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Green Roundup: June 7, 2012

07 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

The U.N.’s fifth Global Environmental Outlook says air pollution is probably causing more than 6 million premature deaths each year, with greenhouse gas emissions set to warm the world by at least 3 degrees Celsius on average by 2100. [Grist]

Yesterday, House Republicans unveiled an energy package of seven bills mandating more drilling in public lands and steamrolling public health safeguards from smog and toxic air pollution. [ThinkProgress]

A perfect match: Climate denier Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the Heartland Institute’s benefit dinner this August. [ThinkProgress]

Scientists say industries along the Gulf of Mexico must begin now to adapt to climate change effects like rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, and the loss of coastal wetlands. According a new report, ground-level portions of Louisiana will be flooded 300 days a year by 2050 because of climate change-driven sea level rise. [Times-Picayune]

A recent study finds that even low doses of flame retardants can have serious effects on human health, including obesity and reproductive problems, raising more red flags about the chemicals we’re exposed to every day. [Yale Environment 360]

The public strongly supports energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that were signed into law in 2007 and went into effect this year. So why are some in Congress still trying to turn out the lights on these standards? [NRDC Switchboard]



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