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Reducing food waste is good for business - study (03/08/2017)
ROME, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For every dollar spent on reducing food waste, companies save an average $14, according to a study published on Tuesday that also showed consumers can save money by shrinking their bin bags. The study analysed 700 restaurants, food manufacturers, retailers and hospitality companies in 17 countries and found 99 percent of them made money from investing in curbing waste.

EPA Grants Available to Improve the Environment and Public Health in New England Communities (03/01/2017)
BOSTON - EPA is making grant money available for New England communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. EPA New England's Healthy Communities Grant Program is currently accepting initial proposals for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award a total of approximately 10 cooperative agreements. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, public nonprofit institutions or organizations, private nonprofit institutions or organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions or organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations (e.g. grassroots and/or community-based organizations).

Research Aims to Reduce Toxics Used in Manufacturing (02/14/2017)
Here's a fact that may surprise you: In 2013, Massachusetts manufacturers used more than 57 million pounds of methanol. The toxic alcohol, linked to reproduction and other health concerns, is found in products such as windshield washer fluid and used as industrial solvents in manufacturing.

DuPont to pay $670 million to settle C8 lawsuits (02/14/2017)
DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours will pay $670 million to settle a decades-old battle over C8, a chemical it used to make Teflon, and which has been linked to a host of health problems including cancer. The settlement announced Monday affects more than 3,500 personal-injury claims by residents in Ohio and West Virginia. It also could impact complaints over the use of the chemical elsewhere in the United States and other countries. The settlement includes $1.6 million that will be paid to each of 270 plaintiffs with cancers, the most serious of six illnesses linked to the chemical.

NYS DEC Announces New Sea-Level Rise Projection Regulation for New York (02/08/2017)
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that New York has adopted official sea-level rise projections that will help state agencies and coastal communities better plan for the impacts of a changing climate. "New York is already experiencing the impacts of our changing climate in the form of severe storms and weather events, and our sea levels are rising about two times faster than the global average," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership and the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, New York is out in front, building resiliency into permitting and funding actions, and providing key information, like sea-level rise projections, to help local governments, business owners, and planners ensure public safety and prevent the loss of property and services."

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife (02/02/2017)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.--Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising reductions. Scientists are still trying to figure out what's going on, but one of the suspected culprits in reversing decades of mercury reductions in wildlife is a climate change-induced increase in water temperatures. Mercury is a known toxic--in wildlife it impairs reproduction, growth, behavior, or just flat-out kills them. The reports of increases are a surprise as there's been steady progress on mercury since the 1970s. Fewer domestic coal plants, accountable for about half of U.S. mercury emissions, helped decrease pollution.

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