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Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for […]

August 10th

Fossil fuel investments and hawkish foreign policy Among serious issues progressives have with Susan Rice as possible VP pick

As Democrats await a vice presidential pick from party nominee Joe Biden, progressives are pointing to Susan Rice’s past fossil fuel investments—including stock in the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline—and her hawkish foreign policy as reasons to disqualify her from the running. By Lisa Newcomb Common Dreams “The financial disclosure reports reflect at worst […]

August 10th

Book Review: The Pandemic May Be the Least of It

Since March or so, a running joke — or perhaps wry observation is the better term — has been that each month seems to last about a decade. In early spring, the Covid-19 pandemic came to utterly dominate the news cycle, only to be pushed aside by unrest in America’s cities as throngs took to […]

August 8th

Shark Week looms, but don’t panic

Sharks elicit outsized fear, even though the risk of a shark bite is infinitesimally small. As a marine biologist and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, I oversee the International Shark Attack File – a global record of reported shark bites that has been maintained continuously since 1958. It’s OK, I’m a filter […]

August 8th

How to build a circular economy

We have a waste problem. The world threw away around 300 million tons of plastic in 2019, nearly equivalent to the weight of the human population. Scientists expect there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. One year’s electronic waste weighs in at more than 50 million tons. And while far too many people still go hungry, we […]

August 7th

Greenpeace Targets Vulnerable GOP Senators With Demand to Pass Urgently Needed Covid-19 Relief

Part of a broader progressive coalition demanding Republicans in the U.S. Senate end their refusal to vote on the Covid-19 relief bill passed by House Democrats back in May, organizers with Greenpeace USA on Thursday morning staged a protest outside the U.S. Capitol Building contrasting the intransigence of key GOP lawmakers with the suffering and […]

August 7th

Is Energy Still a “Natural Monopoly”? — Episode 109 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, we feature host John Farrell’s interview with Scott Hempling for ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast. Scott Hempling is an author, expert witness, lawyer, and law professor specializing in utility regulatory issues. Their discussion covers the changing ideas around natural monopolies, the consolidation of such monopolies in recent years, […]

August 6th

Atomic bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, some of the individuals who survived the horror of nuclear detonation are speaking out against the continued proliferation of nuclear energy. By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams With strong backing from President Shinzo Abe, Japan is restarted […]

August 6th