Posted in Common Dreams Environment Mining News

Secretly-recorded Pebble Tapes: mining execs reveal true scope of gold mine planned near Bristol Bay. See video

The expanse of the 200-Year project planned for one of earth’s most pristine ecosystems to mine gold, molybdenum, and copper, not reveled to regulators considering 20-year application. “The Pebble Tapes reveal what we suspected,” said the…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice Plastic Recycling

New report reveals how plastic polluters have avoided regulation worldwide for decades

‘Delay, Distract, and Derail’ “This report is a damning exposé of the tactics employed by the plastics industry and shines a welcome light on the shadowy world of corporate lobbying.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Wild Fire

It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Global coalition invites progressives worldwide to attend inaugural summit

‘Internationalism or Extinction’?  “The Progressive International is convening this emergency summit… to map our current crisis, to reclaim our shared future, and to strengthen our planetary front to do so.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer From…

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Rathke: Are single use plastics getting a bad rap?

New York City      Once the breeze picks up between the canyons formed by New York City skyscrapers, the most common local bird that seems to be floating in the sky when you see something flutter…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Wild Fire

Hundreds of thousands of dead migratory birds in Southwest linked to wildfires, Climate Crisis

‘Ecological Disaster on Massive Scale’ “The fact that we’re finding hundreds of these birds dying, just kind of falling out of the sky is extremely alarming.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 A combination…

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Rathke: Spewing Cancer Chemicals on Louisiana’s Death Alley

New Orleans       A tip from a friend sent me to a seat on the back row of a lecture hall at the Tulane Law School to listen to a star-studded panel assembled on the topic…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Pro Publica

Climate change will force a New American Migration

Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?…

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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Trump spits climate denialism right in California’s face: “It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch”

“I thought I’d find it funny watching this, but instead it’s just chilling: as the West Coast faces a climate catastrophe, the president laughs at them and denies the problem exists.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams Environment EPA News

Coalition of state and local governments sues EPA To block Trump’s gutting of methane regulation

“We need leaders who step up and propose solutions. Instead, we get President Trump’s version of the EPA.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer A coalition of 19 states and six municipalities Monday sued the Environmental Protection…

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A burned Valero gas station smolders during the Creek fire in an unincorporated area of Fresno County, California on September 08, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

New study finds Planet heading toward temperature threshold not seen in 34 million years

Researchers behind the comprehensive study of Earth’s atmospheric record over tens of million of years say “immediate and stringent action” could prevent most dire outcomes. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, September 14 A newly published…

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A protester is seen holding a placard during a climate change demonstration. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Toxic Chemicals

Investors who manage $47 trillion pressure top polluters to pursue transition to net-zero emissions

“Companies across all sectors need to take more ambitious action to ensure otherwise devastating impacts of climate change are avoided while they still can be.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, September 14 As historic, climate…

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An orange smoke-filled sky and burnt remains are seen after the passage of the Santiam Fire in Gates, Oregon on September 10, 2020. (Photo: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Politics Race for the White House 2020

With wildfires ravaging the West, Biden slams Trump denial and calls climate crisis an ‘imminent, existential threat’

“Biden and Harris should be repeating this message every hour of every day,” said the youth-led Sunrise Movement. by Jake Johnson, staff writer As catastrophic wildfires continue to tear through California, Oregon, and Washington state, engulfing…

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A refining plant in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. New research indicates that industrial air pollution may explain the disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in West Baton Rouge and other parishes in the state’s chemical corridor. (Patrick Dennis/The Times-Picayune and The Advocate)
Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

New research shows disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in polluted areas

The type of pollution emitted by many chemical plants in Louisiana’s industrial corridor is correlated with increased coronavirus deaths, according to new peer-reviewed research from SUNY and ProPublica. by Lylla Younes, ProPublica, and Sara Sneath The…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News The West Wildfire

The American West is burning but Trump hasn’t mentioned historic wildfires in ‘any way, shape, or form’ for nearly 3 weeks

“President Trump’s silence and complete disregard for the millions of people at risk is horrifying,” said one climate advocate. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Climate action advocates and journalists are calling out President Donald Trump’s silence…

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Posted in Climate change Environment The Conversation Wild Fire

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

As wildfire smoke turns Western skies orange and red, millions of people face serious health risks from inhaling it, even many who are far from active fires. Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco,…

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Delaware's attorney general on Thursday filed a climate liability lawsuit against 31 fossil fuel companies in state court. (Photo: Delaware.gov)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News

Faced with rising seas and other consequences of climate crisis, Delaware sues 31 fossil fuel companies

The state attorney general’s move came just a day after Charleston, South Carolina became the first southern U.S. city to file a climate liability lawsuit. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, September 10 Joining the trend…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Wild Fire

The Climate Crisis is happening right now. Just look at California’s weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses. by Elizabeth Weil Wednesday, September 9 Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Environment Nature

Public health experts urge collective examination of what it means to live in ‘harmony with nature’

Warning of More Pandemics to Come To mitigate risk, governments and communities must work together to rebuild “the infrastructures of human existence.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 As the world continues to adjust…

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Satellite image showing Western fires. September 9, 2020.
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News The West Wild Fire

West continues to face deadly flames compounded by heatwave, blackouts, and coronavirus

‘Entire Western US on Fire.’ Seventy wildfires raged across California, Oregon, Washington, and other western states on Wednesday. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 A record-shattering heatwave, continuing wildfires, power blackouts, and the coronavirus…

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Mendocino Complex fire August 8, 2020.(Tasmanian News photo.)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Wild Fire

Fires have burned record 2 million acres in California this year

And still two months to go in fire season A spokesperson for CAL FIRE called the news “unnerving,” noting that “September and October are historically our worst months for fires.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday,…

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The biggest new fire burning in California right now is so powerful it sent smoke 10 miles straight up into the stratosphere and created its own thunderstorms. 224 people were airlifted by the National Guard. (Photo Sept. 6, 2020, 7:52-am)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

50,000-foot smoke plumes and record-shattering heatwave as Climate Emergency grips California

Timelapse footage from space showing Saturday’s explosion of California wildfires led one meteorologist to declare: “It cannot be overstated how terrifying this satellite image is.” by  Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Smoke plumes rising…

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Posted in Kaiser Health News Medicine News Public Health

As threat of Valley Fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine

by Jim Robbins, KHN September 4, 2020 One New Year’s Day, Rob Purdie woke up with a headache that wouldn’t quit. Vision problems, body aches and a slight fever followed. At the emergency room, the Bakersfield,…

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