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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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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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Climate activist groups protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

‘The future does not belong to you,’ climate campaigners say to big oil after cancellation of 600-Mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline

“Duke and Dominion did not decide to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline—the people and frontline organizations that led this fight for years forced them into walking away.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Following…

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Thousands gathered at the San Francisco Civic Center in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News Pipelines

‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

“If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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An engineer holds an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at Sinovac Biotech in Beijing. The Chinese company’s vaccine has advanced to human trials. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine Pro Publica Science

How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?

It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine — but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead….

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Image: Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.
Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon Safety Net The Revelator

Should environmentalists embrace Universal Basic Income?

  Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.   by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Sunday, June 28 If you had…

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In response to the Thursday arrest of two local activists as "part of a coordinated attack on those who defend democracy and challenge the petrochemical industry," environmentalists in Louisiana have launched the Defend Democracy Alliance. (Photo: Louisiana Bucket Brigade/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Police condemned for charging peaceful environmentalists with ‘Terrorizing’ in Louisiana

“This is a clear instance of the law and law enforcement being used to protect corporations, profit, and property over people.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, June 26 At least 40 U.S. climate and…

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Workers set up a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Coronavirus News Restart 2020

As coronavirus cases and unemployment in the US climb, 39 groups launch coalition for clean energy and healthy communities

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear that the health of nature, the health of people, and the health of our economy are all deeply connected, and this fact should guide and inform the U.S. government’s response.”…

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The Rough Fire near Hume Lake in the Sierra National Forest, CA in 2015. Photo: USFS
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Revelator Wild Fire

Here’s what Climate Change means for wildfires in the West

Two recent studies find different factors increasing wildfire risk across California and the Pacific Northwest, but the solutions in each location are similar. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Tuesday, June 23 Exploding saguaros in Arizona have…

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Posted in Coronavirus Environment News Recycling The Conversation

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

A discarded medical glove in Jersey City, N.J., April 27, 2020. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images   by  Brian J. Love, University of Michigan and Julie Rieland, University of Michigan The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Arctic hits 100.4°F—hottest temperature on record

“This Scares Me” — Bill McKibben “100°F about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle today in Siberia. That’s a first in all of recorded history. We are in a climate emergency.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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The shared ownership model could help low-income areas and provide economic payoffs too, a separate analysis says.
Posted in Analysis Energy Environment

Utility lobbying and policy inattention hinder community solar, study finds

by Kathiann M. Kowalski Utility lobbying has blocked community solar expansion, but a recent study suggests it’s been effective in part because many policymakers don’t understand the concept and its potential benefits. Community solar programs let…

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Posted in Energy Environment News

Solar Co-op launches for Tucson residents to go solar together

Meteor staff from reports Tuesday, June 16, 2020 The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors announced the launch of the Tucson Solar Co-op today, in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts EPA News Pesticides Public Safety

Federal court urged to hold ‘rogue’ EPA in contempt for blatant defiance of ban on toxic weed killer

“EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 12 A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on…

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The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Environmental Justice Ethics Social Justice

The path beyond extinction and escape: return to earth, regenerate and share

Message for World Environment Day, 5th June 2020. by Vandana Shiva Friday, June 5, 2020 On 31st May, while people were dying during the Corona Pandemic, while millions had lost their livelihoods and were going hungry…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

As CO2 Levels Build Up Earth Has Hottest May on Record

Like ‘Trash in a Landfill’ “This is unquestionably an alarming sign.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, June 5 The Earth just experienced its hottest May on record, scientists said Friday—just a day after it was…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Groups denounce gutting of environmental rules ‘when Trump thinks no one is paying attention’

Order denounced as “latest in string of outlandish authoritarian acts” from the U.S. president. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, June 4 President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday waiving environmental regulatory…

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Posted in Dams Rivers The Conversation

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

The average age of U.S. dams is 56 years, and seven in 10 will be over 50 by 2025. The American Society of Civil Engineers classifies 14% of the nation’s 15,500 high hazard potential dams. by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Conservation Environment News Wildlife

With nation focused on pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to greenlight killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens

“Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges.” by Julia Conley, staff writer May, 28, 2020 President Donald Trump’s National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to…

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Posted in Environment News Water

Decades-long campaign forces Nevada Board to kill huge Las Vegas groundwater pipeline

by Meteor staff The Center for Biological Diversity announced late last week that a 31-year struggle to stop a massive groundwater pipeline development came to a stunning conclusion when the Southern Nevada Water Authority board voted…

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JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)
Posted in Analysis Banks Climate change Energy Fracking

In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little

Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic….

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Posted in Nature News The Conversation Wildlife

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California. Connar L’Ecuyer/NPS   by  Richard B. Primack, Boston University and Casey Setash, Colorado State University Editor’s note: Summer is prime time across much of…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Toxic Chemicals While we were looking elsewhere

After dams fail, Dow admits floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘commingling’ with toxic chemical storage ponds

“This has the potential to be a major environmental disaster.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20, 10 AM EDT Floodwaters unleashed by a dam failure in central Michigan have reached a Dow Chemical facility…

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