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9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state – along with some 400,000 residents and other workers around ground zero – were exposed […]

September 11th

Hurricane Ida deemed a ‘poster child’ for climate disaster as storm slams Louisiana

More than a million Louisiana residents were without power Monday morning and at least one person was reportedly killed as Hurricane Ida pummeled the Gulf Coast of the United States, causing life-threatening flooding, lashing homes and buildings with powerful wind, and slamming the industry that some experts blamed for the catastrophic storm. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams CNN reported late […]

August 30th

76 years after Hiroshima bombing, fresh call for end to all nuclear weapons

Peace advocates in Japan and around the globe on Friday marked the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima with renewed calls for a world free of nuclear weapons and the existential threat they pose to humanity. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams For the second straight year, Hiroshima’s annual ceremony commemorating the nuclear attack—which […]

August 6th

Line 3 Pipeline: Indigenous women invite Deb Haaland to see the devastation for herself

A group of Indigenous women opposed to the Line 3 pipeline on Thursday invited Interior Secretary Deb Haaland—the first Native American woman to hold her Cabinet position and a professed critic of fossil fuel infrastructure on public and tribal lands—to visit northern Minnesota and “learn more about the impacts” of the tar sands project first-hand. 36 hours. 500 land defenders. […]

June 19th

California Drought: Major spike in dead juvenile salmon on Klamath River reported by Yurok Fisheries Department

The already horrific juvenile fish kill on the Klamath River in this unprecedented drought year is getting even worse. On Friday, June 4, the Yurok Fisheries Department’s Fish Disease Monitoring Crew counted 361 dead juvenile Chinook salmon in a rotary screw trap on the Klamath River, near Weitchpec. By Dan Bacher “This is by far the single […]

June 7th

Climate crisis and negligent policymakers blamed for ‘Record sickening levels’ of manatee deaths in Florida

Conservation advocates in Florida are warning that 1,000 manatees in the state’s water could die this year—hundreds more than in recent years—due to starvation driven by water pollution, the climate crisis, and other man-made harms to the mammals’ ecosystem. By Julia Conley Common Dreams As The Guardian reported, 749 manatees died between January 1 and May […]

June 6th

Fire Killed 1 In 10 Of Earth’s Most Fire-Resilient Monarch Sequoias in 2020

Scientists have known last year’s Castle Fire was probably the most destructive for California’s famously fire-resilient sequoias in at least 700 years, but a draft National Park Service report obtained by the Visalia Times-Delta puts a quantitative measurement on that fire’s climate-fueled toll. By Nexus Media News Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarch sequoias — about […]

June 6th

Why people are risking arrest to join old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island

The RCMP has recently been arresting protesters who had set up blockades to prevent the logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. Environmentalists say the Fairy Creek watershed, near Port Renfrew, is the last old-growth area left on southern Vancouver Island, outside of protected areas. By David Tindall, University of British Columbia The Conversation The […]

Remember on Memorial Day: 1,700 environmental activists killed this century defending the environment

According to records compiled by the campaign group Global Witness, 1,738 people described as environmental defenders were killed between 2002 and 2018, across 50 countries. The group says the number of reported deaths has been increasing over time with about three people killed each week on average. Yet the campaign group says only about 10% of […]

Environmental activists are being killed in Honduras over their opposition to mining

Two men shot Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo to death in his home in Tocoa, Honduras, one night in October 2020. Morazán was an environmental activist and one of 32 people criminalized by the Honduran government for defending the Guapinol River against the environmental impacts of a new iron oxide mine in the Carlos Escaleras National […]

Sea otters maintain remnants of healthy kelp forest amid sea urchin barrens

Sea otters have long been recognized as a classic example of a keystone species, a dominant predator that maintains the balance of kelp forest ecosystems by controlling populations of sea urchins, which are voracious kelp grazers. By Tim Stephens UCSC Since 2014, however, California’s kelp forests have declined dramatically, and vast areas of the coast […]

March 11th

The collapse of Northern California kelp forests will be hard to reverse

Most of Northern California’s kelp forest ecosystem is gone, replaced by widespread ‘urchin barrens’ that may persist long into the future, according to a new study By Tim Stephens UCSC   Species-rich kelp forests have been replaced by “urchin barrens,” where purple sea urchins cover a seafloor devoid of kelp and other algae. A new […]

March 9th

The logical end of Trump’s deregulation: There is toxic lead, cadmium and arsenic in our baby food

Leading baby food manufacturers are selling—knowingly and without warning—unsafe products contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals that can cause serious and often irreversible damage to infant brain development, according to a new congressional investigation that is generating renewed calls for greater regulation of the industry. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Dangerous levels of toxic […]

February 6th

‘Disaster for Climate and Indigenous Rights’: Coalition Urges Bank of America to End Financing of Arctic Drilling

As the outgoing Trump administration rushes to auction off oil and gas drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  —home to the Gwich’in Indigenous people and one of the nation’s largest tracts of unspoiled wildnerness—environmental and progressive organizations on Tuesday called on Bank of America to join other leading financial institutions in refusing to finance […]

November 23rd

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark relief

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off, with sports suspended, museums closed and movies postponed. But the virus hasn’t stopped Bob Dylan, who, during the lockdown, composed “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute long song about the Kennedy assassination, which transfixed the nation 57 years ago today. Aniko Bodroghkozy, […]

November 22nd