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Green Roundup: June 15, 2012

15 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

The EPA has proposed new national air quality standards that would reduce levels of fine-particle soot by about 17 percent, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade. [Washington Post]

The Big Oil billionaire Koch brothers are increasingly resembling their own political party, with millions invested in conservative races and bids to take over groups like the Cato Institute and Americans for Limited Government. Their upcoming convention in San Diego is slated to draw donations of over $395 million, much of which is thought to fund groups like The Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity. [Politico]

Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, has identified respiratory diseases, natural disasters, and infectious diseases as some of the biggest health threats posed by climate change. [Bloomberg]

Anti-environment lawmakers and lobbyists have launched a series of absurd attacks on the EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards, saying there is no “medical negative” to mercury pollution and arguing that “[particulate matter] makes you live longer.” [ThinkProgress]

This week saw Arctic sea ice dipping below the extent for 2007, breaking the record for lowest Arctic sea-ice extent in documented history. [Mother Jones]

Over the next forty years, rising ocean acidity could upend marine ecosystems off the West coast, affecting millions of people who depend on them for food and jobs. [Science]

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