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    SACRAMENTO —  A national environmental organization on Monday threatened to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom to halt all new permits for gas and oil wells in the state, saying the governor has failed to protect Californians and the environment from hazards and pollutants released by the state’s billion-dollar petroleum industry. In a letter sent to Newsom on Monday, the Center for Biological Diversity accused his administration of being friendly to California’s oil industry and issuing new permits without proper environmental reviews. The organization plans to take legal action unless the Democratic governor “promptly direct[s] your regulators to halt permitting.” “We urge you to direct your regulators to immediately stop issuing the illegal permits, hold the oil industry accountable for its damage...
    Steven C. Beda September 20, 2020 2:26AM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials have offered sharply different views. Trump asserts that Western states haven't done enough logging and brush clearance, allowing fuels to build up in forests. "When trees fall down after a short period of time, about 18 months, they become very dry. They become really like a matchstick … you know, there's no more water pouring through and they become very, very — they just explode," Trump stated in California on Sept. 14. : California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other West Coast leaders, many of whom are...
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will postpone a training that is part of a series on “Structural Racism and Environmental Justice” following President Donald Trump’s order for federal agencies to cease critical race theory trainings, Politico reported. The series reportedly focused on “how addressing structural racism is indeed highly relevant to EPA’s mission and key to advancing the integration of [environmental justice]. The series will feature groundbreaking cutting-edge work in ways to better advance [environmental justice] by addressing structural racism,” according to Politico. The speaker series would have been held Tuesday afternoon for all EPA staff. EPA official Charles Lee cited a White House directive from Sept. 4 when announcing the postponement, which ordered all federal agencies to end critical...
    Environmentalists and the courts are still resisting calls for effective forest management — including efforts President Donald Trump has tried to implement — despite mass wildfires in western states. Thirty five people are known dead from wildfires raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, with nearly 5 million acres charred and some 3,500 structures damaged or destroyed. Trump spoke about the wildfires and preventing future devastation during a rally Sunday night in Henderson, Nevada. “Tonight, we’re also praying for everyone throughout the West affected by the devastating wildfires,” Trump said. “We want forest management.” “My administration is closely coordinating with the state and local leaders with the Governor and we thank the more than 28,000 firefighters and first responders courageously braving the danger...
    (CBS/CNN) — Fifteen states, including Massachusetts, are suing the Bureau of Land Management, its parent agency the Interior Department and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for opening Alaska’s Coastal Plain up to oil and gas leasing in 2017 in what they say is a violation of environmental laws. “Defendants’ insufficient environmental review and Record of Decision that opens the entire Coastal Plain to oil and gas leasing and development are unlawful,” the states’ attorneys general wrote in a filing Wednesday. The move comes after Bernhardt announced plans last month for an oil and gas leasing program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, clearing the way for drilling in the remote Alaskan area, a long controversial issue. Bernhardt said future leases of...
    (CNN)Fifteen states are suing the Bureau of Land Management, its parent agency the Interior Department and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt for opening Alaska's Coastal Plain up to oil and gas leasing in 2017 in what they say is a violation of environmental laws."Defendants' insufficient environmental review and Record of Decision that opens the entire Coastal Plain to oil and gas leasing and development are unlawful," the states' attorneys general wrote in a filing Wednesday. The move comes after Bernhardt announced plans last month for an oil and gas leasing program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, clearing the way for drilling in the remote Alaskan area, a long controversial issue. Bernhardt said future leases of the federally owned land will...
    President Donald Trump took his re-election bid to Florida on Tuesday where he touted his environmental credentials with an expansion of a ban on off-shore drilling and got in a few shots at Democratic rival Joe Biden. His environmental claims and campaign pitch - complete with a lighthouse in view behind him - came as a new poll showed him tied with Biden in a state neither man can lose in the November election.  'This protects your beautiful Gulf and your beautiful ocean and it will for a long time to come,' Trump said of his new executive order after signing it. President Donald Trump made a campaign stop and signed an executive order while in Jupiter, Florida, on...
    The Southern Resident killer whales have welcomed a new member to their family, scientists announced. Mother orca Tahlequah, J35, has given birth to a calf. Two years ago Tahlequah carried her dead calf for 17 days and 1,000 miles. Her grief gripped the hearts of people all around the world. According to Ken Balcomb, the founder for the Center for Whale Research, the calf likely arrived Friday and appears "robust." The gender has not been announced. We are pleased to report a NEW calf in J pod! J35's new calf appeared healthy and precocious, swimming vigorously alongside its mother in its second day of free-swimming life.https://t.co/6bSnvzRAju pic.twitter.com/ctxRQqPnn8— Whale Research (@CWROrcas) September 6, 2020 Researchers discovered that the mother was pregnant...
