User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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It's past time for L.A. to seriously regulate its oil and gas wells 4.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For decades, city officials in Los Angeles have taken a hands-off approach to oil and gas drilling, allowing companies to operate and even expand near homes and schools with little scrutiny. Now faced with increasing pressure from community and environmental groups, elected officials are beginning...

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State, cities try to apply a little science to their road-salt use 4.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Using less salt is better, because it's both cheaper and easier on the environment.
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Climate-change Sundance documentary seeks to make a difference 1.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it's not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will likely be underwater in the next few decades. Roughly 40% of the planet's species are on track to go extinct. Ravaging fires and droughts...

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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold 1.2.2016 AP Top News
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) -- Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal....
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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold 1.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately the bumps for an industry that’s brought wealth and jobs to this town are getting bigger — bankruptcies of major producers, pollution rules that have made burning coal more expensive and the […]
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Flint's toxic water source: Racism? 27.1.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has so outraged community advocates that they now pose a powerful question: Was the city neglected because it is mostly black and about 40% poor?
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New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap — But There's A Snag 27.1.2016 NPR News
Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.
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Environmental racism harms Americans in Flint – and beyond | Jason Nichols 23.1.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Flint is a majority black city. Governor Snyder’s denial that the crisis is a product of environmental racism is deplorable and infuriating Environmental racism is often an afterthought, even for those who want to fix our race-based ills and protect black and brown lives. Now, the water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan is shining a bright light on how structural racism is found in our environmental resources and is costing people their lives across the nation. Flint, Michigan is experiencing a well-documented crisis as a result of a contaminated water supply. A study dating back to 2011, showed the Flint River water supply needed to be treated with an anti-corrosive agent in order to be fit for human consumption, as required by federal law. This study and law was ignored when officials decided to use the river as the primary water source for the ...
What Flint, Mich., And Kabwe, Zambia, Have In Common 23.1.2016 NPR News
They may be half a world away from each other, but both are dealing with the awful effects of lead poisoning.
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Log fires or traffic fumes: what's the real cause of Bergen's air pollution? 19.1.2016 Guardian: Environment
A recent spate of bad air days caused the Norwegian city to introduce a controversial alternate-day car ban. Yet research shows the burning of logs in homes is a far bigger contributor to Bergen’s pollution problems The air quality in Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, grew so bad earlier this month that the council surprised residents by introducing a week-long, alternate-day plan for private vehicles based on their number plates . Cars with odd-numbered endings were allowed to drive on odd dates, while those with even endings could drive on even dates. The plan, which terminated on 13 January as snowfall finally cleaned the air, reflected the fact that traffic is typically raised in public debates as the major cause of this pollution. But the reality is rather different: new research shows that in Norway, the burning of logs in homes is a far bigger contributor to the problem than traffic – and more damaging to residents’ ...
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Feds enlist religious groups to fight food waste 18.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The EPA on Monday launched an initiative to engage religious groups of all faiths to help redirect the food that ends up in landfills to hungry mouths.
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Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste 18.1.2016 NPR News
The Environmental Protection Agency is launching an initiative to engage religious leaders of all faiths to reduce food waste. Many groups have already embraced the challenge as a moral imperative.
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Ice age delayed by humans 14.1.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Could this be good news about global warming? Latest research suggests that human intervention has postponed the beginning of the next ice age.
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Human impact has pushed Earth into the anthropocene, scientists say 8.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “anthropocene” – ending the current holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year.

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Kids' asthma rates quiet down after earlier increase: Study 28.12.2015 AP Top News
CHICAGO (AP) -- Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend....
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Alaska’s Inuit link steady food supply to environment health 27.12.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide. The largest of Alaska’s ice seals uses sea ice to rest and birth pups, and after the long winter, when ice breaks into floes, there’s a window of […]
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Alaska's Inuit link steady food supply to environment health 27.12.2015 AP National
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide....
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The week in 40 photos 25.12.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Take a look at 40 photos of the week from December 18 through 24.
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Lawn wars: leaf blower opponents seek peaceful resolution to neighborly feud 20.12.2015 Guardian: Environment

Frustration over noise and pollution have led to campaigns against the gardening tools, and concerns about links to class and race have increased the tension. But a new generation of equipment could help ease the disagreement

It will be happening, this weekend, all across the US. The country’s front lawn feuds over the disruptive leaf blower have been at full-blast for decades. Bad faith, personal slights and endlessly circulated misinformation about leaf blowers makes it nearly impossible for those who hate the noise and pollution to come to some sort of agreement with those who love the convenience.

Now, for the first time since the divisive garden tool came into existence in the 1970s, there are signs that the suburban conflict may be starting to subside.

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Cancer is political – as the argument about its causes shows | John Vidal 18.12.2015 Guardian: Science
New research suggests that environmental factors are responsible for the huge majority of cancers; but opposing studies suggest it’s down to genetics and bad luck. Which you believe may depend on your own philosophy In 1925, the surgeon Frederick Pybus compared the lungs of people who had been living in smoke-polluted Newcastle with those of people from the Northumbrian countryside. One set was clean and pink; the other black and cancerous – no prizes for guessing which was which. The results led Pybus to conduct lifelong research into the links between air pollution and cancers. The medical establishment at the time was dismissive of the smoke theory, but the scientific tide eventually turned and in 2013 the World Health Organisation finally accepted his hypothesis that the carcinogens found in soot and diesel fumes were a cause of some ...
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