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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A drilling rig in the Uinta Basin in Utah, with the Uinta Mountains shown in the background. (Photo: WildEarth Guardians/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy News Public Lands

Oil companies can set their own rates for royalties from drilling on public lands

“Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they’ll pay even less.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May…

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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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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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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Community News

Naomi Klein and Arundhati Roy help launch Global Green New Deal project with worldwide invitation. Video

“The time to build the future we deserve is now, and international solidarity is the tool we need to begin its construction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, May 20 Authors Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein…

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Posted in Economy Environment News The West

Megadrought brings dry future to West, growing U.S. cities

by  Alexandra Tempus May 7, 2020 In 2002, Utah was reeling from four years of dry conditions that turned the state “into a parched tinderbox,’’ as the Associated Press reported at the time. “Drought Could Last…

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Posted in Community Nature The Conversation

You’re not going far from home – and neither are the animals you spy out your window

Is it that same busy squirrel you’re watching every day? Julian Avery, CC BY-ND Julian Avery, Pennsylvania State University Watching the wildlife outside your window can boost your mental well-being, and it’s something lots of people…

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Indigenous advocates posted a "virtual banner" on social media to protest TC Energy, the company behind the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which is beginning construction on the pipeline despite a judge's order in April to halt the work. (Photo: 350.org)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams News Pipelines

Indigenous campaigners protest as KXL pipeline construction begins

‘Not Today. Not Tomorrow. Not Ever’  “This pipeline will not be built.”    by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, May 9 With the coronavirus pandemic keeping them from gathering to stop the construction of the Keystone…

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CANDEIRAS DO JAMARI, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus Environment News

New Data Shows Amazon Rainforest Destruction Up 55%

“Bolsonaro is not only turning a blind eye as land grabbers, illegal loggers, and miners continue to plunder Indigenous territories during the pandemic, he plans to make things easier for them.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus EPA News The Conversation

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution by H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University May 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Progressives call again for ‘Peoples Agenda’ with eyes towards next relief package

“No more waiting for ‘next time.’ Next time is now.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Sunday, April 3 As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Energy Environment News

‘Milestone Moment’ as JPMorgan Chase announces former Exxon CEO to no longer be Lead Director of bank’s board

The ousting of “America’s #1 climate denier” from the leadership position on the board of the largest global lender of fossil fuels is being welcomed by the climate movement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, May…

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Posted in Environment Havasupai News Uranium Water

New report details flooding/contamination risks at uranium mine near Grand Canyon

April 28, 2020 Flagstaff, Ariz.    The Grand Canyon Trust reports serious problems at the Canyon Mine uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park. The report, “Canyon Mine: Why No Uranium Mine is “Safe” for the…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News The Conversation Waste Water

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, Sept. 4, 2009. NOAA/Flickr by  Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI and Joseph D. Ortiz, Kent State University This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more…

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Kern Oil and Refining Co.'s facility in Bakersfield faces legal and regulatory challenges as well as public backlash over toxic air emissions. (Jeremy P. Jacobs/E&E News)
Posted in Air Polution Environment

Fears of toxic pollution are growing in California’s oil hub.

Anger over air quality By Jeremy P. Jacobs / E&E News Third in the “Toxic Zones” series, which explores life in the communities around America’s oil refineries. This series is a collaboration between E&E News and…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Common Dreams Robert Reich

The solutions to the climate crisis no one is talking about

Make no mistake: the simultaneous crisis of inequality and climate is no fluke. Both are the result of decades of deliberate choices made, and policies enacted, by ultra-wealthy and powerful corporations.   by Robert Reich Saturday,…

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A view of the Grand Canyon on Sept. 9, 2014. (NPS photo of Grand Canyon National Park by M. Quinn via flickr)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Mining News Uranium

Trump moves to prop up uranium mining industry instead of protecting public health during Covid-19 crisis

“It’s despicable to risk irreversible harm to spectacular wild places by propping up uranium companies that can’t compete in global markets.”   by Andrea Germanos, staff writer April 24, 2020 The Trump administration was accused on…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Humanity must ‘Tackle two crises at once,’ says Greta Thunberg of climate and COVID-19 on 50th Earth Day

U.N. Chief António Guterres declared the pandemic “an unprecedented wake-up call” and urged world leaders to pursue a “green recovery.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Earth Day, Wednesday 22, 2020 The 50th annual global Earth…

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Posted in Climate change Environment First Peoples News News

Amazonian indigenous leaders share Earth Day video message with the world

Leaders from Amazon Sacred Headwaters region deliver unified message: ‘Caring for the forests is caring for your life and future generations.’ by Meteor staff They come from different countries and different nationalities, but this Earth Day,…

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At first it was an email pointing out that the pandemic would mean that global carbon emissions would be down... But then it got worse with people I respect circulating writings that embraced the pandemic as ultimately good for the environment by warning humanity to respect Mother Earth." (Image: NASA)
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Op/Ed

Finding hope in dark times while avoiding environmentalists’ mistakes of the past

Post pandemic we will need to fight for a green and just recovery that brings together addressing climate change and caring for those hurt by the crisis.   by Carlos Davidson Sunday, April 19 We are…

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Posted in Environment Pipelines

Federal Court Invalidates Key Permit for Keystone XL

Use of Nationwide Permit 12 for Pipeline Water Crossings Blocked From CBD press release April 19, 2020 GREAT FALLS, Mont.   —   A federal judge today ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

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Posted in Climate Climate change Common Dreams News Rivers Science Water

Emerging climate-fueled megadrought in Western US may rival any over past 1,200 years

Source: the journal Science “We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we’re on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus Health News

EPA moves to allow more PM 2.5 particulate emissions

EPA particulate matter decision puts science, health aside to protect polluters Meteor Staff from press releases April 14, 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution…

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