    Joe Biden’s campaign has launched a new social media initiative to reach out to young voters ahead of the general election on November 3. The Instagram project is a series of short videos with celebrities, influencers, and activists asking the Biden team questions submitted with the hashtag #askusanything2020. “Young people have been hit hard by the Trump administration’s failure to contain the pandemic, and they deserve a president who will listen to their concerns and has a comprehensive agenda to get us through this crisis and build back better for young Americans,” the Biden campaign said in a statement to Vogue Magazine. Here are five questions from One Green Planet for the Democratic presidential nominee: 1. What is your...
    The ex-Democratic mayor of Eveleth, Minnesota, a small town in the state's "Iron Range" mining country, pulled no punches during a speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, blasting his former party's nominee, Joe Biden, as "weak," "scared," and "sleepy." Robert Vlaisavljevich, a self-described "lifelong Democrat," called the 2020 election "make or break" for blue-collar workers before slamming Biden for not standing up to the radical left, whose "radical environmental movement," he says, "is a job-killing disgrace dreamt up by people who don't live in the real world." The mayor said that for years he and others in Minnesota mining country looked to Democrats to be their advocates in Washington, but "not any more." "The radical environmental movement...
    Both parties will jointly invest more resources on sustainable environmental development, drive the sustainability transformation of the textile industry and enhance biodiversity conservation. XIAMEN, China, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, ANTA Group and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) held a signing ceremony at the Group’s operational headquarter in Xiamen, announcing that ANTA Group became WWF’s first international partner in China’s sportswear and textile industry. With the supports and resources provided by WWF’s global network and in fulfillment of goals on sustainable development and biodiversity conservation established by the United Nations, ANTA Group will start from its daily practices of environmental, social and corporate governance and collaborate with its upstream and downstream partners to promote the transformation and...
    The Four Seasons Golf Club on December 01, 2018 in Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) An oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a Japanese ship that struck a coral reef in Mauritius on July 25, has imperiled fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean, according to government officials and environmentalists. Reuters reported that Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency on Thursday and pleaded for international help. “The sinking of the Wakashio represents a danger for Mauritius,” Jugnauth said. The environmental group, Greenpeace said the spill was probably the worst ecological crises that Mauritius has ever seen. READ MORE: BP to pay $4.5 billion in oil spill settlement...
    The Environmental Protection Network, a bipartisan group of more than 500 former EPA senior managers and employees, crafted the hundreds of pages of recommendations for a change of course at the agency. The group said the road map was meant to guide whatever administration the Nov. 3 presidential election puts in place, although many of the proposals are implicitly or explicitly critical of the Trump EPA's actions. The former EPA heads' accompanying statement did not mention Trump but said they were "concerned about the current state of affairs at EPA." Hewitt, the EPA spokesman, said Wheeler "is proud of our record addressing environmental problems impacting Americans." He cited the EPA's work on Superfund sites, lead contamination, and air. Wheeler "won't...
    EAST SIDE — Environmental activists filed a federal civil rights complaint against the city Wednesday arguing the city deepened housing segregation by allowing polluting industry to cluster on the Southeast Side over decades. The Fair Housing Act complaint, filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleges the city is engaging in “intentional discrimination against protected classes” by concentrating industry on the Southeast Side and in other low-income communities of color. “From petcoke to manganese to the smell of nearby landfills, it seems like we are constantly fighting for our health, and it’s exhausting,” Marcie Pedraza of the Southeast Environmental Task Force said at a press conference Thursday. “The South and West sides of the city carry this...
    Progressive Democrat Jen McEwen crushed state Sen. Erik Simonson by more than 46 points this week in a Duluth primary that was one of four notable races in which DFL incumbents were ousted by left-wing challengers. Jen McEwenFar more than the other three primaries, which were in the Twin Cities, the Duluth race highlighted the party’s split over climate change and copper mining. Environmental policy was one of the defining issues in the election for Senate District 7. In an interview Wednesday morning, McEwen said Duluth residents have pent-up demand for a “more progressive politics.” Democratic leaders, she said, have been “walking on pins and needles” around issues like copper mining, Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline, and single-payer health...
