User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

California Democrats’ push to curb emissions and promote clean energy would alter how the state does business and change the way residents live

With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final no-holds-barred round.

At stake is the passage of far-reaching environmental bills that would fundamentally alter the way the state does business and deals with planet-warming pollution – but would likely also change the way everyday Californians travel, live and consume.

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Expanding climate-change issue to diverse communities 28.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
It’s time to acknowledge that people impacted by global warming include the poor and disenfranchised, and they need a stake in policy decisions.
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Expert: Sea level rise 'locked-in' 28.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
It was less than two years ago that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its all-encompassing assessment on the current state of climate change research and made projections for the future climate of our planet.
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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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How India can cut short-term carbon emissions 70 percent 25.8.2015 New Kerala: India News
New Delhi, Aug 25 : As India works on its voluntary commitments to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Indian experts have explained how the country could cut its carbon emissions from short-lived climate pollutants by nearly three-fourths using low-cost methods and, in the process, transform the lives of the poor.
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Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice | Elizabeth C Yeampierre 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. We can’t afford to choose between the two

Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. US cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color are also home to a disproportionate share of the environmental burdens that are fueling the climate crisis and shortening our lives. One has only to recall the gut-wrenching images of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath to confirm this.

At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities continue to get hit time and time again by climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to choose between a Black Lives Matter protest and a climate justice forum, because our survival depends on both of them.

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Opinion: 100 days to save the world 21.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
We've learned to be pessimists about climate change.
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Are jellyfish going to take over the oceans? | Karl Mathiesen 21.8.2015 Guardian: Science
Like a karmic device come to punish our planetary transgressions, jellyfish thrive on the environmental chaos humans create. Is the age of the jellyfish upon us? Another British summer, another set of fear-mongering headlines about swarms of “deadly” jellyfish set to ruin your holiday. But news that jellyfish numbers may be rising carries implications far beyond the interrupted pastimes of the sunburnt masses. Like a karmic device come to punish our planetary transgressions, jellyfish thrive on the chaos humans create. Overfishing wipes out their competitors and predators; warmer water from climate change encourages the spread of some jellies; pollution from fertilisers causes the ocean to lose its oxygen, a deprivation to which jellyfish are uniquely tolerant; coastal developments provide convenient, safe habitat for their polyps to hide. In addition, the great mixing of species transported across the world in the ballasts of ships opens up new, vulnerable ecosystems to these ...
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Tory lobbying against air pollution laws smells of political corruption | George Monbiot 20.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The UK government’s bid to weaken EU laws to limit toxic pollution wouldn’t appear in any manifesto. It reveals a party working in the interests of corporate coal rather than the public

It’s interesting to note how readily modern conservatism degenerates into a defence of corporate malfeasance.

By this I don’t mean a defence of corporations in general, which you might expect from a political movement aligned with the interests of wealth and power, but of the worst corporations in particular. That is not a pro-corporate position, as favouring bad practice undermines the competitive position of more responsible companies. It’s a decision to side with the worst capitalists against the better capitalists.

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Essential California: BuzzFeed's new investor 19.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Wednesday, Aug. 19. Which emoji do Californians use more than others? Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Monumental problems It has been a year since President Obama declared the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument,...
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Exide cleanup: Toxic lead removal could be California's biggest yet 18.8.2015 LA Times: Environment
Removing lead-contaminated soil from thousands of homes near a closed Vernon battery recycling plant would be a years-long endeavor -- eclipsing any similar cleanup in California and ranking among the largest in the nation-- environmental officials and remediation experts said Monday.
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How open data can help save lives 18.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Data management is becoming increasingly important in emergency services, disaster relief, pollution plotting, cycle safety and healthcare

When somebody has a heart attack, the first thing you do is make them comfortable. After calling an ambulance, you locate a defibrillator.

Finding a defibrillator can spell the difference between life and death. It’s essential they’re located in easy-to-reach places, and using open data can make sure that they’re positioned in areas where people are most at risk of heart attacks.

