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Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

Oklahoma court rules homeowners can sue oil companies over quakes.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
It is the first time the court had specifically addressed whether plaintiffs could sue for damage that experts believe is caused by massive amounts of wastewater generated by fracking.

Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
More than a dozen Catholic organisations will on Wednesday launch a campaign calling on people to make radical changes to their lifestyle choices after the release last week of Pope Francis’s sweeping environmental encyclical.

Virginia groups urge better air quality.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
There are almost 700,000 asthmatics in Virginia and their health is directly tied to air quality, according to representatives of several state and national organizations committed to spreading the word about the link between climate change and public health.

Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

How much do the EPA's regulations really cost?

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
Estimates on the cost-benefit ratio of the EPA's regulations on pollutant emissions differ drastically, making it difficult to determine the real value of the cost to power plants.

Mercury ruling sets up legal 'crapshoot' on Clean Power Plan.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
In its ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court provided no guidance on how the this will affect Clean Power Plan critics' primary legal argument that EPA doesn't have authority to issue the greenhouse gas standards because it already regulated power plants with the 2011 mercury rule.

Mercury regs ruling emboldens Clean Power Plan critics, but few changes seen for utilities.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
U.S. EPA critics heralded a Supreme Court decision yesterday that the agency should have considered the compliance costs of its mercury standards for coal plants, saying the ruling is proof that states should refuse to comply with the agency's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges play out.

Environmental groups look to contain fallout from SCOTUS mercury ruling.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
Environmental groups looking for a silver lining in Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of power plant regulations are quick to assert that the decision is both narrow and temporary.

California oil train risks worse in minority areas: Report.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
Californians most exposed to the risks of oil train derailments or fires overwhelmingly live in poorer, minority neighborhoods, two environmental groups in the state said on Tuesday.

More clean air, please.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
The court may have a point that the EPA may have erred in deciding not to do its cost analysis upfront, but that should not wipe away the legitimacy or the intent of a rule designed to protect our environment.

Supreme Court smacks EPA for ignoring costs, but mercury rule likely to persevere.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
While Michigan v. EPA helps cement the role of cost consideration into regulatory decision-making, the decision is narrow in that it is unlikely to represent more than a speed-bump for the EPA’s mercury rules.

Climate action: Preoccupation with level of farm emissions is misguided.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
We should play our part as an EU state in reaching an agreement on global emissions cuts at the UN’s Paris December climate meeting. However, we should approach the negotiations in a rational manner, based on the latest scientific findings and on pragmatism, not ideology.

A great day for coal? Not exactly.

National Environmental News on Other Sites - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
The 5-4 Court ruling has been framed as a dramatic victory for coal, but the truth is it probably won’t do much to arrest that decline.

Community Leader José Dueñas, 63

Oakland Xings - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:47pm

By Post Staff

Jose Dueñas

José Dueñas, a highly respected community leader in Oakland, passed away suddenly, Saturday, June 20 at his home. He was 63.

He was known widely as an expert in international trade, business and politics and an inspirational community organizer in Alameda County.

Dueñas served as former administrator of the Port of Oakland, former CEO of the Bay Area World Trade Center and former CEO of the Hispanic Engineers, Builders and Contractors (HEBCo) organization.

Most recently, he was president of the Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Dueñas strongly backed Desley Brooks’ proposal for a Department of Race and Equity. In a text message earlier this month to Post publisher Paul Cobb, Dueñas wrote that he wanted to work with Cobb “to create a coalition of Latinos and African Americans and Asians to discuss how to deal with the inequities in the county.”

Born and raised in Oakland, Dueñas attended Oakland public schools during the era of the Civil Rights Movement, which he claimed fueled his life’s devotion to public service.

A graduate of Fremont High School, he attended college to study engineering.

His subsequent accomplishments and commitment to serving the Latino community and communities of color in Alameda County have earned him wide praise over the years.

Dueñas’ community involvement started at a young age when he helped organize La Raza Basketball Association in Oakland, which led to him to mentor young Latinos and other youth from underserved communities.

As a leader in Oakland’s international trade arena, he worked to establish the opportunities to put Oakland and the East Bay on the global trade map.

Viewing and rosary services will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p., Monday, June 29 at the Holy Angels Funeral and Cremation Center, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 1051 Harder Road in Hayward.

A mass will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at St Elizabeth Catholic Church at 1500 34th Ave. in Oakland.

A community celebration will be held at a later date, to be announced. In lieu of flowers, In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jose Dueñas Memorial Scholarship Fund, payable to the Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC) and mailed to P.O. Box 3151, Hayward, CA  94540.  HCAC is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, No. 94-2951649.

Courtesy of the Post, June 28, 2015 (postnewsgroup.com)

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Supreme Court blocks Obama's limits on power plants.

Climate Change News (Offsite) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

Germany needs an exit plan from coal.

Climate Change News (Offsite) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
Germany has committed to shutting down the last of its nuclear reactors by 2022. Now an expert panel says the country needs a long-term plan to shut down its coal-fired power plants, too.

EU leaders urge China to adopt tough climate-change goals.

Climate Change News (Offsite) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
European Union leaders Monday urged China to adopt tough climate-change goals as they and other nations head toward a critical climate conference in Paris at year’s end.

Justices topple EPA mercury regs in ruling seen as limited.

Climate Change News (Offsite) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Obama administration unlawfully failed to consider compliance costs before it issued its landmark power plant emission limits for mercury and other hazardous pollutants.

Supreme Court ruling is far from a death sentence for Obama's Clean Power Plant rules.

Climate Change News (Offsite) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has never been required to evaluate cost while determining whether it is “necessary and appropriate” to regulate an air toxin the first place, and has always made “the threshold decision to regulate based solely on the quantity and effects of pollutants discharged.”

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