    Pesticides and fertilisers from agriculture have overtaken fossil fuels as the largest human source of sulphur in the environment, a study has revealed. Reactive sulphur is a key component of acid rain — but one that used to be derived primarily from the use of coal-fired power plants. The threat from acid rain was first revealed in the 1970s, when experts found such was responsible for damage to ecosystems across the northeastern US and Europe. This rain, they realised, was derived from fossil fuel emissions from industrial centres as far as hundreds of kilometres away from the affected forests and waterways.  In the US, the findings ultimately led to the establishment of the Clean Air Act in 1990, with this...
              Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Marquita Bradshaw is an environmental activist and former AFL-CIO organizer, according to information she posted on her campaign website. Bradshaw got 35 percent of the vote against four lesser performing candidates in Thursday’s Democratic primary, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. Bradshaw’s campaign website describes her as “a lifelong environmentalist and activist for worker, social & economic justice who has proudly fought alongside the people of Tennessee.” “Marquita’s career and service have spanned labor, environment, education reform, tax reform, trade policy, and social justice work,” according to Bradshaw’s website. “Her passion for a clean and safe environment drives her to raise awareness and fight for environmental...
    Allenco Energy, which has operated a South Los Angeles drill site that spurred an outcry over nosebleeds and headaches suffered by neighbors, is facing criminal charges for allegedly flouting a state order and failing to properly abandon wells. The “charges show that we won’t allow Allenco to continue allegedly defying the law and disregarding its neighbors when it comes to environmental safety and health protections,” Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer said in an announcement Tuesday. “This is a matter of environmental justice.” The misdemeanor charges filed this week also target Allenco Chief Executive Clifford E. Peter Allen and company Vice President Timothy Parker. An Allenco representative reached Tuesday declined to comment. Earlier this year, California regulators ordered Allenco to...
    The events that occur in your life have a significant impact on whether or not you become depressed. Crystal Cox/Insider Depression is partially genetic — if one of your family members has depression, it's more likely that you will, too. Life experiences — including family upbringing and any traumatic events —will also play a role in determining whether or not you become depressed.  This article was medically reviewed by David A. Merrill, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and director of the Pacific Brain Health Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice Major depressive disorder is a common mental illness, impacting 19 million American teens and adults. It is a psychiatric...
    With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing the stark limitations of the United States government and some segments of the population in committing to sustained collective action to solve a problem, climate change and environmental justice have often come to the forefront of the conversation. After all, if the nation has failed so miserably at addressing an acute, relatively time-limited problem like the pandemic, how can we hope to confront slow-rolling crises like climate change and environmental racism in a just, equitable way? For the past several months, Prism has featured work that examines some of those issues. In case you missed it, check out our recent environmental justice coverage. The Georgia town that was home to Ahmaud Arbery has an...
    Tara Lohan July 26, 2020 12:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Revelator. When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on July 5, environmental advocates throughout the Southeast cheered. But even a few days later, Mark Sabath, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, still seemed a bit shocked by the victory. His organization worked for six years to stop the 600-mile-long pipeline, which would have transported fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. : "We were surprised in terms of it happening when it did," he says of the companies' decision. "But it was certainly something we were thinking for a long time should happen." Of course, should and would are often a...
    Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly tried to reinvent herself following Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 conviction and had bragged about her supposed friendships with Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt as she tried to make her way in with Silicon Valley's elite. Maxwell, who is facing federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly procuring young girls for the billionaire pedophile, tried to establish herself as an environmental activist in the tech world in a bid to distance herself from Epstein's crimes, The Daily Beast reported.  Maxwell launched now-defunct nonprofit, The TerraMar Project in 2012, a charity that claimed to work on behalf of cleaning up the environment and targeted high-profile entrepreneurs to secure funding for her new venture.  She reportedly hosted salons at her Manhattan residence where...
    Tim Cook presents at the Apple launch event in Cupertino, Calif on Sept. 10th, 2019.Source: Apple Apple announced Tuesday it aims to become entirely carbon neutral by 2030. Apple's global corporate operations are already carbon neutral, so the announcement means that it will extend that goal to its manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle.  Apple plans to reduce carbon emissions by 75% within the decade and will develop "innovative carbon removal solutions" for the remaining 25% of its footprint.  The company is also establishing an Impact Accelerator "that will focus on investing in minority-owned businesses that drive positive outcomes in its supply chain and in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards."  "Businesses have a profound opportunity to...
    As is true of most white Twin Citians, and Minnesotans in general, really, I first learned about copper sulfide mining risks in Minnesota through the lens of protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a place that I have enjoyed many times. That was, and is, an important objective for environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts. Well, and for me, too. The more I studied the issue, though, the more I came to appreciate that the Boundary Waters  and the Rainy River watershed, which would be affected by the Twin Metals mine proposal, were only part of the story. The rest of the story — the St. Louis River watershed, Lake Superior, and the Lake Superior Chippewa Bands — was receiving short...
