Tag: Environment

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. By knocking […]

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Waste Watch: Why Do We Discard So Many Edible Fish We Pull From the Sea?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Why, in an age of declining fish stocks and persistent global hunger, do we discard so many edible fish we pull from the sea? The short answer, as the Guardian reported yesterday in Ban […]

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The Big Blue Gap in the Green New Deal

By Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, founder and CEO of the consulting firm Ocean Collectiv, and founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of Surfrider Foundation, the largest grassroots organization dedicated to coastal and ocean protection, and Bren Smith, founder of GreenWave and author of […]

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E.P.A. Broke Rules in Shake-Up of Science Panels, Federal Watchdog Says

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration failed to follow ethics rules last year when it dismissed academic members of Environmental Protection Agency advisory boards and replaced them with appointees connected to industry, a federal watchdog agency concluded Monday. The agency, the […]

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E.P.A. Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to weaken rules that for the past quarter-century have given communities a voice in deciding how much pollution may legally be released by nearby power plants and factories. The changes would eliminate […]

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Greens Are the New Hope for Europe’s Center. For the Far Right, They’re Enemy No. 1.

BERLIN — When protesters in reflective yellow vests took to the barricades in France, rebelling against a gas tax that would hit hardest those who could least afford it, Annalena Baerbock was watching closely from across the border. A co-leader of Germany’s Greens, Ms. Baerbock has seen her party steadily strengthen over the last year. […]

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Climate Change Lawsuits Increase Globally

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Climate change lawsuits have now been filed in at least twenty-eight countries, according to a new report Global trends in climate change litigation: 2019 snapshot, published last week by the Grantham Research Institute […]

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Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk

A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her home, a coroner said in an inquest this week that highlighted the potential dangers of metal straws. Such straws have surged in popularity as cities, states and even countries have banned single-use plastic straws. The woman, Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, who had a […]

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New York’s Invisible Climate Migrants

When Harold Jones first bought his home in Canarsie in 1991, he was struck most by the tall trees lining the street. Today, he’s more struck by the “For Sale” signs standing in their place. The trees went first, and quickly. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the waters of the Jamaica Bay inlet that borders […]

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Recycling Woes: Indonesia Sends Waste Shipment Back to Australia

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Indonesia this week became the latest Asian country to reject – and return – a shipment of waste sent to it for recycling. As the Guardian reports in Indonesia sends rubbish back […]

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‘Completely Terrifying’: Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event

Jerri-Lynn here. A new MIT study shows that carbon levels could be approaching a threshold that previously triggered ocean acidification that was followed by mass extinction events. “Once we’re over the threshold, how we got there may not matter,” says David Rothman, professor of geophysics and co-director of the Lorenz Center in MIT’s Department of […]

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24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ […]

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Tom Steyer’s $100 Million Vanity Project

What would you do if you suddenly received a check for $100 million? Many Americans would probably embrace a more lavish personal lifestyle: a bigger house, more expensive car, fancy overseas trips. Most would probably use the opportunity to pay off outstanding student loans, medical debt, or mortgages. Parents would invest in their kids’ education. […]

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Trump’s Misleading Claims About His Environmental Record

President Trump made the case Monday that he has protected the nation’s air and water in a speech filled with cherry-picked statistics and misleading claims. And he failed to mention that his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord was undercutting efforts to address a fundamental threat to the planet. […]

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It’s New York vs. California in a New Climate Race. Who Will Win?

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. California and New York have recently set some of the world’s most ambitious climate targets, aiming to slash their net emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases down to nearly zero in just three short decades. Now the race is on to […]

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Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. What if we stopped cutting down forests to produce palm oil and cattle? What if we grew new forests on vacant city lots, old industrial buildings — even golf courses? For the first time, scientists have sought to quantify this […]

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Reforestation as a Solution for Carbon Capture: Hype and Reality

By Lambert Strether of Corrente A new study from the Crowther Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich published in Science (paywalled, but here is the original) has come out with a new report recommending reforestation as a (partial) solution to carbon capture. The report has gotten a lot of great press […]

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Philadelphia Explosion One in String of ‘Near Miss’ Accidents at Refineries Using Deadly Chemical

Lambert here: If you live near a refinery, beware of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF). Also, if you’re in Philly, give thanks for the refinery workers. By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety […]

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