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China cracks down on pollution – 40% of factories get temporary shutdown

China is getting serious about curbing pollution. Up to 40% of its factories have been closed at least temporarily as the country has struggled to meet its year-end pollution reduction goals. Officials from more than 80,000 factories have been charged with criminal offences for breaching emissions limits over the past year. By Steve Hanley  “[B]asically, you’re […]

October 28th

Pollution causing 16% of deaths globally. We need to fix this.

Pollution — whether air pollution, water pollution, or soil pollution — is currently responsible for around 16% of all deaths globally, according to a new report from The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. By James Ayre  Report author and Simon Fraser University health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear commented: “This is the first global analysis of […]

October 25th

5 countries dump 50% of plastic pollution in the oceans

Nearly half of the estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic that flow into the world’s ocean every year originate in just five rapidly developing economies in Asia — Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. At its recent Our Ocean 2017 conference, the Ocean Conservancy announced it is seeking to raise over $150 million in […]

October 14th

Pruitt dumps Clean Power Plan. All hail the Dirty Power Plan

Ignoring the future of the planet, the health of the people, and the job growth potential of renewable energy, Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt will sign a draft rule Tuesday repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP)  that was designed by the Obama administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants. Pruitt, a climate-science […]

October 10th

How the military lost track of hazardous waste (and put us all at risk)

Fraud. Bribery. Incompetence. The military’s use of contractors adds to a legacy of environmental damage. By Abrahm Lustgarten Propublica IN AUGUST 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s […]

September 29th

Paranoid Pruitt withholding docs on polluting coal plants. What’s he hiding?

A coalition of environmental and public health advocates filed suit today to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop withholding critical information about the Trump administration’s swift attempt to roll back safeguards against America’s leading source of toxic water pollution: coal power plants. By Earthjustice Coal plants all over the country dump toxic chemicals into […]

September 28th

EPA’s Polluting Pruitt really delivers for his bosses – polluting corporations

Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt has been meeting regularly behind closed doors with executives of the fossil fuel, mining, and automobile industries. Soon afterwards, he makes decisions favorable to those corporate interests, according to an analysis of his April-September schedule by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin at The Washington Post. By Meteor Blades For instance, in the […]

September 25th

Pruitt diverts EPA agents to protect him 24/7, instead of protecting YOU from pollution

Back in May, Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton at the New York Times reported how Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt was instilling a sense of paranoia in the agency’s offices. Among other things, they wrote that he required round-the-clock bodyguards to accompany him even when he was at EPA headquarters. Pruitt is the first chief in the EPA’s […]

September 22nd

Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Hurricane Pruitt a bigger risk to superfund sites than Harvey or Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we learned that Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, is home to 13 abandoned industrial sites so populated by toxic waste that over the years they’ve been assigned Superfund cleanup status by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also learned from the work of two Associated Press reporters that seven of those […]

September 12th

Court says Utah’s national parks deserve dirty, hazy coal-polluted air. Thanks, Pruitt.

A federal appeals court Monday granted the Trump regime’s request to stop implementation of an Obama era Environmental Protection Agency plan requiring new pollution controls at two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in Utah. By Meteor Blades The plan was designed as part of the EPA’s “regional haze rule” promulgated under the 1990 Clean Air […]

September 12th