Posted in Coronavirus Science The Conversation

Antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors know how to beat coronavirus – and researchers are already testing new treatments that harness them

by Ann Sheehy, College of the Holy Cross Amid the chaos of an epidemic, those who survive a disease like COVID-19 carry within their bodies the secrets of an effective immune response. Virologists like me look…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Off the wire Plastic Public Policy Recycling

When does recycling your plastic make sense? The answer isn’t so simple

By Orion Donovan-Smith   “Plastic Wars,” which examines the crisis in plastic waste, airs on PBS nationwide on March 31, 2020, and online with additional stories online and on-air in the coming weeks. The program is…

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Posted in Climate change Environment EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump administration cripples drive to reduce vehicle pollution

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1 The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles yesterday. The revised standards will maintain higher levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Environment EPA Reveal Toxic Chemicals

EPA science panel plows ahead with toxic chemical’s review, despite coronavirus crisis

TCE is used by dry cleaners, auto brake shops, parts manufacturing factories, paper mills, refineries and many other businesses large and small. On those job sites, tens of thousands of workers are exposed to amounts of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing First Peoples News Justice News Pipelines

‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court rules DAPL permits violated law

“This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday March 25, 2020 A federal judge handed down a major victory…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Green New Deal Income Equality News Public Health Public Policy Wealth

‘Green Stimulus’ demanded to battle convergent crises of coronavirus, economic injustice, and climate emergency

The plan calls for spending at least $2 trillion on millions of green jobs, strategic investments to aid frontline communities, expanding public and employee ownership, and rapidly cutting carbon pollution.   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Spider excavators remove on dam on San Juan Creek in California's Cleveland National Forest. Photo: Julie Donnell, USFS
Posted in Dams Environment News Rivers The Revelator

Removing 81 dams is transforming this California watershed

The innovative project could aid endangered native species — and provide a useful roadmap for other dam-removal efforts.   by Tara Lohan Ι The Revelator March 19, 2020 Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

With Nation Distracted by Public Health and Economic Crises, Trump Moves to Allow GMO Crops in Wildlife Refuges

“Only the Trump administration would aggressively promote the use of crops genetically engineered for pesticide tolerance on wildlife refuges.” by Julia Conley, staff writer As the U.S. faces an unemployment crisis, economic meltdown, and a public…

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Posted in Environment Video Wildlife

Stuck inside? Check out these nature cams

Stuck inside? Check out these nature cams.   Tembe Elephant Park One of several great livecams from Explore.org. This one brings you to a very popular watering hole on the Mozambique border. Decorah Eagles A rare…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Science

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

By Joseph Eisenberg, University of Michigan One vomiting episode from someone infected with norovirus emits billions and billions of individual viruses. That’s enough to fuel an outbreak – and is exactly what happened in an elementary…

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Posted in Health Public Health Science The Conversation

On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

By David Pride, University of California San Diego March 16, 2020 “That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had a…

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We must continue to highlight and criticize, with passion, facts and concrete examples, the bad actors, practices and policies that have brought us to the brink of a global crisis. (Photo: CinCool/flickr/cc)
Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing Environment

Six rules for organizing a grassroots regeneration revolution

We must think, act and organize locally, while simultaneously cultivating a global vision and global solidarity. by Ronnie Cummins Over the past five decades, as a food, natural health and environmental campaigner, anti-war organizer, human rights…

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Storm damage in Dayton, Ohio (Shutterstock)
Posted in Climate change Economy Op/Ed OtherWords

If money is tight, climate change is your issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming. By Theo Wuest | OtherWords November 6, 2019 If you’re poor in America, climate change is your issue. We’ve already seen…

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Posted in Courts & Environment Justice News Public Health Toxic Chemicals Water

Court approves settlement requiring EPA rules on most dangerous chemical spills

Saturday, March 14 The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice…

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Representatives from youth organizations on Wednesday spoke about the importance of a robust debate in front of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Sunrise Movement)
Posted in Climate change Democrat Primaries News Race for the White House 2020 While we were looking elsewhere

Youth Coalition demands ‘serious discussion’ of key progressive issues at Democratic Presidential debate

“In the last few democratic debates, there has been little to no discussion on the defining issues that face our generation like immigration, climate change, gun control, and mass incarceration.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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San Pedro River Little Boquillas Ranch Arizona 2015
Posted in Environment Environmental Justice News Water While we were looking elsewhere

Conservation groups sue the Trump administration to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River

By Meteor Staff Saturday, March 14, 2020 Flagstaff    Conservation groups sued the Trump administration yesterday to prevent further damage to Arizona’s San Pedro River and its endangered species from excessive groundwater pumping in the Fort…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams Environment While we were looking elsewhere

From the while we were looking elsewhere department: New report takes aim at five banking institutions backing Amazon Rainforest exploitation

while we were looking elsewhere… Five of the world’s most powerful financial institutions are actively contributing to climate change by providing debt and equity financing for crude oil extraction projects in the Amazon.   by Eoin…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News Science

TGen North develops coronavirus test

TGen North, the Flagstaff-based division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has developed a test for the coronavirus and anticipates being able to deploy it in the near future. “This is part of our role as…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Energy Environment Fracking News Politics Public Policy

Trump considers fracking industry bailout amid coronavirus outbreak

“Using a worldwide public health crisis to bail out the fracking industry now would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars, and would spell further climate calamity.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Critics are denouncing as…

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Posted in Energy Environment News Public Policy

Meetings with energy companies dominate Interior Dept agendas 12 – 1

Analysis Finds 235 Interior Department Meetings With Dirty Energy Over Two Years, Compared to 19 With Conservation and Renewable Energy Interests By Mac England Ι The Meteor March 10, 2020 Executives from the oil, gas, electricity,…

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Posted in Environment EPA Public Policy Review The Revelator

When the War on Science really began

A new book, The War on the EPA, tracks the history and importance of the government agency — and how efforts to undermine it began decades before Trump. Reviews by Tara Lohan, The Revelator The New…

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