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‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide

By Megan Mayhew Bergman ~ The Guardian ~  The environmental movement has a long history in America’s south – yet people of color and impoverished communities continue to face dangerous pollution It doesn’t surprise me that the environmental justice movement began in the south, a place where, historically, the pressure of injustice builds until it explodes into organized resistance. The Warren, North Carolina, protests of 1982 are considered one of…

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Improving Infrastructure to Benefit Communities—Without Harming the Environment

By Jim Lyons ~ Center for American Progress ~  Improving and upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, and transportation networks; energy production and transmission systems; and other elements of human-made infrastructure is long overdue. As the new Congress begins its bipartisan, bicameral effort to pass an infrastructure bill, it’s important that it not come at a cost to the natural resources that benefit society. Instead, policymakers should view the infrastructure package as…

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The World Is on the Brink of Widespread Water Wars

By Dahr Jamail ~ Truthout ~  We Have Been Warned The most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of increasingly intense droughts and mass water shortages around large swaths of the globe. But even more conservative organizations have been sounding the alarm. “Water insecurity could multiply the risk of conflict,” warns one of the World Bank’s reports on the issue. “Food price spikes caused by droughts can inflame latent conflicts…

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Environmental laws only look good on paper, UN says

By Emiliano Rodríguez Mega ~ Sci Dev Net ~ A dramatic spike in the global adoption of environmental laws has failed to translate into better conservation efforts, according to a United Nations report, the first global evaluation of such laws. The document — which assessed national laws, regulations, and policies around the world — found that a lack of political will, underfunded agencies, unfair judicial systems and a poor implementation of the law has in fact…

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‘Green inequity’ plagues U.S. cities, study finds

By Matt Hickman ~ MNN ~  A lot of green in the bank means greater access to parks and trees. In America, financial wealth can get you a lot of things: power, prestige, influence and even greater access to woody vegetation. A newly released study conducted by forestry experts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning uses census data and aerial imagery to…

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How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

By Abdul Rashid Thomas ~ The Sierra Leone Telegraph ~ The number of people dying due to climate-led changes in the environment are increasing and the poorest populations remain the hardest hit. Writing in theconversation.com, Lenore Manderson warns: “Developed economies are able to reduce environmental health risks through improved infrastructure, legal interventions and education. But the poorest populations, with the least political traction, remain vulnerable. Global warming simply adds to their health…

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Scientists Call for Drastic Drop in Emissions. U.S. Appears to Have Gone the Other Way.

By Abrahm Lustgarten ~ ProPublica ~ A report by a private research company found that U.S. emissions, which amount to one-sixth of the planet’s, didn’t fall in 2018 but instead skyrocketed. The 3.4 percent jump for 2018, projected by the firm, would be second-largest surge in greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. since Bill Clinton was president. The signals are blaring: Dramatic changes to our climate are well upon us.…

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Santa Barbara School Board Adopts Sweeping Climate Change Resolution

By Josh Molina ~ Noozhawk ~ Santa Babara Unified School District trustees have approved a sweeping resolution recognizing the threat of climate change and its connection to social justice and equity. The resolution, backed last week on a 5-0 vote, states that climate change disproportionately affects young people, people of color and those living in poverty. “Children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will continue…

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By the Numbers: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of “Fast Fashion”

By Elizabeth Reichart & Deborah Drew ~ World Resources Institute Think about how many sweaters, scarves and other clothes were given as gifts this holiday season. How many times will people wear them before throwing them out? Probably far fewer than you think. One garbage truck of clothes is burned or sent to landfills every second! The average consumer bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than in 2000, but kept each garment for…

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Ten Grim Climate Scenarios If Global Temperatures Rise Above 1.5 Degrees Celsius

By Lorraine Chow ~ Truthout ~ If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found…

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