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‘Keep oil and gas in the ground’ – yet another oil spill ravages California coast

As cleanup crews on Sunday rushed to contain the damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history, environmentalists stressed the necessity of ending offshore drilling—and ultimately, of keeping all fossil fuels in the ground. At least 126,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a ruptured pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach […]

October 4th

Toxic metals in baby food?!? It’s time for the FDA to ACT

A new congressional report released Wednesday revealing the baby food industry has failed to keep products with heavy metals off the shelves spurred calls for federal authorities to enact swift action and tough limits on toxin levels. “This is what happens when you let the food and chemical companies, not the FDA, decide whether our […]

September 29th

Moratorium on deep sea mining adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit

A vote overwhelmingly in favor of placing a moratorium on deep sea mineral mining at a global biodiversity summit this week has put urgent pressure on the International Seabed Authority to strictly regulate the practice.   By Julia Conley Common Dreams The vast majority of governments, NGOs, and civil society groups voted in favor of the moratorium […]

September 12th

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

Biden EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay from salmon-killing Pebble Mine

Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea […]

September 10th

USGS says increased pumping in California’s Central Valley during drought worsens groundwater quality

Intensive pumping of aquifers during drought can speed up deterioration of groundwater quality, a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reveals, “The results highlight clean drinking water supply vulnerabilities in California and other western states currently experiencing record drought conditions,” according to the USGS. The study “Critical aquifer overdraft accelerates degradation of groundwater […]

September 6th

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

On Aug. 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will end use of chlorpyrifos – a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children – on all food products nationwide. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco […]

September 1st

Exposure to wildfire smoke linked to preterm births

As many as 7,000 babies were born prematurely because of exposure to wildfire smoke between 2007 and 2012, new research from Stanford discovered. The study, published in <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001393512101166X?via%3Dihub” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener”>Environmental Research</a>, found the more days a pregnant person was exposed to smoke the more likely they were to have a preterm birth. […]

August 28th

Male infertility is rising – studies show that environmental toxins could be a reason

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility. Unfortunately, physicians like me who specialize in reproductive medicine are unable to determine the cause of male infertility around 30% to 50% of the time. There is almost nothing more disheartening than telling a couple “I don’t know” or “There’s nothing I can do […]

July 30th

Community members unite to stop SoCalGas from its polluting facility in Ventura

More than 250 frontline community members and elected officials from across California rallied in Ventura — the fastest warming county in the US, according to rally organizers —  to demand action from California Governor Gavin Newsom on fossil fuels. By Dan Bacher The rally took place at the site of a gas compressor station SoCalGas, a subsidiary […]

July 26th

Goldman Prize goes to Sharon Lavigne for battling a new plastics plant in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

Environmental justice activist Sharon Lavigne, who led a successful grassroots campaign to block a toxic plastics manufacturing plant in her Louisiana community, is this year’s North American winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The awards, sometimes referred to as the Green Nobels, were announced Tuesday to recognize “grassroots environmental heroes” on each […]

June 20th

Overcrowded US national parks need a reservation system

If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, encourage visitors to buy entrance passes in advance. […]

June 11th

Air pollution from factory farms now kills more people than coal pollution

When most people think about air pollution, they may imagine power plant smokestacks or car tailpipes. But an alarming new study forces us to think about deadly air pollution from another source: factory farms. New research finds that air pollution from agriculture causes more than 17,000 deaths every year. That’s even more than the deaths from pollution generated […]

Why are we even considering building yet another petrochemical plant in LA’s “Cancer Alley”

Citing the imperative to “protect the residents and natural resources of St. James Parish and to prevent public health and environmental harms across our jurisdictions,” attorneys general from four states and the District of Columbia on Monday sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it to thoroughly evaluate the adverse impacts […]

May 26th

Do we really need to “Liberate” fossil fuels?

There are few things in this world that the CEOs of powerful companies truly fear. With more money than they could ever need, the influence it buys and the power it gives them, they’re immune to nearly all of life’s most daunting and anxiety-inducing dilemmas. Nearly. There is one thing that, clearly, and rightfully, terrifies […]