    President Donald Trump speaks during an event to announce proposed rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, January 9, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Donald Trump on Wednesday will finalize a rollback to the country's landmark environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act, by speeding up approval for federal projects like pipelines, highways and power plants.  NEPA was signed into law by President Richard Nixon 50 years ago and requires federal agencies to consider the environmental consequences of infrastructure projects before they are approved. The law has also been vital in allowing communities to weigh in on how such projects impact climate change and their own health and safety.  In a major...
    An abandoned oil tanker in the Red Sea loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil may explode or rupture, causing a major environmental and humanitarian disaster. The U.N. Security Council has highlighted the risks posed by the FSO Safer tanker, which is moored off the coast of Yemen. The tanker is loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil. The Security Council told Fox News that it will be meeting to discuss the tanker at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NASA IMAGES REVEAL SHOCKING SCALE OF ARAL SEA DISASTER Houthi rebels, who control the area where the ship is moored, have denied U.N. inspectors access to the vessel. But in comments obtained by AP, last week U.N....
    The oil and gas industry is touting voluntary efforts of companies to cut emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon, as it tries to make the case against regulations. The American Petroleum Institute is releasing its second progress report Wednesday on a voluntary program it started with 26 oil and gas companies in 2017 called the Environmental Partnership, which it created to limit leaks of methane and reduce emissions of related pollutants called volatile organic compounds. The report showed how the partnership, which has grown to 83 members, including 36 of the largest 40 oil and gas producers, has implemented a methane leak detection and repair program. Not all companies participating in the partnership are API members....
    (CBS Local)– There are over 50 million people in the United States living with environmental illness. As Oliver Broudy discovered in his Simon & Schuster book “The Sensitives: The Rise Of Environmental Illness And The Search For America’s Last Pure Place,” chemicals can impact people who suffer from EI in many different ways. Some people with this illness are smell sensitive to things like perfume and bleach, while others need to live in the woods in order to avoid any chemicals in their lives. Broudy went on a cross country trip with one man who suffers from environmental illness and met many others in order to write this book. “I got exposed to this world in the summer of 2016 and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The city of Pittsburgh is reporting more than a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases between the departments of Public Works and Public Safety. The city says services, especially recycling collection in some East End neighborhoods, are being affected because of “personnel issues involving COVID-19,” employees quarantining and other injuries. Environmental Services is reporting two employees who tested positive for coronavirus aren’t at work, five are off from “heat-related health issues” or illness and 15 more are off with other injuries. In the Department of Public Safety, the police bureau has seven employees who have tested positive for coronavirus, fire has five and EMS has two. “We appreciate our residents’ patience as we prioritize the health and...
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) stated that Americans recognize more has to be done to deal with “two critical and intertwined issues in our nation: the unfinished work of racial justice and the need for environmental justice to protect our communities.” Transcript as Follows: “Hello, I am Congressman Donald McEachin, and I have the honor of representing Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District. Americans today are recognizing we must do more to address two critical and intertwined issues in our nation: the unfinished work of racial justice and the need for environmental justice to protect our communities. People across our country are still protesting in the streets because they believe in a better America, an America where equal...
    At first glance, the snow that's changed from white to bright pink in the Italian Alps seems like a stunning feat of nature. But scientists say it may actually be a warning sign of environmental trouble. Algae are to thank — or blame — for the pink layer that currently coats the Presena Glacier in northern Italy. Scientists say it's not an uncommon phenomenon in the spring and summer, but they warn that it could become a problem if it starts occurring more frequently.  Biagio Di Mauro, of the Institute of Polar Sciences (ISP) at Italy's National Research Council, traveled to the glacier last week to investigate the mysterious algae. While the phenomenon is well-documented, "there is relatively little scientific literature...
    Cheers and Jeers is a weekday post from the great state of Maine. He’ll Be Here All Week And unfortunately all rest of the year... x x YouTube Video - Tip your server anyway. Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Note: Wash your hands. Now wash 'em again. And again. Faster! Faster! Hotter! Hotter! Feel the burn! And again! And again!  Okay. Good job, team. Now hit the showers. - By the Numbers: 118 days!!! Days 'til the general election: 118 Year that whipping posts stopped being used in Delaware: 1952 Date the last whipping post was removed: 7/1/20 Estimated number of adults in the U.S. who have been subjected to some form of"ex-gay" conversion therapy, according to UCLA's...
