Detroit’s most polluted ZIP code—the heavily Black 48217—fights for environmental justice

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Last year, 271 people were murdered in Detroit, giving it the third-highest homicide rate among large U.S. cities. Grim as that total is, the University of Michigan School of Public Health estimates that 650 of Detroit’s inhabitants die each year from pollution. In a two-part series that began in January, Steve Neavling at the weekly Detroit Metro Times reports that 48217 […]

Is food grown hydroponically as healthy as soil-grown crops?

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Hydroponically grown lettuce has claimed a spot next to the organic variety in the grocery store, causing consumers to wonder which is healthier. When comparing hydroponic produce to regular soil-grown crops, it depends. Numerous scientific studies have reached varying conclusions, some showing hydroponic tomatoes have more vitamin C and others concluding they are lower in […]

Newly hatched Florida sea turtles are consuming dangerous quantities of floating plastic

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Plastic pollution has been found in practically every environment on the planet, with especially severe effects on ocean life. Plastic waste harms marine life in many ways – most notably, when animals become entangled in it or consume it. Deceased post-hatchling loggerhead sea turtle next to plastic pieces found in its stomach and intestines. Gumbo […]

New documentary “Invisible Hand” on the Rights of Nature movement

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Ahead of the global premiere of Invisible Hand—which its creators are calling the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature movement—some U.S. campaigners fighting to grant ecosystems legal status as rights-bearing entities welcomed the Democratic Party’s recent gestures toward their demands but warned against watering down the movement’s vision. By Jessica Corbett Common […]

Jim Hightower – Republican platforms, then and now

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Wow, what a surprise! Have you seen the National Republican Party’s official platform? Perhaps, like me, you would have expected it to be a mish-mash of Trumpian miasma, laissez fairyland corporate economics, QAnon lunacy, police state authoritarianism, and all the other wackiness that today’s GOP has been embracing. By Jim Hightower But, no. Astonishingly, this […]

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘Advocate for Equality and Reason,’ Dead at 87

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Sparking a swift flood of condolences along with fear for what the future holds, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in her home Friday evening, surrounded by family, due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer” at the age of 87. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Since Ginsburg was nominated to […]

Aeroponics vs hydroponics – which one is healthier for the planet?

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Hydroponics and aeroponics are both examples of soil-less growing methods and require cultivating crops in a climate-controlled environment. Hydroponics requires a growing medium, such as perlite, coconut husks or gravel, and deliver a nutrient solution to crops through water. Aeroponics, which is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics, cultivates plants without a growing medium. Most […]

There aren’t enough batteries to electrify all cars — focus on trucks and buses instead

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We need to change our transportation system, and we need to do it quickly.Road transportation is a major consumer of fossil fuels, contributing 16 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which warm up the Earth’s atmosphere and cause changes to the climate. It also pollutes the air, threatening health and costing taxpayers billions […]

EcoRight climate change news for the week of September 18

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It’s Friday, the third best day of the week and my favorite work day, not just because the weekend is near, but because it means I get to bring you the week’s top EcoRight climate news. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN National Clean Energy Week is almost here: You’re probably WFH so what a […]

Elected Officials to Protect CA: Trump rollbacks methane emissions, Newsom issues fracking permits

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On September 12, Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA) issued a press release about their frustration with Newsom not responding to the letter sent to him on Valentines Day, signed by over 300 elected officials urging him to take action to halt oil and gas well permitting, put safety zones around existing wells and to phase out fossil fuel production once and for all. EOPCA […]

Ecological threats and armed conflict could displace Over 1 billion people by 2050

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An analysis released Wednesday by an international think tank warns that as the world’s population continues to climb toward and possibly surpass 10 billion by 2050, ecological disasters and armed conflict could forcibly displace roughly 10% of humanity—or about 1.2 billion people. By Jessica Corbett https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/09/global-population-grows-ecological-threats-and-armed-conflict-could-displace-over-1Common Dreams The inaugural Ecological Threat Register (ETR) was published by the […]

Buildings consume lots of energy – here’s how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

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Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green” economic recovery that directs investments into low-carbon energy sources and technologies. Charles F. Kutscher, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption in the U.S., compared to 32% for […]

6 ways advocates can build climate change concern into action

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In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans have not forgotten about climate change. In fact, our recognition of the problem is at or near all-time highs, according to research from Yale and George Mason universities. Polling data from the universities from April 2020 revealed that 61% of registered voters accept that humans are changing the climate, […]

California’s Karuk Tribe Declares State of Emergency Due To Deadly Slater Fire

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The Karuk Tribe has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the Slater Fire that has burned many homes of Karuk Tribe members in the Klamath River community of Happy Camp. By Dan Bacher The Tribe passed a resolution authorizing the use of Department of Treasury CARES Act funding to “address the unbudgeted […]

Why are Democrats STILL not running on climate change, even as fire engulfs the West?

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As a historic wave of wildfires burns across western U.S. states on the heels of Hurricane Laura hitting the Gulf Coast and a powerful wind storm tearing through the Midwest last month, the Associated Press on Friday highlighted how, despite these disasters, the climate crisis is “largely missing” from the 2020 presidential campaigns. Here’s the thing: our response to the COVID-19 crisis is only making […]