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In targeted strike against environmental and racial justice, Trump EPA curbs states’ right to reject fossil fuel projects

With the nation focused on the coronavirus pandemic and protests against U.S. police brutality that have sprung up across the globe, the Trump administration continues to quietly attack federal policies that protect public health and the environment to limit the legal burdens faced by planet-wrecking fossil fuel companies. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a final […]

Europe has its post-Coronavirus Green New Deal. What can we learn from them?

On May 27, the European Union unveiled a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery proposal as a centerpiece of its economic response to the coronavirus crisis, while also increasing its existing budget. EU officials have said that 25% of the stimulus package will be set aside for climate-friendly measures like building renovation, clean energy technologies, low-carbon vehicles and sustainable land […]

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Across the United States, dams generate hydroelectric power, store water for drinking and irrigation, control flooding and create recreational opportunities such as slack-water boating and waterskiing. But dams can also threaten public safety, especially if they are old or poorly maintained. By Jon Honea, Emerson College The Conversation On May 21, 2020, residents of Midland, […]

Pipelines have broad authority to build through private property. The coronavirus hasn’t slowed them down.

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is cutting a 400-mile line across the middle of Texas, digging up vast swaths of private land for its planned Permian Highway Pipeline. The project is ceaseless, continuing through the coronavirus pandemic. Landowner Heath Frantzen said that dozens of workers have showed up to his ranch in Fredericksburg, even as public […]

June is National Ocean Month

Join us to celebrate and learn about our world ocean during National Ocean Month. Get a snapshot of some surprising facts in less than two minutes with our video! https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/news/june15/wod.mp4 By NOAA Video Transcript: What do you know about our ocean? The ocean is where life began over 3.5 billion years ago. The ocean covers […]

Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest

A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd’s life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. The video went viral. What happened next has played out time and again in American cities after high-profile cases of alleged police brutality. […]

Insight from Big Data on how the Coronavirus pandemic is changing society

Between the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, our ability to understand the effects of infectious diseases has increased exponentially. Networked personal devices and automated sensors are now ubiquitous, not to mention communications technologies like the internet that allow us to share information almost instantaneously. These devices provide us with copious “big data” […]

Climate Change: Link between Earth’s heat and hurricane strength grows

Researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies have greater confidence that warming surface temperatures and increasing tropical cyclone intensity appear to go hand-in-hand. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicates a significant global increase in hurricane intensity over a four-decade period, showing the emergence of more significant findings than previous […]

Finance Climate Challenge: Challenging the financial sector to get out of dead-end fossil fuels

Ahead of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil’s virtual annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, scores of international climate, human rights, faith, and Indigenous groups launched the Finance Climate Challenge, calling on the global financial sector to “end its support for fossil fuels and climate chaos.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Unveiled Tuesday, the challenge urges investors—including asset managers, pension funds, and […]

After the Coronavirus pandemic, cities must reimagine public transit with safety, access, and racial justice in mind

Across the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting communities of color the hardest. Here in greater Boston, it’s no different. There are high rates of infection in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park—the heart of Black Boston. In fact, Black people account for more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in Boston, but only 25% of the city’s population. Other […]

Small towns hit hard by COVID-19 are getting slammed by natural disasters – fueled by climate change

The federal government has abandoned America’s small towns as the coronavirus depletes their budgets. It’s flood season and local leaders have no idea how to help residents through natural disasters. “We do not see how we will survive,” one told us. #BREAKING: Evacuation orders issued for areas in and around the city of Midland, Michigan […]