User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Environmental Justice
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Are There Two Different Versions of Environmentalism, One "White," One "Black"? 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on Grist . Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers The mountains and the endless plain – All, all the stretch of these great green states – And make America again! – Langston Hughes, 1938 I really didn’t want to have to address this. While reading through University of Michigan professor Dorceta Taylor’s latest report , "The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations," and thinking about what I would write about it, I had hoped to focus on the solutions. Those solutions—confronting unconscious and subconscious bias and other subtle forms of discrimination—are the parts I had hoped environmentalists would be eager to unpack. I thought they’d read about the " green ceiling ," where mainstream green NGOs have failed to create a workforce where even two out of 10 of their staffers are people of color, and ask themselves what could they do ...
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Chinese journalist, lawyer win Magsaysay awards 31.7.2014 Hindu: Home
Other awardees were Indonesian anthropologist Saur Marlina Manurung and Filipino teacher Randy Halasan, for serving the indigenous Matigsalug tribe.
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Supermarket giants in Thailand for prawn slavery talks 30.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Morrisons and Tesco join Oxfam and others to create a taskforce to tackle slavery and trafficking in the seafood industry

UK and US supermarket groups are meeting in Thailand this week to create a taskforce to tackle trafficking and forced labour in the shrimp feed industry.

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EPA hears praise, criticism of proposed rules for power-plant pollution 30.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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EPA holds public hearings on new rules to cut carbon emissions 30.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Opponents and supporters of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants given chance to make their feelings known

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Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little 30.7.2014 AP National
DENVER (AP) -- Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough....
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Across US, opponents and supporters call power-plant pollution rules too much or too little 30.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Mexican artist takes his environmental message to New York 29.7.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Natural Gas Is Not Going to Save the World 29.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels. We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which is touted as a "clean" fuel—even a " green " fuel . Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth. That truth is basic chemistry: when you burn natural gas, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced is, other things being equal, much less than when you burn an equivalent amount of coal or oil. It can be as much as 50% less compared with coal, and 20% to 30% less compared with diesel fuel, gasoline, or home heating oil. When it comes to a greenhouse gas (GHG) heading ...
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Minorities aren't well represented in environmental groups, study says 29.7.2014 LA Times: Nation
Minorities and people of color have not managed to break the “green ceiling” inside environmental organizations, and remain underrepresented on their staffs, according to a report released Monday.
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Koch brothers' petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules 25.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Company seeks to delay storage sheds until 2018, raise height limits on piles Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four ...
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The Dark Snow team investigates the source of soot that's accelerating Greenland ice melt 24.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

The crowd-funded Dark Snow Project is trying to figure out where Greenland soot is coming from

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Eat this fish, save the world 22.7.2014 CNN: Top Stories
In the wake of the important decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to block mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay in order to protect the wild salmon population there, it's a good moment to take stock of the many dangers facing our world's waterways -- and our world's fish. It turns out the wild salmon of Bristol Bay are one of the five least toxic fish to eat around the globe and thankfully will stay that way, thanks to the Obama administration. But what are the other four? And why are the world's fish and water under such threat?
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The wealth gap is growing, but poor women see one improvement: healthier newborns 21.7.2014 Washington Post

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — As a kid who grew up in violence-racked public housing here, Wanda Verret had no idea what to do when she got pregnant at age 14. She didn’t go to the doctor until her sixth month of pregnancy, smoked cigarettes and dropped out of school. “I was a baby having a baby,” she said.

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FBI warns about unapproved air-conditioner coolant 20.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire.
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FBI issues warning about unapproved air conditioner coolant that could explode or catch fire 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.
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Pollution-plagued Manila set to spark an electric transport revolution 17.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Philippine capital road-tests ambitious and sustainable scheme to ease traffic congestion and pollution problems

Every morning, millions of commuters battle it out on Manila's roads and railways. The city of 12 million swells to 15 million during week days, forcing traffic speeds down to 5km per hour. During the rush hour, a 30-minute journey can take up to three hours.

In 2012, the Philippine capital's economy lost about 2.4bn pesos a day (£32m) as a result of its traffic jams. At this rate, the country stands to lose up to P6bn a day by 2030, according to the Japanese International Corporation Agency (Jica), which has been trying to reduce this mammoth infrastructure problem.

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Mining poses new threat to world's greatest rhino sanctuary 17.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Plans for an opencast coalmine on the boundary of South Africa's Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve could pave the way for even greater poaching and pollution

The surface of a pool near the Imfolozi river ripples as a white rhino, its young calf close by, lowers its mouth to drink. Rhinos have roamed the Earth in such a way for 40 million years. Humans, by comparison, are new kids on the block.

Yet it is modern man that threatens to drive these stately creatures to extinction. Figures released last week show that 558 rhinos have been slaughtered in South Africa so far in 2014, putting it on course to be the deadliest year of poaching since records began.

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Plastic, poverty and pollution in China's recycling dead zone 16.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
In 2010 Adam Minter visited Wen'an, once at the heart of the global scrap plastic trade. In this never-before published extract from his book he describes the effects on workers' health In 2010, Adam Minter, Bloomberg's Shanghai correspondent, visited Wen'an - then the heart of the global scrap plastic trade undercover. In 2011 the Chinese government introduced new regulations and shut down the scrap plastic trade in this part of the country. The small family businesses closed or scattered across the country. In 2013, according to figures from the Bureau of International Recycling, China imported about 8-9m tonnes of plastics scrap - less than in previous years. BIR estimates that global plastic scrap consumption will climb from 15m tonnes in 2007 to around 45m tonnes by 2015. Here is an extract from Minter's book about his experience. Its a bustling, crowded and incomprehensibly dirty main street, crossed by the occasional stray dog, partly blocked by a broken-down truck, and frequently scarred by ...
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