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    Featuring Stories (in Date Order) Happening in the Last 3 Months.


    • • Fracking Company Must Pay For Public Water System
      Its the Price That Must
      Be Paid in a Rural PA Town


      Nov. 30, 2022 -The Pennsylvania town that became famous when residents ignited methane-infused tap water will be getting a new public water system paid for by a gas driller that admitted causing the contamination.

    • • U. S. to Pay Millions to Move
      Tribes Threatened by Climate Change
      Tribes in Washington State and Alaska Will Get $25 Million Each


      Nov. 30, 2022 -The Biden administration will give three Native tribes $75 million to move away from coastal areas or rivers, one of the nation’s largest efforts to date to relocate communities that are facing an urgent threat from climate change.

      The three communities — two in Alaska, and one in Washington State — will each get $25 million to move their key buildings onto higher ground and away from rising waters, with the expectation that homes will follow.

    • • The Top Polluter Avoids Paying For Climate Damage
      Learn Who They Are


      Nov. 23, In 1992, the United Nations classified China as a developing country, as hundreds of millions of its citizens lived in poverty.

      A lot has changed since then: China is now the world’s second-largest economy and the biggest annual emitter of planet-warming greenhouse gases. Average Chinese today are 34 times richer and nearly four times more polluting. But the classification has stayed the same for the past three decades, frustrating diplomats from developed nations who say it has allowed Beijing to avoid paying its fair share to help poor countries cope with the ravages of climate change.

    • • The U.S. Promised Tribes They
      Would Always Have Fish, But...
      The Fish They Have
      Pose Toxic Risks

      ProPublica, Nov. 22, 2021 -The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation are among several tribes with a deep connection to salmon in the Columbia River Basin, a region that drains parts of the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, southward through seven U.S. states into the West’s largest river.

      It’s also a region contaminated by more than a century of industrial and agricultural pollution, leaving Sam and others to weigh unknown health risks against sacred practices.

    • • States Lagging on Environmental Justice Issues
      They Are Indiana,
      Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin


      Nov. 21, 2022 -On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where more than half the population is Black or African American, the outdated sewer system is often at capacity, and miles of asphalt and concrete make stormwater management a challenge. Sometimes, heavy rains bring flooding into the neighborhood, and members of the community have called for action to help manage their water.

    • • Tribes in the Colorado River
      Basin Are Fighting For Their Water
      States Wish They Wouldn’t


      Nov. 16, 2022 -In early November, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by the Navajo Nation (NN) that could have far-reaching impacts on tribal water rights in the Colorado River Basin.

      In its suit, the NN argues that the Department of Interior has a responsibility, grounded in treaty law, to protect future access to water from the Colorado River. Several states and water districts have filed petitions opposing the tribe, stating that the river is “already fully allocated.”

    • • International Court Must Investigate a ‘Network’
      Committing Crimes Against Humanity in Brazil’s Amazon
      Lawyers Argue That the Crimes Are Linked to a Coordinated Web of Politicians, Businesses and Gangs


      Nov 9, 2022 - Even as environmentalists cheer the ouster of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as a turning point for the Amazon rainforest, new information filed Wednesday with the International Criminal Court suggest that the battle to protect the region and its inhabitants is far from over.

    • • There's Not Enough Land to
      Meet Many of the World’s Climate Pledges
      The Land Gap Report

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      Nov. 1, 2022 -Carbon removal plans relying on land do not add up, says a new report. Or, more accurately, researchers have now actually added them up, but countries’ climate pledges would require millions of square kilometers of land ­– putting pressure on ecosystems, Indigenous peoples, and food security.

    • • Making Baltimore a Laboratory for
      Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
      A Big Federal Grant Aims to Just


      Oct. 28, 2022 -A multidisciplinary team of scientists will work with city officials and community groups to protect vulnerable residents and communities from extreme weather, flooding, urban heat islands and fossil fuel pollution.

    • • Who Giveth Taketh Away
      A Timber Mill's Role in Sparking the Wildfire That Destroyed a Neighborhood


      Oct. 25, 2022 -Segregation and climate change contributed to the destruction of the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Weed, California. They may also hinder the recovery of its unique character.

