hyped? Nothing. Not a word. To date, he has been publicly silent about these revisions. Having spread … [Read more...] about WashPost is richly rewarded for false news about Russia threat while public is deceived
The event that many of us have been anticipating for the last 4 years is finally here. Yes, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is happening as we speak. It is time for each country to come together as one in support of their football team. And in turn comes the increased consumption of junk food and drink. Research from Webloyalty - a consumer research organization - predicts that in the UK, people will spend around £271 million ($459 million) on food and drink for the World Cup. It is very unlikely that healthy food and drink choices will be included in this spend. In the first week of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, for example, sales of chips increased by 10% in the UK and sales of chocolate rose by 37%, compared with the same week the previous year. And it seems this pattern occurs during most major sporting events. During the London 2012 Olympics, sales of sugary drinks increased by 10% in value and 8% in volume, compared with the same period the year before. But why … [Read more...] about Should ‘junk food’ companies be sponsoring major sporting events?
Dive Brief: Medical Express Ambulance Service (MedEx), based in Skokie, Illinois, is set to begin a pilot program utilizing Google Glass to allow physicians to look at what paramedics are seeing first-hand. The MedEx program will initially work with the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, with the goal of expanding over time to work with additional hospitals. It will utilize software developed by Pristine. The program reportedly took MedEx two and half years of negotiation with Google and the Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as $250,000 to develop the service and the addition of 10 new critical-care ambulances that include Wi-Fi hotspots to facilitate video transmission to hospitals. Dive Insight: What's of particular interest here is not just the potential for Google Glass to impact patient care, but of how exactly MedEx is managing this program. CEO Lauren Rubinson-Morris told … [Read more...] about Chicago ambulance company runs with Google Glass
As organizations and agencies transition to value-based care models, many are reaching across sectors and forming partnerships to advance public health. For one example. the University of Maryland’s Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is partnering with Cigna and area barbershops to promote colorectal cancer screening. “The traditional ‘silos’ of medical, behavioral health and social services can’t meet the needs of our population alone,” says Jim Hickman, CEO of California-based Better Health East Bay, part of Sutter Health. “Partnerships, enabled by technology and amplified by data-sharing, are the first step in changing the way we deliver care.” He cites the group’s work with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to address challenges in delivering care to patients with complex social and health needs. Better Health East Bay partner Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is one of just six U.S. … [Read more...] about Where new partnership opportunities are advancing public health efforts
Dive Brief: Analysts agree that the second quarter is likely to be positive for publicly-traded hospital companies as a result of healthcare reform and Medicaid expansion. Q2 is also likely to look better than the previous quarter because of bad winter weather that kept utilization rates low and the fact that open enrollment had closed before the start of Q1. According to Brian Tanquilut, an analyst at Jefferies & Co, utilization for elective and non-urgent procedures is picking up. “I think volumes will be better in the second quarter compared to the first,” Tanquilut said. Dive Insight: The boost in the volume of insured patients is likely to vary with location. According to the Kaiser Health Foundation, out of 13.5 million eligible individuals, 8 million had selected a marketplace plan as of April 19—a 59% national average. In California, that average is 74%, while in Tennessee, only 49.5% of eligible individuals … [Read more...] about Strong Q2 expected for publicly-traded hospitals