    Yessenia Funes9 minutes ago•Filed to:BLACK LIVES MATTERBLACK LIVES MATTERCLIMATE JUSTICEMOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVESSYSTEMIC RACISMSaveBlack Lives Matter protests by bike have become pretty common in New York City. Here, cyclists rode through Brooklyn on June 10, 2020.Photo: Scott Heins (Getty Images) The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and the environmental movement have not always walked side by side. However, that tide is slowly shifting. This much-needed unity has never been more clear than in the M4BL’s release of the BREATHE Act, a suite of policy proposals, on Tuesday. While the document includes expected demands, such as the reallocation of federal taxpayer dollars from discriminatory policing to community-led approaches, it also includes some that are squarely focused on environmental justice. Among...
    A Trump administration overhaul of requirements that developers conduct environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects isn't likely to help oil and gas pipelines if federal agencies continue to cut corners to try to speed construction, analysts say. The Dakota Access and Atlantic Coast pipelines faced major setbacks in recent days because the Trump administration skirted environmental review requirements, leading to unfavorable court rulings that either blocked the projects or made them uneconomical. Those procedural missteps matter because the requirements to conduct environmental reviews would remain in place even with pending Trump administration changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, regulations seeking to shorten and streamline the process, analysts say. In addition, the White House’s proposal, the first major...
    Coronavirus — Will the risk of coronavirus increase in children? 3:55 . – Coronavirus can float in air droplets and is likely to be transmitted that way, a group of experts plans to say in a letter Monday. They will publish an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health agencies, asking them to be more direct in explaining how the virus can be transmitted in the air. It’s not a secret, but the agencies appear to be afraid to talk about the nature of the virus in the air, said Donald Milton, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland who studies how viruses are transmitted. “I suppose we hope the WHO...
    Tax increases to shore up the welfare state, public participation in companies in crisis that are viable and more guarantees for companies to obtain financing. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, yesterday announced some of the new economic measures that the Government will apply to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus crisis and which do not include a reduction in pensions or a reduction in the salaries of officials. Sánchez said yesterday that the approval of a tax reform is “inevitable”. Announced increases in the highest tranches of the Individual Income Tax (IRPF) and in the type of Corporation Tax for large companies. It also announced more environmental taxes and that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will no...
    The US Court rejected the appeal of four environmental groups seeking to stop the construction of the border wall with Mexico The United States Supreme Court rejected the appeal by four environmental groups What do they seek stop the construction of the border wall with Mexico, promised by the president Donald Trump. Federal judge rejected the accusations by the environmentalists, based on the fact that the Trump administration had illegally undertaken projects related to the wall in the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, considered as harmful to plant and animal life. The environmental groups that joined for the lawsuit before the Court are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW/AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that rejected environmental groups’ challenge to sections of wall the Trump administration is building along the U.S. border with Mexico. The high court on Monday declined to hear an appeal involving construction of 145 miles  of steel-bollard walls along the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. A Red-bordered Pixie butterfly at the National Butterfly Center on January 16, 2019 in Mission. Texas. – The protected habitat of butterflies along the Rio Grande is expected to be plowed over to clear the way for President Trump’s border wall after the US Supreme Court rebuffed a challenge by environmental groups. (credit: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images) The Center...
    Reuters June 29, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by four environmental groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build his promised wall along the border with Mexico. The justices turned away an appeal by the groups of a federal judge’s ruling that rejected their claims that the administration had unlawfully undertaken border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas harmful to plant and animal life. The groups had argued that the 1996 law under which the administration is building the wall gave too much power to the executive branch in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The groups that sued are the Center for Biological Diversity,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Jan Wolfe The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by four environmental groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build his promised wall along the border with Mexico. The justices turned away an appeal by the groups of a federal judge’s ruling that rejected their claims that the administration had unlawfully undertaken border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas harmful to plant and animal life. The groups had argued that the 1996 law under which the administration is building the wall gave too much power to the executive branch in...
    NORTHPORT, Long Island (WABC) -- Community members with an interest in environmental concerns that have plagued a middle school in Suffolk County got a chance to ask questions of environmental consultants hired to assess the safety of Northport Middle School during a virtual meeting that lasted roughly three hours Thursday evening.The meeting followed the release of a nearly 7,000-page report from P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc. that documented a months-long investigation into potential contaminants at the school and explored the impact of historical environmental concerns in the area.Northport Middle School has been closed since before the pandemic began following the discovery of elevated levels of mercury in the school septic system in January.That discovery followed repeated complaints about sickening odors at...
