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  • Report: Trump Promised to Reverse Biden Environmental Rules in Exchange for $1B Reelection Pledge From Top Oil Executives

    May 16, 2024

    By: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Ecowatch. According to a new report by The Washington Post, last month at his private Mar-a-Lago club Donald Trump bluntly proposed a “deal” to more than 20 oil executives from some of the largest oil companies in the United States, suggesting they donate $1 billion to his presidential re-election campaign. In exchange, Trump promised that once he was back in office, he would immediately reverse dozens of environmental regulations implemented during President Joe Biden’s presidency and prevent the passage of any n...

  • It's the world's first Indigenous-led 'blue park.' And Kitasoo Xai'xais Nation pulled it off without waiting on Canada

    May 2, 2024

    By Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood. The Narwhal. A marine protected area managed by Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation has been designated a ‘blue park’ — an internationally recognized example of excellence in marine protection. And it is the first Indigenous-led blue park in the world The 33.5-square-kilometre Gitdisdzu Lugyeks Marine Protected Area on the central coast of British Columbia encompasses Kitasu Bay, an area rich with herring, shorebirds, whales, sea lions, and juvenile fish. The nation unilaterally declared a protected area in 2022 and began purs...

  • Victory for Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection: Climate protection is a human right

    Apr 11, 2024

    STRAUSBURG, France – The association of the Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection, whose members took action against Switzerland for violating their human rights by failing to set sufficient climate targets have won a historic victory at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Co-President of the Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection Rosmarie Wydler-Wälti said: “This ruling is not just a victory for the Senior Women for Climate Protection. Our victory is a victory for all generations. Especially for the Portuguese youth, whose gene...

  • Earthjustice Opposed Congressional Efforts to Weaken the Clean Water Act

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act would allow polluters to recklessly pollute our streams, wetlands, and waterways while shielding them from accountability. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 7023, The Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act. The bill would actively undermine the ability of federal agencies to protect our water resources, make it easier for industry to pollute water without permits, and limit the ability of communities and stakeholders to seek justice in the courts to...

  • U.S. Has Produced More Oil Than Any Country in History for Six Consecutive Years

    Mar 21, 2024

    By: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. According to a new analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has produced the most crude oil globally for six years in a row – more than any nation in history during that time. In 2023, the daily average crude oil production in the U.S. was a record 12.9 million barrels, a press release from EIA said. Its production broke the previous global record set in 2019 of 12.3 million barrels. In December, the average U.S. crude oil production hit a monthly high of more than 13.3 million b...

  • EPA Strengthens Chemical Disaster Safeguards

    Mar 7, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final new safeguards and rules aimed at nearly 12,000 chemical plants operating under the Risk Management Program (RMP). These crucial measures are designed to mitigate risks of explosions, fires, and other hazardous industrial incidents, which frequently occur and harm fenceline communities nationwide. The final rule mandates chemical facilities to account for extreme weather events like hurricanes and unprecedented flooding in their emergency plans, which have b...

  • How Solar Geoengineering is Clouding Issues of Tribal Consent

    Feb 29, 2024

    Hilary Beaumont Last February, two balloons that were launched from Reno, Nevada, flew to Northern California. Along the way, as planned, they released a small amount of sulfur dioxide, a gas that has a cooling effect when erupting volcanoes release it. In their six-to-eight-hour journey, according to a High Country News flight-path analysis, the balloons crossed the airspace of at least five tribes, including the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe. But when I called Pam Cubbler, the tribe’s vice chair and lead cultural preservation o...

  • Plastic Bag Bans in U.S. Have Reduced Plastic Bag Use by Billions, Report Says

    Feb 15, 2024

    By Paige Bennett. A new report from nonprofits Environment America, U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Frontier Group has found that bans on plastic bags around the U.S. have already reduced the number of bags used by billions. The report, “Plastic Bag Bans Work”, found that bans in three states – New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont – and two cities, Portland, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California, have reduced the number of single-use plastic bags used each year by around 6 billion. According to Environment America, the num...

  • Canada Makes Its Largest Land Transfer in History

    Jan 25, 2024

    By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes The Canadian government made its largest land transfer in history on Thursday when it officially signed over the massive Arctic territory of Nunavut to its own government, who will now have control over the 808,200 square miles of sparsely populated mountains, tundra and vast mineral reserves. The Nunavut Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier of Nunavut P.J. Akeeagok, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated Aluki Kotierk and the Minister of Northern Affairs Dan...

