Daily Archives: February 4, 2014

Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic – In Plain Sight

Fri Jan 3, 2014 4:20 AM EST

Amelia Krales / NBC News   See segments of NBC study.

Amanda, 6, poses in her Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. Amanda’s mother, Rossana de la Cuadra, has had mold in the bathroom of the apartment on and off for most of the 14 years that she’s lived there. She believes the mold may be a contributing factor Amanda’s asthma. Rossana de la Cuadra and Jose Santos are fighting their landlord to provide an asthma-safe environment for their sick daughter.

By Linda Carroll, NBC News contributor

Javier Sepulveda watches the cockroaches skitter across the floor of his Harlem apartment with a mixture of anger and angst. For him they are more than just a nauseating nuisance: They’re one of the main reasons his 12-year-old daughter, Melissa, sometimes struggles to breathe with the scary sensation that she’s suffocating.

Like many others living in low-income neighborhoods, Sepulveda has discovered that his home is implicated in his daughter’s asthma—and that there’s little he can do about it, a Dateline investigation, part of the year-long NBC News “In Plain Sight” poverty reporting initiative, found.

Not long ago scientists noticed a link between poverty and asthma. Now they’re starting to discover that where you live plays a big role in explaining the connection. From dilapidated and deteriorating housing to smog-choked outside air, impoverished inner-city neighborhoods are a breathing hazard for both young and old.

Studies have shown that roaches and mice produce powerful allergens that can kick off allergies and asthma. And while those pests can crop up in more affluent urban neighborhoods, they are a virtual epidemic in communities inhabited by the poor.

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Details of Bipartisan Farm Bill

E120, e130, e145

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute has produced two 60-second television spots focusing on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use. The ads are airing in 14 U.S. cities from May 18 to May 28, 2006.

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Monday: Nationwide Vigils to Protest Keystone XL – The Action Network



This is an all-hands-on-deck moment to send the message to President Obama that Keystone XL fails his climate test and he must reject it. On the evening of Monday, February 3rd, we’ll come together around the country to make our voices heard. RSVP for an event near you or host your own.

The No KXL protest vigils are organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Sierra Club, and supported by 350.org, The Other 98%, Center for Biological Diversity, Oil Change International, Bold Nebraska, Energy Action Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Hip Hop Caucus, Overpass Light Brigade, Environmental Action, League of Conservation Voters, Waterkeeper Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Forest Ethics, Forecast the Facts, and others.

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Thousands Expected To Attend Natonwide Vigils Monday To Urge Obama To Reject Keystone XL


By Joanna M. Foster on February 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Thousands Expected To Attend Natonwide Vigils Monday To Urge Obama To Reject Keystone XL

CREDIT: (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Hundreds of concerned citizens are expected to flock to Union Square in Manhattan Monday night, braving the ongoing snowstorm to participate in a candlelight vigil to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. They will be joined by thousands of protesters gathering in churches, parks, and city halls at nearly 300 similar demonstrations in 48 states.

CREDO, the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and 350.org, among a host of other groups, are helping to organize the vigils.

The nationwide night of peaceful protests follows the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline late last Friday.

While many news outlets reported the final EIS as the State Department taking a huge step towards approving the pipeline, environmental groups disagree and are rallying their grassroots activists to make their voices heard on the first business day since the EIS release.

“A lot of people sent me messages Friday saying ‘sorry you lost on Keystone,” said Elijah Zarlin, a Senior Campaign Manager at CREDO. “I was shocked. The fact that the fossil fuel industry was able to so effectively spin the headlines is just indicative of how deeply involved they have been in this process all along.”

The State Department’s inspector general is currently investigating whether the contractor that produced the final impact statement, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) had an undisclosed conflict of interests. ERM has done work for TransCanada.

One of the vigils being planned is outside a federal building in Kalamazoo Michigan, not far from the site of the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. In 2010, a pipeline owned by Enbridge, spilled around 1 million gallons of diluted bitumen — the same type of heavy crude Keystone XL would carry — into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Because this type of crude sinks in water, the cleanup process is still ongoing and has cost Enbridge over $1 billion.

Zarlin expects as many as 10,000 citizens to attend vigils. A map of the nationwide vigils is available online.

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KXL Pipeline: What’s Missing from the State Dept. Report?


Published on Feb 3, 2014

Thom Hartmann discusses last week’s approval by the U.S. Department of State for the Keystone XL Pipeline with Ryan Koronowski, Deputy Editor of Climate Progress
Website: http://thinkprogress.org

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More Oil Spills From Railroad Accidents in 2013 Than Past 40 Years Combine


Published on Jan 27, 2014

Scott Smith: With an aging infrastructure and a dramatic increase in transport volume, oil spills will become more common

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