    Belle Vernon – Belle Vernon-based trash collection service County Hauling announced today it has finalized the purchase and installation of technology to create “Smart” Garbage Trucks. (Photo Source: Noble Environmental) Now, select County Hauling trucks have tablets mounted inside that map the driver’s route, video every pickup and make an electronic note of each to ensure excellent customer satisfaction. The technology solution called “Routeware” was a nearly $150,000 investment. “We are a growing, locally-owned company,” said Alex Sulkowski, a director at County Hauling’s parent company Noble Environmental. “We are thrilled to be able to better service communities with the help of this new technology.” Noble Environmental, parent company of County Hauling and Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill is also using CNG Trucks is some...
    LINCOLN SQUARE — A new Lincoln Square business opening during the pandemic is trying to fight a big problem created by coronavirus.  Eco & The Flamingo is a zero-waste general store trying to reduce plastic waste created by the pandemic by selling their products in reusable containers. The store at 4754 N. Rockwell Ave. carries items like herbal salves for skin irritation, hypoallergenic laundry detergent, body scrubs, pasta, coffee, teas and bars of soap sourced from small independent vendors in Chicago, Texas, North Carolina and Missouri. Reliance on single-use plastics has surged during coronavirus, particularly because of delivery packaging and medical supplies, according to the The World Bank. To help combat this, 119 scientists from 18 countries issued a signed statement...
    On Tuesday, South Dakota GOP governor Kristi Noem reacted to speculation that anyone might try to get rid of Mt. Rushmore by tweeting succinctly, “Not on my watch.” Not on my watch. https://t.co/U6gGap5Ib6 — Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 23, 2020 But on Thursday, USA Today quoted that a tribal leader of the Sioux nation saying that although Mt. Rushmore should not be blown up, it should be removed. Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner, who expressed his disapproval of President Trump’s visit next week to the Black Hills of South Dakota, stated of Mt. Rushmore, “I don’t believe it should be blown up, because it would cause more damage to the land,” but when the idea was apparently...
    Amazon secured the rights Thursday to the new NHL arena in Seattle, Washington and is promising to make the arena committed to sustainability.Amazon, along with the Oak View Group and NHL Seattle, announced that the new arena will be the first zero-carbon arena in the world, per NHL.com. (RELATED: Martha Ford Steps Down As Detroit Lions Owner, Daughter Taking Over) The arena will not be powered by fossil fuels or natural gas and will instead rely on offsite solar farms secured by Amazon, per NHL.com. The arena will reportedly feature ice made completely of rainwater and electric zambonis to clean the ice surface. Single-use plastics will also be banned and trash cans will be replaced by compost and recycling bins. ...
    CITY HALL — Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s naming of an urban planner to guide her environmental agenda is receiving positive reactions from activists and community leaders. Nevertheless, they remain wary about whether the city’s new chief sustainability officer will be given enough power and resources to make meaningful change. As a candidate, Lightfoot promised to revive a fully operational city department of environment to tackle pollution after former Mayor Rahm Emanuel disbanded the unit to cut costs. While Emanuel said environmental enforcement would be dispersed to other city agencies, a 2019 Better Government Association investigation found inspections and citations plummeted during his tenure. Late last year, amid a massive budget deficit, Lightfoot scaled back her robust environmental promises. Instead, she created a...
    MELVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus pandemic shutdown has had a grueling impact on local governments’ budgets, which are now looking at massive deficits. But one county’s solution has environmental groups seething, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Wednesday. Dead downtowns for months didn’t only cripple business owners, it also decimated county coffers. With sales tax revenue dramatically down, Suffolk County is looking at a $1.5 billion shortfall over the next three years. “The county is facing a budget catastrophe due to COVID-19,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health Questions How Make Your Own DIY Face Mask How To Safely Remove...
    Zuzana Caputova, President of Slovakia. / EFE The President of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, has entered house quarantine as a preventive measure after detecting an outbreak of coronavirus in the surroundings of her collaborators, presidential spokesman Martin Strizinec told Efe on Wednesday. “Given that one of the employees of the Office of the Presidency contacted a person who tested positive for the coronavirus, the president canceled her program and will remain preventive in home quarantine until Friday,” Strizinec explained. The head of state, an environmental lawyer and exactivist, planned to receive her Austrian counterpart, ecologist Alexander van der Bellen, in Bratislava today, to address the current situation of the pandemic and recovery plans, as well as the priorities of both leaders...
