Mich. officials investigate 143% jump in Legionnaires' disease cases | Recycling is only part of the carbon-reduction picture, study says | Programs help African-American youths in San Francisco explore green jobs
Confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in Michigan during June and July totaled 73, a 143% increase over the average for those two months. State health officials are working to identify what caused a greater number of cases, which have been on the rise in general since the Flint water crisis.
A study of the impact of individual choices on carbon emissions completed by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia and Sweden's Lund University finds that "comprehensive recycling" has a moderate effect on an individual's carbon footprint. The paper has attracted recycling critics, who point out that it cites other lifestyle options such as having one less child or living without a car as decisions that can have a greater impact on personal carbon emissions.
As San Francisco deals with relatively high unemployment among its African-American residents, various programs are giving the city's youth the opportunity to tackle environmental problems while gaining job experience. For example, the Roots of Success program, administered by the community group Hunters Point Family, teaches participants about wind farming, sustainable agriculture and other topics during a 10-week program.
Rapid product innovations and high expenses have prevented many states from adopting and implementing electronic waste recycling laws. "A big challenge is designing consistent, cost-effective collection programs due to issues like falling commodity prices and increased cost to recycle cathode ray tubes," said Jason Linnell, executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling.
Following in the footsteps of France, Britain hopes to decrease air pollution by no longer allowing the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars as of 2040. The mayors of Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris plan to ban diesel vehicles from city centers by 2025.
Newhall Ranch in California's Santa Clarita Valley will be the nation's first carbon-neutral community. The master-planned development also aims to help conserve water and decrease the state's housing shortage.
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