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

     

    • • 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.

    • • El Paso Challenges Oil Refinery Permit
      Marathon Petroleum Is the Culprit

      ICN

      Jan. 19, 2024 -Fred Borrego wants Marathon Petroleum to test the soil in his neighborhood, a district of small homes, churches and businesses around the company’s 97-year-old refinery in south-central El Paso.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Indigenous Solutions to the Carbon Divide
      ‘It is All About Listening and Sharing’

      TGL

      Jan. 15, 2024 -Like most climate heroes, Francy Baniwa does not consider herself anything of the sort. A writer and activist of the Baniwa people from the Alto Rio Negro Indigenous territory in the Brazilian Amazon, she is part of a community of 25,000 people which protects an area of rainforest the size of Scotland.

      Click now for more.

    • • Low-Income Americans
      Struggle for Access to Clean Energy
      Utility Bills Keep on Rising

      NYT

      Jan. 11, 2024 -The Biden administration has deployed various programs to try to increase access to clean energy. But systems that could help lower bills are still out of reach for many low-income households.

      Click now to read on.

    • • Selby Gardens New Energy-Efficient Campus
      First Phase Has Been Launched

      SHT

      Jan. 10, 2024 -After years of controversy, neighborhood protests, negotiations with the city of Sarasota, revised plans and delays caused by the COVID pandemic, Selby Botanical Gardens opened the first phase of its remodeled downtown Sarasota campus Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and toasts led by garden leaders, major donors and Sarasota city officials.

      The opening, which board of trustees chair Joel Morganroth called a “momentous day in the history of Selby Gardens,” came two and a half years after a groundbreaking in June 2021

    • • Four Legal Battles Affecting Our Climate Future
      Fossil Fuel Expansion and Greenwashing are at the Core of Major Court Actions

      MJN

      Jan. 6, 2024 -In recent years, climate activists, local communities and states have turned to litigation in search of climate justice. The 2023 United States Congress was the decade’s least productive one, and the federal government’s lack of response to the climate crisis has inspired a slew of court cases seeking to hold polluters accountable and spur policy change.

      Click now for the whole story.
    • • Water Increasingly at the Center of Conflicts
      Throughout the World

      Jan. 3, 2023, [Los Angeles Times] -Six months ago, an explosion ripped apart Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine, unleashing floods that killed 58 people, devastated the landscape along the Dnipro River and cut off water to productive farmland.

      The destruction of the dam — which Ukrainian officials and the European Parliament blame on Russia, even though the structure was under Russian control — was one in a series of attacks on water infrastructure that have occurred during the Russia-Ukraine war.

      Alongside those strikes, violence linked to water has erupted this year in other areas around the world.

    • • Solar Energy is Coming to More Disadvantaged Communities
      Cheaper Bills Is One Result

      REW

      Dec. 28, 2023 -When a lightning storm knocked out power in Doris Brown’s Northeast Houston neighborhood this summer, her solar-powered home suddenly became a refuge for frantic neighbors left without electricity.

      The impromptu guests were able to charge their cellphones, power up their CPAP and portable oxygen machines, and take hot showers. A party vibe prevailed as the 73-year-old community activist and her storm-tossed visitors weathered the downpour with snacks, popcorn and a nighttime breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausage.

    • • Shuting Down a Surface Mine Operating Without Permits
      In Alabama, What Does It Take?

      ICN

      Dec. 24, 2023 -Nearby residents and environmental activists complained to state regulators without redress. Alabama officials initially fined the company, but now they’ve signaled a green light ahead.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Brazil’s Congress Weakens Protection of Indigenous Lands
      Makes it Harder For Indigenous Tribes to Block Deforestation

      NYT

      Dec. 14, 2023 -Brazilian officials served up an array of plans and figures at the recent COP28 climate summit in Dubai, presenting itself as a world leader, on track to protect its forests and the people who live there.

      But on Thursday, Brazil’s Congress approved a law that threatens Indigenous people’s rights to most of the land they inhabit or claim, potentially opening vast territories to deforestation, farming and mining.

    • • 11 Clean Energy Projects Were Announced in November
      Totaling More than $1B

      REW

      Dec. 13 2023 -Businesses announced 11 large-scale clean energy and clean vehicle projects in November, according to the latest monthly analysis from national nonpartisan business group .

      Seven of the 11 announcements included details on employment and/or investment plans that would add up to nearly 2,000 new jobs and more than $1 billion in new private-sector investments.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • • Harvested California Squid
      Has an Unmeasurable Energy Footprint
      Despite Being Deemed Sustainable by Seafood Industry Monitors

      ICN

      Dec. 8 2023 -Tens of thousands of tons of the cephalopods caught off the California coast are shipped to China for processing, then sold to consumers around the world.

      This story is being published as part of an international collaboration between news outlets led by The Outlaw Ocean Project, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C.

    • • The New World Bank Leader's Climate Agenda
      It's High On His List

      NYT

      Dec. 8, 2024 -For years now, heads of state and government, academics and development experts have been calling on the World Bank to lead in the fight against climate change.

      For too long, they say, the international lender had ignored the growing threats posed by rising temperatures and sea levels, been too conservative with its lending to developing countries struggling with climate disasters, and spent too much money supporting fossil fuels, the burning of which is dangerously heating the planet.

    • • Loss-and-Damage Fund Distribution
      The Obvious Solution

      TGL

      Dec. 8, 2023 -Leaders gathered in Dubai for the United Nation’s (U.N.) COP28 Climate Summit are fiercely debating loss-and-damage funding—money pledged to low-emission countries due to the costs of extreme weather and slow-onset disasters caused by high-emission countries.

      The central question is how exactly to use the $700 million in current contributions to a U.N. fund established in 2023 at COP27. The obvious answer should be: give the money directly to vulnerable people living on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

    • • Exploring Ecuador’s Rainforest and the Rule of Law
      That Just Might Save
      Those Who Live There

      ICN

      Dec. 4 2023 -Three decades on, she is representing a teenage girl before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In what might have been a case study for her law students back in New York, the court will soon rule on the rights of “uncontacted” peoples for the first time.

      Click now for more information.

    • • A ‘Success Story’ At the COP28 Climate Talks?
      The UAE Would Like
      the World to Think So

      WAPO

      Nov. 29, 2023 -The United Arab Emirates, battling low expectations ahead of a global climate conference it is hosting with some controversy, plans to launch COP28 this week with what it hopes is a headline-grabbing agreement on one of the summit’s thorniest issues.

      The UAE’s leaders are pushing government delegations to swiftly accept a deal on the next steps for a fund to help vulnerable countries cover the costs of climate-related disasters, according to five people familiar with the effort.

    • • Vietnam Relied on Environmentalists to Secure Billions
      Then It Jailed Them

      NYT

      Nov. 28, 2023 -When Vietnam was awarded a multibillion-dollar deal by a group of nine wealthy nations last year to work on reducing its use of coal, it agreed to regularly consult with nongovernmental organizations.

      Instead, the government has arrested several prominent environmentalists from those organizations who shaped policies that helped secure the funding, prompting concerns over sending money to countries that have violated human rights.

    • • Black Women Face Disproportionate
      Risks From Largely Unregulated Toxic Substances
      They Exist in Beauty
      and Personal Care Products

      ICN

      Nov. 26, 2023 - The FDA has finally proposed a ban on formaldehyde in hair straighteners, and new regulations on the cosmetics industry take effect next month. But one activist called them “a floor, not a ceiling.”

      Click now for the rest of the story.

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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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