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E. coli outbreaks point to lagging implementation of landmark law.

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 / Romaine lettuce in the produce area of a market in Simi Valley, Calif. U.S. health officials linked an E. coli outbreak in several states to romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions in Northern and Central California. / Mark J. Terrill • Associated Press

  • Leverage technology to improve food safety by using produce traceability.
  • Related: The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument.

Editorial Board,  Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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November 30, 2018 | The emptied-out produce shelves greeting consumers at grocery stores after the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak show just how much work lies ahead to modernize the nation's food safety laws.

In retrospect, passing a landmark regulatory overhaul eight years ago was the easy part. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was signed into law in early 2011. It was rightfully heralded by the Editorial Board and other observers as providing some of the most important new consumer protections in decades. The previous food safety regulations too often dated from the horse-and-buggy era.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts. Jack Holmes, Esquire

  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/vaxx-1542642240.jpg?resize=768:*Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts.


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  • Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

 

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Nov 19, 2018 | ome kids in North Carolina didn't get vaccinated, so some kids in North Carolina got chickenpox. That's the takeaway from a Washington Post report examining the latest infectious disease outbreak in an anti-vax hotbed—this one, thankfully, outside the usual confines of California. It's about time we ramped up the geographic diversity, and it seems they've got a bit of a problem at the Asheville Waldorf School:

Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines. Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, there were 36, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

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Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence

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Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.

Nick Wing, Huff Post

 

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https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bc652ae220000a102dd9ca8.png?ops=scalefit_970_noupscaleT.J. King, left, and Che Bullock at the Prince George’s Hospital Center. Bullock helped recruit King into the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program after King was shot in 2017. Che Bullock

11/23/2018 | When Che Bullock awoke in a hospital in August 2013, the first thing he felt was grateful to be alive. He’d been stabbed 13 times outside a nightclub in the Washington, D.C., area and taken by helicopter to a medical center, where doctors performed lifesaving surgery.

Bullock’s sense of relief quickly faded, first into physical pain and anxiety, then into fear and finally into a rage toward his attackers.

“It was kind of like they put a hit out on me,” said Bullock, now 30. He recalled friends coming to his hospital room to stand guard.

Nick Wing is a senior reporter at HuffPost, covering social inequality and the people, policies and things that get us in trouble.

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Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100

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The scorched remnants of Paradise, California. John Locher/Associated Press

  • The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.
  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist andaresponsefroma NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Related: Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

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11/23/2018 | The United States already warmed on average 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless fossil fuel use is dramatically curtailed, scientists from more than a dozen federal agencies concluded in their latest in-depth assessment.

The 13-agency consensus, authored by more than 300 researchers, found in the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment makes it clear the world is barreling toward catastrophic ― perhaps irreversible ― climate change. The report concluded that warming “could increase by 9°F (5°C) or more by the end of this century” without significant emissions reductions.

Alexander C. Kaufman is a climate, environment and business reporter at HuffPost, based in New York, and Chris D’Angelo is a reporter for HuffPost, based in Washington, D.C.

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The downtown area of Panama City, Florida after Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.  Credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images

Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner

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Downtown area of Panama City, Florida after Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.  Credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images

Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Week Ending October 27, 2018|

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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN, Jonathan Watts, the Guardian, Monday, 8 Oct, 2018

  • Urgent changes needed tocutrisk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC.
  • Overwhelmed by climate change? Here’s what you can do.

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Story 2 New Climate Report Was Too Cautious, Scott Waldman, E&E News / Scientific American
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11, 2018

Experts cite the important outcomes and cost of climate change left out of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC} report.

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The Trump administration* establishes the United States government as a death cult.
 

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The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd
 

  • https://cache.piqd.com/system/portfolio_item_images/production/1v2/o/q/98f7510b-e83c-44a0-8e3c-da64fdd3f66f.pngThe story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.
  • Related: Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis
     

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