Browsing the "pollution" Tag

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While cleaning up California’s deadliest fire, PG&E hired a well-known polluter to manage their dump operations

In selecting Bay Area Concrete for the environmentally sensitive job, PG&E ignored the firm’s history of illegal dumping and conflict with regulators, as well as its employment of a senior manager connected to environmental crimes, according to interviews and a review of court records, public documents and business filings by the Bay City News Foundation […]

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling. By Brian J. Love, University of Michigan and Julie Rieland, University of Michigan The Conversation Many items designated as reusable, communal or secondhand have been temporarily barred […]

June 24th

The history of ocean pollution (and what we should be doing about it)

Our oceans amass more than 70% of the Earth’s surface – and for years, they’ve served as landfills. Before experts started to analyze these practices, many people believed these waterways could hold an unlimited amount of waste. Unfortunately, extensive research shows that’s not the case whatsoever. By Emily Folk Within the past few decades, we’ve […]

June 23rd

Environmental injustice is even worse than we thought

As our nation searches its soul for a response to racial injustice in policing, it must also reckon with profound environmental injustice. New research shows that a handful of egregiously polluting facilities account for the vast majority of toxic releases and that a disproportionate share of these facilities are located near black and brown neighborhoods. By David Coursen […]

June 21st

SCOTUS greenlights another pipeline, WSJ celebrates (while dissing the Lorax)

On Monday night, the Wall Street Journal editorial board confirmed that it is, in fact, every bit the villain that children’s stories warn about. And what’s more, they know it. Because in addition to an editorial sarcastically congratulating Justice Elana Kagan for persuading Neil Gorsuch to ‘rewrite’ the Civil Rights Act and confirm that gay and transgender people […]

Expensive, dirty and dangerous: Why we must fight miners’ push to fast-track uranium mines (In Australia & US)

Of all the elements on Earth, none is more strictly controlled under law than uranium. A plethora of international agreements govern its sale and use in energy, research and nuclear weapons. Australian environmental law considers nuclear actions, such as uranium mining, as a “matter of national environmental significance” under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) […]

June 17th

California approves 12 more new fracking permits – during the Coronavirus pandemic!

While California continues to be portrayed as a “green” and “progressive” state by state officials and the mainstream media, the reality is much different, as I have revealed in hundreds of articles exposing the state’s environmentally unjust fossil fuel and water policies. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s oil and gas regulators continue to approve new oil drilling and fracking permits […]

June 13th

If Trump wins re-election, you can kiss environmental protection goodbye

Donald Trump has been using cover of COVID-19 and his wannabe strongman response to Black Lives Matter protests to continue his pro-polluter agenda, recently with an Executive Order tossing basic environmental protections out the window under guise of economic recovery.   By Climate Denier Roundup Fortunately, this appears to be yet another pointless distraction., As Niina […]

Witnesses tell House hearing how the Coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted environmental injustice

Two congressional committees held hearings Tuesday that raised the matter of environmental injustice amid the national protests and the conversation about systemic racism sparked by the killing of unarmed, handcuffed African American George Floyd two weeks ago. As long as the Senate remains under Republican control, of course, the chances any legislation will pass Congress are slim […]

June 11th