User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Environmental Justice
Last updated: Aug 03 2015 22:50 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan 3.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own.
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Ecuador spied on Amazon oil plan opponents, leaked papers suggest 3.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Government spies may have illegally targeted political and environmental opponents to president Rafael Correa’s plan to extract oil in Yasuni national park

Ecuadorian spies may have broken the law by obtaining personal information on MPs, environmentalists, indigenous groups, human rights activists, academics and political opponents of president Rafael Correa who opposed the exploitation of oil from an Amazonian wilderness, according to leaked papers.

Nearly 200 pages of internal documents that appear to be from Ecuador’s spy agency, the Secretaría Nacional de Inteligencia, seen by the Guardian, show that information was collected between 2010 and 2013 about bank accounts, debts, the value of people’s cars, foreign travel and partners.

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Photos of the Day: Aug. 1, 2015 2.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.
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Lawyers Leigh Day: troublemakers who are a thorn in the side of multinationals 2.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
International law firm led by self-confessedly ‘bolshie’ Martyn Day has carved out a reputation as the scourge of the corporations

Self-confessed “bolshie bastard” Martyn Day and his team of hotshot young lawyers at Leigh Day can congratulate themselves on having won around £150m for tens of thousands of the poorest people on earth from some of the world’s richest companies.

In the past decade, they have challenged Shell, Trafigura, BP, Xstrata, Anglo American and Unilever, as well as the British and Japanese governments. In that time they have carved out a reputation for being the scourge of the corporates and a fierce upholder of human rights.

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No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination 31.7.2015 AP Top News
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses....
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Olympic athletes spurn virus exposure warnings in Rio's contaminated waters 31.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Sailors and other athletes preparing for the 2016 Games have been training in Rio for months and say moving their events would put them at a disadvantage Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by the Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses. The AP on Thursday published the findings of a five-month study that looked specifically at viruses present in water being used for rowing, sailing, wind surfing, triathlon and open-water swimming. The tests concluded athletes risk exposure to viruses that could make them too ill to compete. In some tests, disease-causing viruses measured up to 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a southern California ...
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Photos of the Day: July 30, 2015 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.
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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels 30.7.2015 NPR News
Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.
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Sources: EPA will ease deadlines on pollution rule to help states comply 29.7.2015 Washington Post
The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, people familiar with the plans said Tuesday.Read full article ...
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The Great Sand Dunes among 36 National Parks with unhealthy levels of air pollution 29.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels obscuring the most stunning landscapes, according to an analysis unveiled Tuesday by a conservation ...
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Pollution isn't colorblind: environmental hazards kill more black Americans | Representative Keith Ellison and Van Jones 23.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Because African-Americans are more likely to live near pollution-causing power plants, racial justice must include environmental justice Thanks to people’s movements like Black Lives Matter and the Fight For 15, the call for racial and economic justice is getting louder and stronger. But while we are out on the streets fighting for equality, our kids are being poisoned by the air they breathe. Environmental injustices are taking black lives – that’s why our fight for equality has to include climate and environmental justice too. African-Americans are more likely to live near environmental hazards like power plants and be exposed to hazardous air pollution, including higher levels of nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and carbon dioxide than their white counterparts. The presence of these pollutants increases rates of asthma, respiratory illness and cardiovascular disease. It puts newborn babies at risk. It causes missed days of work and school. We can’t afford this. Black kids already have the ...
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How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding in China 17.7.2015 NPR News
Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.
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No, the sun isn't going to save us from global warming | Dana Nuccitelli 16.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

A solar minimum would offset no more than a decade’s worth of human-caused global warming

Some zombie myths just won’t die. In fact, I debunked this one two years ago right here at The Guardian.

To sum up, a number of scientific studies have asked the question, ‘if the sun were to enter another extended quiet phase (a grand solar minimum), how would that impact global surface temperatures?’. Every study agrees, it would cause no more than 0.3°C cooling, which would only be enough to temporarily offset about a decade’s worth of human-caused global warming.

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Is it time to ditch diesel? 16.7.2015 BBC: Business
Why it's time to switch to cleaner fuel
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Fracking gets cautious approval from taskforce 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Report says exploring for shale gas in the UK is safe, provided it is tightly regulated and monitored

It is too soon to say whether shale gas fracking would be a “good thing” for the UK, the chief of the task force on shale gas has said. Lord Smith of Finsbury, better known as former Labour MP Chris Smith, said the industry had not been transparent enough and that it would take time to reassure the public about the technology.

But Smith said that fracking would be acceptable if certain conditions were met, including a tightening of regulations and monitoring set out in a report from the taskforce on Wednesday. The report found that fracking was safe, for human health and the environment, but only if properly regulated.

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It Took 350 Lighters and Three Years to Make This Photo 14.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
It took three years and 350 lighters to construct a single photo depicting the garbage on the shores of Hong ...
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Celestial News: See the magnificent Milky Way 13.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Faint and misty, soft as silk, Some say you are made of milk. Road to heaven, river of light, Glowing star clouds fill the night. — Jimmy Westlake, 2010 When the bright moon is not in the sky, the dark summer night reveals one of its most spectacular treasures — the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way. Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made from the milk of queen goddess Juno, but is the combined light of billions of distant suns unresolved by the human eye. If you look through a pair of binoculars and sweep slowly across the Milky Way, you will rediscover what Galileo did in 1610 — a multitude of faint stars. The situation is analogous to soaring high over a sandy beach and seeing the white sand stretch for miles in both directions, and yet, you cannot see the individual sand grains that make up the beach from that height. In the case of the Milky Way, the grains of sand are the myriad stars that populate our galaxy. Our Sun is but one grain of sand on ...
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From Fishing With Mom To Becoming A Top Fisheries Official 8.7.2015 NPR Health Science
For NPR's series #RaceOnTech, we are meeting the diverse men and women who work in America's tech and science fields, like Dr. Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist who's a pioneer in her field.
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Trapped in Bangladesh's brick factories 7.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Radioactive city: how Johannesburg’s townships are paying for its mining past 6.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Much of the waste from 600 abandoned mines around South Africa’s largest city are piled high next to residential communities – most of which are poor and black Johannesburg’s mine dumps look strangely beautiful from a distance. Lustrously yellow in the sun, blazing red at dusk, their huge molehill shapes provide the city with its distinctive skyline. Up close, it’s a different story. Rasalind Plaatjies has lived in the shadow of a “tailing” – as these piles of mine waste are known – all her adult life. Today, the 62-year-old grandmother from the city’s Riverlea district suffers severe respiratory problems. For 16 hours a day, she is hooked up to an oxygen tank, her lungs debilitated by dust from the waste heap. “Sometimes I don’t have the energy to get up. I just have to stay in bed and do nothing,” she says. She feels fortunate, though. A number of her elderly neighbours have died from respiratory disease. Plaatjies is one of tens of thousands in Johannesburg’s impoverished townships who are paying a ...
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