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Alabama - a community fights toxic waste, discrimination

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:28
When the US's biggest ever coal ash spill buried 300 acres of waterfront property in a white, middle class suburb, the waste was treated as a toxic hazard. But by the time it reached Uniontown, a black community in Alabama, that was all forgotten. Now they are fighting back.
Categories: Ecological News

World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:44
The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.
Categories: Ecological News

Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China.
Categories: Ecological News

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
The first time it occurred to James Jackson that there could be lasting damage from his US Navy service during Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster came when his eldest son, Darius, was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Categories: Ecological News

The real cougars of Malibu.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Murderous family feuds, car accidents, accidental poisoning — it’s just another day in sunny California for the mountain lions of Malibu.
Categories: Ecological News

Tear gas is an abortifacient. Why won’t the anti-abortion movement oppose it?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians.
Categories: Ecological News

Farmworkers need pesticide protections.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
We support the position of Earthjustice — an environmental watchdog group — that although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new regulations to protect farmworkers, including the 114,000 in Florida, more needs to be done to protect them from harmful pesticides.
Categories: Ecological News

Lac-Mégantic: How Transport Canada failed to crack down.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Regulation is about more than just rules. When violations of the rules turn up, there has to be enforcement.
Categories: Ecological News

When oil spills, does anyone notice?

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Until news media, activists, government and the oil industry respond to environmental harms, not to mention the general public, the environment will silently suffer.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA failed to clean up air for Navajo Nation.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
The White House and EPA should have started their dirty-power plant cleanup with the dirty-fuel energy systems they directly control. Instead, they decided to make families living in the shadow of these smokestacks wait the longest for clean air and a healthful environment.
Categories: Ecological News

US agency: West Virginia health officials can’t handle chemical incidents.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources lacks a program and properly trained staff to assess community-wide chemical exposures like those that followed the Elk River chemical leak in January, federal public health officials said in a new review made public Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Even good farming may pollute groundwater in Wisconsin.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Two new studies of private well water in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, have linked contamination to fertilizer, livestock manure and human waste - laying bare a situation that county conservationist Andy Wallander can sum up in a sentence: “In these shallow bedrock areas, what you put on the surface, you will end up drinking eventually."
Categories: Ecological News

Plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in past.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past.
Categories: Ecological News

Mexico environment official says mining company lied about chemical spill into rivers.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.
Categories: Ecological News

US EPA to require air pollution measurements in Black communities.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level of pollution they are exposed to each day.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal-dependent Arkansas faces stiff emissions target and a running clock.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
Arkansas saw emissions from its power plants rise 35 percent between 2005 and 2012, even as other states turned to cleaner-burning natural gas and the nation's overall power plant emissions trended downward.
Categories: Ecological News

Cities' air problems only get worse with climate change.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
The threats from climate change are many but a lesser-known issue may hit especially close to home for city dwellers. In the world’s already smoggy metropolises, pollution is likely to grow worse, a phenomenon scientists have taken to calling the climate penalty.
Categories: Ecological News

'Ticked Off' report shows people increasingly bugged by outdoor pests.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
A report released Tuesday underscores the threat from pests that transmit West Nile virus or Lyme disease, indicating that impacts from a changing climate can be insidiously small and often overlooked.
Categories: Ecological News

North Carolina coal ash legislation could be approved Wednesday.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
A legislative plan to clean up Duke Energy’s coal ash pits was presumed to be all-but-dead until lawmakers reconvene in November, but now could be approved Wednesday in a last-minute development in Raleigh.
Categories: Ecological News

Senate, House lawmakers announce compromise on measure to curb Duke Energy coal ash pollution.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30
State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.
Categories: Ecological News
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