    • • Environmental Reporting Through
      an Indigenous Perspective
      Your Perspective Can Make a Difference


      Oct. 18, 2022 - Whether it’s Native Americans, the First Nations of Canada, Aboriginal Australians or any Indigenous community across the globe, people who’ve lived in balance with their environment have endured oppression and hardship while trying to protect their resources from outside interests.

      In the wake of global warming and related hazards, people are beginning to appreciate the sustainable practices demonstrated by many of these so-called “primitive” cultures. For this tipsheet, we’ll stick to Native American tribes and groups here in the United States. But enterprising reporters can apply some of the general tips to any number of Indigenous communities they may wish to cover.

    • • The People’s Forest
      How the Menominee
      are Facing Climate Change


      Oct. 14, 2022 -They appeared as the last glacier retreated, twelve thousand years ago. It was the end of Earth’s last ice age, the Wisconsin Glaciation, when vast snowy sheets descended over much of the planet. As the ice drew back, it carved the landscape as it is today and made way for humans, who named themselves the Original People. Other tribes, in time, would come to call them the Ancient Ones.

      The Menominee, as they are now known, evolved as the land did, moving with the seasons up and down the length of modern-day Wisconsin. As the tundra sprouted a seemingly infinite forest, trees became a cornerstone of life.

    • • Poor Nations to Demand Climate
      Justice, Finance at UN Summit
      Compensation For Poorer Countries Suffering from Climate Change to be High Up on the Agenda.

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      Oct. 14, 2022 -Madeleine Diouf Sarr, who chairs the Least Developed Countries group, told The Associated Press that the November conference — known as COP27 — should “capture the voice and needs of the most climate-vulnerable nations and deliver climate justice.”

      Sarr said the group would like to see “an agreement to establish a dedicated financial facility” that pays nations that are already facing the effects of climate change at the summit.

    • • Where Defending Nature Can Be Deadly
      No region is More Dangerous for Environmentalists than Latin America

      ZME Science

      Oct. 4, 2022 -The world’s forests are increasingly threatened and the main thing keeping some of them alive are the people, many of them Indigenous, standing up against those who want to clear the land.

      In the last decade at least 1,733 people have died defending the environment, according to a report by Global Witness, an environmental watchdog group.

    • • How Environmental Racism Connects to Military Bases
      Minority Neighborhoods Often
      Suffer Greater Environmental
      Problems In the US

      ZME Science

      Sep. 30, 2022 -Minority neighborhoods are often clustered around industrial sites, ports, truck routes, and military bases — all of which can be sources of toxic exposure. This phenomenon, part of a broader problem called environmental racism, is also impacting black active-duty service members.

    • • E.P.A. Will Make Racial Equality
      a Bigger Factor in Environmental Rules
      The Agency is Creating an Office of Environmental Justice


      Sep. 24, 2022 -The Environmental Protection Agency will establish a new National Office of Environmental Justice, the Biden administration’s latest effort to rectify the disproportionate harm caused by pollution and climate change in communities of color and in low-income cities, towns and counties.

      Michael S. Regan, the E.P.A. administrator and the first Black man to run the agency, announced the creation of the office alongside environmental justice and civil rights leaders on Saturday in Warren County, N.C., the site of a toxic dump where protesters were arrested 40 years ago, giving rise to the environmental justice movement.

    • • California’s Revised Net Metering
      Plan Still Fails Environmental Justice Communities
      Based on a Center for Biodiversity Report


      Nov 14, 2022 - The California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed revised state net-metering plan, released last week, abandons the hefty solar tax from last year’s proposal but still threatens to put affordable renewable energy out of reach for most communities.

    • • Victory in Cancer Alley
      Environmental Justice Advocates are Declaring Victory After a Louisiana Judge Canceled Permits For a Regional Plastic Factory


      Sep. 23, 2022 -A state court in Louisiana has canceled permits for a controversial plastic factory along the Mississippi River in a region known as Cancer Alley for the high rate of the disease linked to emissions from some 150 petrochemical plants. In her ruling against Formosa Plastic, Judge Trudy White cited questionable data and environmental racism.

      Her decision blocks construction unless the company wins an appeal. Sharon Lavigne lives near the proposed factory in the predominantly black town of Welcome in Saint James Parish and organized the advocacy group Rise St. James to fight Formosa.

