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Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade

By Terrence Murray
July 16, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Policy, Public Health


In a close vote — 219-212 — the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Many Democrats broke party rank and voted against the legislation.

The debate now moves to the Senate, where the fate of the bill remains uncertain.

If fully enacted into law, ACES, also known as the Waxman – Markey bill, after its co-authors — Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) — could impact every corner of the American economy by deploying billions of dollars to prop up clean energy solutions.

The electric grid would be modernized and funds would be provided to make homes and offices more energy efficient. ACES, a 1,200 page document, leaves no stone unturned.

For ecomii readers, I dove right into the bill, slimmed down its wonkish language to pull out its major provisions, explain how they work and most importantly, how they could impact us. …read more of Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade here

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Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 25, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns, Public Health


On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.¹ The WHO designation of a pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of world. The 1918 flu epidemic was the last major global pandemic and killed 20 to 50 million people.

Modern agriculture and industrialized animal production has had a dramatic impact on society, human health and the environment. …read more of Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production here

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