â€˜We simply canâ€™t continue to survive with toxic drinking water,â€™ says Erin Brockovich, as a new report finds 200 million people exposed to chromium-6″
With Lake Okeechobee water levels too high and rising, pollutedÂ discharges to the St. Lucie River willÂ increase to more thanÂ 1.1 billion gallons a day, the ArmyÂ Corps of Engineers announced Thursday.
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Weekly Naturalist-led Tours of northern Broward County’s natural areas.
The free tours last about one hour each and are organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Participants should bring bottled water and wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.
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Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards Tuesday that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Floridaâ€™s rivers and streams under a plan that the state says will protect more Floridians than the current standards do.
“The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal drafted by state regulators that would impose new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the state, and revise the regulations on 43 other toxins, most of which are carcinogens.”
The Florida Department of Health announced Friday it had determined four Zika cases in the state were likely transmitted by local mosquitos, the first not linked to travel outside the U.S. mainland.
The controversial new rules for regulating toxic chemicals in Florida waters were approved by a state panel Tuesday.
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By KEVIN WADLOW – KeysInfoNet
Frustration spills over seagrass die-off in Florida Bay, the worst in decades; residents and officials demand action
The campaign to save Florida Bay should move to the ballot box, speakers fumed Thursday in Islamorada.
“Talking to the politicians obviously is not working,” Islamorada Village Council member Jim Mooney said after a presentation on Florida Bay’s woes to the village board.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)Â said last weekÂ it will allow farmers to plant two new strains of genetically modified (GMO) corn, one created by MonsantoÂ and the otherÂ byÂ Syngenta, without government oversight. The new strains areÂ tolerant of the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate.
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Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from harm.Â Unfortunately, it can sometimes run wild and become chronic.
Chronic inflammation can last for a long timeâ€”weeks, months or yearsâ€”and may lead to various health problems.Â On the bright side, there are many things you can do to reduce inflammation and improve your overall health.
This article outlines a detailed plan for an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your bodyâ€™s way to protect itself from infection, illness or injury.
As part of the inflammatory response, your body increases production of white blood cells, immune cells and substances called cytokines that help fight infection.
Classic signs of acute (short-term) inflammation include redness, pain, heat and swelling.
On the other hand, chronic (long-term) inflammation is often silent and occurs inside the body without any noticeable symptoms.
Bottom Line: Inflammation is a protective mechanism that allows your body to defend itself against infection, illness or injury. It can also occur on a chronic basis, which can lead to various diseases.
An Unhealthy Lifestyle Can Drive Inflammation
Certain lifestyle factors can promote inflammation, especially when they occur on a regular basis.
Bottom Line: Eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol or sugary beverages and getting little physical activity all drive inflammation.
How to Reduce Inflammation With Your Diet
AntioxidantsÂ work by reducing levels of free radicals. These reactive molecules are created as a natural part of your metabolism, but can lead to inflammation when theyâ€™re not held in check.
Vegetarian diets have also been shown to help reduce inflammation (35).
Bottom Line: Choose a balanced diet that cuts out processed products and boosts your intake of whole, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich foods.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods are notorious for promoting inflammation.
Consider minimizing or cutting these out completely:
- Refined carbs: White bread, white pasta, etc.
- Desserts: Cookies, candy, cake and ice cream
- Processed meat: Hot dogs, bologna, sausages, etc.
- Processed snack foods: Crackers, chips and pretzels
- Trans fats: Foods with â€œpartially hydrogenatedâ€ in the ingredients list
- Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption
Bottom Line: Avoid or minimize sugary foods and beverages, excessive alcohol and foods high in refined carbs and unhealthy fats.
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In a key win, the Oakland-based non-profit advocacy group, As You SowÂ defeated ExxonMobilâ€™s attempt to suppress an innovative, first of its kind shareholder resolution. TheÂ resolution asks Exxon to report its energy resources in an energy-neutral metricâ€”BTUsâ€”in addition to theÂ traditional â€œbarrels of oil equivalentâ€ standard. Establishing a climate-friendly measure of energy reserves isÂ a key step in incentivizing management, and the market, to support the transition to a clean energy economy.
â€œWe are pleased the SEC sided with shareholders concerned with climate risk,â€ said Danielle Fugere, As YouÂ Sowâ€™s president and chief counsel. â€œExxon must allow shareholders to vote on this first step on the pathÂ toward clean energy. Broad support will give management the latitude to develop a diverse and profitableÂ low carbon business plan, while maintaining 100 percent BTU energy replacements.â€
In response to Exxonâ€™s SEC bid to stop the resolution from being voted on by shareholders, As You SowÂ successfully argued that, â€œâ€¦ in a rapidly decarbonizing economy, fossil fuel companies must develop climate change-responsive business modelsâ€ and one possible path is to transition into energy companiesÂ not dependent on carbon intense, climate damaging commodities.
Exxon currently accounts for its energy assets in â€œbarrels of oil equivalent.â€ As You Sow noted in its SECÂ reply that this accounting measure discourages a low carbon transition by linking the calculation of aÂ companyâ€™s assets, and therefore its value, to carbon based-metrics.
The resolution proposes reportingÂ company energy resources neutrally, by category, so that all resourcesâ€”including solar, wind, biofuels,Â geothermal and other renewablesâ€”will be accounted for as BTUs and valued. This metric decouples ExxonÂ and its shareholders from oilâ€™s declining profitability, its escalating climate damage and Exxonâ€™s decreasingÂ ability to economically replace its oil reserves.
Shareholders seek Exxonâ€™s leadership in beginning the inevitable transition to becoming a diversifiedÂ energy company able to compete in a decarbonizing economy.
As You Sow is simultaneously filing a petition with the SEC to change its reporting requirements to anÂ energy neutral metric, which will free the oil industry as a whole from oil-dependent financial valuation.
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