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By Sahid Fawaz

As we celebrate Earth Day today, we are reminded of a powerful reason to buy American: the out-of-control pollution in China.

It’s not only the cheap, non-union labor in China that is drawing manufacturers to the country. It’s also the lack of environmental protection standards that much of the developed world has set for companies. When a business can destroy the air, land, and water in pursuit of profit, then we all suffer in the long run. Not to mention that it is a completely unsustainable business model.

- See more at: http://labor411.org/411-blog/749-these-photos-of-chinese-pollution-are-even-more-reason-to-buy-american-made#sthash.VBsQLxrs.dpuf

Daí eu disse pra ela: “Você é um avião!”, ela riu, disse que foi uma das piores cantadas que já ouviu na vida, perguntou se eu tinha aprendido essa com meu avô e fez um sinal de negação com a cabeça. Eu ri e perguntei “Por que com meu avô?”, aí ela disse “Avião? Avião? Aff! Que pior! Por que eu seria um avião?” Eu parei, pensei, então eu disse: “É, avião! Você vive alta porque sonha demais e sempre que toca no solo é somente para pegar combustível para continuar voando. Seus pés foram feitos para dançar com o vento e sua cabeça, convenhamos, vive nas nuvens. Seu coração é quase um diário de bordo: registra e guarda todas as suas horas de voo, os acidentes de percurso e as milhas de relacionamento.. Mas a sua mente, essa sim é sua caixa preta! Nela estão registradas as coisas mais importantes da sua vida: seus sorrisos, suas lágrimas, suas paixões, sua vaidade e seus segredos, afinal, toda mulher é feita de mistérios e pensando bem, eu acho que o meu céu tem o cheiro do seu cabelo molhado. Enfim, numa relação entre eventos bons e ruins nasceu sua personalidade. Você é encantadora sabia? Mesmo com essa cara fechada! O desenho dos seus olhos me lembram o nascer de um novo dia; me mostram oportunidades em amanhecer azul claro, perdidas no céu da sua boca. Eu gosto de como ver como o dia nasce… Às vezes imagino que Deus é um pintor pela forma de como as cores vão ganhando um espaço no céu no decorrer de como a manhã se abre. Por falar em abrir, o nascer do dia parece a abertura de um sorriso do horizonte. Eu adoro a forma como você sorri… Certezas? Eu não tenho nenhuma, mas acho que nosso romance teria as cores de um fim de tarde e, por você ser um avião, acredito que iria ver o dia nascer nos seus lábios e se pôr no seu calcanhar. É, você é um avião! Acho que todo garoto já quis ter um ou pelo menos estar em um e qualquer um ao seu lado se sentiria flutuando… Se sentir livre ao lado de alguém é quase que sentir a liberdade dentro de um objeto feito de metal, que voa. Apesar de toda a física, aviões são feitos de ferro, lata, fios e sei lá o quê, igual colheres, que são feitas de metal. Elas não voam, mas aviões sim. Ao seu lado sinto um frio na barriga. Me avisa se você for decolar, prefiro fechar os olhos ao ver o horizonte sumir na minha frente e sem garantia nenhuma de que vou por os pés no chão de novo. Mas, pensando bem… Essa sensação não é incrível? No meu caso, sempre que vejo um avião, imagino: de onde será que ele vem? pra onde será que ele vai? quantas pessoas já passaram pela sua história? o que já viveu? aonde será que gosta de ir? quantos beijos já trocou com as nuvens? quantas turbulências enfrentou para chegar ao seu destino? quantas histórias compõem sua história? Enfim, imaginei tudo isso quando meus olhos cruzaram os seus. É, na minha definição você é um avião. Ei bonita, posso voar contigo?
—  Avião - Marcello Gugu
Florida Suspends Employee For Saying 'Climate Change,' Orders Psych Evaluation Before He Can Return

Florida Suspends Employee For Saying ‘Climate Change,’ Orders Psych Evaluation Before He Can Return

After news broke that Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott’s administration had forbid state employees from using the phrase “climate change” during official business, many conservatives claimed that people were overreacting. After all, they reasoned, Rick Scott wouldn’t seriously punish scientists for talking about climate change.

Oh yes, he would.

According to a press releaseissued by the…

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“true solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow” ― edward hoagland

switzerland weather snow

a woman crosses a snow-covered street with tramway tracks and traffic traces in zurich, switzerland, on 29 november 2010 morning. © steffen schmidt/ european pressphoto angency (EPA).

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Hundreds of West Virginia coal workers lost their jobs Tuesday, and according to Murray Energy, the company that laid them off, they have “the ongoing destruction of the United States coal industry by President Barack Obama, and his supporters” to thank. The layoffs — and the justification given for them — were conveniently timed to the legal battle beginning Thursday, in which Murray is one of the plaintiffs bringing suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Regardless of what the actual reason for the layoffs might be, you can’t buy anti-regulatory propaganda like that.

A coal company says laid off workers can thank President Obama. But coal is dying for reasons well beyond politics

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Construction and Interior of 1 of 3 Experimental Houses Built From Empty Beer and Soft Drink Cans 

Items from:  Series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, 1972 - 1977

Saving the world, one beer can at a time. In the 1970s, experimental houses were built out of empty beer and soda cans in Taos, New Mexico. At least two houses were made of steel cans in addition to this one made of aluminum cans. These houses required 70,000 cans and cost 20% less than conventional houses to build. In the first photograph, an unskilled worker is laying some of the empty aluminum cans. The layers of cans were to be separated by a vertical sheet of foam insulation. The exterior of the house was to be glass, concrete, and exposed cans. The second image shows the interior of the finished aluminum house. You might not be building a house today, but what can you do to help save the Earth this Earth Day? 

Source: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/556637? and https://catalog.archives.gov/id/556646

Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking

D.J. Parker has been selling methane-trapping systems to oil and gas producers for over 30 years, and as unconventional drilling technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have skyrocketed across the U.S., particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, Parker’s business has grown.

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by Peter Moskowitz

(Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Getty)

“That poop could be fertilizing a wetland!”

4 Hilarious Leaked Emails Corporations Don’t Want You to See

#3. The EPA Wants Someone to Stop Pooping in the Hallways

Apparently, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor specified in the internal email that there had been several inappropriate bathroom “incidents” in the EPA’s building: toilets stuffed with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the bathroom. The EPA also consulted a national expert in workplace violence for an opinion on the matter; he confirmed their suspicions that hallway shit is a health and safety issue, because that was something the EPA wasn’t 100 percent sure of in the first place.

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“It’s a dangerous attack on the power of knowledge”

Two bills are up for a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, both of which could significantly impact the way the Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to use science to come up with regulations. The Secret Science Reform Act and the Science Advisory Board Reform Act both require the EPA to consider only publicly available, easily reproducible data when making policy recommendations. Scientific organizations and environmental groups, as well as a number of Democrats, disapprove of the bills, arguing that they favor industry over real science.

Money talks, science is silenced. 

California water aquifers injected with waste 2,500 times, new rules proposed

According to a report by  the Associated Press, state officials permitted  oil and gas companies to dispose of waste and other fluids into  aquifers containing drinking and irrigation water more than 2,500  times. Significantly, 46 percent of these permits were authorized  within the last four years – the same timeframe during which the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned California that  regulators were not sufficiently protecting underground water  reserves in the drought-stricken state.