  • U.N. Climate Talks Chief Says "No Science" Backs Ending Fossil Fuels That's incorrect

    Dec 7, 2023

    The head of United Nations climate talks underway in Dubai insisted incorrectly that there is no science to support phasing out fossil fuels to avoid catastrophic warming. Sultan al-Jaber, who is also the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates’ state-run oil company, made the comments in an online meeting on November 21. That was little over a week before he officially began to preside over annual U.N. climate negotiations, known as COP28, that are being held this year in the UAE. The comments were first reported by The Guardian, which a...

  • Earthjustice Statement: NY Governor Hochul Vetoes Community Gardens Protection Bill

    Nov 30, 2023

    By Nydia Gutiérrez. ALBANY – Last week, Governor Hochul vetoed a bill to help preserve the state’s community gardens (S.629-A/A.4139). The bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly unanimously, would have supported community gardens by requiring the New York State Community Gardens Task Force to assess whether community gardens on publicly owned land are eligible for designation as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs) and to recommend CEA designation for eligible gardens. The Governor vetoed the bill in a package with 31 other bills. She offe...

  • What the Melting of Antarctic Ice Shelves Means for the Planet

    Nov 22, 2023

    Interview by Steve Curwood, “Living on Earth” From Inside Climate News collaborating partner “Living on Earth,” public radio’s environmental news magazine, an interview by Host Steve Curwood with Penn State geologist Richard Alley. Antarctica’s ice shelves are the gatekeepers between the continent’s glaciers and the open ocean. As the planet warms, these shelves shrink, exposing more and more ice, which leads to more melting. This frozen continent rests under a massive ice sheet averaging more than a mile thick. But a recent study in Scie...

  • In Shocking Decision, 8th Circuit Sends Chlorpyrifos Food Use Ban Back to EPA

    Nov 9, 2023

    By Erin Fitzgerald, Earthjustice. SEATTLE, WA — Thursday, November 2, the 8th Circuit vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that revoked all food allowable for chlorpyrifos, which effectively banned the use and presence of the neurotoxic pesticide on the foods we eat. The final rule, issued in August 2021, came in response to the 9th Circuit ruling issued in a challenge filed by Earthjustice, on behalf of public health, labor, and disability organizations. That ruling required the EPA to revoke chlorpyrifos tolerances bec...

  • 'Climate Vulnerability Index' Shows Where Action, Resources Are Needed To Address Climate Change Threats

    Oct 19, 2023

    Dr. Weihsueh Chiu, a professor at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, partnered with Environmental Defense Fund to create a new tool that provides communities and policymakers with actionable data about long-term vulnerabilities tied to climate change. The Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) is the most comprehensive screening tool of its type, showing how, why, and where climate risks threaten the stability of communities throughout the U.S. "The launch of the...

  • Humans Have Exceeded Six of the Nine Boundaries Keeping Earth Habitable

    Oct 12, 2023

    Human activities have caused the Earth to exceed six of nine boundaries necessary for keeping the planet healthy, pushing the environment "well outside the safe operating space for humanity," scientists warn in a new study published last week in Science Advances. According to the paper, Earth's ability to sustain human society depends on nine primary "planetary boundaries," or global systems that are key indicators of its health. Of these nine limits, humans have blown past six: climate change,...

  • With New Biden Rule Tribes Have More Authority to Block Projects That Affect Water

    Sep 21, 2023

    WASHINGTON D.C. – States and Native American tribes will now possess enhanced powers to halt energy projects, including natural gas pipelines, that might contaminate rivers and streams. This change comes as a result of a final rule announced on Thursday by the Biden administration. Effective from November, this rule counteracts a previous directive from the Trump era that restricted states’ and tribes’ capacity to evaluate pipelines, dams, and other federally overseen projects on their lands. According to the Environmental Protection Agenc...

  • 'Era of Global Boiling' Has Arrived, UN Chief Says

    Aug 3, 2023

    As heat waves and wildfires cause chaos in North Africa, Europe and North America, climate scientists from the United Nations (UN) have announced that it is almost certain this July will be the warmest month ever recorded. At a press conference on climate Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, “The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived,” a UN press release said. “Today, the World Meteorological Organization and the European Commission’s Copernicus Climate Change Service are releasing official...

