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  • Environmental Justice (or Injustice) News
    Featuring Stories (in Date Order) Happening in the Last 3 Months.

     

    • • Battle to Prioritize Public Health over Oil Company Profits Heats Up
      Proposed California Bills Would Protect Residents in Mostly Low-Income Communities of Color by speeding cleanup of Dangerous Neighborhood Oil Wells

      ICN

      May 3, 2024 -On a dreary afternoon in January, a geyser of oily water shot over the fence of an oil and gas company in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington, splattering the street, cars and a local coffee shop with petroleum just a block away from Ashley Hernandez’s house.

      The frightening spectacle was just the latest in a long line of blowouts, spills and explosions to contaminate a community long dominated, and sickened, by oil drilling in the neighborhood.

    • • Florida's Message to Outdoor Workers:
      'No Rest, No Shade,
      No Water and No Empathy.'

      SHT

      Apr. 19, 2024 -Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill he buried under nine others. Why? Because he would prefer most people know nothing about it.

      The law, HB 433, would prohibit local governments from requiring heat protection for outdoor workers. My wife and I have lived here for 10 years and find the heat of summer insufferable outdoors.

      So, we go into the air conditioning while workers all around us bust their butts in the heat.

    • • Black Residents Want This Company Gone From Africatown
      Will Alabama’s Environmental Agency Approve a New Permit?

      ICN

      Apr. 4, 2024 -In the historic Africatown community, residents say an asphalt plant has turned life on Chin Street into a living hell for 25 years. When the state’s Department of Environmental Management held a hearing in February to consider a permit renewal, they saw an opportunity.

      Click now to read on.

    • • The Nation’s First ‘Green Bank’ Network
      White House Awards
      $20 Billion to It

      ICN

      Apr. 4, 2024 -At least 70 percent of the funds will go to disadvantaged communities, the administration said, while 20 percent will go to rural communities and more than 5 percent will go to tribal communities.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Helping Marginalized Communities Go Solar
      How Big-Box Stores
      and Schools Can Assist

      Grist

      Apr. 3, 2024 -Across the nation, strip malls, schools, factories, and other big, nonresidential buildings bask in the sun — a powerful, and too often wasted, source of electricity that could serve the neighborhoods that surround them.

      Installing solar panels on these vast rooftops could provide one-fifth of the power that disadvantaged communities need, bringing renewable energy to people who can least afford it,

    • • Reducing Oil and Gas Waste on Public and Tribal Lands
      Interior Department Finalizes
      Rule to Get That Done

      (U.S. Department of the Interior), Mar. 27, 2024, The Department of the Interior today announced a final rule from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that will curb the waste of natural gas during the production of oil and gas on federal and Tribal lands. This final rule modernizes regulations that are more than 40 years old and will hold oil and gas companies accountable by requiring measures to avoid wasteful practices and find and fix leaks, while ensuring that American taxpayers and Tribal mineral owners are fairly compensated through royalty payments.

      By building on technological advances and best management practices to help reduce waste, the rule is expected to generate more than $50 million in additional natural gas royalty payments each year to the federal taxpayer and Tribal mineral owners, while conserving billions of cubic feet of gas that might otherwise have been vented, flared, or leaked from oil and gas operations. This conserved gas will be available to power American homes and industries.

    • • White House: Good-paying
      Clean Energy Jobs Are on the Rise
      Biden Administration Touts Climate Policy Investments and Achievements

      REW

      Mar. 12, 2024 -With November’s presidential election looming large, the Biden Administration is highlighting the successes of its climate policy. In a sprawling fact sheet, the White House says “President Biden has delivered on the most ambitious climate, conservation, and environmental justice agenda in history—taking bold action to reduce climate pollution across every sector of the economy, protecting more than 26 million acres of lands and waters, and restoring the vital role of science in guiding federal decision-making.”

      Click now to read on.

    • • Uranium Mining Gets Pushback From Tribes
      Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Describe Harms Uranium Mining Has Had on Them

      ICN

      Mar. 10, 2024 - As spiking uranium prices drive a surge of proposals for new mines, the Navajo Nation joined the Ute Mountain Ute, Havasupai, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Sioux tribes in a commission hearing with federal officials to push back against mining on and near their lands.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Global Warming Is Particularly Bad for Women-Led Families
      But There Are Ways to Fix It

      NYT

      Mar. 5, 2024 -Extreme heat is making some of the world’s poorest women poorer.

      That is the stark conclusion of a report, released Tuesday, by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, based on weather and income data in 24 low- and middle-income countries.

      The report adds to a body of work that shows how global warming, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, can magnify and worsen existing social disparities.

    • • Ramped Up Green New Deal Lands in Pittsburgh
      A National Tour is Calling For It

      ICN

      Feb. 28, 2024 -At stops across the country, environmental groups are joining local activists and politicians pushing for investments in union climate jobs to boost communities suffering from decades of environmental injustice.

      About 130 people rallied under a tent in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Plaza on Thursday afternoon, sheltering from rain on what Rep. Summer Lee (D-Pa.), a progressive elected last year, described as a “quintessential Pittsburgh day.”

    • • N.Y. State Sues JBS, the Brazilian Beef Giant
      The Suit is Over Climate Concerns

      NYT

      Feb. 28, 2024 -The New York attorney general, Letitia James, on Wednesday sued JBS USA, the American arm of the world’s largest meatpacker, accusing the company of making misleading statements about its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is a major setback for JBS, which is based in Brazil, as it pursues a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

      The lawsuit alleges that JBS has made a series of deceptive statements about its record on climate change, including claims that it will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

    • • Environmental Justice Activist Wants Immediate
      Help for Two Historically Black Alabama Communities
      Robert Bullard is Committed to Justice for the Shiloh community

      ICN

      Feb. 27, 2024 -As federal officials continue their civil rights investigation of the Alabama Department of Transportation, a White House environmental advisor says more could be done for Black Alabamians.