    Matthew Rozsa June 23, 2020 5:10PM (UTC) A new study published this month in the academic journal Nature Communications argues that, despite all of the talk about using green technology to address man-made environmental problems, the only way for human consumption to become sustainable is if we rein in the affluent. "The key conclusion from our review is that we cannot rely on technology alone to solve existential environmental problems – like climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution – but that we also have to change our affluent lifestyles and reduce overconsumption, in combination with structural change," Professor Tommy Wiedmann from the University of New South Wales Engineering told that college's newspaper regarding the study. : The paper itself argued...
    In yet another environmental rollback, the Trump Administration issued an action on the regulation of perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Perchlorate is linked to brain damage in infants. With this rule, there’s no limit on the chemical in drinking water. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the decision “fulfills President Trump’s promise to pare back burdensome ‘one-size-fits-all’ overregulation for the American people.” 16 million Americans’ drinking water is contaminated by perchlorate from runoff and according to the Government Accountability Office, 45 states have perchlorate in their water, soil or sediment. The EPA introduced limits on the chemical in 2011, rules that have been rolled back by the Trump Administration. Perchlorate is found in fireworks, matches, signal flares and solid...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some protesters marched to the site of the former PES Refinery in South Philadelphia Monday, a year after the explosion and fire that led to its closure. Credit: CBS3 The protesters, from the group Philly Thrive, want the new owner of the refinery, Hilco, to combat what they call “toxic polluting and environmental racism.” The protesters are also against tax breaks for corporations. Hilco has planned to turn the former refinery into a mixed-use industrial park. “We’ve been suffering here for 157 years with this refinery. Now it’s closed, they getting ready to clean it up and build up. We want our community to have some of them jobs that’s coming in here,” protester Rodney Ray said....
    The clean-up operation at the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk has been ongoing since the end of May – Kirill Kukhmar/Tass via Getty Images Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has called ongoing efforts to clean up a giant fuel spill in the Arctic unprecedented for Russia, while officials say it will take the local river system a decade to recover. Some 20,000 metric tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into the river system from a tank at a power plant near the city of Norilsk on 29 May in the environmental catastrophe comparable only to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 when 37,000 tonnes of oil leaked off the coast of Alaska. Thawing permafrost beneath the fuel tank is believed...
    (CNN)A genetically modified male mosquito named OX5034 has received both state and federal approval to be released into the Florida Keys now through 2022, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups."The administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment, except without the island," said Jaydee Hanson, policy director at the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, in a statement.Stopping Zika: The GMO mosquito that kills his own offspring"What could possibly go wrong? We don't know, because they unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks," she said.Approved by the Environment Protection Agency this week, the pilot project is designed to test if the genetically modified...
    Driven by unusual alliances in election year politics, the U.S. Senate is expected Wednesday to pass what would be the most far-reaching new conservation law in 40 years: A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and supported by President Trump and other Republicans. The measure, sought for decades by environmental groups and the recreation industry, would provide billions in new funding to national parks. It would permanently shift millions of dollars every year in offshore oil drilling revenues to pay for city parks, swimming pools, sports fields, fishing piers, trails and campgrounds in all 50 states, including in urban areas with limited park resources. Last week, the bill, known as the “Great American Outdoors Act,”...
    In 2000, Congress undertook the most ambitious environmental restoration project of its kind in the United States. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is a federal-state partnership to "restore, preserve, and protect" the Florida Everglades — the largest wetland in the Western hemisphere and a cornerstone of both South Florida's ecosystem and way of life. Until recently, the federal government never upheld its end of the bargain by providing adequate funding. "The funding plan was that the state and the federal governments would each contribute $200 million a year and over a 20 year period of time. We didn't live up to that," Steve Davis, senior ecologist and acting communications director of the Everglades Foundation, told Fox Nation. FOR LIMITED TIME, RECEIVE 25% OFF NEW...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana utility that committed the most permit violations in the state in the last three years is negotiating a deal with state environmental regulators to keep one of its power plants open. The agreement IPL is negotiating with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management would require the utility to create a compliance plan to continue operating the Petersburg power plant and to pay a $78,300 fine for violating its permits more than 120 times. The agency said it’s not discussing details of the settlement because negotiations are ongoing, but that the intent of all enforcement actions is to address the violations and to bring the facility into compliance. TOP STORIES Four St. Louis police...