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How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom 15.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Soaring worldwide demand for the minerals used in electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops has left a legacy of social conflict and human rights violations across Asia, Latin America and Africa • Global atlas of communities at risk from mining and oil companies A 200ft deep pit gapes where three years ago stood a mountain. Fields where small farmers planted rice and grew fruit are now an industrial site, and wooden houses in the old village of Didipio have been abandoned – the community moved to make way for a large-scale gold mine owned by a New Zealand company. The Filipino mine, guarded by high fences and bitterly contested by the indigenous Bugkalot people who fear pollution, spills and ill-health, is just one of scores of major new gold and copper mines opened in the last few years to meet soaring world demand for minerals used in electronic devices such as smartphones and ...
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Pollution fears following explosions at Texas chemical plant 15.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Firefighters took about two hours to bring the fire under control at the DrillChem plant on the eastern fringe of Conroe, near Houston

A series of explosions rocked an oil field chemical supply company north of Houston on Friday, setting off a fire that sent a broad, dense column of thick, black smoke towering into the sky.

Authorities knew of no injuries from the explosions and blaze that erupted about 4.30pm, said Conroe fire marshal Mike Legoudes.

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This Is the Real Cost of Coal 14.8.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Atlantic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, a radio broadcaster marvels at the wonder of coals: Consider a single piece glowing in your family's stove. See it, children? That chunk of coal was once a green plant, a fern or reed that lived one million years ago, or maybe two million, or maybe one hundred million. Can you imagine one hundred million years? Every summer for the whole life of that plant, its leaves caught what light they could and transformed the sun's energy into itself. Into bark, twigs, stems. Because plants eat light, in much the way we eat food. But then the plant died and fell, probably into water, and decayed into peat, and the peat was folded inside the earth for years upon years—eons in which something like a month or decade or even your whole life was just a puff of air, a snap of two fingers. And eventually the peat dried and became like stone, and someone dug ...
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Drones Increase Heart Rates Of Wild Bears. Too Much Stress? 13.8.2015 NPR News
Scientists studying animals in their natural habitats can now just send in a drone with a camera, rather than trudging through rough terrain. But a new study finds that the drones don't go unnoticed.
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IOC rules out viral testing of Rio’s Olympic waters 13.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro’s sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said Wednesday, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic venues, with experts saying athletes are almost certain to be […]
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UK lobbying for even weaker EU air pollution laws, leaked papers show 12.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservative government argues that already watered-down laws to limit toxic pollution that causes tens of thousands of deaths each year will cause job losses in the coal mining sector

Leaked documents show the UK is pushing for watered-down EU air pollution laws to be weakened further, arguing they would cause pit closures leading to substantial job losses and the need to import coal.

The EU rules could help curb toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, although campaigners criticised them following revelations that they were partly drafted by the same companies they were meant to regulate.

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Industrialist Sir William Armstrong on pollution: from the archive, 12 August 1869 12.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
At a meeting held in Newcastle, Armstrong claimed he stood up just as much for those who suffered from smoke as those who produced it A town’s meeting, presided over by the Mayor, was held at Newcastle-on-Tyne on Monday, “for the purpose of considering and adopting measures to remedy and prevent the injuries to health and the damage to vegetation arising from the escape of smoke and noxious vapours in the town and the country near to it.” The meeting ended in the appointment of a committee to investigate and report on the nuisance complained of. Among the speakers was Sir William Armstrong , who said he stood up quite as much on behalf of those who produced smoke as for those who suffered from its effects. He was as great an enemy as any one to recklessly creating superfluous smoke, but he did think it would be very impolitic to institute anything like an indiscriminate crusade against smoke in general. Very lately a friend from Spain had been on a visit to him – from the pure and smokeless air of ...
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India’s war on Greenpeace | Samanth Subramanian 11.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Environmental activists are being investigated, prevented from leaving the country and having their funds frozen. Why is India’s political class lining up to brand them enemies of the state?

After deciding not to sleep at all before her 6.50am flight out of Delhi, Priya Pillai felt slow and drowsy as she handed her passport over the immigration counter. It was a few hours past midnight on 11 January 2015; Pillai, a campaigner with Greenpeace India, knew that two full weeks of work awaited her in London. At check-in, she had secured an aisle seat, which made her happy. Now, as the official scanned her passport, Pillai sent idle texts to a colleague in Boston and pondered a plan to visit a friend in the north of England for the weekend.

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