  • FDA Allows Ongoing Use of Toxic Chemicals that Leach into Food and Drinks

    Jul 27, 2023

    By Zahra Ahmad. Earth Justice. On July 21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affirmed its May 2022 decision to allow the ongoing use of phthalates, a class of toxic chemicals, in food packaging and food production equipment. Health and environmental advocates had asked FDA to reconsider that decision based on mounting scientific evidence that phthalates in food cause serious health harm. Phthalates are chemicals that hurt people’s hormonal systems and are linked to a range of health harms, including preterm birth, birth defects, i...

  • 'The fight for our lives': Arizona's water regime limits the Hopi Tribe's future

    Jul 20, 2023

    By Umar Farooq. In September 2020, the Hopi Tribe's four-decade effort to secure its right to water culminated in a court proceeding. The outcome would determine how much water the arid reservation would receive over the next century and whether that amount would be enough for the tribe to pursue its economic ambitions. Under rules unique to Arizona, the tribe would have to justify how it would use every drop it wanted. The monthslong ordeal in Arizona's Superior Court unfolded in video calls...

  • Canada's Record Wildfires Made Four North American Cities Among the Five Most Polluted Cities in the World

    Jul 6, 2023

    By: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Hundreds of wildfires have been burning in nearly all of Canada’s provinces for almost a month, the smoke from them drifting down into the midwestern and eastern United States. Major U.S. cities from Minneapolis to Charlotte have been affected by the eerie orange-tinged wildfire smoke, but last week four out of the five most polluted cities in the world — New York, Toronto, Montréal and Washington, DC — were in North America, according to Swiss technology company IQAir. “This is not something that we’re talking ab...

  • White House Environmental Justice Advisory Urges EPA to Move Swiftly to Significantly Strengthen Air Quality Standards

    Jun 22, 2023

    By Zahra Ahmad. Earthjustice The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter and ozone to the most protective level EPA’s outside scientific advisors recommended. When implemented, these improved air quality regulations would prevent thousands of deaths, especially benefiting overburdened communities. In the letter, the advisory council asked EPA to listen to the science and lower the allowable l...

  • Debt Ceiling Deal – a Slap in the Face to Environmental Justice Communities

    Jun 15, 2023

    House Republicans and the White House cut a deal that raised the debt ceiling and averted an economic crisis. The deal cuts spending for programs critical to environmental protections and our social safety net. In addition, the deal includes hastily negotiated changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Historically, bills to raise or suspend the debt ceiling have been clean, reflecting the common interest we have in protecting our economy, but this deal comes riddled with policy provisions that continue to sacrifice our communities....

  • Supreme Court Weakens Clean Water Act Protections

    Jun 1, 2023

    By Erin Fitzgerald. WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Sackett v U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, re-interpreting the Clean Water Act to eliminate longstanding protections for millions of acres of wetlands. Five Justices on this new conservative Court narrowed the definition of “waters of the United States” — often referred to as “WOTUS” — limiting the reach of the Act, one of the most successful, effective, and widely supported pieces of legislation ever codified in the United States...

  • Strawberries Smaller When Pollinated by Bees That Ingest Pesticides

    May 25, 2023

    By: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes Bees are better for strawberries. About ten to fifteen percent of flowering plants are mostly self-pollinating, and strawberries are one of them. However, when the plump and delicious berries are pollinated by bees, they are not only redder and heavier, they also have a more pleasing ratio of sugar to acid and a longer shelf life, according to a study published in the journal Nature. Pollination by the bees increases the hormonal growth regulators that enhance the berries’ quality. Pesticides have been shown to i...

  • How to Attract Pollinators to Your Yard

    May 11, 2023

    By Linnea Harris. Pollinators are crucial for growing the food we eat and supporting the diverse plant life that sustains our ecosystems. When feeding on pollen or nectar for energy, pollinators carry pollen from the stamen of the flower to the stigma, which fertilizes the plant so it can produce fruit and seeds. While honeybees and bumblebees might come immediately to mind as pollinators, they actually aren’t native to the U.S. There are 20,000 different species of bees in the world, and 4,000 in the U.S. and Canada alone, many of which look d...

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