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Trump's Regulators: Eager Servants of Oil and Gas, at Our Expense 14.12.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Babs ; edited: LW / TO)   Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Eleven months into the Trump administration, it's worth seriously pondering the question: Does Donald Trump have something against clean air? Did a smogless day insult his mother, and now he's out for revenge? It seems silly, but it's hard not to wonder when the Trump administration seems so determined to roll back every bit of progress the Obama administration made when it comes to reducing air pollution and hopefully slowing down the rate of global warming. (OK, it's  probably that Trump just hates Obama that much .) The obsessiveness of the Trumpian assault on clean air was illustrated again last week, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which works under Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department,  delayed the implementation of a rule  requiring oil and gas companies drilling on federally owned lands to curtail the waste of methane by releasing it in the ...
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EPA Refuses to Release Documents Backing Scott Pruitt's Climate Denial 12.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The EPA appears to be unwilling or unable to find any specific documents backing up Administrator Scott Pruitt's claim that carbon pollution is not a primary contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, President Trump just signed a defense bill declaring climate change a national security threat, contradicting his own skepticism and efforts to derail pollution controls. Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 25, 2017. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) The Environmental Protection Agency has so far been unable to produce, and is now refusing to search for, any records that could back up Administrator Scott Pruitt's now-infamous  television statement  dismissing science identifying human-caused carbon dioxide emissions as the primary driver of climate change, according to briefs filed in a federal court on Tuesday. President Trump  chose Pruitt  to run the EPA because the former Oklahoma ...
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Mathematicians crack 44-year-old problem 12.12.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Zilin Jiang from Technion — Israel Institute of Technology and Alexandr Polyanskii from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have proved László Fejes Tóth’s zone conjecture. Formulated in 1973, it says that if a unit sphere is completely covered by several zones, their combined width is at least π. The proof, published in the journal Geometric and Functional Analysis, is important for discrete geometry and enables new problems to be formulated.
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Build and Fight: The Program and Strategy of Cooperation Jackson 5.12.2017 Truthout.com
An excerpt from the recently published book   Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi , a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States. The book documents the ongoing organizing and institution-building of the political forces concentrated in Jackson, Mississippi, dedicated to advancing the "Jackson-Kush Plan." These forces include the Jackson People's Assembly, the New Afrikan People's Organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the Jackson Human Rights Institute and Cooperation Jackson.  (Image: Daraja Press)The following is an excerpt from the recently published book   Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi .  Jackson Rising is a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States. The book documents the ...
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Trump’s War on the Environment Is a Civil Rights Emergency 26.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Black, Latino, and disadvantaged people have long been disproportionately afflicted by toxins from industrial plants, […]
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It Will Take More Than Single-Payer to Make Baltimore Healthy 20.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  “See that over there?” I pull over to the curb and Glenn Ross points to a half-acre patch of weeds and tall grass wedged between a railroad bridge and a new East Baltimore elementary school, the first to be built in the neighborhood in more than 30 years. “You’ve got the playground there and over there’s a brownfield”—the term for the sites where factories, refineries, and other businesses closed after poisoning the land and water beneath them. “Trains used to leave coal there,” Ross says. “Then a truck repair shop opened up. The ground there is hard and black with oil. Why would you ever build a school next to a contaminated site?” A burly Vietnam vet and one of Baltimore’s most seasoned activists, Ross has been on the front lines of dozens of the battles facing the city’s African American community, which today makes up two-thirds of Baltimore’s 620,000 residents. Now his priority is cleaning up the ...
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Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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Cory Booker’s New Bill Has a “Snowball’s Chance in Hell” of Passing 14.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  On October 23, Senator Cory Booker, one of the members of Congress most capable of harnessing bipartisan cooperation, introduced the Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which was devoid of one Republican sponsor. If passed, the bill would force the federal government to strengthen legal […]
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Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended 11.11.2017 AP Top News
GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (AP) -- Chuck Nelson spent his life in this corner of Appalachia, working for years in the coal mines - a good job in the economically depressed area. But he says the industry that helped him earn a living cost him his health, and his wife's, too....
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Take Action: Pruitt Attacks Clean Trucks Rule 9.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Take Action: Pruitt Attacks Clean Trucks Rule
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In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture 7.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! Water in the American Southwest has never been abundant. Its availability fluctuates depending on conditions like drought and mountain snowpack that feeds streams and rivers. But  experts  predict a future of greater extremes: longer and hotter heat waves in the summer, less precipitation, decreased snowpack, and more severe and frequent droughts that will place greater stress on water users. In  New Mexico  and  Colorado , legal statutes enable an area's original water users to transfer their portions of the resource, via pipelines, to the highest bidder virtually anywhere in the state. When scarcity hits, industrial mining and agricultural operations can afford to purchase additional water while small-scale farmers and ranchers remain vulnerable; in both states, water use already exceeds availability. But for over a century, acequias -- an ancient form of community water ...
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How to fix American democracy: Ideas that get beyond our day-to-day political upheaval 29.10.2017 Washington Post
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the election, 38 writers and artists propose solutions that could repair the underlying conditions bedeviling our system.
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Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger 20.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental pollution -- from filthy air to contaminated water -- is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger 20.10.2017 Washington Post: World
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger 20.10.2017 AP Top News
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....
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Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined 20.10.2017 NPR News
Researchers looked at the combined effects of air, water and soil pollution on global health to come up with an annual toll.
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First Nations-led renewable energy generation in B.C. offers promising path forward 18.10.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Eryn Fitzgerald Judith (Kekinusuqs) Sayers These are exciting times in British Columbia for those interested in building sustainable, just and climate-friendly energy systems. The recent change in government could mean a shift away from a corporate agenda driven by the needs of a massively energy-intensive fracking and LNG industry towards one that prioritizes action on climate change, First Nations' self-determination and community-scale economic development. Indeed, First Nations-led renewable energy generation offers a promising path forward for each of these. The momentum that First Nations have already built in this area, combined with developments in renewable energy technology, means they are well-positioned to be leaders in B.C.'s transition to a sustainable energy system. We recently completed a province-wide  survey  of First Nations' involvement in the renewable energy sector, which turned up some provocative results. The survey was sent to all 203 First Nations in the province, and received a ...
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Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin 17.10.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) Expanding educational opportunities and building a green economy -- while shrinking both the military and the fossil fuel industry -- are the best routes to full employment, say world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. Also, greater financial regulation and more public development banks that prioritize social welfare over massive profits are crucial for a progressive agenda. (Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24. Not long after taking office, it became evident that Donald Trump had engaged in fraudulent populism during his campaign. His promise to "Make America Great Again" has been exposed as a lie, as the Trump administration has been busy extending US military power, ...
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Urban Noise Pollution Is Worst in Poor and Minority Neighborhoods and Segregated Cities 9.10.2017 Truthout.com
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! Most Americans think of cities as noisy places -- but some parts of US cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic and Asian residents have higher noise levels than other neighborhoods. In addition, in more racially segregated cities, living conditions are louder for everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity. As environmental health researchers, we are interested in learning how everyday environmental exposures affect different population groups. In a new study we detail our findings on noise pollution, which has direct impacts on public health. Scientists have documented that environmental hazards, such as air pollution and hazardous waste sites, are not evenly distributed across different populations. Often socially disadvantaged groups such as ...
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The sustainability movement confronts its 'lean in' moment 25.9.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
It's time to think more about diversity and social inclusions, from the inside out.
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