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NEWS UPDATE October 22, 2013

Boxer plans hearing on toxins following U.N. report

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 22, 2013

Following the release of a World Health Organization report that designated air pollution as a human carcinogen, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she plans to hold a hearing on airborne pollution. In a report released last week, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was “sufficient evidence” linking exposure to outdoor air pollution to lung cancer and an increased risk for bladder cancer. The report said that in 2010, as many as 223,000 lung cancer deaths were the result of air pollution. [ read more … ]

Outdoor air pollution: a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths

World Health Organization  •    •  Posted October 22, 2013

The specialized cancer agency of the WHO, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans. [ read more … ]

Is Breathing in China as Bad as Smoking?

By Adam Minter Oct 21, 2013 12:41 PM CT, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 22, 2013

Last week, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that “outdoor air pollution” would henceforth be classified as “carcinogenic to humans.” The designation is shared with — among other inhalable carcinogens — tobacco smoke; the IARC’s news release notes “sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer,” as well as “a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer.” [ read more … ]

USDA offers loan guarantees worth $181M for advanced biorefineries

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 22, 2013

The Department of Agriculture announced the availability today of $181 million in loan guarantees for advanced-biofuel refineries. Producers can use that funding to build new biorefineries or retrofit existing ethanol facilities for next-generation fuels that don’t rely on corn starch as an input, USDA said. Applications will be due in January. [ read more … ]

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