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

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 […]

September 19th

Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru

Gold is everywhere in modern life, from jewelry to electronics to smartphones. The global electronics industry alone uses 280 tons annually. And that demand keeps growing. But most people know little about the environmental impacts of gold mining. About 15% of world gold production is from artisanal and small-scale mining in over 70 countries throughout […]

September 15th

Amendments to California’s SB 1012 could shift oil well cleanup costs to taxpayers

California environmentalists today, the final day of the legislative session, have been tweeting, emailing and calling legislators in a last minute attempt to stop the Assembly from approving Senate Bill SB 1012, an amended bill that they say could stop state government from holding oil companies accountable for paying to clean up their wells. By […]

September 1st

Big oil has a plan to stay profitable: Inundate Africa with US plastics

Green groups responded with alarm to Sunday reporting by the New York Times and Unearthed that a U.S.-based trade group for major chemical and fossil fuel companies has lobbied the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic to use a forthcoming trade agreement to flood the African continent with plastics. Faced with plunging profits and a #ClimateCrisis threatening fossil fuels […]

August 31st

23 AGs sue Trump admin over ‘Reckless and Unprecedented’ gutting of bedrock US environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 27 U.S. states, commonwealths, territories, counties, and cities filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Trump administration’s “unlawful, unjustified, and sweeping revisions” to a 50-year-old law that the president claimed would “streamline” infrastructure projects by limiting environmental reviews. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams After revealing plans to alter the National Environmental Policy Act […]

August 31st

Hurricane Laura: Poverty and petrochemicals converge as devastation exposes entire Gulf Coast as ‘sacrificial zone’

With the full devastation caused by Hurricane Laura along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana still coming into view Friday, climate justice activists and other progressives are calling the destruction—credited with claiming at least 6 lives and potentially billions of dollars in damages—just the latest painful example of willful neglect by political leaders and […]

August 29th

A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura’s damage in this area of oil fields and industry

Hurricane Laura plowed through the heart of Louisiana’s oil and chemical industries as a powerful Category 4 storm, leaving a chlorine plant on fire and the potential for more hazardous damage in its wake. A chemical fire erupted at a manufacturing plant in Westlake, Louisiana, in the wake of #HurricaneLaura. Officials warned residents to stay […]

August 28th

EPA weakens Methane Rule as pollution soars

This year, levels of methane, a powerful heat-trapping gas, hit an all-time high, driven in large part by pollution leaking from gas pipelines and drilling sites. Plugging these leaks is cheap, has enormous upsides for the climate, and is widely supported by major players in the industry, which is why it’s striking that the EPA has decided to weaken […]

August 21st

The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America

Through the southern reaches of Texas, communities are scattered across a flat landscape of dry brush lands, ranches and agricultural fields. This large rural region near the U.S.-Mexico border is known for its persistent poverty. Over 25% of the families here live in poverty, and many lack access to basic services like water, sewer and […]

August 20th

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