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2023’s costliest weather disasters reveal ‘Double Inequality’ of climate crisis

Christian Aid’s annual list of the 20 costliest climate crisis-driven disasters of 2023, published Wednesday, reveals a “double injustice,” as populations that have emitted relatively little greenhouse gas disproportionately suffer the impacts of extreme weather events ranging from floods to storms to wildfires. By Olivia Rosane Common Dreams While the disasters on the list impacted low-, medium-, and high-income […]

January 5th

Hurricane Lee – How rising water vapour in the atmosphere is amplifying warming and making extreme weather worse

This year’s string of record-breaking disasters – from Hurricane Lee to deadly wildfires and catastrophic floods to record-high ocean temperatures and record-low sea ice in Antarctica – seems like an acceleration of human-induced climate change. And it is. But not only because greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. What we are also observing is the […]

September 14th

North America’s summer of wildfire smoke: 2023 was only the beginning

Canada’s seemingly endless wildfires in 2023 introduced millions of people across North America to the health hazards of wildfire smoke. While Western states have contended with smoky fire seasons for years, the air quality alerts across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this summer reached levels never seen there before. Charles O. Stanier, University of Iowa; […]

September 6th

Rage against Willow – Fellow Dems say arctic drilling approval leaves ‘Oil Stain’ on Biden climate legacy

Progressives on Capitol Hill joined climate advocates and Indigenous leaders across the country Monday in blasting U.S. President Joe Biden for his administration’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil project on federal land in Alaska. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “The Biden administration has committed to fighting climate change and advancing environmental justice—today’s decision to approve the Willow […]

March 14th

After Norfolk Southern’s toxic train disaster, voters want real safety measures to protect their communities

Almost half of U.S. voters surveyed by progressive think tank Data for Progress blame rail company Norfolk Southern for the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio which forced 1,500 residents to evacuate, contaminated soil and water, and has been blamed for causing a number of symptoms even as officials claim air and water monitoring hasn’t shown dangerous levels of […]

February 27th

Evangelical Environmental Network – How Christians can respond to the toxic Ohio rail disaster

A train derailment earlier this month in East Palestine, Ohio has recently received a great deal of attention across the country. The crash resulted in the derailment of 50 cars, including 11 carrying highly toxic chemicals. In all, thousands of gallons of toxic matter spilled and burned at the site of the crash. These toxins – used in […]

To Prevent More ‘Catastrophic Derailments,’ Rail Workers Outline Plan for Immediate Reforms

Three weeks after the lives of East Palestine, Ohio residents were upended by a fiery wreck involving a Norfolk Southern-owned train overloaded with hazardous materials, rail union leaders on Friday implored federal regulators and lawmakers to “focus on the primary reasons for the derailment and take immediate action to prevent future disasters.” By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams […]

February 25th

Train derailments get more headlines, but truck crashes involving hazardous chemicals are more frequent and deadly in US

Less than two weeks after train cars filled with hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio and caught fire, a truck carrying nitric acid crashed on a major highway outside Tucson, Arizona, killing the driver and releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Michael F. Gorman, University of Dayton The Conversation The Arizona hazmat disaster shut down Interstate […]

February 22nd

After the Norfolk Southern rail disaster, guess who supplied “safe” water verdict? Yeah, Norfolk Southern did….

Thousands of people in East Palestine, Ohio have been assured by the state Environmental Protection Agency and Republican Gov. Mike DeWine that the town’s municipal water has not been contaminated by the train derailment that took place in the town earlier this month, but the only publicly available data comes from testing that was funded by the […]

February 21st

Ohio Rail Disaster: Sanders says train derailments stem from Wall Street greed

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday connected the spate of recent train derailments in the United States to Wall Street-backed cost-cutting and other policy decisions that have decimated the rail industry’s workforce and compromised safety for the sake of larger profits. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams. “When rail companies reduced their workforce by 30% under orders from Wall […]

February 17th

Conservative media spreads disinfo about Ohio rail disaster in pathetic attempt to smear climate action

When an environmental disaster strikes, what do you do? Do you advocate for those affected and implement policy solutions to keep the problem from occurring again? Or do you exploit this one environmental disaster to make the argument that other environmental issues are now somehow invalid? Right-wing media chose the latter option in response to the train derailment and […]

February 17th

Senators from OH and PA call for Federal action over toxic train derailment

As residents of East Palestine, Ohio prepared for a Wednesday night town hall meeting about the recent derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials, U.S. senators from the state and neighboring Pennsylvania called for federal action. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.), and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) sent letters to a pair of federal […]

February 16th