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Action: What you need to know about the bipartisan shark fin trade ban

Last month, the journal Marine Policy published an opinion piece from two scientists, David Shiffman and Robert Hueter, who argued that a proposed United States shark fin trade ban – the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (SFTEA) – would undermine sustainable shark fisheries. We, and many in the science and conservation communities, disagree. Lora Snyder, […]

October 18th

Climate Change Action: Are you mad at the 69 “Disaster Deplorables” who voted against hurricane relief?

Sixty-nine Republicans in the the House of Representatives voted against the $36 billion relief package for the survivors of climate disasters including hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida, and wildfires now devastating California. Requiring a two-thirds vote, the bill was passed 353-69 thanks to unanimous Democratic support. As the U.S. Senate is not […]

October 14th

Creation Justice: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in danger now!

The threats of drilling on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have recently increased. Without notifying the public, the Trump Administration is taking steps to allow oil exploration in this sensitive part of God’s creation for the first time in 30 years. By Creation Justice Creation Care Ministries In a series of memos, the Department of the Interior has […]

October 8th

WaterFix Chaos, Colonized Delta, and California Democracy

In water agencies all over California right now, fevered phone calls between general managers and directors and attorneys and engineers are likely happening because of Westlands Water District’s vote to reject California Delta Tunnels/ WaterFix on September 19th. By Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Tim Stroshane Restore the Delta Will the Delta Tunnels project have to get […]

September 27th

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

Ecojustice: Hurricanes hurt people unequally

Sonali Kolhatkar is the founder, host and executive producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV and Pacifica stations. She is co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. By […]

September 17th

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

Hurricane Harvey: Playing the blame game

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — the most destructive storm ever to strike the United States — the finger pointing has begun and the blame game is in full swing. Climate activists claim Hurricane Harvey is proof that climate change is increasing the likelihood of more powerful storms. Climate deniers say, “Storms happen. Get […]

September 2nd

DAPL pipeline company sues “eco-terrorist” environmental groups

The pipeline operator Energy Transfer has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace, Earth First, and a number of other organizations, alleging that attempts to solicit donations and interfere with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline constituted “eco-terrorism.” By James Ayre  In other words, Energy Transfer alleges that the environmental groups in question engaged in “acts of terrorism” […]

August 25th

Delta Tunnels: Instead of real numbers, WaterFix backers only offer wishes and prayers

Restore the Delta’s Responses  to Metropolitan Water District’s Financing and Cost Allocation White Paper  After 11 years on the drawing board, MWD’s third California WaterFix white paper (WP#3) still only has rough estimates, licks and promises, and wishes and prayers for allocating costs and financing California WaterFix (CWF). It would be pathetic, if it were not […]

August 25th