      Bullard, a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, traveled to Washington on Wednesday with residents from the unincorporated community of Shiloh in Coffee County to push for a more “rapid response.”

    • • 2024 Is the Year of Environmental
      Justice for an Inundated Shiloh, Alabama
      Environmental Justice Scholar Dr. Robert Bullard Speaks At the Hip Hop Caucus' Inaugural

      ICN

      Feb. 24, 2024 -Back in 1979, Robert Bullard was a freshly minted Ph.D. sociologist at Texas Southern University, researching segregated residential housing.

      One day, his then-wife Linda McKeever Bullard came home to announce she had sued the state of Texas, Harris County and the City of Houston. Her case cited civil rights laws to fight the siting of a municipal waste dump in the middle of a predominantly Black middle-class neighborhood.

    • • California Pesticide Regulators’ Lax
      Oversight Violates Civil Rights Laws
      A “People’s Tribunal” Urged California’s Attorney General to Investigate

      ICN

      Feb. 20, 2024 -A broad coalition of pesticide-reform groups representing California farmworkers and their families called on the state attorney general to investigate systematic civil rights violations last week at a press briefing in Watsonville, a strawberry-growing stronghold about 90 miles south of San Francisco.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Overturning a Tribal Land in
      Northern Wisconsin Shutdown Order
      A “Hail Mary” Legal Tactic By the Pipeline Company Invokes A 1977 Treaty Between the U.S. and Canada

      ICN

      Feb. 20, 2024 -Eleven years after easements for a pipeline buried beneath the Bad River reservation in northern Wisconsin expired, five years after the tribe first sounded alarms over the risk of an imminent oil spill into their namesake river and eight months after a federal judge ordered a shutdown, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge was back in federal court last week arguing that the flow of oil through its 71-year-old Line 5 pipeline be allowed to continue.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Some Americans Can’t Flush Their Toilets
      A Federal Program Aimed at Helping Solve That Problem Is Expanding

      ICN

      Feb. 14, 2024 -Catherine Coleman Flowers has seen it all firsthand.

      She’s been to homes across the state where Alabamians can’t flush their toilets, the result of failing or nonexistent wastewater infrastructure.

      She can tell you about the families in the state’s Black Belt whose children suffer from increased risk of pathogenic E. coli due to exposure through well water to raw sewage from failing wastewater systems nearby.

    • • 30 Years of U.S. Environmental
      Justice in Port Arthur, Texas
      A Dream Deferred

      ICN

      Feb. 11, 2024 -Downtown Port Arthur has the feel of a ghost town, until you look to the horizon.

      Boarded-up buildings stand next to vacant lots, like missing teeth in a smile that faded decades ago. There are few people on the sidewalks, and 10 minutes can pass before a single car drives by on Proctor Street, where parades once drew crowds celebrating a float boasting, “Port Arthur Oils The World.”

      Click now to learn all about it.

    • • $1 Million Defamation Verdict Resonates
      in a Still-Contentious Climate Science World
      A D.C. Jury Hands a Win to the Climate Scientist Behind the ‘Hockey Stick’ Graph, But...

      ICN

      Feb. 9, 2024 -In winning a $1 million verdict against a pair of right-wing bloggers on Thursday, climate scientist Michael Mann scored a victory that is reverberating through a world of climate discourse that many say is no less disputatious than when the bloggers penned their attacks 12 years ago.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Green Cooling and Heating for Boston Public Housing
      The Milestones Include Advancements in the Company’s Hydrogen-Enabling Technologies,

      ZME

      Feb. 9, 2024 -To help address the climate crisis the city of Boston is piloting the replacement of natural gas with ground-source heat pumps in a public housing project. The technology brings fossil-free cooling and heating as well as cleaner air to historically disadvantaged tenants. Host Jenni Doering speaks with Kenzie Bok, the Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority.

      Click now to read or listen to the story.

    • • Environmental Regulators Rush to Aid Disinvested Communities
      A Year Before Biden’s
      First Term Ends

      ICN

      Feb. 6, 2024 -The EPA wants to get the funds to environmental justice communities before the election in keeping with President Biden’s promise to address historic injustices.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Bayer Ordered to Pay $2.25 Billion in Damages
      Their Shares Fall Nearly 6%

      REUTERS

      Jan. 29, 2024 -Shares in Bayer (BAYGn.DE), opens new tab dropped as much as 5.7% on Monday after the embattled German company was ordered to pay $2.25 billion in damages, the highest amount yet in its ongoing litigation linked to an alleged carcinogenic effect of its Roundup weedkiller.

      A jury in a Philadelphia court on Friday ordered Bayer to pay $2.25 billion to a Pennsylvania man who said he developed cancer from exposure to the Roundup weedkiller, based on the chemical glyphosate.

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    Climate Justice/Injustice Articles of Interest

     

  • The Revelator's Climate Justice Archive
  • Climate Justice For All Grant Program
  • Chevron & Donziger: What You Should Know
  • Indigenous Mapuche Pay High
    Price for Argentina’s Fracking Dream
  • Chinese Dam-building: Environmental Justice or InJustice?
  • The Climate and Environmental Justice
  • The Energy Justice Program
  • The Low-Lying Island of Kiribati is in Trouble
  • The Price Refugees Pay for Climate Change
  • Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
    Was the First Climate Refugee Settlement
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