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Report: Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Flooded in Sandy Lived Outside FEMA Flood Zones

Report: Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Flooded in Sandy Lived Outside FEMA Flood Zones
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps for New York City did not identify that nearly 65 percent of the area inundated during Hurricane Sandy—home to nearly 300,000 people—was at risk from coastal flooding, according to a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Natural Disasters

NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found.

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Government And Politics

FDA Loophole May Be Allowing Unsafe Chemicals In Your Food

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A loophole in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations may be allowing unsafe chemicals in your food, according to the findings of one environmental organization. 284 more words

News

Potentially Harmful Chemicals Find Their Way Into Our Food Thanks To 56-Year-Old FDA Rule

There are a number of federal protections to keep unsafe chemicals out of our favorite foods. But more often than not, those protections fail consumers. A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council explores one of those failures: Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) designation.

Colorado Senator Sponsors Bill to Help Consumers Who Select More Efficient Homes

Senators Michael Bennet and Johnny Isakson (GA) have reintroduced a bill — Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act (the SAVE Act) — that requires lenders to take a home’s energy savings into account when considering a loan applicant’s eligibility for federally backed mortgages. 303 more words

Gov't Affairs

Expanding Recycling will bring New Jobs to California

According to a new report from the Tellus Institute, California could create 110,000 jobs if it meets its 2020 goal to recycle 75% of its solid waste. 218 more words

The Social Cost of Carbon Attacked and Defended

The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is an important analytical tool which estimates the economic harm caused by one additional metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 188 more words