User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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Beyond Obamacare: Stopping Corporations from Making People Sick 6.5.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Brennan Linsley) Gun safety advocates hold signs during a rally at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on April 18, 2013. Since the sweeping health-care law best known as Obamacare took effect in 2010, Republicans have voted 63 times to repeal or gut it, and Democrats have argued over whether to expand it or scrap it in favor of a public single-payer plan. But not much attention has been given to going beyond the Affordable Care Act to take on the root cause of our nation’s most serious health problems: a corporate system that profits by sickening people. Yes, the ACA dramatically improved American health-care access—about 20 million Americans have gained insurance coverage, and nearly 71 million now enjoy expanded access to free preventive services through their private plans. But the bitter fact remains: The nation still pays more for health care than any other high-income country, but with worse outcomes. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that the United States ranks last among ...
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Union-backed campaign labels San Bernardino lawmaker 'Chevron Cheryl' 6.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary
California politics updates: Legal protections for Aliso Canyon neighbors blocked, Assembly Republican leader not ready for Trump May 5 2016, 4:04 PM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Assembly Republican leader...
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Mexico City declares 3rd day of traffic cuts over high smog 5.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Mexico City is ordering 40 percent of cars and trucks to stay off the streets Thursday, extending for a third day a traffic cutback aimed at lessening pollution.
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Vote for me: London’s mayoral candidates have their say | Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith, Caroline Pidgeon, Sian Berry and Sophie Walker 4.5.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
London elects its next mayor on Thursday. Here five of the candidates explain why they deserve to succeed Boris Johnson Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson – the mayor who never was | Sonia Purnell 1.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
London’s dad-dancing, do-nothing leader has made a laughing stock of one of the world’s great jobs. The capital must now vote for someone who puts the city first

By Saturday morning Boris Johnson will officially have ceased to be mayor of London. There are many – including not a few within and around City Hall itself – who believe that Johnson vacated that post in all but name long ago. Arguably he has never been a fully committed London mayor at all.

Related: Boris Johnson biography reveals threats to 'get a grip'

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Civil rights panel to hold hearing over Flint water crisis 28.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission plans its first public hearing into whether Flint residents faced discrimination during the switch to the Flint River for drinking water and subsequent lead contamination. The hearing Thursday at Flint’s Riverfront Banquet Center will include opening remarks from commission co-chairs and a comment period with preference […]
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L.A. artwork in Owens Valley could be a watershed in conciliation 26.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles insists that it had the best of intentions as it erected the monument of granite and sculpted earth that is now rising from a dry bed of Owens Lake 200 miles to the north.

Department of Water and Power officials saw it as a gesture of reconciliation for taking the region's water more...

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Pitts: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation 24.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed. Namely, the fact that people who look like you often get left out of it. Consider some of the headlines: “The Racist Roots of Flint’s Water Crisis” — Huff...
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Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways | David Ferguson 24.4.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free

One company is trying to measure exactly how much urban trees are worth. But some things defy calculation

There are a few colors that I adore. I love the first dark flashes of Baltic blue-black on the horizon when I’m driving toward the Gulf of Mexico. I love the glaring green of a “go” traffic light against a bruise-colored, stormy summer sky.

More than anything, though, I love the bright yellow-green spatters of the first pecan leaves every spring. Like globs of paint flung straight from Monet’s palette, they are to me the surest sign that winter has left the building and that long days and hot weather are on the way.

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Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation 24.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the […]
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Oakland's coal war pits economic survival against environmental justice 21.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Proposed terminal to export coal to Asia creates tense showdown in port city as key players cite potential health risks, yet industry could provide needed jobs

Margaret Gordon will not get out of the car. She is in the shadow of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge on a triangle of land where a bustling maritime terminal is planned.

“The pollution is too bad”, the 70-something activist declares, and the terminal isn’t even built yet. She rummages through her purse for an inhaler. “I got a sore throat. I have allergy attacks ... See the crane operating over there? All that’s going to be OBOT”.