    As efforts to reform law enforcement gain momentum in Colorado, some groups are renewing their efforts to fight environmental racism. Along with 34 other nonprofits, 350 Colorado has been pushing a petition that calls for a complete halt of the release of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other forms of air pollution for thirty days, or at least until the coronavirus pandemic is contained. The effort, which began in April, has gotten a recent boost, with over 2,600 signatures now submitted to Governor Jared Polis. VOCs are often released right next to residential areas or neighborhoods, at sites like the Suncor Oil Refinery in Commerce City; they're also released at the more than 50,000 active fracking wells in Colorado. Despite...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Range Resources Corp., Pennsylvania’s most active shale gas driller, has pleaded no contest to environmental crimes over its handling of contamination at a pair of well sites, the state attorney general’s office announced Friday. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company pleaded no contest in Washington County Court to seven misdemeanor counts, including violations of the Solid Waste Management Act and illegal discharge of industrial wastes. As part of its plea, Range will pay $50,000 in fines and make $100,000 in charitable contributions to a pair of watershed groups. The charges are the first to come out of a 2-year grand jury investigation into Pennsylvania’s huge Marcellus Shale gas industry. Attorney General Josh Shapiro suggested there will be...
    In recent weeks, our nation has been forced to come to grips with the variety of ways in which inequality harms minority communities, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. A recent Harvard study concluded that air pollution — which is typically worse in areas with larger minority populations — is linked to higher coronavirus death rates, along with a slew of other health problems. This is just one form of environmental injustice, which Peggy Shepard has dedicated the better part of her life to combating. Shepard is the co-founder of WE ACT, a New York City nonprofit organization that's been working to improve the environment of local communities since 1988....
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Natural Resources Council of Maine is appealing the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of a 145-mile (233-kilometer) high-voltage power line to bring Canadian hydropower to the regional power grid. The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect would be “one of the most destructive projects in Maine history,” Nick Bennett, a staff scientist at the environmental advocacy organization, said Wednesday. The appeal contends only the Board of Environmental Protection, not the Department of Environmental Protection, had authority to make the final decision. The group also contended the project would cause irreparable harm to Maine’s environment and economy. TOP STORIES Seattle protesters demand city abolish police, hire black doctors to treat black patients Bigger than...
    President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will bypass environmental reviews to spur economic growth after the coronavirus pandemic through infrastructure projects. By declaring an economic emergency, the president will issue the order to expedite construction project permits of highways, mines, pipelines and other projects, The Associated Press reported. The order would direct federal agencies to seek workarounds from environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, the report said. It would also expedite civil works projects run by the Army Corps of Engineers and instruct the departments of Interior, Agriculture and Defense to use emergency and other authorities to accelerate projects on federal lands. “Unnecessary delays in timely agency actions...
    Environmental groups are standing with the activist Movement for Black Lives amid outrage against the alleged murder of George Floyd, but critics say the green groups’ activism belies their policy preferences that would disproportionately harm black Americans. The environmental groups Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, and 350.org have all voiced support for the coalition group Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), even signing an open letter endorsing M4BL’s policy objectives. All three groups also push radical environmental policies such as a Green New Deal as popularized by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D). Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director Kieran Suckling called Floyd’s death “horrific” and asserted that “institutional racism” has killed thousands of black Americans. Greenpeace tweeted a thread of...
    President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday waiving environmental regulatory hurdles to infrastructure, energy, and other projects, a move that critics charge is another sign of “authoritarianism” from the White House. “This executive order is the latest in string of outlandish authoritarian acts from a president that is quickly spiraling deeper into the realm of anti-democratic, anti-law, anti-Constitution dictatorship,” Food & Water Action executive director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement. “This particular action is an egregious attempt to bail out the flailing fossil fuel industry by allowing it to completely bypass benchmark environmental rules at a moment when Trump thinks no one is paying attention.” Trump’s order would allow federal agencies to ignore regulations like the National Environmental Policy...
    President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will bypass environmental reviews to spur economic growth after the coronavirus pandemic through infrastructure projects. By declaring an economic emergency, the president will issue the order to expedite construction project permits of highways, mines, pipelines and other projects, The Associated Press reported. The order would direct federal agencies to seek workarounds from environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, the report said. It would also expedite civil works projects run by the Army Corps of Engineers and instruct the departments of Interior, Agriculture and Defense to use emergency and other authorities to accelerate projects on federal lands. “Unnecessary delays in timely agency actions will deny our...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was prepared to issue an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency. The order would direct federal agencies to seek workarounds from bedrock environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, to hasten completion of various infrastructure projects, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press. Trump, who has consistently sought to cut environmental reviews and other protections, said in the order that the economic lockdown and accompanying massive unemployment required the action. “Unnecessary delays in timely agency actions will deny...