Pollution

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Could EPA ban glyphosphate? Monsanto’s parent Bayer mulls pulling Roundup

After a federal judge rejected a $2 billion class-action proposal from Bayer to avert future lawsuits alleging its popular Roundup herbicide causes cancer, the pharmaceutical and chemical giant announced Thursday that it would consider ending sales of the glyphosate-based weedkiller for residential use in the United States. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams In a statement, […]

May 28th

Just 20 companies produce over half of all single-use plastic waste

In a groundbreaking report published Tuesday, researchers revealed that just 20 companies are responsible for producing 55 percent of all single-use plastic waste worldwide. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams The 20 global businesses are both state-owned and multinational corporations, consisting mainly of energy and chemical giants, and are responsible for a plastic waste footprint amounting to […]

How cleaning up coolants can cool the climate – why HFCs are getting phased out from refrigerators and air conditioners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to eliminate a class of chemicals widely used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps. If that feels like déjà vu, it should. By Scott Denning, Colorado State University The Conversation These chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were commercialized in the 1990s as a replacement for […]

Refinery that rained oil shut down by EPA in St. Croix

Less than 48 hours after an EPA employee sent to the Virgin Islands to investigate the Limetree oil refinery told colleagues “there is oil on my windshield,” the agency took the remarkable action to shut down the entire refinery citing an ‘imminent’ threat to human health. By Nexus Media News This is not the first […]

May 18th

Gov. Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $200 million to plug California’s abandoned and orphaned oil wells

California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 14 unveiled his May budget revision that allocates $200 million to plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, many located near low-income residential areas where the majority of residents are Latino and Black. By Dan Bacher In January 2020, a report by the California Council on Science & Technology revealed that California taxpayers could […]

May 17th

Rejecting appeal by Monsanto parent Bayer, top EU court upholds ban on bee-killing neonic pesticides

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday in favor of the European Commission’s partial ban on three pesticides hazardous to bees, much to the chagrin of Bayer—the German pharmaceutical and biotech company that merged with agrochemical giant Monsanto in 2018. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Bayer attempted to overturn the ban and undermine the E.U.’s “precautionary principle” for […]

May 9th

Why is Wells Fargo funding a massive plastics and chemical plant in Louisiana’s ‘cancer alley’?

Calling a planned petrochemical manufacturing complex in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley” a “textbook case of environmental racism,” 175 organizations from around the world sent a letter to financial institutions Tuesday urging them not to fund, underwrite, or invest in the project, which could cost up to $12 billion. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The letter—led by the faith-based grassroots […]

April 28th

Not only is Glyphosate bad; the other ingredients in Monsanto’s Roundup are lethal to honeybees

Commonly used herbicides across the U.S. contain highly toxic undisclosed “inert” ingredients that are lethal to bumblebees, according to a new study published Friday in the Journal of Applied Ecology. The study reviewed several herbicide products and found that most contained glyphosate, an ingredient best recognized from Roundup products and the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. and worldwide. […]

April 18th

Florida’s deregulated paradise faces massive radioactive spill

Florida workers over the weekend rushed to prevent the collapse of a reservoir wall containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from a defunct phosphate mine, a looming environmental catastrophe that prompted mandatory evacuation orders and a declaration of emergency by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams A leak in the […]

April 5th