    • • Federal Funds For Environmental Justice
      The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act Contains Billions to Address Environmental and Climate Injustice


      Sep. 23, 2022 -While the climate emergency and related fossil fuel pollution affects us all, low-income communities as well as people of color bear far more than their fair share of the negative impacts. These range from deadly summer heat in public housing linked to redlining, to higher asthma, cardiac problems and cancers related to unequal proximity to polluting highways and fossil fuel operations.

      Thanks to progressive House Democrats who called for a Green New Deal, the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act contains billions of dollars aimed directly at addressing environmental and climate injustice

    • • E. Coli Contamination Hits Baltimore’s Water Supply
      City and State Officials
      Continue Searching for the Cause


      Sep. 15, 2022 -Ianthia Darden said she was not ready to drink water out of the tap just yet. “I’m doing so out of the abundance of caution,” the 74-year-old resident of West Baltimore’s predominantly Black Harlem Park area said on Wednesday afternoon, adding that she has used tap water for other things like washing clothes.

      “I’m still boiling water to do the dishes and using the leftover bottled water that the city gave out last week,” she said. “So, no, I’m not drinking it yet.”

      Darden is one of many West Baltimoreans still reeling from last week’s E. coli contamination in the drinking water system, which mostly hit the city’s underserved west side areas.

    • • Court Nixes Air Permits for Formosa’s Huge
      Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley
      Formosa Denied Proposal for
      Petrochemical Complex


      Sep. 15, 2022 -Wednesday’s decision throws out the air permits and sends Formosa Plastics back to the drawing board. The permits would have allowed the company to emit more than 800 tons of toxic pollution into the air, worsening environmental racism and harming the health of St. James’ predominantly Black residents in a region known as “Cancer Alley.”

      “Stopping Formosa has been a fight for our lives, and today David has toppled Goliath,” said Sharon Lavigne, founder and president of RISE St. James. “The judge’s decision sends a message to polluters like Formosa that communities of color have a right to clean air, and we must not be sacrifice zones.”

    • • The Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment
      The White House Has Pledged $60 Billion to a Cause Robert Bullard Has Championed Since the Late Seventies


      Sep. 12, 2022-He’s known as the father of environmental justice, but more than half a century ago he was just Bob Bullard from Elba, a flyspeck town deep in Alabama that didn’t pave roads, install sewers or put up streetlights in areas where Black families like his lived. His grandmother had a sixth grade education. His father was an electrician and plumber who for years couldn’t get licensed because of his race.

      Now, more than four decades after Robert Bullard took an unplanned career turn into environmentalism and civil rights, the movement he helped found is clocking one of its biggest wins yet.

    • • The Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis
      White Flight and Environmental Injustice Led to It


      Sep. 9, 2022 -Mississippi has found itself in a dire position, after a flood left the state’s capital city, Jackson, without water to drink or fight fires.

      Residents, who had actually been under a boil-water advisory since mid-July, were reminded to keep their mouths closed during showers—if they were lucky enough to even have water pressure.

      After days without running water, water pressure was back earlier this week, but a boil water advisory remained in effect.

    • • Lower-Income Countries are at Higher
      Risk From Indoor Microplastic Pollution
      Microplastics are in Our Homes --
      in Some More Than in Others

      ZME Science

      Sep. 8, 2022 -Microplastics, these tiny bits of plastics of less than five millimeters, have contaminated almost every corner of the planet, including our homes — where we spend much of our time. However, not everyone is equally exposed, with those living in low-income countries and young children at greater risk, according to a new study.

    • • The Super-Rich ‘Preppers’ Planning
      to Save Themselves From the Apocalypse
      Billionaires Buy Up Luxurious Bunkers and Hire Military Security to Survive a Societal Collapse They Helped Create


      Sep. 4, 2022, by Douglas Rushkoff -As a humanist who writes about the impact of digital technology on our lives, I am often mistaken for a futurist.

      The people most interested in hiring me for my opinions about technology are usually less concerned with building tools that help people live better lives in the present than they are in identifying the Next Big Thing through which to dominate them in the future. I don’t usually respond to their inquiries. Why help these guys ruin what’s left of the internet, much less civilization?

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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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