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Lawmaker who helped block oil provision from SB 350 called 'environmental champion' in mailer 20.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary
California politics updates: Rideshare surge pricing bill is rejected, voters could decide fate of delta tunnels April 20 2016, 10:10 AM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:State senators rejected a bill...
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Tooele residents concerned about pending Stericycle move, possibility of more pollution 20.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gina Cooley moved to Erda in 2014 after her pediatrician advised her that pollution from a medical-waste incinerator in North Salt Lake could be the source of her then-4-year-old son’s near-daily headaches. That same year, Stericycle also decided to move to Tooele County. Cooley heard about the relocation only after the decision was final, she said. And before Monday’s public hearing on the proposed facility’s air-quality permit, she was under the impression the facility would be farther away fr...
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Two-year project will study air pollution in San Ysidro from cars idling at the border 16.4.2016 LA Times: Environment

Long lines of idling cars waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are a part of life in San Ysidro.

Concerned about the neighborhood's proximity to the world's busiest land port of entry, a local community development agency has launched a study to analyze the health risks associated with air pollution...

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Los Angeles poised to adopt environmental protections for polluted communities 13.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In a groundbreaking attempt to bring environmental justice to polluted neighborhoods, the Los Angeles City Council is poised to adopt new land-use restrictions to ease health risks in communities where a heavy concentration of industry operates close to homes, schools and day-care centers.

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10 ways to end water pollution in Latin America 12.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Our expert panel share their thoughts on how to turn the region’s contaminated lakes, rivers and dams into clean waterways There is a common belief that huge infrastructure will solve the problem, but mega-projects are causing huge problems because they deal with all sorts of polluted water. When household water, industry water and rainwater are mixed, treatment becomes more complex and more expensive. The best way to stop pollution is not to clean the polluted water, but to stop polluting. This means, in particular, stopping the use of toxics in industry and agribusiness. Claudia Campero, water campaigner, Food and Water Watch / Alianza Mexicana contra el ...
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Even low levels of air pollution can impair kids' lungs 12.4.2016 New Kerala: Health News
New York, April 12 : Children's exposure to higher levels of air pollution, including fine particulate matter also known as PM2.5, and impure carbon particles can most negatively impact their lung functioning, finds a new study.
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Story of cities #20: the secret history of Magnitogorsk, Russia's steel city 12.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Designed for Stalin as the world’s first completely planned city, Magnitogorsk has yet to confront its controversial past – from the forced labour that helped build it in record time, to the severe pollution that has plagued its residents

In July 1931, Ibragim Akhmetzyanov arrived in Magnitogorsk in a wooden boxcar with his wife and eight children. The sight that greeted them was bleak.

In the middle of the frigid, windswept steppe, a cluster of tents and ramshackle barracks stood at the foot of the ominous “Magnetic Mountain”, a landform so full of iron ore that compasses could not function near it and birds avoiding flying over it.

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European diplomats criticise UN plan to curb airline emissions 7.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

ICAO blueprint criticised for having too many exemptions to be credible, too little detail to be trustworthy and for contradicting Paris climate deal

A draft UN plan to offset the air industry’s surging growth in emissions contains too many exemptions to be credible and too little detail to be trustworthy, European diplomats say.

Aviation is one of only two sectors not covered by the Paris climate agreement and many diplomats are optimistic that the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) blueprint can be whittled into shape before a Montreal conference this September.

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Ecuador drills for oil on edge of pristine rainforest in Yasuni 4.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

First of 200 wells drilled close to controversial block of forest known to have two of the last tribes living in isolation

Ecuador has started drilling for oil on the edge of a controversial block of pristine rainforest inhabited by two of the last tribes in the world living in voluntary isolation.

The well platform known as Tiputini C, which is now operational a few kilometres from the Peruvian border in the Yasuni national park, is expected to be the first of nearly 200 wells needed to extract the 920m barrels of crude thought to lie below the Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini (ITT) block.

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