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9 Dem lawmakers urge DOJ to free Steven Donziger, whose Chevron-backed prosecution is a gross miscarriage of justice

Nine U.S. House Democrats on Monday urged the Justice Department to “take immediate action” to secure the release of Steven Donziger, a human rights attorney who helped thousands of Ecuadorians win a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against oil giant Chevron and is now incarcerated on a contempt of court charge that experts say is retaliatory—and which followed two years of pre-trial house arrest, a […]

December 1st

Woke-washing: No, fossil fuel propagandists are not heroes and martyrs

The fossil fuel industry is increasingly engaging in what Amy Westervelt described as “woke-washing.” It’s a form of reputational propaganda that wants you to believe that the industry responsible for inflicting a truly incredible amount of pain and pollution on poor and BIPOC communities is actually their savior and only hope for living happy, healthy […]

December 1st

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

A coalition of Southwestern Indigenous leaders applauded President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland following the announcement of a proposed 20-year fossil fuel drilling ban around the sacred Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico—even as the administration auctioned off tens of millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas extraction. […]

November 28th

White people care less about the environment than everyone thinks they do

Americans substantially misperceive who is most concerned about protecting the environment and human health, and those misperceptions are consistent with white Americans’ lack of understanding of the gross inequities of environmental racism, FiveThirtyEight reports. By Nexus Media News Americans perceive young people, white people, and women as the most concerned about environmental issues, when in […]

November 27th

Thanksgiving: In ‘Gather’ documentary, indigenous food sovereignty Is on the menu

feast that symbolized an abiding pact between European colonists and Indigenous people to share the abundance of the land. But the reality of both historical and ongoing colonization, says Nephi Craig, White Mountain Apache, is that if you “want to attack a people and wipe them out—attack their food.” By Valerie Schloredt YES! magazine Consider […]

November 25th

Private equity firm sucked millions out of Warrior Coal. Now workers strike for fairness

As Alabama miners continue their seven-month strike against Warrior Met Coal, a trio of U.S. senators on Tuesday sent letters of inquiry to the private equity firms the lawmakers say “made off like bandits” after taking over the company while workers “endured severe cuts to pay and benefits” in order to ensure its success. By Brett […]

November 24th

COP26 left the world with a climate to-do list: Here are 5 things to watch for in 2022

How much the world achieved at the Glasgow climate talks – and what happens now – depends in large part on where you live. By Rachel Kyte, Tufts University The Conversation In island nations that are losing their homes to sea level rise, and in other highly vulnerable countries, there were bitter pills to swallow […]

November 21st

Dem lawmakers, climate groups urge Biden Admin to support children’s climate suit

Four dozen federal lawmakers and scores of advocacy groups on Thursday sent President Joe Biden and other leaders within his administration letters in support of the yearslong climate case that accuses the U.S. government of violating young Americans’ constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and failing to protect essential public trust resources. By Jessica Corbett […]

November 21st

COP26 deal: How rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world

COP26, the recently concluded UN climate change conference in Glasgow, marked a critical turning point in global politics. From now on, the issue of climate justice will be unavoidable for rich countries. Lisa Vanhala, UCL The Conversation The Glasgow Climate Pact “urges” rich countries like the US (referred to as “developed countries” in the text) […]

November 14th

COP26: Taking it to the streets

At the time of this writing, negotiators in Glasgow are scrambling to finalize an agreement for this year’s COP 26 climate talks. They’re expected to work through Sunday. If you’d like the headlines, you can find some helpful links below. By Jessica Hamilton Climate Hawks Vote But it’s a beautiful autumn day here in Colorado, […]

November 14th

Action Alert: Tell CA to stop rubber stamping extinction! Support racial equality for salmon tribes

Last year during the height of California’s Drought, the California State Water Quality Control Board approved a plan that allowed the federal government to enact the Trump Water Plan without meeting California clean water laws, according to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon. This plan allowed over 80% of baby salmon to be killed in […]

November 14th

Instead of shutting down dangerous Aliso Canyon methane storage, it could be increased today!

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday, November 4, will vote on two proposals that will determine the future of natural gas storage at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon storage facility and whether its capacity will be increased. By Dan Bacher The first proposal would increase the storage capacity limit to 100% allowable capacity at 68.6 billion cubic […]

November 4th

Earth Matters: Wolf protectors, Bullard eco-justice center lures donors

(Earth Matters is a weekly series featuring climate and other environmental stories.) By Meteor Blades Indigenous activists to meet in D.C. to push restoration of gray wolf protections: They will lobby for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to “implement an emergency ESA relisting” of the wolf’s Northern Rocky Mountains population. Gray wolves are under new pressure in Idaho and Montana, both […]

October 30th

As bomb cyclone smashes California, TV news keeps forgetting the human cost of climate disasters like Hurricane Ida

I’m writing this from New Orleans a little more than one month after Hurricane Ida devastated Southeast Louisiana—after most national TV crews have long since packed up and left. A blue tarp lies atop my parents’ roof, flapping in the occasional sticky breeze. Aside from some cosmetic damage, their home is okay. They’re some of the […]

October 25th

‘Biden, can you hear us now?’ Ask indigenous leaders amid arrests at fossil fuel protest

More than 130 Native American Earth protectors were arrested in Washington, D.C. Monday, while others were blasted with sonic weaponry as tribal leaders and members from across the continent they call Turtle Island gathered on Indigenous Peoples’ Day to protest Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline and other oil and gas ventures backed by President Joe Biden, and […]

October 12th